Death Below Stairs Book Review

All the elements you enjoy in a cozy mystery with a historically British twist. A refreshing change of pace.

Just the Facts

Name: Death Below Stairs (First book in the Kat Halloway Mystery Series)

Author: Jennifer Ashley

Publisher: Berkley Mystery

A Little About the Book

We are taken back to Victorian England in this book when cook Kat Halloway accepts a new position at the house of Lord Rankin. When Kat’s young Irish assistant is found murdered in her kitchen, she enlists the help of her elusive and capable friend Daniel McAdams to help her solve the case. They find much more than they bargained for and are taken on a wild ride that involves, deceit, treason, and the Queen of England.

Stuff You Should Know

Sub-Themes: historical fiction, culinary cozy, British mystery

If You Like: If you are a fan of The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries books, you’ll enjoy this one.

Marie’s Thoughts

I read a lot of cozy mysteries and this historical mystery was a nice change of pace. Kat Halloway is a complex, strong, and convicted protagonist and she has a lot of dimension to her character. The backstory is just as powerful as the mystery, which always makes for an entertaining book when there are there are more than one story line I am invested in. I cannot wait to see what happens to Kat in future installments of this refreshing new series.

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Cat Tutt
Cat Tutt
5 years ago

Just got this one on ebook after reading your review, it sounds really good!