Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #1)

Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #1)

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 Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the thro...

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Title:Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #1)
Author:Jennifer Ashley
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Death Below Stairs
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:313 pages pages

Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #1) Reviews

  • LJ
    Dec 31, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

    First Sentence: I had not been long at my post in Mount Street, Mayfair, when my employer?s sister came to some calamity. Cook Kat Holloway has a new position in the home of Lord Rankin. He?s not a man you?d trust with the young maids, but would he really have killed a young I...

  • Giselle Bradley
    Jan 28, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

  • Jennifer Ashley
    Mar 28, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

  • Jenny Q
    Jul 07, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

  • Rachmi
    Jan 14, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

    First Sentence: I had not been long at my post in Mount Street, Mayfair, when my employer?s sister came to some calamity. Cook Kat Holloway has a new position in the home of Lord Rankin. He?s not a man you?d trust with the young maids, but would he really have killed a young I...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this historical story of crime. Loved Kat and her cooking and her common sense, good heart and nose for solving a crime. Looking forward to reading the next Kat Holloway mystery. ...

    Kat Holloway is a young woman who is a cook. She has worked for a number of homes in Mayfair. Now she has accepted employment in the house of Lord Rankin, a prominent financier and his wife. Also in the household is his sister-in-law Lady Cynthia who enjoys dressing like a man. She...

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin Murder, secrets, and seedcake all come together to form one highly entertaining mystery in Death Below Stairs . Jennifer Ashley?s first Kat Holloway novel is a delight, thanks in large part to the wonderful cast of characters. Kat Holl...

    3.5 stars I only knew Ms. Ashley works by her historical romance series, MacKenzies & McBride series which I quite like though I haven't finished it yet. So when I knew that she will release a historical mystery book, I was so excited to read it. This is a story about a young...

  • Kathryn
    Mar 01, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

    First Sentence: I had not been long at my post in Mount Street, Mayfair, when my employer?s sister came to some calamity. Cook Kat Holloway has a new position in the home of Lord Rankin. He?s not a man you?d trust with the young maids, but would he really have killed a young I...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this historical story of crime. Loved Kat and her cooking and her common sense, good heart and nose for solving a crime. Looking forward to reading the next Kat Holloway mystery. ...

  • Kathy Martin
    Nov 28, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

    First Sentence: I had not been long at my post in Mount Street, Mayfair, when my employer?s sister came to some calamity. Cook Kat Holloway has a new position in the home of Lord Rankin. He?s not a man you?d trust with the young maids, but would he really have killed a young I...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this historical story of crime. Loved Kat and her cooking and her common sense, good heart and nose for solving a crime. Looking forward to reading the next Kat Holloway mystery. ...

    Kat Holloway is a young woman who is a cook. She has worked for a number of homes in Mayfair. Now she has accepted employment in the house of Lord Rankin, a prominent financier and his wife. Also in the household is his sister-in-law Lady Cynthia who enjoys dressing like a man. She...

  • Kimberly
    Mar 28, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

    First Sentence: I had not been long at my post in Mount Street, Mayfair, when my employer?s sister came to some calamity. Cook Kat Holloway has a new position in the home of Lord Rankin. He?s not a man you?d trust with the young maids, but would he really have killed a young I...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this historical story of crime. Loved Kat and her cooking and her common sense, good heart and nose for solving a crime. Looking forward to reading the next Kat Holloway mystery. ...

    Kat Holloway is a young woman who is a cook. She has worked for a number of homes in Mayfair. Now she has accepted employment in the house of Lord Rankin, a prominent financier and his wife. Also in the household is his sister-in-law Lady Cynthia who enjoys dressing like a man. She...

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin Murder, secrets, and seedcake all come together to form one highly entertaining mystery in Death Below Stairs . Jennifer Ashley?s first Kat Holloway novel is a delight, thanks in large part to the wonderful cast of characters. Kat Holl...

  • Mara
    Dec 28, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 11, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

  • Milena
    Nov 26, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

  • Caz
    Jun 24, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

  • Tina at A COZY GIRL READS AND WRITES Blog
    Jan 26, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

  • ☕ Kimberly
    Nov 12, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

  • Beth
    Sep 07, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    Dec 30, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

  • Pamela Shropshire
    Jan 20, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

    First Sentence: I had not been long at my post in Mount Street, Mayfair, when my employer?s sister came to some calamity. Cook Kat Holloway has a new position in the home of Lord Rankin. He?s not a man you?d trust with the young maids, but would he really have killed a young I...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this historical story of crime. Loved Kat and her cooking and her common sense, good heart and nose for solving a crime. Looking forward to reading the next Kat Holloway mystery. ...

    Kat Holloway is a young woman who is a cook. She has worked for a number of homes in Mayfair. Now she has accepted employment in the house of Lord Rankin, a prominent financier and his wife. Also in the household is his sister-in-law Lady Cynthia who enjoys dressing like a man. She...

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin Murder, secrets, and seedcake all come together to form one highly entertaining mystery in Death Below Stairs . Jennifer Ashley?s first Kat Holloway novel is a delight, thanks in large part to the wonderful cast of characters. Kat Holl...

    3.5 stars I only knew Ms. Ashley works by her historical romance series, MacKenzies & McBride series which I quite like though I haven't finished it yet. So when I knew that she will release a historical mystery book, I was so excited to read it. This is a story about a young...

    This is the first full-length book in a new series by Ms. Ashley that follows a sought-after cook in late Victorian London, Kat Holloway. Kat was once married, but since her husband was already married with another family, Kat?s marriage was invalid and her daughter, Grace, was consi...

