Death Below Stairs

A Below Stairs Mystery, #1

"Death Below Stairs" is the first book in the Kat Holloway Mystery series! Kat, a young cook, takes a position at Mayfair mansion. While she’s there, her assistant gets murdered, and she tries her hardest to find the murderer.

This book started off rather slow for me. Really slow. I’m usually able to jump right into cozies, but not this one. I loved the historical feel, but I just felt bored. I don’t know if it was because Kat, the main character, came off as flat and boring or the writing, which was…blah.

I almost DNFed it, but I don’t like doing that to books, so I trudged through it, and I’m happy I did. After a few chapters, the story picks up and becomes interesting and actually sort of fun. The side characters were very pleasant and humorous. Kat becomes likeable about halfway through, but the mystery itself was what saved this book for me. It was very captivating and thought-provoking, but also predictable at times.

Overall, this book was good! The beginning was sort of slow, but once I got deep into it, I really enjoyed myself. This book does have its flaws, but I would read the next one in the series.

Book Blurb for Death Below Stairs

Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne.

Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. 

Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason—one that’s a threat to Queen Victoria herself.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2017 4.00