Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1) by Jennifer Ashley

Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1)

Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne.Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. In...

Details Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1)

TitleDeath Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery

Reviews Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1)

  • Lindsay
    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished.I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a “Downton Abbey” feel to it that I couldn’t help but love it. Unfortunately, my connection was short lived, as the plausibility of the story became highly unrealistic once the crime was committed (about 1/3...
  • Diane S ☔
    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why.My favorite parts were the food description and learning about the inner workings of a largish household. This was such a scattered plot, too much happening, to much running here and there. A new job ...
  • Holly B
    2.5This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and found her character interesting, but when she began running around investigating crimes, and looking for suspects, the story took a downward spiral! Obviously, she would not ...
  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆
    ✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this one, Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.Heads up right away: this isn't romance although it does have romantic elements and I'm pretty confident that those will become more significant in l...
  • Beth
    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it completely stalled, losing my attention and interest. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading straight through the conclusion.I received this ARC copy of Death Below Stairs from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    Full review...This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed up in murder and mayhem on a regular basis, however, and relies on the mysterious Daniel McAdam for assistance when she begins poking her nose into these crimes. Danie...
  • Milena
    4.5 starsYay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious jack-of-all-trades, Daniel McAdam. I loved this promising sleuthing duo and cannot wait to follow their future investigations. I am looking forward to reading the second ...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Kat Holloway #1Publication Date: 1/2/18Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley’s writing but was a little concerned about whether I’d like this book and series or not – simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased and full of enjoyment! I greatly admire Kat Holloway who is NOT your standard heroine in a novel. I was also concerned about how a cook in a very busy and demanding hous...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    I enjoyed this RTC