In Victorian-era London, amateur sleuth and cook Kat Holloway must solve a murder to claim an inheritance she didn’t know she had in a riveting new historical mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death at the Crystal Palace
A stranger who appears on Kat's doorstep turns out to be one Charlotte Bristow, legal wife of Joe Bristow, the man Kat once believed herself married to—who she thought died at sea twelve years ago. Kat is jolted by Charlotte’s claims that not only was Joe murdered, but he had amassed a small fortune before he died. Charlotte makes the cook an offer she cannot refuse—if Kat can discover the identity of Joe's murderer, Charlotte will give her a share of the fortune Joe left behind.
With the help of Daniel McAdam, her attractive and charismatic confidante, Kat plunges into her own past to investigate. When it becomes apparent that the case of Joe’s death goes far deeper than simple, opportunistic theft, Kat and Daniel's relationship is put to the test, and Kat herself comes under scrutiny as her connection to Joe is uncovered. She must race to catch the real killer before she loses her job and possibly her life.
About the Author
Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Below Stairs Mysteries, the Shifters Unbound paranormal romances, and the Mackenzies historical romances. She also writes as USA Today bestselling mystery author Ashley Gardner.
“This is one of my favorite new series. Ashley writes exquisite historical romance and equally marvelous mysteries.” —The Washington Post
Praise for the Below Stairs Mystery series
“Well-drawn supporting characters and logistical details of running a prosperous household complement the intricate plot. Downton Abbey fans will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jennifer Ashley’s ability to bring the food, events, and attitudes of the Victorian era to a compelling mystery will leave you spellbound and literally hungry for more.” —Historical Novel Society
“Fans will enjoy the continuing exploits of the clever cook, who gets to solve two complex mysteries.” —Kirkus
“The Kat Holloway Mysteries are extraordinarily well-written and enjoyable visits to Victorian England, full of detail of lives both “Upstairs” and “Down.” The characters are vivid with all the virtues and defects of human beings in any age. I highly recommend the series and am looking forward to the next one.” —Mystery & Suspense Magazine
“[A]s always, Jennifer Ashley writes a well-written and page-turning novel.” —Fresh Fiction
"The style is pitch-perfect, with varying and authentically voiced dialog combined with well-balanced description and consistent perspective. Ashley’s fans will be pleased, but it’s also highly recommended to new readers fond of Victorian settings and multilayered mystery." —Historical Novel Review
"Jennifer Ashley definitely has a fan in me and I can't wait to read more in this series." —Robin Loves Reading
"This was an exciting, unputdownable read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You certainly cannot go wrong when you have such engaging characters solving such intriguing mysteries." —Flippin' Pages
"Murder in the East End is another winning entrée in an enthralling historical mystery series." —Criminal Element
“This series remains excellent: emotional and nuanced, with layers upon layers of resonance in how the characters care for one another.” —Smart Bitches Trashy Books
“[F]ull of endearing characters and wonderful atmospheric Victorian England setting." —Open Book Society
“Murder in the East End has a beautiful mix of suspense and romance that leaves a mark long after the story ends.” —Feathered Quill Book Review
"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