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A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in Kew Gardens. When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in Kew Gardens. When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel's troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances than she ever could have imagined.


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A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in Kew Gardens. When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in Kew Gardens. When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel's troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances than she ever could have imagined.

30 review for Murder in the East End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    There is no doubt about it, I am obsessed with this setting, this time period and these wonderful mysteries that keep me on my toes and eagerly turning the pages. This series has quickly become one I can't wait to dive into next and see what will befall Kat and Daniel and James. I have absolutely come to adore these characters and each new tid bit and secret we discover about them and their pasts is like a delicious morsels I want to both devour and relight. I can't wait for more from this great g There is no doubt about it, I am obsessed with this setting, this time period and these wonderful mysteries that keep me on my toes and eagerly turning the pages. This series has quickly become one I can't wait to dive into next and see what will befall Kat and Daniel and James. I have absolutely come to adore these characters and each new tid bit and secret we discover about them and their pasts is like a delicious morsels I want to both devour and relight. I can't wait for more from this great group of characters. I adore that this isn't your average series about lords and ladies but rather the working class that so very few people paid attention to but yet really, ran all of London in one form or another. They knew everyone's secrets and did so much for those around them. I need more of these hardworking characters that really care for one another and those around them, high class or low class, and hopefully will see more of them all in the future working together solving crimes, kicking butt, and taking names. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    CW: (view spoiler)[murder, terrible conditions at orphanage, child abuse, child kidnapping, child molestation/prostitution (hide spoiler)] I was in the mood for something that would scratch my Lady Sherlock itch and thought I’d try the upcoming Kat Holloway Victorian mystery. I was liking the book in the first half until it all came crashing down with the reveal of a (view spoiler)[child molestation/prostitution (hide spoiler)] storyline. Y’all. Why is it that every UK historical mystery series M CW: (view spoiler)[murder, terrible conditions at orphanage, child abuse, child kidnapping, child molestation/prostitution (hide spoiler)] I was in the mood for something that would scratch my Lady Sherlock itch and thought I’d try the upcoming Kat Holloway Victorian mystery. I was liking the book in the first half until it all came crashing down with the reveal of a (view spoiler)[child molestation/prostitution (hide spoiler)] storyline. Y’all. Why is it that every UK historical mystery series MUST have this subplot? I hate it. I hate it so much. I never want to read it, and I’m especially sick of it because of the ubiquity. Even before the reveal, the mystery was kinda meh. I only liked the focus on Kat’s life as a cook in a grand house. I like the idea of a mystery series that doesn’t cover the nobility, but this book did not work for me at all. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    When orphan children and their nurse disappear from the London Foundling Hospital, Kat joins Daniel and a surprising ally to work against the clock before they disappear for good. The downstairs, working class situation of the amateur detective heroine in this series grabbed my focus from the start and I love seeing her as a crusader for justice while overcoming her past and learning to trust in a small, but growing circle of friends. Murder in the East End is the fourth of the Kat Holloway myste When orphan children and their nurse disappear from the London Foundling Hospital, Kat joins Daniel and a surprising ally to work against the clock before they disappear for good. The downstairs, working class situation of the amateur detective heroine in this series grabbed my focus from the start and I love seeing her as a crusader for justice while overcoming her past and learning to trust in a small, but growing circle of friends. Murder in the East End is the fourth of the Kat Holloway mysteries. Each mystery is standalone though there is an ongoing series arc for Kat’s personal and relationship developments. At this point in the series, Kat Holloway is an established character as are her growing circle who, like her fellow household servants feel like family and sometimes aid her in slipping away to work on mysteries, or like Lady Cynthia, Mr. Thanos, Lady Cynthia’s friends, Daniel and James who all work together on solving the mysteries. I love that Kat is a cook in an upper class Victorian home and her daily life as cook and the life of that house are a large part of the books. It’s fascinating to me how they lived, but also makes for an interesting amateur detective set up. I thought her background was a neat mystery in the very first book and that she has to keep her daughter secret and living with friends and only seeing her on her once a week days off because of the rules for servants back then. Daniel is Kat’s growing love interest. I enjoy this slow burn series thread. They have been attracted since the beginning of the series and both had their secrets. Kat’s secrets are now known to Daniel, but she has been forced to learn his secrets a little at a time and some of the secrets like