A Soupçon of Poison, by Jennifer Ashley

April 26, 2021 Book Reviews 3 ★★★★

A Soupçon of Poison, by Jennifer AshleyA Soupçon of Poison by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Kat Holloway #0.5
Published by self-published on Dec. 15, 2015
Genres: Historical Mystery
Pages: 127
Format: Kindle or ebook
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Also in this series: Death Below Stairs, Murder in the East End, Death at the Crystal Palace, The Secret of Bow Lane
Also by this author: Death Below Stairs, Murder in the East End, Death at the Crystal Palace, The Secret of Bow Lane

London, 1880. Kat Holloway, highly sought-after young cook to the wealthy of London, finds herself embroiled in murder when she’s accused of poisoning her employer, the loathsome Sir Lionel Leigh-Bradbury. Her only help as she works to clear her name comes from the mysterious Daniel McAdam, a handsome man-of-all-work who seems to know everyone and always happens to be in the right place at the right time. Kat and Daniel investigate the crime, but the mystery of Daniel’s background might be just as elusive and dangerous as the poisoner bent on framing Kat for murder.

A Soupçon of Mystery…

…and a dash of romance. A Soupçon of Poison, the prequel to Jennifer Ashley’s Kat Holloway series, serves as a delightful appetizer before the main course. The novella introduces Kat Holloway, a cook in Victorian London, and the charming but mysterious Daniel McAdam, and sets up the relationship we see at the beginning of Death Below Stairs: attraction on both sides, tempered by a thread of distrust and more than a little caution on Kat’s part, and secrecy on Daniel’s. Here, too, are Kat’s daughter Grace and the cheerful street urchin James. The mystery is puzzling, the murders not too gruesome. In short (as befits a novella!) Historical and cozy mystery lovers alike will enjoy this delicious little amuse-bouche before diving into the series.


3 Responses to “A Soupçon of Poison, by Jennifer Ashley”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m just so amazed that you were able to binge the whole series so quickly! I enjoyed both this prequel and Death Below Stairs, so I’m looking forward to reading book 2.