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Death in Kew Gardens (A Below Stairs Mystery #3) (Paperback)
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This is book number 3 in the A Below Stairs Mystery series.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Scandal Above Stairs
Kat Holloway steps out from beneath the stairs and into international intrigue, where murder and stolen treasure lurk among the upper echelons of Victorian London.
In return for a random act of kindness, scholar Li Bai Chang presents young cook Kat Holloway with a rare and precious gift—a box of tea. Kat thinks no more of her unusual visitor until two days later when the kitchen erupts with the news that Lady Cynthia's next-door neighbor has been murdered.
Known about London as an "Old China Hand," the victim claimed to be an expert in the language and customs of China, acting as intermediary for merchants and government officials. But Sir Jacob's dealings were not what they seemed, and when the authorities accuse Mr. Li of the crime, Kat and Daniel find themselves embroiled in a world of deadly secrets that reach from the gilded homes of Mayfair to the beautiful wonder of Kew Gardens.
About the Author
Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Death Below Stairs Mysteries; 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 in Kew Gardens
“This is one of my favorite new series. Ashley writes exquisite historical romance and equally marvelous mysteries.”—The Washington Post
“Ashley does a fine job portraying urban life among the well-to-do and those who serve them… [an] unusual and well-thought-out plot. Anne Perry fans will find a lot to like.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“The third winning entry in Ashley’s Below Stairs mystery series is another beguiling combination of sharply etched characters, an impeccably realized historical setting, and a cleverly conceived plot that makes excellent use of the Victorian fascination with both botany and China, all wrapped up in writing imbued with just the right dash of dry wit.”—Booklist
“This is a well-researched, well-constructed novel that leaves one curious to read the further adventures of the main characters.”—Historical Novel Society
“The first-person intrigue is nicely described and captures history and mystery in a fine presentation that will intrigue and delight genre fans looking for an absorbing, fun read.”—Midwest Book Review
Praise for the Below Stairs Mysteries
“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