who he works for when he takes on personas, disguises, and even trips out of town to do dangerous work, he is not allowed to tell her. Kat has deep trust issues because of what happened to her and Daniel has a few of his own struggles let alone they both have to work hard to earn livings so the pace of their relationship works well. I do love seeing the rise in tension and the deepening relationship as well as amateur detecting partnership. The mystery in this one doesn’t have an imminent feel to it though with missing children it does have everyone working hard to find them. There is a sadness for the plight of the vulnerability of the orphaned poor and the author doesn’t shy away from describing just how bad it can get for them. I didn’t have an early solution and could only tag along as Kat and the others worked hard to follow the trail. There is an interesting new player in this one and I hope becomes a recurring character in future books. All in all, it was another engaging installment in a fabulous historical mystery series. Those who enjoy good character and relationship development, attention to historical setting and details, and a solid mystery should definitely pick up this book/series. I rec’d this book via Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Kat Holloway Mysteries #4 Publication Date: 8/4/20 Number of Pages:320 The ONLY problem with devouring this book in one sitting – as I did – is that I now have to wait a year for the next one. I always have great intentions – of reading the books in this series slowly and savoring each word – but I’m weak and can never put them down once I start reading. The writing is excellent, the plot is tight and perfectly paced, and the characters are full and interesting. I love that we learn more a Series: Kat Holloway Mysteries #4 Publication Date: 8/4/20 Number of Pages:320 The ONLY problem with devouring this book in one sitting – as I did – is that I now have to wait a year for the next one. I always have great intentions – of reading the books in this series slowly and savoring each word – but I’m weak and can never put them down once I start reading. The writing is excellent, the plot is tight and perfectly paced, and the characters are full and interesting. I love that we learn more and more about Kat and Daniel in each new book – and their relationship deepens. Daniel is one of the most enigmatic characters I’ve ever read and I can hardly wait to learn his full story. Then, of course, there are the returning secondary characters that we already love, but get to know better with each new book. Definitely a wonderful ensemble cast within a compelling and exciting mystery. Kat Holloway is a gifted cook in an aristocratic home – and she also has a soft, giving heart and a penchant for solving mysteries. When Kat learns that it is suspected that children are missing from London’s Foundling Hospital, she determines to get to the bottom of the mystery. Are the children missing, or aren’t they? If they aren’t missing, then, where are they? If they are missing, then, where are they and how did they end up missing? Kat’s greatest fear is that they’ve somehow ended up in the clutches of flesh peddlers and she’ll stop at nothing to rescue them from that fate. Kat knows she cannot do it alone and asks for help from Daniel McAdam. Daniel has been her friend for several years and yet she still doesn’t know his full story. She knows she admires him; she knows he has some loose connection to Scotland Yard, but she knows very little of his early history. She’ll learn more in this book and even meet his ‘brother’. (It will be interesting to see in that brother has any roles in upcoming books.) The search intensifies when a lovely nurse from the foundling home disappears. What could have happened to young Nurse Betts? Several days later, Daniel discovers that her body is in the morgue at Scotland Yard. She was literally beaten to death and Daniel’s brother, Errol Fielding, a vicar, is incensed because he had a tendresse for the young woman. Kat and Daniel definitely have their hands full trying to keep Fielding in check and still uncover the fate of the children as well as the murderer of Nurse Betts. They’ll need all of their friends to help them – James, Bessie, Tess, Lady Cynthia, Mr. Elgin Thanos, Bobby – and new friend Miss Townsend. Of course – all of the investigating and crime-solving have to be worked around so Mrs. Bywater, Kat’s employer, is unaware of what is happening below stairs in her home. This was an exciting, unputdownable read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You certainly cannot go wrong when you have such engaging characters solving such intriguing mysteries. I did like that there was move movement on the romantic front between Kat and Daniel, but it is definitely moving too slowly to suit me. I can hardly believe that I now have to wait a year for the next installment! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    An excellent installment of a great series. This book was much better than the last one. More excitement and more interaction between Kat and Daniel. We learned more about Daniel’s past and there seemed to be more movement on the romantic front (although it’s still moving a little too slowly). I can’t wait for the next installment