  • Mei
    Mar 08, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    Dec 22, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Jan 21, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

  • Meigan
    Jan 01, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

  • Ingela
    Dec 30, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    Aug 25, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

  • Jody McGrath
    Mar 28, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

  • Juli
    Jan 25, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

  • Holly  B
    Dec 11, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    Mar 08, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

  • Barbara Rogers
    Nov 26, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

  • Christa Schönmann Abbühl
    Jan 26, 2018

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...

    This is a historical mystery which shows a great deal of research and thoroughness from the author. It is less of a whodunnit and more of a slow moving, character driven suspense. I especially enjoyed the delicious and lush imagery of the cook?s recipes and cooking and my mouth was w...

    2.5 Oh dear, well...........I usually love Victorian mysteries. Liked that Kit was a cook in a wealthy household, upstairs, downstairs kind of scenario. When her young assistant cook is found dead in the larder, Kit tries to find out the who and why. My favorite parts were the food ...

    ??? 4.5 STARS ??? Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite HR authors and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my top three all time favorites. Under her pen name Ashley Gardner she writes a similar series like this ...

    2.5 This book didn't work for me. It is a cozy/mystery with a Victorian setting with a mansion fully staffed with cooks, servants, footman, butlers, etc. I liked learning about them as well as Lord Rankin and his family that owned the house. I liked the cook, Kat Holloway and ...

    Kat Holloway is employed as the head cook for Lord Rankin in London. She finds the family members to be a bit odd with Lord Rankin spending his time involved in secretive financial matters. His wife rarely leaves her bed and appears to be depressed. His eccentric unmarried sister in la...

    I really miss Downton Abbey. So when I saw the description of this book, I jumped right on it! I loved all the descriptions of the workings of Lord Rankin's household....the meals, the running of a large house, the different servants and the family members, and all the Victorian trappi...

    The first book in the new Kat Holloway Victorian mysteries. Pub date January 2018, with book 2 to follow closely behind it! The novella, Soupcon of Poison, I am now calling a "prequel," and letting the first full-length book (Death Below Stairs) be Book 1. Author name for this series i...

    I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading s...

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley...

    What a novelty! The heroine, Kat, is a cook!!! And a chef too!!! Yeah!!! I loved all the descriptions of how the food was cooked! And I loved how she organized the cooking process! Much better than I?m able to do! But, in my favor, I don?t have helpers like she did! LOL A v...

    This was a really great book. I loved all the historical descriptions and the mystery. I was so caught up in the red-herring I forgot about the mystery, lol! I definitely recommend this book! I would strongly suggest you read the short story A Soupçon of Poison before you read this...

    First I must tell you there is a prequel to this story. A Soupçon of Poison and while it isn't necessary to read it, it does offer an intro to principal characters and is one I recommend. You will quickly learn that Kat has a habit of stumbling over dead bodies. Mrs. Kat Holloway...

    Review written January 5, 2018 3.7 Stars - Simply fun, thrilling and lovely Written by a favorite author Jennifer Ashley (Ashley Gardner) and I was once again surprisingly hooked by a novel by her. I was listening to the (newly published) audiobook, 9:28 hours very well narrated ...

    Dear Penguin, You are totally out of your mind to think that many readers are willing to pay 10$ for an ebook. I will remind you that in theory I have absolutely no right to it except reading it. And you expect me to pay that outrageous amount of money? ...

    Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it's about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! ...

    Full review... This is the first full length book in this Victorian era series, which began with a short story prequel. I've become quite taken with Kat Holloway; a master cook who rules the kitchen in Society digs. Downton Abbey in London, as it were. Kat seems to get herself mixed...

    Series: Kat Holloway #1 Publication Date: 1/2/18 Wow! Just WOW! I love Jennifer Ashley?s writing but was a little concerned about whether I?d like this book and series or not ? simply because it takes place at a time later than I usually enjoy reading - 1881. Color me pleased...

    4.5 stars Yay, I have another great heroine to add to the list of my favorite female sleuths! Death Below Stairs is the first book in the new Victorian murder mystery series featuring Kat, a young cook working for a British upper class family and her sleuthing partner, mysterious ja...

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EnwEYM I just adore Jennifer Ashley's books and getting to jump into a new series? Yes, please! Death Below Stairs was a fun adventure with a no nonsense cook and a squirly acquaintance who pull together a...

    I really liked this! Such a fun book! ...

    Delightfully dark and peppered with slight humor, Death Below Stairs was a good first installment in Jennifer Ashley?s new Victorian mystery series. The mystery starts almost immediately with the death of a maid in the Rankin mansion, Kat?s newest place of employment. Everyone ...

    Full of elements of romance and dynamic characters. I was emersed in the Victorian times setting. A complex, multi-layered plot. Non-stop suspense. Kat Holloway is a cook for the Lord and Lady Rankin. Kat is a sympathetic character with heart.She is not unlike your modern-day sleuth...

    The four stars are for the setting, the characters and the audio narration. The plot was ok, but did not always keep my attention. It was great reading about a cook as a mystery solving heroine. I loved her no nonsense attitude and her obvious intelligence, her competence and her in...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Oct 04, 2017

    2.5 stars. This book started off much stronger than it finished. I had an instant connection to this novel. I immediately loved the characters and found myself captivated by the Victorian mansion household and how it was run. It had such a ?Downton Abbey? feel to it that I could...