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BELOW STAIRS MYSTERY, A 3
Death in Kew Gardens
By (author): Jennifer Ashley
9780399587900 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Jun 04, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.11 x 7.95 x 0.76 in 304 pages Berkley
From the New York Times bestselling author of Scandal Above Stairs

Kat Holloway steps out from beneath the stairs and into international intrigue, where murder and stolen treasure lurk among the upper echelons of Victorian London.


In return for a random act of kindness, scholar Li Bai Chang presents young cook Kat Holloway with a rare and precious gift—a box of tea. Kat thinks no more of her unusual visitor until two days later when the kitchen erupts with the news that Lady Cynthia’s next-door neighbor has been murdered.

Known about London as an “Old China Hand,” the victim claimed to be an expert in the language and customs of China, acting as intermediary for merchants and government officials. But Sir Jacob’s dealings were not what they seemed, and when the authorities accuse Mr. Li of the crime, Kat and Daniel find themselves embroiled in a world of deadly secrets that reach from the gilded homes of Mayfair to the beautiful wonder of Kew Gardens.

Story Locale: Victorian London

Series Overview: In Victorian London, Kat Holloway, a highly sought-after young cook, solves murders with the help of the mysterious Daniel McAdam.

THIRD IN A NEW SERIES: Featuring a comely and intelligent young cook who works in London’s wealthiest households

AN INTREPID AND ORIGINAL AMATEUR SLEUTH: Readers were introduced to heroine Kat Holloway in Ashley’s self-published novella A Soupçon of Poison, which has sold over 20,000 copies to date on its own and as part of an anthology

INSPIRED BY A BESTSELLING COOKBOOK: The series was inspired by Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, the most popular cookbook of the late nineteenth century

MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING SERIES: Ashley is best known for her Shifters Unbound paranormal romance series and her Mackenzies historical romance series

FOR FANS OF DOWNTON ABBEY AND GOSFORD PARK: A history buff, Ashley perfectly captures the details of upstairs and downstairs life in a wealthy Victorian household

CROSSOVER APPEAL: Ashley’s mysteries have a strong romantic element that will appeal to her large romance fan base

STRONG ONLINE PRESENCE: Jennifer Ashley has a strong online media presence, including 14,000 Facebook fans and 5,200 Twitter followers

Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Death Below Stairs Mysteries; the Shifters Unbound paranormal romances, including Red Wolf and Guardian’s Mate; and the Mackenzies historical romances, including The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and The Stolen Mackenzie Bride. Winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, she also writes as USA Today bestselling mystery author Ashley Gardner. She lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, and spends most of her time in the wonderful worlds of her stories.

Author Residence: Phoenix, AZ

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Publicity: Select author appearances

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Author Website: katholloway.com

Author Social Media: Facebook.com/JenniferAshleyAllysonJamesAshleyGardner; Twitter @JennAllyson

Praise for the novels of Jennifer Ashley

“A top-notch new series that deftly demonstrates Ashley’s mastery of historical mysteries by delivering an impeccably researched setting, a fascinating protagonist with an intriguing past, and lively writing seasoned with just the right measure of dry wit.”-Booklist

“An exceptional series launch…Readers will look forward to this fascinating lead’s future endeavors.”-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A smart and suspenseful read, Death Below Stairs is a fun series launch that will leave you wanting more.”-Bustle

“Heartrending, funny, honest, and true.”—Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

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