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Kat Holloway is a clever nonsense cook working below the stairs in a London home. She has secrets but turns out a fine dish, runs a tight by fair kitchen and loves solving a good mystery. In this installment, her friend and romantic interest Daniel McAdam introduces her to his brother. Children have gone missing from the London’s Foundling Hospital and a nurse turns up dead. Kat, Daniel, James, kitchen staff and friends from above the stairs all work together to find these children and solve the Kat Holloway is a clever nonsense cook working below the stairs in a London home. She has secrets but turns out a fine dish, runs a tight by fair kitchen and loves solving a good mystery. In this installment, her friend and romantic interest Daniel McAdam introduces her to his brother. Children have gone missing from the London’s Foundling Hospital and a nurse turns up dead. Kat, Daniel, James, kitchen staff and friends from above the stairs all work together to find these children and solve the murder. The case was an interesting one that took us into some seeder sections of London, exposing brothels and even the quirks of the ton who donate to the hospital. Of course, while all this is going on, Kat must visit her daughter and run the household kitchens. Things were topsy-turvy in the house, and I worried for Kat. It showed just how close-knit those below the stairs have become. We learned more about Daniel and saw some movement with the romance. It was enough to tease and perhaps clarify intentions, but not nearly enough to satisfy. I enjoyed spending time with Thanos, Cynthia and our newest acquaintance and ally, Judith. She proved to be quite an asset and supporter of Kat. I’ve grown fond of these characters, even the prickly ones. The case took a clever turn and ended on a high note. We will have to wait until the summer of 2021 for the next installment. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  7. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    I can count on one hand the number of authors that I will buy their books sight unseen. Jennifer Ashley is one of them, and this is one of my most favorite series. If you like a good historical with a little mystery and a little slow burn romance, these characters will become like family. 5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    3.75 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin I always love entering Kat Holloway’s world. In Murder in the East End my favorite no-nonsense cook and amateur sleuth is on the hunt to find out what happened to children who have gone missing from London’s Foundling Hospital. She’s brought into this case by Daniel McAdam and his foster brother, a vicar who is more than he seems. As the trio and their unlikely band of allies (the bold and kindhearted Cynthia, adorable and brilliant Thanos, and myster 3.75 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin I always love entering Kat Holloway’s world. In Murder in the East End my favorite no-nonsense cook and amateur sleuth is on the hunt to find out what happened to children who have gone missing from London’s Foundling Hospital. She’s brought into this case by Daniel McAdam and his foster brother, a vicar who is more than he seems. As the trio and their unlikely band of allies (the bold and kindhearted Cynthia, adorable and brilliant Thanos, and mysterious newcomer Judith) delve deeper into the Foundling Hospital’s practices they’ll find themselves in the slums, where danger and heartbreak await. Kat is the heart of the Below Stairs mysteries and she continues to be a fantastic heroine. She’s got a way of getting people to open up and I like watching her put the puzzle pieces together. And as you might guess from the introduction of a man from Daniel’s past, we do finally learn a bit more about the mysterious Mr. McAdam. I practically gobbled up these crumbs of information alongside Kat, though of course I still wanted more. I cannot wait until the day Daniel’s full history is revealed. As for the supporting cast, author Jennifer Ashley continues to flesh out these wonderful characters. Everyone’s voice is unique and their trials and tribulations make the world of the story feel rich. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder in the East End but I struggled with rating it because the mystery itself fell a bit short for me. Even though they’re hunting for missing children who are in terrible danger, there’s an almost meandering quality to this story that didn’t quite go with the dire situation. The mystery lacked intensity and wasn’t as well defined as I’m used to. And though I won’t spoil the plot, I will say I didn’t feel quite satisfied by the revelations that occurred. Of course, part of the reason for that is due to an overarching plotline that will continue in future books so I’ll be content to wait and see what happens there. Even with these issues, I love spending time with Kat, Daniel, and their friends and I am always sucked into their world and their developing relationships. I cannot wait to see where Ms. Ashley takes these characters next! FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    Another good entry in a series I'm intrigued by, and not sure why. It's mysteries to be solved, it has that going for it; but it's historical and really not a whole lot happens. Still, I enjoy it. The stories are well written, the characters are fun and grow on the reader, the Victorian era well represented, and Kat is just so darn plucky. I even enjoy reading about the Victorian dishes being made up by our heroine, the head cook in a posh household. The Victorian setting this time took a bit of Another good entry in a series I'm intrigued by, and not sure why. It's mysteries to be solved, it has that going for it; but it's historical and really not a whole lot happens. Still, I enjoy it. The stories are well written, the characters are fun and grow on the reader, the Victorian era well represented, and Kat is just so darn plucky. I even enjoy reading about the Victorian dishes being made up by our heroine, the head cook in a posh household. The Victorian setting this time took a bit of a dark turn, more into the seamy side of this era and the characters than in previous books. Oh, and another layer is pulled back in the enigma that is Daniel. Still not sure exactly what he does, other than investigate crimes. Also, his relationship (and intentions) towards Kat inched forward. Their relationship has finally made it past the tentative stage, starting to show some substance. The best part is that this is the first book I've read in months that I read without doing at least a little skimming.

