A mystery of stolen antiquities has cook Kat Holloway once again setting aside her apron for the intrigues of the upper echelons of Victorian London.
Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat’s employer asks for help in clearing her friend’s name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair’s wealthiest families.
Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum. As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done
It was fun to be back with Kat, Daniel McAdam, James and Lady Charlotte and a few new faces added in to the mix. Newcomer Tess was absolutely delightful and I am excited to see her character grow in the books to come. Kat was as head strong and brave as in the first book, and Lady Charlotte was ever the ready to get into the thick of things. Mr. McAdam continued to be charming, intelligent and swoon worthy. I’m glad his friendship with Kat remained strong and there seems to be hope of one day them being more.
My favorite part of this series is actually the detailed description of the meals Kat prepares in the kitchen. The food sounds absolutely heavenly. I totally made the maitre d’hotel butter (butter combined with parsley, salt, pepper, a little lemon juice) shortly after reading and served it on haddock.
The mystery itself was clever and I wasn’t able to figure it out by the end. The story had some moments that had me catching my breath and sitting up right waiting for the outcome. Overall the story wrapped up its mystery nicely and I am looking forward to Kat Holloway and Daniel McAdams next adventure