Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Release! Book Review - SCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS by Jennifer Ashley

Title: Scandal Above Stairs
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense 
Publisher: Penguin Group LLC (USA)
Release Date: July 3, 2018

About the Book:

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 Ethe shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

Ever since I read DEATH BELOW STAIRS, Book 1 of the Kat Holloway Mystery series, I have been anxiously waiting for another of these fabulous novels by Jennifer Ashley.  I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of this new book!  

Downton Abbey fans will love this series.  Kat Holloway is a cook for the grand Mayfair house and has to deal with scullery maids, footmen and Mr. Davis, the butler.  In addition to the other lovable characters introduced previously, which includes Lady Cynthia who likes to dress in men's clothing to gad about town, and Daniel McAdams, the elusive and secretive cohort to Mrs. Holloway's sleuthing, we are introduced to Tess, a street urchin who becomes Mrs. Holloway's assistant cook.  I love these characters!  

The mystery this time involves stolen antiquities and works of art.  And murder.  Yes, we are dropped head first into another murder.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this one caught me off guard!

Fabulous writing and fabulous characters!  I can't wait to read the next book in this series.  Oh!  And when a few more of these books are written, I would love to see them all on Masterpiece Theater.  Please?

Disclosure:  A complimentary ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer's novels have won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards among others. 

For information on her novels as Jennifer Ashley and Allyson James visit www.jenniferashley.com. Also see http://www.gardnermysteries.com (Ashley Gardner) for her other works.


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