Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Scandal Above Stairs

Jennifer Ashley

When a priceless artwork goes missing followed by a murder in Victorian London, Kat Holloway must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Death Below Stairs

A mystery of stolen antiquities has Kat Holloway setting aside her apron once again for the intrigues of the upper echelons of Victorian London


Priceless artwork 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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I enjoyed reading another book featuring Kat Holloway. Kat is a quiet, clever woman who is able to figure out things that the "above stairs" people can't see. She has help from the mysterious Daniel McAdam, and this book also introduces a new cook's assistant, the feisty Tess. While it is not absolutely necessary to read earlier works about Kat, I'd still highly recommend them along with this book.

I didn't realize this book was part of a series. I didn't have any problems following the story line. The author did a good job of introducing the characters. Kat Holloway is the cook at a slightly unorthodox but aristocratic house. She is known for being good at solving mysteries and is enlisted by the lady of the house to help a friend with missing paintings. There is also a rash of antiquity thefts that her semi police like friend is investigating. I found the characters to be well written and likable. I liked the story line and the mystery of the overall book. I will be reading the first of this series to see how it all began. I would recommend this book to others.

After reading "Death Below Stairs," the first book in this series, I was really looking forward to the second, and it did not disappoint. Well drawn characters, a compelling plot and lots of period detail make this novel a page turner. In this sequel, the author deepens the relationship between Mrs/ Holloway and the mysterious Daniel McAdam, and we learn more of the secrets he's hiding about his past. And a wonderful new character joins the cast in the prickly yet delightful Tess. I hope there will be many more installments to come.

This is a very good addition to a pleasant Victorian mystery/romance series. I like the relationships of the main characters, the period atmosphere and the discussion of the meals and cooking methods used. It is a well-rounded enjoyable series which I hope will continue for some time and not wrap uo too soon.

I received a free copy of this book from Penguin First To Read. I had not read the first book, but that was not too much of a problem and I don't think major spoilers were revealed in this second entry either. Kat Holloway is the cook at a slightly unorthodox but aristocratic house. She is known for being good at solving mysteries and is enlisted by the lady of the house to help a friend with missing paintings. There is also a rash of antiquity thefts that her semi police like friend is investigating. A new kitchen aide is also needed but the one found has a mysterious past. Fun characters with interesting backgrounds and a nicely plotted mystery.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are well written. I felt like I knew them all. The mystery was ok. I am going to find the first book in this series. I hope this one continues. Well done!!!

Kat Holloway has to leave her kitchen and solve another mystery when Lady Cynthia asks her to help a friend clear her name when her husband is accusing her of stealing valuable paintings to pay off her gambling debts. It doesn't take long for Kat to find out what actually happened to the paintings but that just begins her investigation. Her friend Daniel McAdam, who has been away for a couple of months without a word, has set himself up in a pawnshop as a receiver of stolen goods. Kat just happens to visit him when one of the criminals who want to sell the goods comes into the shop. Daniel hides her in a back room but she manages to hear some things which raise questions. Daniel tells her that he is investigating the theft of Greek antiquities from back rooms of British museums. When Kat realizes that there have been a number of thefts of antiquities among upper class families, she decides to help Daniel out by investigating below stairs while Lady Cynthia and Daniel's friend Mr. Thanos handles the above stairs part of the investigations. Meanwhile, at home, Daniel has sent a young woman named Tess to be trained up as Kat's new kitchen assistant. Tess is bright and a quick learner but she has some secrets of her own which add an interesting plot twist. I enjoy the setting of the Kat Holloway mysteries. Victorian England is shown from the point of view of someone who works for the upper classes but isn't a member herself. Kat is a fascinating woman who has made a good career for herself as a cook which is a big jump in social class from her beginnings. She is a kind woman who helps those who need help and who is very loyal to her friends. She is also quite bright and observant. Daniel McAdam is still a man of mystery but at least some of the secrets of his past are finally being shared with Kat. I'm still really curious about who his mysterious employer is. This was a great historical mystery and I look forward to reading more about Kat and Daniel.

I enjoyed the second book in this series. It was a good mystery, and an easy, enjoyable read.

This is the perfect follow-up to Death Below Stairs. I loved Kat and Daniel's evolving relationship in this book. It drew me in even more than it already had in the last book. I can't wait to see how these two will fare in the upcoming installments!!! As for the plot of Scandal Above Stairs, Kat has to solve a new mystery, and she does so with the help of her growing circle of friends. Some of these friends we already know, like Lady Cynthia, but there are also interesting new characters. Of course, the mystery turns out to be more sinister than I originally thought, and I was genuinely surprised when the culprits were revealed. Anyway, I'd highly recommend Scandal Above Stairs to anybody who loves a good historical and romantic suspense!

This novel provides an interesting mystery with a lot of different threads to follow, but the best parts are the characters. Kat and Daniel's relationship is one I love to follow, and this novel introduces new characters to brighten up Kat's life. I'd recommend this book for anyone that likes historical fiction and/or mysteries.

 


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