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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

    Barbara

    3.5 stars This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/re... In this 4th book in the 'Kat Holloway' series, the cook/amateur sleuth searches for several missing children. The book works fine as a standalone. In the late 1880s, Mrs. Kat Holloway is employed as a cook for the Bywaters, a wealthy London family. Kat is a single mother whose daughter Grace lives with kindly people called the Milburns, whom Ka 3.5 stars This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/re... In this 4th book in the 'Kat Holloway' series, the cook/amateur sleuth searches for several missing children. The book works fine as a standalone. In the late 1880s, Mrs. Kat Holloway is employed as a cook for the Bywaters, a wealthy London family. Kat is a single mother whose daughter Grace lives with kindly people called the Milburns, whom Kat visits on her days out. Kat also has a special friend named Daniel McAdam, who works as a deliveryman, but is really an undercover agent who helps the police. Kat and Daniel have warm feelings for each another, but circumstances prevent a serious romance. One morning Daniel and his foster brother, vicar Errol Fielding, ask for Kat's help. Fielding, who's on the Board of Governors of London's Foundling Hospital orphanage, has learned that several of the children are missing. Moreover, a caregiver named Nurse Betts, who was terribly worried about the missing orphans, has vanished as well. Kat visits the Foundling Hospital, where the matron tells her there's been a misunderstanding. The matron says the children aren't missing, they've been sent to good homes, and the addresses can be found in the Board of Governors' records. Vicar Fielding checks out the supposed addresses and reports there are no houses there. To double check, Kat looks for the addresses herself, and - at one site - observes a new brewery being built. Moreover, thugs guarding the street won't let Kat pass, rough her up, and chase her away. All this raises suspicions that something bad happened to the children, and Kat, Daniel, and the vicar fear the orphans may have been sold to a brothel. If so, there's a conspiracy at play, one that includes at least one member of the Board of Governors as well as Foundling Hospital staff. Finding missing persons is a job for the police, but Kat can help by reaching out to her 'downstairs' connections, such as cooks, maids, butlers, footmen, cleaners, etc., who know what's going on in the places they work. Kat also gets assistance from three upper class women and a gentleman. Kat's friend Lady Cynthia is the resident niece of Kat's employers, Mr. and Mrs. Bywater. Mrs. Bywater frequently invites eligible bachelors to tea, dinner, or parties, in hopes Cynthia will choose a man to marry. For her part, Cynthia isn't interested in matrimony. She likes to wear trousers, visit Mrs. Holloway in the kitchen, and socialize with her progressive friends, Lady Roberta; Miss Townsend; and Mr. Thanos, a professor and mathematician. When Cynthia hears about the missing orphans she's eager to help, and her associates assist as well. With the gentry's help, Kat is able to get information that's useful to the investigation. The story is enriched by additional characters, including kitchen assistant Tess; maid Elsie; housekeeper Mrs. Redfern; butler Mr. Davis; and James, who's Daniel's son. One of the book's most colorful characters is Bessie, a former foundling who's not about to be pushed around by anyone. The book provides a peek at Victorian England, which had some odd amusements. For instance, wealthy patrons could visit the Foundling Hospital on Sundays to watch the orphans eat dinner, like animals in a zoo. The story provides mouth-watering descriptions of Kat's dishes, including things like roasted duck with boiled potatoes; lobster risolles; rhubarb tarts; apple charlotte; Maid of Honor tarts; petit fours; and more. The dishes sound delicious and remind me of the The Great British Baking Show, where the contestants actually made some of these pastries. 🙂 There's plenty of suspense and action in this historical cozy, and the 'upstairs-downstairs' scenario provides a fascinating glimpse of a faded aristocratic culture. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  2. 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.*

  3. 4 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 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.

