• Death at the Crystal Palace

  • A Below Stairs Mystery
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

While attending an exhibition at the Crystal Palace, young cook Kat Holloway is approached by a woman in distress. Lady Covington is a wealthy widow convinced that her entire family is trying to kill her. Kat feels compelled to help, so she escorts the lady home to discover whether she is delusional or in true danger. 

When it quickly becomes apparent that the threat is all too real, Kat promises aid. Her charming confidant Daniel McAdam is busy infiltrating a plot against the Crown, and she worries he will not have time to lend his sleuthing expertise. This might be for the best, as Kat fears her growing emotional entanglement with Daniel can only lead to disaster. But soon, Kat faces a more serious threat when her involvement in both investigations plunges her into peril.

©2021 Jennifer Ashley (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 08-04-21

She’s losing me

What is happening with the narrator’s choices? I’ve read books 1-6. To me , some of the key characters sounded different in this one, especially Daniel who was 100% challenging to listen to. Re the story, I think in Book 7 she has to start telling some of Daniel’s big secrets and somehow move this along a bit. Really sorry to have to say it, but it’s starting to wear thin for me. Down to 3.5 stars from the 5 I’ve given the others.

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Good story, but what happened to the men's voices?

This is an excellent Victorian mystery series that hits a rare middle ground. The perspective is neither upper-crusty nor grimdark-gritty, and I love seeing the world through a cook's eyes. But for this installment, the narrator seems to have lost her mind when voicing the male characters! Every man in the book speaks in an odd slow, half-whispered purr that makes my skin crawl. It's just plain weird.

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Agree with other reviewers...

... about the creepy male voices. Ms. Piazza did so narrating the other books - so disappointing. I also agree with some reviewers about the plots getting old. At least one couple needs to move forward!

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What happened?

I wrote a glowing review at the beginning of this series, and have read with enjoyment all the way through to this one, which I'm not sure I will finish. Both the author and narrator seem to have stumbled badly here.

The men's voices all sound like some kind of derpy vampire, trying to imitate what he perceives to be the voice of seduction. Or a derpy acolyte trying to sound like a profound and wise guru. Or a derpy... Never mind, just believe me when I tell you that it's bad. And sometimes unintelligible.

The story has become formulaic, and the dialog is repetition of all the dialog from the previous five books. Just grinding out another book seems to happen to the best of authors, and the best of series, but I am sad to see it happen with this one. I'd suggest using your credit on something else.

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Books listed out of order!!!

Audible has this book listed as number four in the series, but it is actually number five. I listened halfway through before I figured it out. There are new characters in this book and references to events from Murder in the East End. It was very confusing and annoying. I was also quite bothered by the change in the way the narrator voiced Daniel and a few other characters in this one. The change in Daniel's voice in particular is a pretty tough pill to swallow. Hopefully I will find Murder in the East End more enjoyable.

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Wonderful

I loved how there were two mysteries to solve. If you like books with strong ensembles you will love these characters.

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Another amazing story!

I adore Kat Holloway, and the way Jennifer Ashley brings Victorian London through a cook's eyes to life. This latest installment in the Below Stairs mysteries had me guessing until the end. The supporting characters all add just the right amount of spice and I look forward to book 6!

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I want 10 more books in this series please

What fun!!!! So sorry it has ended… for now. Great narration. Great twists. Thank you!