  10. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Intriguing continuation of the Below Stairs mysteries! Missing children, a nurse's disappearance, and a foundling home at the center of these troubles. This was an exciting addition to the addictive Victorian mystery series with the intrepid cook Kat Holloway again being drawn into ongoing conundrums. Daniel McAdam of course involves Kat in these investigations. Apparently the Foundling Hospital doesn't want to notify the police as any rumors might affect their funding. Embroiled in this is someon Intriguing continuation of the Below Stairs mysteries! Missing children, a nurse's disappearance, and a foundling home at the center of these troubles. This was an exciting addition to the addictive Victorian mystery series with the intrepid cook Kat Holloway again being drawn into ongoing conundrums. Daniel McAdam of course involves Kat in these investigations. Apparently the Foundling Hospital doesn't want to notify the police as any rumors might affect their funding. Embroiled in this is someone from Daniel's past. And a little more light is cast on Daniel's checkered background. He's just that little more visible. No longer the shadowy figure of mystery. His outline is being given form. I like the way Ashley has us discovering more about the lives of Daniel and Kat, as their pasts impact the now. The series unfurls rather like a fiddle fern revealing a little more each time. We're also privy to more information about those Upstairs. Lady Cynthia is her normal vibrant self, still trying to ward off her aunt's unwanted match making. Then there's the painter Miss Townsend who's a somewhat enigmatic character, quietly competent, and I feel, a bit of a game changer. There's a fleeting chilling glance at a character who seems cast in ice and iron, someone I feel sure we'll see in future developments, someone that neither Kat nor I care to be involved with. I found myself really involved in this particular mystery, more so than in previous ones. A Berkley ARC via NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Kat Holloway is a young cook who has much more than culinary interests. She has found herself in precarious situations. In large part this is due to her avid curiosity when things are not as they should be. Previously she has found herself more than effective when it comes to solving murders. Currently, Kat learns that not only are children of London's Foundling Hospital disappearing, but that one of their nurses has been murdered. Quite naturally, Kat cannot ignore the situation. Kat doesn't ac Kat Holloway is a young cook who has much more than culinary interests. She has found herself in precarious situations. In large part this is due to her avid curiosity when things are not as they should be. Previously she has found herself more than effective when it comes to solving murders. Currently, Kat learns that not only are children of London's Foundling Hospital disappearing, but that one of their nurses has been murdered. Quite naturally, Kat cannot ignore the situation. Kat doesn't act alone, however. She is aided by good friend Daniel McAdam, formerly a man of mystery as far as she was concerned. But at least now Kat knows Daniel has some ties to Scotland Yard. Can the pair work together once again? I loved this next book in the Kat Holloway Mysteries because we finally get to know more about Daniel. Meanwhile, readers of this series have been seeing the pair draw closer together. It is hoped that now that Kat has a better understanding of Daniel that the pair can find something special together. So this book and series delivers wonderful suspense, more than a bit of danger, and the nicely tuned element of romance. The case in this story is a bit more sensitive than previous titles in this series. This is especially because young children are the victims here, and that is never easy to read about. And when I say victims, it is rather serious and truly tragic. The intensity of their investigation was finely balanced with the growing romance. As a mother and grandmother, I kind of needed that break while reading this story. Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite types of stories. I have read several series and always love how people become and continue to be amateur sleuths. In this case with the budding romance, as well as other friends that are in the mix, I have truly come to love and enjoy Kat and her industriousness when it comes to unraveling details, no matter how difficult and painful. Jennifer Ashley definitely has a fan in me and I can't wait to read more in this series. Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    That book flew by far too quickly. I'm sad that I have, once again, flown through a book in this series and now have to eagerly await the next. This mystery saw Kat trying to find children who had gone missing from a foundling hospital, as well as a nurse who hadvanished from there. In this story, we got to learn a bit more about Daniel, as well as see more of Kat's friends. There was a point in the story where I feared for Kat's future, but a new acquaintance fixed that. I loved the mystery, th That book flew by far too quickly. I'm sad that I have, once again, flown through a book in this series and now have to eagerly await the next. This mystery saw Kat trying to find children who had gone missing from a foundling hospital, as well as a nurse who hadvanished from there. In this story, we got to learn a bit more about Daniel, as well as see more of Kat's friends. There was a point in the story where I feared for Kat's future, but a new acquaintance fixed that. I loved the mystery, the world, and the characters. The big reveal was a bit surprising to me, once again. This series is one of my favorites in the genre, and as I said above, I am now eagerly awaiting my next fix.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rolé

