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 below stairs as she is the cook in a prominent household.
Daniel...well, Daniel McAdam is a bit of a mystery. We know he comes from a rough background, but he has the ability to transform himself and be accepted in almost any role, from handyman to gentleman.
I liked that Cynthia and Mr. Thanos (above stairs) get to play a role in solving the mystery in this one and wouldn't mind these two graduating into even larger roles.
Tess is a new addition, and her character also shows promise of evolving.
When I read Death Below Stairs, I didn't initially realize that Jennifer Ashley and Ashley Gardner were the same person. I've read and enjoyed Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacy series set in Regency London. Both historical mystery series develop interesting characters, are well-researched, and are entertaining. :)
Read in May; blog review scheduled for June 20.
Historical Mystery. July 3, 2018. Print length: 320 pages.