Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #2) by Jennifer Ashley

Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #2)

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat's employer asks for help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum. As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her fri...

Details Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #2)

TitleScandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #2)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Mystery, Historical Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #2)

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGIn the second installment cook and hobby sleuth Kat Holloway is intrigued by a series of burglaries in noble houses where antiquities have been stolen. At her side again her merry band of sidekicks. I love every single one of them. They are colorful, unique and a little eccentric.In Scandal Above Stairs we are being introduced to a new character, Tess, who fits well into Kat's group of friends. Although Tess was a little...
  • Sheryl
    I absolutely adore this series; it's so well written. I love period series on Britbox and Masterpiece theater and this series has the linguistics down to the proper mannerisms that they used back then. This book introduces a street urchin, Tess to Mrs. Holloway’s kitchen. She was recommended by the elusive Mr. McAdam who knew that Mrs. Holloway needed a kitchen assistant. Tess proves to be a quick study in the kitchen as well as helping Mrs. Ho...
  • Rebecca
    I adored Kat Halloway in the first 1.5 books of this series and have been looking forward to more of her adventures all summer. Scandal Above Stairs picks up shortly where the previous book ends. Kat is thrown into an art theft investigation, which leads to other mysteries. There seems to be nothing Kat can't do; and I love all her sleuthing abilities in addition to her delicious meals. "I am a cook, not a police detective." While many familiar ...
  • Meigan
    Just as charming as its predecessor, Scandal Above Stairs continues the adventures of resourceful and level-headed Kat Holloway and her merry band of friends and acquaintances. In this installment, Kat is tasked with solving the mystery of who’s been stealing artwork and various fancies from some of Mayfair’s most well-known residents. Still working as a cook in the Rankin kitchen, circumstances have changed since Mrs. Rankin passed away. Mr....
  • ☕ Kimberly
    Lady Cynthia asks for Kat's help when her friend's husband accuses his wife of stealing valuable paintings from their ancestral home to pay off gambling debts. That is quite the switch, No? When she bumps into Daniel he is working at an unsavory pawnshop. Once again he cannot tell her what he is doing, but when she shares her kitchen woes, he sends a clever street urchin, named Tess. I liked Tess and hope she continues to be a part of the series....
  • Caz
    I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 starsScandal Above Stairs, the second book in Jennifer Ashley’s series of historical mysteries featuring the no-nonsense cook, Kat Ashley, takes place a few months after the events of book one, Death Below Stairs, and sees our intrepid heroine once again embroiled in the search for a killer, aided by her love-interest – the enigmatic Daniel McAdam – his son James, and her new assistant, Tess Parsons. It...
  • Linda Baker
    Intrepid Victorian cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a second investigation; this time occurring among the aristocracy "above stairs." The young woman of the house where Kat works, Lady Cynthia, is very concerned about a close friend. Valuable paintings have gone missing in the friend's house, and her husband is blaming her for it. The friend has a gambling problem, and the husband thinks she has sold them to cover the debts. Lady Cynthia wants Kat...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    Another intriguing mystery taking place in London in the year 1880. The intrepid Kat Holloway has taken another job as head cook for a Gentry family in their city townhouse. As usual she finds a bit of mystery to solve; and as always, her special friend Daniel McAdams is smack in the middle of her investigation. Although I found this story a bit on the languid side, I enjoyed the mystery and the flair of the well as learning the prep...
  • Kimberly
    Reviewed for Wit and Sin There’s no rest for Kat Holloway, the most talented cook in Mayfair. Not only has her kitchen assistant quit to be married and thus left her shorthanded, Lady Cynthia has a request: she wants Kat’s help to solve a mystery and clear her friend Clemmie’s name. Valuable paintings have gone missing from her household and Clemmie’s husband is blaming her for it. One mystery begets another and another as first Kat lear...
  • Victoria
    2.5 stars - overall rating should be two stars, but I'm still hoping the series will get better and decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.This is one of those books/series in which I love the premise, but the execution has much to be desired. The mystery is once again a bit weak and the investigation had me rolling my eyes at times. Everything just felt so lame... I really like Kat's character, but I don't see why people respect her opinion...
  • Carolyn
    I really enjoy these books. Jennifer Ashley is such a talented writer in so many genres. In this particular series, you can practically hear Kat Halloway speaking through the words on the page. Wonderful.
  • Keri
    This series has been so good! I can't wait for the next book!
    2018-07-16 Above StairsBelow Stairs Mystery #2By Jennifer AshleyISBN# 9780399585531 to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat’s employer asks for help in clearing her friend’s name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair’s wealthiest families.S...
  • Sophia