    -- Read this review, and others, on my blog at www.hookedbythatbook.com -- I can’t enough of Kat and Daniel. This get-it-done duo is back in full force, and this time there are children’s lives on the line. We get the same intrigue and action, with some new characters thrown in the mix, such as Daniel’s estranged brother, and another eccentric lady who is a friend of Lady Cynthia’s. That’s three unconventional ladies now, and I don’t know how realistic that is, but I honestly don’t care. They ar -- Read this review, and others, on my blog at www.hookedbythatbook.com -- I can’t enough of Kat and Daniel. This get-it-done duo is back in full force, and this time there are children’s lives on the line. We get the same intrigue and action, with some new characters thrown in the mix, such as Daniel’s estranged brother, and another eccentric lady who is a friend of Lady Cynthia’s. That’s three unconventional ladies now, and I don’t know how realistic that is, but I honestly don’t care. They are refreshing and the story definitely needs them to help move the plot forward. Kat would not be able to do half of the things she’s doing without these ladies’ influence. Kat and Daniel knocked heads a bit in this book, and I have to say, I really liked that. It feels like it’s another step forward in their relationship. They can disagree with each other, and keep their feelings. We learned a bit more about Daniel. And Kat had some personal setbacks that also gave her character room for growth and learning. I sincerely hope there’s more to come. Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    Well, the blurb has it quite backwards--it's Daniel and Mr Fielding who come to Kat to ask for her help. The mysterious Mr Fielding (whose ties to Daniel are a big surprise!) is on the board of one of London's foundling hospitals. It seems that children are going missing. A young nurse who becomes concerned also goes missing. The men would like Kat to talk to the female staff, etc, etc. Of course there are twists and turns in the investigation, with Kat facing a few very scary situations. Mr Errol Well, the blurb has it quite backwards--it's Daniel and Mr Fielding who come to Kat to ask for her help. The mysterious Mr Fielding (whose ties to Daniel are a big surprise!) is on the board of one of London's foundling hospitals. It seems that children are going missing. A young nurse who becomes concerned also goes missing. The men would like Kat to talk to the female staff, etc, etc. Of course there are twists and turns in the investigation, with Kat facing a few very scary situations. Mr Errol Fielding, vicar of a church in the East End, is a fascinating character--the author obviously had fun bringing him into the cast. Through him we (and Kat) learn more about Daniel's somewhat mysterious life. The author also introduces Miss Townsend, an artist from a wealthy family. Miss Townsend travels in Lady Cynthia's circle of friends, yet somehow also knows Daniel. I do hope that both Mr Fielding and Miss Townsend become permanent members of the cast of continuing characters. This series continues to entertain me; I enjoy my visits with Kat and company. The only downside is the wait between books!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Kat Holloway is such a unique, endearing character. I have loved her from the first book in this fabulous series. And, the mysterious Daniel? He is not like any other hero I have ever read. You get an inclination of their attraction to each other in the first book, but it is a slow progression as each book delves more into their characters and the stories themselves. And, the mysteries in each book are complicated and clever. This one surely had me stumped. But, oh, that teaser at the end! I hav Kat Holloway is such a unique, endearing character. I have loved her from the first book in this fabulous series. And, the mysterious Daniel? He is not like any other hero I have ever read. You get an inclination of their attraction to each other in the first book, but it is a slow progression as each book delves more into their characters and the stories themselves. And, the mysteries in each book are complicated and clever. This one surely had me stumped. But, oh, that teaser at the end! I have no doubt, by now, everyone is pulling for Kat and Daniel. I know I am. I am already anticipating the next book in this very entertaining series which has so many wonderful, colorful characters and such puzzling mysteries.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorena

    A solid entry in the Below Stairs mystery series. I appreciated the fact that we finally got a little more character development for some of the regulars in the series, and also met some new characters who are sure to add interest as the series develops.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Pantenburg

    I loved this book. Once again Jennifer Ashley pulled me into the London working class and the mystery facing Kat and Daniel. I enjoyed the plot flow and the final reveal. I will be looking for the next installment in the Below Stairs mysteries.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Another Kat Holloway historical mystery! Historical mysteries are some of my favorites, and this Victorian series featuring Kat Holloway is fun (and if you are interested in cooking, there is extra spice in the below stairs efforts to keep the upstairs fed). Daniel McAdams seeks Kat's help in finding some children missing from the Foundling Hospital. A new character is introduced--Daniel's foster brother, a man who escaped the streets when a wealthy man takes him in and provides him with an educa Another Kat Holloway historical mystery! Historical mysteries are some of my favorites, and this Victorian series featuring Kat Holloway is fun (and if you are interested in cooking, there is extra spice in the below stairs efforts to keep the upstairs fed). Daniel McAdams seeks Kat's help in finding some children missing from the Foundling Hospital. A new character is introduced--Daniel's foster brother, a man who escaped the streets when a wealthy man takes him in and provides him with an education at Oxford. Daniel is distrustful, but agrees to help him. Kat, as usual, observes and withholds her opinion until she knows more. The always eccentric and likable Cynthia and her friends also provide aid for Kat as she attempts to discover what has happened to the missing children. One of the pleasures of this series is the way Ashley develops and uses her secondary characters and there are several in this latest book. A little more about Daniel's past, his ability as a chameleon who can adapt to whichever level of society is required, and the reasons for his secrets. I can't wait for the next one! Read in May. Blog review scheduled for July 13. NetGalley/Berkley Publishing Historical Mystery. Aug. 4, 2020. Print length: 320 pages.

