ARC Review: Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Posted February 21, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 11 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley
Death Below Stairs

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 2nd 2018
Series: Kat Holloway #1
Published by Berkley Books
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“Ashley has presented us with an interesting mystery with a cast of very likable characters, a dash of action and a hint of romance.”
~ Under the Covers

Kat Holloway is a cook, which is a well-respected below stairs position and she feels responsible for those under her care. So, when she finds her assistant dead, murdered, she is determined to find out who killed her. To do that she calls for the assistance Daniel MacAdam. Daniel is a delivery man and man of all work…or at least that’s what people are supposed to think. Kat doesn’t quite know who or what he is, but she knows he’ll help. But the mystery of her assistant’s death is more complicated and more dangerous than she imagined.

Jennifer Ashley writes one of my favourite historical romance series, so when I saw that she was digging into the historical mystery genre, I knew I had to give it a shot. I had a feeling before I started that I was going to enjoy it, and there’s nothing I love more than being proved correct. Death Below Stairs proved me correct. Ashley has presented us with an interesting mystery with a cast of very likable characters, a dash of action and a hint of romance.

Normally when I am reading something within a historical context, it will be a historical romance, which for the most part focuses on the lives of aristocrats and those with a fortune. What I liked about Death Below Stairs is that I got a completely different point of view as we see life through the eyes of a servant. Namely, through Kat from whose eyes this story was told. Kat was a great character, she was practical and intelligent with a streak of compassion and I enjoyed seeing the story unfold from her perceptive eyes.

The mystery itself wasn’t quite as interesting as the characters involved in solving it. It involved a few too many leaps of intuition for the characters to figure out the dastardly plot. However, I was genuinely interested to see what would happened and the whole thing had an element of conspiracy and danger that was exciting to read about.

This was a great start to the series and I can’t wait to read the next one and see what else life has in store for Kat. If you want a mystery with a little romance and adventure I recommend you give this a read.

 

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About Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks Suzanne for the review

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Yay! Glad this was a good one. I won a copy recently and got the novella so I’m ready to dive in. 🙂

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Thanks for the review.

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I haven’t read a good historical mystery in a while.

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Great review suzanne!! Sounds like a great mystery!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thanks Suzanne for the review

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Sophia Rose

Yay! Glad this was a good one. I won a copy recently and got the novella so I’m ready to dive in. 🙂

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Thanks for the review.

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I haven’t read a good historical mystery in a while.

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Great review suzanne!! Sounds like a great mystery!! Shared on all my socials!!

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