Skilled cook for a noble family in London, Kat Holloway
never seems to be far from scandal. When her employer, Lady
Cynthia, asks Kat to help her dear friend from a devious
plot involving stolen antiques, Kat is hesitant but knows
Cynthia would only come to her if she were truly desperate.
But without any leads to prove her friend's innocence, Kat
and Cynthia are unsure of how to proceed without implicating
themselves and their household in yet another scandal.
Kat turns to the dashing Daniel McAdam, who is always one
step ahead of the police. Already working in a pawn shop
where some of the missing antiques have turned up, Daniel is
forced into hiding when a murdered body is discovered there,
and he's a suspect. Kat, Cynthia, and the rest of London
society are worried more priceless artifacts will be
stolen... and more people will wind up dead.
SCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS continues
Jennifer Ashley's dazzling historical mystery series,
Below Stairs. While readers
don't need to have read book one in the series to understand what's
going on, I do think it would enrich the overall reading experience. Kat
Holloway is a stalwart heroine, and while she can be a reluctant
amateur detective, she is always willing to stand up for what is right.
Daniel McAdam is as mysterious as ever, but readers are treated to
some insight into his past, and Kat begins to understand more about
Daniel's motivations, as well as feeling closer to the man she has come
to care for deeply. New characters, like Kat's kitchen assistant, Tess,
are a treat to get to know and checking in with recurring characters like
Daniel's son James, his friend Elgin Thanos, and of course, the unusual
Lady Cynthia is like catching up with old friends. As always, the
upstairs/downstairs aspect adds another layer of intrigue while Kat is
trying to find her way through these mysterious events. I'm looking
forward to many more mysteries to be solved by Kat Holloway!
A mystery of stolen antiquities has Kat Holloway setting
aside her apron once again for the intrigues of the upper
echelons of Victorian London
has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his
wife stands to take the blame. When Kat's employer asks for
help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen
for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families. Soon
antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant
households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the
illustrious British Museum.
As the thefts increase in
frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has
already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a
seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in
the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the
thieves are caught and justice is done.