Mrs. Holloway has taken a new job as the cook for the powerful, rich Lord Rankin, his wife Lady Rankin and sister Lady Cynthia (who likes to dress like a man) in 1881 during the later years of Queen Victoria. The household has an eccentric group of servants that work in the house led by Mrs. Bowen. When Mrs. Holloway discovers her assistant Sinead found dead it opens up a whole can of worms.
She doesn’t believe Sinead’s death was a random robbery. With the help of her friend Daniel and Lady Cynthia, they start investigating the murder and soon come across a plot so devious, they have to race across England and the clock in order to stop a killing the goes all the way to the Queen.
They also finally figure out who murdered Sinead and why and how she played into the plot against the Queen. Mrs. Holloway and Daniel also have a flirtatious relationship that seems like it could go somewhere.
In reading the press notes this is the beginning of a new series by Jennifer Ashley, who is known for Shifters Unbound and the Mackenzies series. A fun, intriguing mystery with twists and turns makes for a promising new series.
You can pick up Death Below Stairs (Berkley Prime Crime Trade Paperback; in stores Tuesday, January 2).