    After delving into the Downstairs world in a Victorian era Upper class household with a mystery solving cook, I was eager to press forward with the next installment in the series.Scandal Above Stairs is book two in the Kat Holloway series. For those new to the series, I would recommend starting with the prequel if you can where Kat and Daniel are introduced and they have their first murder investigation together.Following not long after the last ...
  • Storm Reads
    Scandal Above Stairs was just as fun as the first one though I must say I could have used more banter between Kat and Daniel!Things below stairs is in a bit of a state as they are understaffed and it seems that Kat, the cook and Mr. Davis the Butler are trying to make up for the fact they have no housekeeper. This means they have to try and manage the downstairs and Kat is also in need of an assistant cook. Even with all of these she still manage...
  • Teresa
    4.5 stars.I liked this second installment even better than the first (even though it made me constantly hungry. The dangers in reading a book about a cook!). In the first installment, we got to meet a lot of great secondary characters in James, Cynthia, and Thanos. Scandal Above Stairs built on those characters and added in Tess, someone I loved from the first instant she stepped on the page. Even though I love Daniel and Kat, watching Tess and K...
  • Mara Pemberton
    Eagerly waiting for book number 3. Hope it comes soon.
  • Nicole Overmoyer
    A little while ago, I got a message on Goodreads from a lovely person named Jessica at Berkley Publishing Group asking if I would be interested in an ARC of the second book in Jennifer Ashley’s ‘Below Stairs’ series.Would I?I would! I was! And it was like Christmas come again when I got the book in the mail!And for all that I loved the first book, Death Below Stairs (it’s amazing, go read it now!), I love this second book, Scandal Above S...
  • Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
    Full & Detailed review: this is the second book in its series, readers may already be aware of Kat’s prowess in the kitchen and her ability to solve murder mysteries. For me, this was an initiation into the series, and I thought the book was quite charming. The book is written in the first person past tense account of Kat.The high-point of the book, more than the murder, was the relationships betwee...
  • Laura
    Victorian cook Kat Holloway jumps at the chance to help Lady Cynthia with a problem. Lady Cynthia's friend is being blamed for artwork missing from her home. The woman's husband claims she is selling the paintings to pay her gambling debts.But while she's working on solving that problem, thefts start happening all around the city, and Kat asks for help from her friend Daniel McAdams, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop to get to the bott...
  • Robin
    Jennifer Ashley is so good at creating lovable and fascinating characters, I just want to eat them up (pun intended). Kat is much more astute than her profession as head chef requires, her observant and inquisitive mind is always looking for puzzles to solve, and one of her employers, Lady Cynthia, is more than happy to provide her with one. Asked to look into the disappearance of a few paintings from the wealth household of one of Lady Cynthia's...
  • Kelly
    I've enjoyed the variety of genres Jennifer Ashley writes in, but I'm REALLY digging her historical mysteries right now. I mean, we're being given a badass Victorian cook who not only slays in the kitchen, but also solves crime with her cadre of loyal friends. I SERIOUSLY love that.To begin my swoony love affair, we have Kat. She can cook. She can run a kitchen with military precision. She's smart and confident enough in herself enough to look de...
  • Jen
    Wendy introduced me to this series a while back, and I read and enjoyed Death Below Stairs. When NetGalley offered Scandal Above Stairs, I wanted to find out what Kat Holloway and Daniel and all of the characters introduced in the first book had been up to! I suppose both books can be classified as Victorian cozy mysteries. The characters are an interesting mixture of above and below stairs, although the main character Kat Holloway is definitely ...
  • Barb in Maryland
    3.5 stars for the second entry in this series.A few random thoughts--I really like Kat Holloway and Lady Cynthia is really growing on me. We learn a bit about Kat's childhood in this book, as she tries to encourage her new, young assistant Tess to 'think positive and dream big'.Daniel McAdam remains a bit of a mystery man. Though we do learn a bit more of his backstory, his employer remains firmly shrouded in mystery.The main mystery, involving t...
  • Beachreader
    Set in 1880s London, Scandal Above Stairs, reunites Kat Holloway with the main characters from the first book in the mystery series. Kat, the cook for an aristocratic family in Mayfair, once again abandons her kitchen to help the sister of her employer solve the mystery of missing artwork in a friend's home. She is of course assisted by the mysterious Daniel McAdam and a new kitchen assistant.The characters are varied, from charming to villainous...
  • Iza
    This is the second book (well, three if you include the prequel) in the Kat Holloway Mysteries series, and I keep enjoying the ride.While the mystery itself is not my chief interest, I really love the characters - especially Kate and Daniel, their interactions, the description of the downstairs life with the servants, lady Cynthia, the food ! We learn more about Daniel, finally, even if he keeps some secrets, and a new character appears : Tess, s...
  • Pamela Shropshire
    This has become one of my favorite new historical mystery series, starring Kat Holloway, a cook for the upper middle class in Victorian London. This mystery involves stolen artwork; Daniel McAdam is masquerading as a pawnshop clerk who receives stolen goods.I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, but I was having a lot of back pain when I read it, which can be quite distracting. I may enjoy it more in reread.