  19. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder in the East End Kat Holloway Mystery #4 By Jennifer Ashley ISBN#9780593099377 Author’s website: jenniferashley.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London’s Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can’t turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder in the East End Kat Holloway Mystery #4 By Jennifer Ashley ISBN#9780593099377 Author’s website: jenniferashley.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London’s Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can’t turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel’s troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances than she ever could have imagined. Review: Murder in the East End, the fourth mystery featuring cook Kat Holloway, is full of endearing characters and wonderful atmospheric Victorian England setting. Always willing to help where she can, Kat agrees to do some digging when she learns from her friend Daniel that several children and a nurse have gone missing from the Foundling Hospital. Kat is surprised to meet Daniel’s “brother” Errol Fielding who is now a vicar, a member of the hospital’s board, and acquainted with Nurse Betts. Have the children been adopted as the hospital records indicate? Kat sure hopes so but fears the worst when Daniel finds Betts’ body in the morgue. Together with her friends in both low and high places, she sets out to get to the bottom of things. I am a big historical mystery fan, and the characters in this series keep me coming back for more. Unlike so many of my other favorite series where amateur sleuths are aristocratic, this has a uniquely “downstairs” take; it’s a refreshing change of pace. Kat is plucky, wise, and bighearted. Her friend Daniel remains an enigma though readers do learn quite a bit more about his past in this installment. His relationship with Fielding, and how he deals with him throughout the book, is telling. Daniel may have a checkered past, but he is a good man. He and Kathy’s romance, which moves along at a glacial pace, does progress a bit here just not to my satisfaction. I am not sure how I feel about Fielding. He is obviously not reformed so it bothers me that he is a vicar, but I also think he is far too “hot headed” to be an effective conman. If he appears in future books, I hope he grows on me. Kat’s friends and coworkers are all represented here, and they always add variety and entertainment value. Murder in the East End does touch on some disturbing topics concerning the plight of many of the orphaned and painfully poor children of Victorian London, but it is handled tactfully without glossing over it. The mystery is engaging, and the pace of the story is just right, but the ending completely fell flat. I still enjoyed the book just not as much as the previous installments, and the series still holds a place on my “must-read” list. Recommended to fans of historical mysteries, especially those set in the Victorian era. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    I received a copy of this title for an honest review; I give this title 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. Murder in the East End is the 4th title in the Kat Holloway series and works best if the reader has read at least a couple of the previous titles to get the backstory on the recurring characters. The mystery this time around centers around orphans who may have gone missing; they were supposedly fostered, but the addresses where the kids were sent don't exist. I enjoyed this mystery, but as with m I received a copy of this title for an honest review; I give this title 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. Murder in the East End is the 4th title in the Kat Holloway series and works best if the reader has read at least a couple of the previous titles to get the backstory on the recurring characters. The mystery this time around centers around orphans who may have gone missing; they were supposedly fostered, but the addresses where the kids were sent don't exist. I enjoyed this mystery, but as with many cozy mystery series, the relationship between the characters is as much of a draw as the actual mystery. I always feel like I'm visiting old friends when I read titles in this series; this one is no exception and I breezed through it even though I've been struggling to finish some good books lately. Daniel's backstory advances leaps and bounds in this one as we are introduced his foster brother and learn more about his youth. As always, Ms. Ashley does a fantastic job describing Kat's cooking and the dishes she prepares. I could almost taste the dishes and would be very interested in buying a cookbook of Kat's dishes if such a thing was ever published. I enjoyed the hints of the developments in the relationship between Mr. Thanos and Lady Cecilia and am intrigued by introduction of Miss Townsend. I can't wait for the next title in this series to see how things between Daniel and Kat continue to develop.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colour Me Purple

