I received this book for free from First To Read in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Published by Berkley Books on July 3, 2018
Source: First To Read
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Also by this author: Death Below Stairs, Death in Kew Gardens , Murder in the East End
Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat's employer asks for help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum. As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.
The clatter of crockery on the flagstone floor broke my heart.
Here is what I thought
Scandal Above Stairs was just as fun as the first one though I must say I could have used more banter between Kat and Daniel!
Things below stairs is in a bit of a state as they are understaffed and it seems that Kat, the cook and Mr. Davis the Butler are trying to make up for the fact they have no housekeeper. This means they have to try and manage the downstairs and Kat is also in need of an assistant cook. Even with all of these she still manages to keep things flowing pretty good. Then Lady Cynthia needs Kat’s help because one of her friends is having some problems. It seems some paintings have gone missing and since her friend has a gambling problem, her husband is accusing her of stealing them to pay off her debts.
Soon Kat finds out that there have been a bunch of burglaries going on above stairs in different places. Then she learns that Daniel is working in a pawnshop where seedy things are happening. She still isn’t sure what exactly it is that Daniel does for a living as one moment he speaks and acts like a gentleman and the next he acts like a common worker. She finds out he is there to receive some stolen goods but things go wrong when a man is found dead in the pawnshop. Kat fears the worst especially when she doesn’t hear from him for a long while. Daniel is hiding out because some of the constables are on the lookout for him as not everyone knows he was working a case.
Also, it seems that Daniel has sent Kat an assistant and even though Tess doesn’t know anything about cooking she is a quick study and Kat figures that Daniel must know what he is doing. Tess was my new favorite character and I hope she will be in the next book.
I really enjoy the characters in this series. Kat is such a strong female character and even though she works below stairs and knows her station she still doesn’t let that stop her. She has hopes and dreams of one day having a house her and her daughter and quickly takes Tess under her wings when she can tell that she has smarts and could become a competent cook one day. Daniel, I never think much about having a book boyfriend but if I did I believe it would be him. There is just something about Daniel’s character that appeals to me. He is a sweet guy with a checkered past and chose to become something better. Still not sure exactly what that something is as it seems he is not really a cop, so I am thinking he must work for the crown or something. I wish he would tell Kat as I want to know! :)I do wish that Daniel was in the story more, he was towards the middle and end but I missed him in the beginning! I also liked getting to know a bit more about Eglin Thanos who is Daniel’s friend and I so hope that him and Lady Cynthia get together, they would be so cute together!
The mystery was done really well and I had a hard time figuring whodunit and was a little surprised to find out the bad guy in this one. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can’t wait for the next one! If you like mysteries then give this series a try!