  6. 5 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. 4 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

  8. 4 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

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This was a big disappointment for me. I was really looking forward to reading the newest edition in the Kat Holloway Mystery but this one fell really flat for me. We follow Kat and co as they look into several missing children from the local orphanage. The first half of this book was what I was expecting but then it just dragged on and on. I finally ended up skimming the last twenty pages which shows how much trouble I had with it. I gave it three stars but it is a very generous 2.5 rounded up. This was a big disappointment for me. I was really looking forward to reading the newest edition in the Kat Holloway Mystery but this one fell really flat for me. We follow Kat and co as they look into several missing children from the local orphanage. The first half of this book was what I was expecting but then it just dragged on and on. I finally ended up skimming the last twenty pages which shows how much trouble I had with it. I gave it three stars but it is a very generous 2.5 rounded up. I hope the next book in the series is better because if not I might have to throw in the towel with it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Kat Holloway hasn't seen Daniel McAdam in awhile. He's been off on official business and now he's back asking to see her. Well, Kat is busy and can't drop everything to go see him when he asks! Still, her heart does beat faster at the thought of seeing him so in spite of the late hour and the rain, she slips out to meet Daniel. She's surprised to discover Daniel brought another man along, a clergyman he calls brother! Rev. Errol Fielding has a parish in the East End and is on the board of the Fo Kat Holloway hasn't seen Daniel McAdam in awhile. He's been off on official business and now he's back asking to see her. Well, Kat is busy and can't drop everything to go see him when he asks! Still, her heart does beat faster at the thought of seeing him so in spite of the late hour and the rain, she slips out to meet Daniel. She's surprised to discover Daniel brought another man along, a clergyman he calls brother! Rev. Errol Fielding has a parish in the East End and is on the board of the Foundling Hospital. He's concerned because some of the children have gone missing without explanation. Having grown up in the East End, all of them know that death or worse awaits those children lost in London. Mr. Fielding wants Kat to look into the mystery of the missing children. Kat isn't so sure there's a mystery to solve here but her heart can't let go. But for the grace of God, it could have been her Grace. When her scullery maid Elsie expresses concern over a Foundling Hospital nurse who has also gone missing, Kat knows that something sinister must have happened. She must team up with men she isn't sure she trusts to discover the whereabouts of the missing people. This mystery is a lot different from the previous books. The mystery is super dark and disturbing. At first I could have sworn I had read this book before even though I hadn't but it took a different turn than I was expecting. There's only one main mystery here and one side mystery. The romance element is largely missing and that makes the tone very dark. The plot plods along until the last third when it finally picked up enough for me to stay up late and finish. I have read other books with scenes in St. Giles and The Seven Dials so I wasn't totally surprised but I was still disturbed. There are two big things I can't stomach in these historical mysteries: child murder and child prostitution. I prefer lighter, cozier historical mysteries. I love Kat and how strong and determined she is. However, we're told a lot about how much she loves her daughter but they don't spend much time together to actually SHOW that love. I guess the showing is in how hard Kat works and the things she does with Grace on her day off. I love Kat's determination to make a better life for Grace and herself. It's awful how hard she has to work. She's very modest and doesn't understand what an extraordinary cook she is. I agree, she IS a chef! Anyone can follow a recipe and cook but a chef creates and that's what Kat does. Kat's romance is kind of stalled. She isn't sure she can fully trust Daniel because he isn't telling her everything she wants to know. What I don't like about Kat is how judgmental she is about that. She doesn't show any empathy for Daniel. He CAN'T tell her, she just has to trust him. In her rational moments she does but in the moment, she reacts instead of thinking. Her past makes her way of trusting. She's remarkable astute and sees the truth about people quickly. The same is true for Daniel but he's a little more ready to trust Kat. He would tell her what she wants to know but he can't - state secrets and all that. He ONLY trusts Kat, apparently. His feelings for her are very clear and now he's come to a crossroads. I think Kat isn't ready to settle down. She loves cooking and she's used to being independent. She's fiercely protective of Grace and worried about having another child. I think Grace would love a little sister and James would enjoy being a cheeky big brother. Eventually they're going to have to figure out how long they're willing to wait and when "someday" might be. This book suffers from not enough Daniel. Daniel doesn't trust Errol very much and the reader isn't sure what to think. I think Errol is a complicated man. He's scarred from his horrific past, more than Daniel, and hasn't learned to trust anyone. He's a man of the cloth but doesn't have any religious convictions. It's not clear he believes in God but he does want to help the poor of the parish. He's fiercely protective of the children in the Foundling Home even if his motives for being on the board are less than pure. I like