    Murder in the East End, Jennifer Ashley A fine addition to the Kat Holloway Mysteries series, Murder in the East End follows Kat and her cohorts on a mission to uncover the mystery of children disappearing from a foundling hospital. Every good mystery needs a solid plot line, but it is so much more than the plot that makes Ms Ashley’s historical mysteries so engrossing. She brings Victorian England to life with her descriptions of happenings “below stairs", of markets and alley-ways, of buildings, Murder in the East End, Jennifer Ashley A fine addition to the Kat Holloway Mysteries series, Murder in the East End follows Kat and her cohorts on a mission to uncover the mystery of children disappearing from a foundling hospital. Every good mystery needs a solid plot line, but it is so much more than the plot that makes Ms Ashley’s historical mysteries so engrossing. She brings Victorian England to life with her descriptions of happenings “below stairs", of markets and alley-ways, of buildings, and the desperate living conditions on the streets of London at the time. She vividly describes the bustle of life in a hot and constantly busy kitchen as Cook Kat and her staff slave to meet the sometimes ridiculous demands from “above stairs”. Her characters could easily have walked from the pages of history, so well-drawn are they, and from every walk of life. These characters continue to grow and we learn a little more about them with every new addition to the series. There is, nevertheless, still so much more hidden below the surface of many of the characters that we have to discover. I definitely look forward to more in the series. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Homerun2

    3.75 stars Kat Holloway is back in another historical cozy adventure. Kat is a strong female character -- she is a cook for a wealthy peer but has been involved in investigating several crimes. She is a woman with a past, and she is intelligent and courageous. She has an almost-relationship with Daniel McAdam, who has some mysterious assignments from Scotland Yard. We learn more about Daniel in this book, and their relationship feels like it is moving along. One of Kat's fellow servants has ties t 3.75 stars Kat Holloway is back in another historical cozy adventure. Kat is a strong female character -- she is a cook for a wealthy peer but has been involved in investigating several crimes. She is a woman with a past, and she is intelligent and courageous. She has an almost-relationship with Daniel McAdam, who has some mysterious assignments from Scotland Yard. We learn more about Daniel in this book, and their relationship feels like it is moving along. One of Kat's fellow servants has ties to the local Foundling Hospital, and so does Daniel's stepbrother. They are alarmed to hear that several children have disappeared and they fear the worst -- that some wealthy depraved patrons are adopting the children under false pretenses. A staff member from the hospital investigates and is murdered for her efforts. I like this series and enjoyed hearing a little more background on some of the main characters. It's easy to cheer for Kat, who has a somewhat prickly attitude but is generous and caring nonetheless. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I received an ARC yesterday and since this week was my birthday I feel it was a present made just for me. I love this series! I this is your introduction to the series, each can be read alone but are much better with the buildup of characters and adventures. In Victorian London, Kat Holloway is a cook for a upper crust household. She is an artist with food and the descriptions of her dishes are hunger inducing. Along the way she has made the acquaintance of enigmatic Daniel, who seems able to put I received an ARC yesterday and since this week was my birthday I feel it was a present made just for me. I love this series! I this is your introduction to the series, each can be read alone but are much better with the buildup of characters and adventures. In Victorian London, Kat Holloway is a cook for a upper crust household. She is an artist with food and the descriptions of her dishes are hunger inducing. Along the way she has made the acquaintance of enigmatic Daniel, who seems able to put on and discard personas at will, and while nothing has happened, there is a great deal of serial tension between them for a friendship. And of course, they get involved in solving mysteries. Each book is an adventure and this one finds children, and a nurse, missing from a foundling house and Kat dismissed from her job. Victorian, or gaslight, mysteries tend to focus on the upper class so I particularly enjoy seeing the world not only from the working class, but a working class woman's perspective. The writing is beautiful, the characters captivating and each book quite different from the others. Enjoy female friendships, a bit romance and solving solving the mystery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This is cook Kat Holloway's fourth adventure. In this episode, Daniel comes to her with his brother Errol Fielding because he wants her to look into a problem Errol brought him. Fielding is a vicar and a governor of a foundling hospital. A nurse he had become close to has disappeared as have a number of the children in the care of the institution. As a mother herself and one who might have needed to surrender her daughter to a foundling hospital, Kat is eager to look into the issue of missing chi This is cook Kat Holloway's fourth adventure. In this episode, Daniel comes to her with his brother Errol Fielding because he wants her to look into a problem Errol brought him. Fielding is a vicar