Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Murder in East End - Historical Mystery Review


Goodreads:  Murder in the East End (Kat Holloway Mystery #4) by Jennifer Ashley

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description:  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.

Genre: Mystery - Historical    

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my absolute favorite series and there is no way I'm passing up the latest book.

My Impression:  This series just does not disappoint!  Anytime Kat Holloway is on the page I will be reading - especially if Daniel McAdam, Lady Cynthia, Mr. Davis and the rest of the downstairs staff are present!  I especially enjoyed this one because I felt like we made some progress on just who exactly Daniel is.  He's been so mysterious since the very beginning of the series that it was nice to have, if not answers, at least more of a direction.  I also enjoyed seeing Kat and Daniel butt heads a little more.  In the past Kat would get frustrated with Daniel but never actually address it with him.  As well, I thought Miss Townsend was a welcome addition to the team.  

The mystery in this book was a bit on the darker side with missing children and a dive into the darkest side of child exploitation.  Kat explored darker and grittier places then she ever has in the past and there were a few nail biting situations.  I was pulled in from the very start of this one couldn't wait to find out what happened next.  This is a fascinating historical mystery series with lots of upstairs/downstairs action and a full ensemble of entertaining characters.

I listened to the audio of this one and Anne-Marie Piazza did an absolutely fabulous job.  I'll be looking for more books narrated by her.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  This is a must read series for me.  

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy historical mysteries this is one you absolutely shouldn't miss.  While you can jump in here it's probably best to start at the beginning of the series.  You won't be disappointed.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Love that we will see a bit more of Daniel in this book and that Kat butts heads with him. And now I will be watching out for Miss Townsend.

  2. Hi Katherine, I've never seen this series. But you bet that I am going to have a look right now!

  3. I haven't read this series, but I've had my eye on it and have it on my wishlist. Looks great.

  4. I have this and can't believe I still haven't read it! I need to make time for it!