I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley
Published by Berkley on June 4, 2019
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Also by this author: Death Below Stairs, Scandal Above Stairs
From the New York Times bestselling author of Scandal Above Stairs
Kat Holloway steps out from beneath the stairs and into international intrigue, where murder and stolen treasure lurk among the upper echelons of Victorian London.
In return for a random act of kindness, scholar Li Bai Chang presents young cook Kat Holloway with a rare and precious gift—a box of tea. Kat thinks no more of her unusual visitor until two days later when the kitchen erupts with the news that Lady Cynthia's next-door neighbor has been murdered.
Known about London as an "Old China Hand," the victim claimed to be an expert in the language and customs of China, acting as intermediary for merchants and government officials. But Sir Jacob's dealings were not what they seemed, and when the authorities accuse Mr. Li of the crime, Kat and Daniel find themselves embroiled in a world of deadly secrets that reach from the gilded homes of Mayfair to the beautiful wonder of Kew Gardens.
Here is what I thought
This is one of my favorite series so I was so excited to read this one and it did not disappoint!
While Kat was out doing some shopping for the kitchen where she works she accidentally bumps into a Chinaman. She didn’t know that doing so was going to throw her into another investigation. When Sir Jacob who lives in the house next door to where Kat works is murdered she can’t help but do some sleuthing to try and figure things out, especially when the Chinaman, Mr. Li is accused of the murder. She doesn’t believe he done it even though she doesn’t really know him but he was kind to her and so she stands up for him.
There is a lot of strange things going on that Kat must get to the bottom of with the help of her friends. When the cook from next door comes over and hastens Kat over to the house next door because the housekeeper thinks that her mistress has been poisoned, Kat soon finds out some interesting things about the lady’s companions. It seems like everyone is wanting to get involved with solving this case from Tess her assistant cook to Lady Cynthia.
There were quite a few suspects and I was stumped and when I found out who it was I was like….ahhh I should have guessed that! It was a great mystery with lots of intrigue and I always love following along with this oddball group of ‘friends’ as they try and solve things.
Kat is one of my favorite characters and I am glad that some of her other companions found out some more things about herself and are not judgy. It’s not like lady Cynthia can say much as she dresses like a man in a time when that is very frowned upon. I really like her as well. Honestly there is not a character that I don’t like, well except in this one they got a new housekeeper who tried my patience and got what she deserved at the end! Daniel is another of my favorites and probably one of my top favorite male characters. I still haven’t figured out exactly what he does for a living but I have my guess and I do hope we one day get to find out alone with Kat what exactly he does (I am thinking royal spy…lol). I do love the chemistry that Daniel and Kat have and hope one day they actually get together instead of just the casual flirtation! 🙂
I highly recommend this series if you are a fan of mysteries especially historical ones! You could probably jump in with this one but I think it’s best to start at the beginning to get the full affect!