that he's a complicated, conflicted person. It makes him a three-dimensional character. Cynthia is another character at a crossroads. My heart hurts for her. She lacks the money to be truly eccentric and buck the system. She will soon find herself wed to any man at all, probably one who won't understand or respect her. I think her aunt is like Charlotte Lucas and believes happiness in marriage is a matter of chance. Certainly Auntie and Uncle Byswater don't have a close relationship. The fate of women in the 19th-century is just so sad. Cynthia should marry Mr. Thanos. He's so sweet and adorable in a scatterbrained, genius sort of way. It's not that easy though. Man can not live on love alone. The queer culture part of the story is advancing and is really interesting. Cynthia makes the distinction that she dresses like a man but isn't interested in actually BEING a man. She just craves the freedom to do what she wants and go where she pleases. She emulates George Sand in rebelling against stereotypes. Her friend Bobby, on the other hand, is possibly trans and identifies as gay, to use modern terms. Bobby dresses like a man most of the time and is more comfortable acting like a man than a lady. A new character, Miss Townsend, is Bobby's new girlfriend. Miss Townsend does NOT fit the stereotype and because she's wealthy, people like Cynthia's auntie have no idea Miss Townsend is Bobby's lover. Miss Townsend is wealthy and that gives her freedom to pursue to dreams. She introduces the Impressionist movement to the downstairs (and probably the upstairs as well). She likes to paint domestic subjects like Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot. Being a fan of both those ladies, I could easily imagine her painting. She's my favorite new character. Another new character, who isn't really new but new to the household, is Mrs. Redfern, the housekeeper. She's a bit strict and old school. I understand she has to be to keep her position but how are things going to change if no one speaks up? I prefer spunky, saucy Tess. Tess speaks what's on her mind. She doesn't care if her job is threatened. Scullery maid Elsie gets in on the action. She's a shy, timid girl, an orphan raised in the Foundling Home. She knows some of the children and the staff. It's Essie who provides crucial information. I like her and I hope she rises to become Tess's assistant some day. Bessie, a maid at the Foundling Hospital, has an attitude problem. She claims to be under a lot of stress yet it's been 2 years! Does she know more than she lets on? Her bad attitude won't get her far in the world. Mrs. Shaw, the housekeeper at the Foundling Hospital, is also snippy. She's rude to Kat but kind to Grace. She must be stressed too? What does she know? Mrs. Compton, a cook, isn't as talented as Kat but has less to work with. She's the only one worried about the missing children. Can she come up with vital clues to help the investigation? Nurse Betts is also missing. She is a kind, comfortable mother figure for the orphaned and abandoned children. She sounds like a sweet lady and I hope nothing bad has happened to her. BIG spoiler ahead (view spoiler)[I don't understand why she turned away from St. Giles church and into Seven Dials? Why didn't she ask at the church for directions to Mr. Fielding's church or help getting back to the street? Wouldn't she know about the dangerous neighborhood or worry that the child snatcher would come after her? Her death was a real tragedy but also preventable by common sense! (hide spoiler)] This book sets up a dark future for Kat where her life may be in danger. Can she and Daniel ever be free from his past to live happily ever after? Spare me the drama and get to the romance, please! Content warning: Child prostitution - absolutely despicable.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    So I really love this series and this book was just as good as the other ones in the series! In this one Daniel actually ask Kat for help because he sort of doesn't trust his judgement because of who is involved. Kat goes with him to the foundling hospital and finds out that some foundlings are missing along with one of the nurses. Kat also finds out that the guy running the place is someone from Daniels past and he just doesn't trust him.  They all have to work together to track down who is invo So I really love this series and this book was just as good as the other ones in the series! In this one Daniel actually ask Kat for help because he sort of doesn't trust his judgement because of who is involved. Kat goes with him to the foundling hospital and finds out that some foundlings are missing along with one of the nurses. Kat also finds out that the guy running the place is someone from Daniels past and he just doesn't trust him.  They all have to work together to track down who is involved, meanwhile, Kat is having some problems with the family she works for because the lady of the house doesn't like the fact that Lady Cynthia hangs out downstairs with her which is threatening her job. Despite that Lady Cynthia as well as Thanos and some others also help her and Daniel figure things out. I absolutely love the characters in this series! Kat is one of my favorite historical mystery sleuths, she feels a bit more real to me than some female sleuths because she works hard, loves what she does, tries to provide a good life for her child even if that is not living with her and how that affects her. She is smart and fiesty to boot! Daniel is probably one of the most mysterious characters who I absolutely love and I love him and Kat together! Lots of things keep them from being together but I am hoping that changes soon, it seems like it's getting closer! Lady Cynthia is a pretty fun upstairs character because she loves to wear pants and doesn't act like a Lady much at all...lol. I could go on it just has a lot of fun characters so I always have a great time when I read these books! I totally recommend this series! 

