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Death Below Stairs (A Below Stairs Mystery #1) (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the A Below Stairs Mystery series.
This is my go-to recommendation for fans of the Veronica Speedweel series and the Lady Sherlock series. Our intrepid amatuer detective is Kat Holloway, a cook who must balance solving murders and making sure meals get on the table of the Mayfair mansion where she is employed.— Emily
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.
Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason—one that’s a threat to Queen Victoria herself.
About the Author
Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Death Below Stairs; the Shifters Unbound paranormal romances, including Red Wolf and Guardian’s Mate; and the Mackenzies historical romances, including The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and The Stolen Mackenzie Bride. Winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, she also writes as USA Today bestselling mystery author Ashley Gardner. She lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, and spends most of her time in the wonderful worlds of her stories.
Praise for Death Below Stairs
“A top-notch new series that deftly demonstrates Ashley’s mastery of historical mysteries by delivering an impeccably researched setting, a fascinating protagonist with an intriguing past, and lively writing seasoned with just the right measure of dry wit.”–Booklist
“An exceptional series launch…Readers will look forward to this fascinating lead’s future endeavors.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A smart and suspenseful read, Death Below Stairs is a fun series launch that will leave you wanting more.”–Bustle
“This mood piece by Ashley is not just a simple murder mystery. There is a sinister plot against the crown and the race is on to save the queen. The characters are a lively, diverse group, which bodes well for future Below Stairs mysteries, and the thoroughly entertaining cast will keep readers interested until the next escapade. This first installment is a well-crafted Victorian adventure.”–RT Reviews
“A fun, intriguing mystery with twists and turns makes for a promising new series.”–Red Carpet Crash
“A charming new mystery series sure to please!”–Fresh Fiction
“What a likable couple our sleuths Kat Holloway and Daniel McAdam make—after you’ve enjoyed Death Below Stairs, make room on your reading calendar for Scandal Above Stairs.”–Criminal Element