and a governor of a foundling hospital. A nurse he had become close to has disappeared as have a number of the children in the care of the institution. As a mother herself and one who might have needed to surrender her daughter to a foundling hospital, Kat is eager to look into the issue of missing children. But she doesn't have a lot of time. As a cook in a gentleman's home, she spends most of her hours shopping and preparing meals. Any spare time she has is spent with her daughter who is in the care of some friends of hers. Luckily, her mysterious friend Daniel who seems to have some connection with Scotland Yard is also interested in the case of the missing children. He isn't at all sure that his foster brother can be trusted though. Both of them had difficult childhoods in the lower classes in London and the experiences have left emotional scars on both of them. Things become even more complicated for the various investigator Daniel and Kat have gotten involved in the search for the nurse and the missing children when the body of the nurse is discovered. She was severely beaten and left to die on the street. Kat's investigation takes the reader to the difficult and dangerous parts of London where children are a commodity and well-connected bullies dominate. As she investigates, she learns more about Daniel's past and his current occupation. Some of the knowledge comes from a wealthy young female artist who is observing Kat and the other kitchen workers in order to create some paintings and who worked with Daniel on a criminal case in Paris. I enjoyed this story which seemed to be quite realistic about life in the 1880s in London. Women's roles were very narrow and the class divide very deep. Kat is an intriguing character who is proud of her work as a cook and the sort of person who sees deep into other people and encourages them to be better than they think they are.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    An entertaining Victorian mystery. The attention to historical detail really brings the world to life, and the characters are all interesting and well fleshed-out. The writing was engaging. I felt the resolution to this particular mystery was slightly odd and underwhelming. Also, coming into this series at this point left me feeling just a bit confused/lacking in information about the main characters' backstories. It didn't effect the plot, but I think the book would read better if you had read An entertaining Victorian mystery. The attention to historical detail really brings the world to life, and the characters are all interesting and well fleshed-out. The writing was engaging. I felt the resolution to this particular mystery was slightly odd and underwhelming. Also, coming into this series at this point left me feeling just a bit confused/lacking in information about the main characters' backstories. It didn't effect the plot, but I think the book would read better if you had read the others in the series. Content Warning below * * * * CW: children forced to work in brothel, abuse not on page

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This series, for me, is definitely one that gets better with each installment. The more characters that become a part of Kat's world, the more interesting the stories become. In addition to Kat and Daniel, I adored seeing all of the gang... Tess, Mr. Thanos, Cynthia, Grace... As Jennifer Ashley built up this world, I couldn't wait to spend more time with them. I love the bits of Kat working below stairs in the kitchen (though it always makes me hungry!) and I was truly worried for a bit there wh This series, for me, is definitely one that gets better with each installment. The more characters that become a part of Kat's world, the more interesting the stories become. In addition to Kat and Daniel, I adored seeing all of the gang... Tess, Mr. Thanos, Cynthia, Grace... As Jennifer Ashley built up this world, I couldn't wait to spend more time with them. I love the bits of Kat working below stairs in the kitchen (though it always makes me hungry!) and I was truly worried for a bit there when some things happened... But I cannot wait for more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I liked reading this book better than I like eating ice cream and that is saying a lot! I thought it was going to be the last one in the series but a note at the end said we should not miss the next book in the Below Stairs Mysteries that is coming soon from Berkley Prime Crime! I will be watching for it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindap

    4 Stars Children are disappearing from the Foundling House and the reasons for their disappearance doesn't make sense. Then one of the nurses associated with the house is murdered. If you're Kat Holloway fan you know Daniel is going to bring Kat into the mystery. A lot of reoccurring characters, and we meet/learn more about Daniel's foster brother.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    3.5 stars This still remains one of my "must read" series, but the ending of this installment let me down. Great characters, the Victorian setting, and a "downstairs" protagonist keep me coming back again and again.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Loved it. Loved how the characters are developing and the mystery. Becoming a favourite series.

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