Monday, August 3, 2020

Review - Murder in the East End

:   Murder in the East End
Author:  Jennifer Ashley
Series:  Kat Holloway Mysteries #4
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Publisher:   Berkley Books
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  320
Date of Publication:  August 4, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars

A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in Kew Gardens.

When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel's troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances than she ever could have imagined. 


Kat Holloway is a young cook who has much more than culinary interests. She has found herself in precarious situations. In large part this is due to her avid curiosity when things are not as they should be. Previously she has found herself more than effective when it comes to solving murders. Currently, Kat learns that not only are children of London's Foundling Hospital disappearing, but that one of their nurses has been murdered. Quite naturally, Kat cannot ignore the situation. 

Kat doesn't act alone, however. She is aided by good friend Daniel McAdam, formerly a man of mystery as far as she was concerned. But at least now Kat knows Daniel has some ties to Scotland Yard. Can the pair work together once again? I loved this next book in the Kat Holloway Mysteries, because we finally get to know more about Daniel. Meanwhile, readers of this series have been seeing the pair draw closer together. It is hoped that now that Kat has a better understanding of Daniel that the pair can find something special together.

So this book and series delivers wonderful suspense, more than a bit of danger, and the nicely tuned element of romance. The case in this story is a bit more sensitive than previous titles in this series. This is especially because young children are the victims here, and that is never easy to read about. And when I say victims, it is rather serious and truly tragic. The intensity of their investigation was finely balanced with the growing romance. As a mother and grandmother, I kind of needed that break while reading this story.

Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite types of stories. I have read several series and always love how people become and continue to be amateur sleuths. In this case with the budding romance, as well as other friends that are in the mix, I have truly come to love and enjoy Kat and her industriousness when it comes to unraveling details, no matter how difficult and painful. Jennifer Ashley definitely has a fan in me and I can't wait to read more in this series.

Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Death Below Stairs,

Scandal Above Stairs,

Death in Kew Gardens,


Jennifer Ashley / Allyson James

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 100 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, Indonesian, and several other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

If you have any comments or questions, e-mail Jennifer from the contact page!


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. Cozy mysteries aren't my thing, but I'm so happy you enjoyed this one.

  3. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. This has all my desired elements - thanx for bringing it to my attention

  5. This sounds like my kind of read, great review.

  6. Not the one for me, but glad to see you enjoyed it