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have read several of these historical fiction books featuring a cook with a good heart and a predilection for rescuing people sometimes with the help of Daniel, the man she is fond of but who continues to keep his secrets from her. In this case there are children at risk as well as a murder to solve. Kat learns more about Daniel in this episode. library loan

  15. 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

  16. 5 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pj

    I just simply love this series and it's cast of characters . Kat and Daniel are the epitome of slow burn . The mystery is well thought out . There are some trigger warnings needed for abuse of children . The cast of supporting characters are well flushed out , particular favorites of Lady Cynthia and Mr. Thanos . I enjoyed the addition of Miss Townsend and look forward to more of her in future books . I just simply love this series and it's cast of characters . Kat and Daniel are the epitome of slow burn . The mystery is well thought out . There are some trigger warnings needed for abuse of children . The cast of supporting characters are well flushed out , particular favorites of Lady Cynthia and Mr. Thanos . I enjoyed the addition of Miss Townsend and look forward to more of her in future books .

  18. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    A favorite series, main character, storyteller & narrator. Always an immersive, enjoyable listening experience! . . . But, Ms. Ashely, can we please let things progress between Daniel & Kat? I promise it won't ruin the tension or lose you any fans. :) A favorite series, main character, storyteller & narrator. Always an immersive, enjoyable listening experience! . . . But, Ms. Ashely, can we please let things progress between Daniel & Kat? I promise it won't ruin the tension or lose you any fans. :)

  19. 4 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracella

    Tasty parts but not so satisfying I have to start by saying I love Kat Holloway. I love her straightforward ways and her loving and caring nature. I love her mysterious Daniel. I love her loyal Tess and somewhat confused Cynthia. The descriptions of cooking are always inspirational, so my family likes it when I read these books. But this book was unsatisfying. Perhaps I’m just too picky. I did not find the character of Mr. Fielding believable as either a rogue or a vicar. His ranting and threats Tasty parts but not so satisfying I have to start by saying I love Kat Holloway. I love her straightforward ways and her loving and caring nature. I love her mysterious Daniel. I love her loyal Tess and somewhat confused Cynthia. The descriptions of cooking are always inspirational, so my family likes it when I read these books. But this book was unsatisfying. Perhaps I’m just too picky. I did not find the character of Mr. Fielding believable as either a rogue or a vicar. His ranting and threats seem contrary to a confidence man. The solving of the mystery also seemed half-baked. Miss Townsend’s character - an artist also engaged in spy work with Daniel - also seemed to be too convenient. She seemed to be there for no other reason than to supply a wealthy lady to smooth things over. If she had been working with Daniel and had no problem disclosing their mission to Kat, wouldn’t she also know who his employer was? Still a good diversion in these trying times. I hope in the next book there won’t be extraneous characters and plot twists that make no sense.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pam P

    FFS! Argh! Another damn Halloway book that spends 75% of the book on NOTHING, never moves the mystery or romance forward., then hurries the end of the mystery and leaves the romance hedging. Wtf? These are now BORING

  23. 5 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.

  24. 5 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!

  25. 5 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Jennifer Ashley's latest Beneath the Stairs series is an energetic romp filled with mystery, suspense, and a stealth romance that leaves me on pins and needles with anticipation. Our heroine, Kit Holloway, is a delightful mixture of sensibility and compassion as she uses her wits and position to solve the various mysteries that seem to cross her path. Jennifer Ashley's latest Beneath the Stairs series is an energetic romp filled with mystery, suspense, and a stealth romance that leaves me on pins and needles with anticipation. Our heroine, Kit Holloway, is a delightful mixture of sensibility and compassion as she uses her wits and position to solve the various mysteries that seem to cross her path.

  27. 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.

  28. 4 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 4 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*

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