Intrepid cook Kat Holloway puts aside her apron to delve into Victorian London’s high society and catch a killer in this thrilling new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Murder in the East End.
While attending an exhibition at the Crystal Palace, young cook Kat Holloway is approached by a woman in distress. Lady Covington is a wealthy widow convinced that her entire family is trying to kill her. Kat feels compelled to help. So, she escorts the lady home to discover whether she is delusional or in true danger.
When it quickly becomes apparent that the threat is all too real, Kat promises aid. Her charming confidant Daniel McAdam is busy infiltrating a plot against the Crown, and she worries he will not have time to lend his sleuthing expertise. This might be for the best, as Kat fears her growing emotional entanglement with Daniel can only lead to disaster. But soon, Kat faces a more serious threat when her involvement in both investigations plunges her into peril.
Set in 1882, bestseller Ashley's delightful fifth Below Stairs mystery (after 2020's Murder in the East End) opens at London's Crystal Palace, where Lady Covington, a wealthy widow with four grown children, seeks out Kat Holloway, a cook employed in the home of a lord, after a mutual friend introduced them at the palace earlier. Lady Covington, who feels unwell and can trust no one in her immediate family, fears she's being poisoned and wants Kat, who has a reputation as a crime solver, to identify the culprit. Kat enlists the aid of her charming suitor, criminal investigator Daniel McAdam, who confirms that Lady Covington is indeed in danger. When Lady Covington's daughter-in-law dies after ingesting delicacies meant for her ladyship, Inspector McGregor of Scotland Yard investigates, assisted by Kat, who uses her culinary expertise to put the pieces together before the murderer can strike again. Well-drawn supporting characters and logistical details of running a prosperous household complement the intricate plot. Downton Abbey fans will be delighted.
Wonderful characters and now I’m craving lemon cake.