Speculations in Sin by Jennifer Ashley @jennallyson @BerkleyPub

Posted February 29, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 14 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Speculations in Sin by Jennifer Ashley @jennallyson @BerkleyPub Speculations in Sin by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Kat Holloway Mysteries #7
Published by Berkley on March 5, 2024
Genres: Historical Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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Kat Holloway is distressed to learn that Samuel Millburn, husband of the woman who looks after her daughter, has been accused of embezzling funds from the bank where he works as a clerk. The accusation is absurd, and Samuel’s wife fears that her husband will not only lose his post but be imprisoned. Kat vows to uncover the truth. When she discovers the bank is involved in shockingly murky business dealings, Kat realizes she’s treading in dangerous waters. She turns to her confidante and handsome suitor, Daniel McAdam, for help.

To exonerate Samuel, Kat and Daniel may have to expose the unseemly financial dealings of prominent aristocrats and government officials, and even those working to bring down the royal family. Kat will risk everything to protect the man who has sacrificed so much for her daughter, even if it means endangering herself and the friends she has come to love.

The Kat Holloway series is one of my favorites in the historical mystery genre.  Kat, being a cook, and there being all the food references doesn’t hurt at all.  It’s a difficult time in history for women with limited choices.  Kat is starting to ponder these options for Grace.

Kat’s current post has the advantage of some good co-workers and Lady Cynthia but the disadvantage of being a servant with limited flexibility and Lady Cynthia’s horrible aunt and uncle in charge.  Luckily, Kat has some good connections which can help her a bit with their perceptions.

Sam Milburn has worked at a small investment bank for many years.  He worked himself up, studying hard, working diligently.  Now he’s under suspicion of embezzlement which he didn’t do.  Kat goes to work with her allies to get info on the bank and its employees.

Lady Cynthia takes her to the bank, pretending her interest in investing.  Kat’s sharp eye notes several oddities. While they are there, a body is discovered, and Sam is arrested.  Things look very dire but Kat is adamant in proving Sam’s innocence and getting him freed.  Daniel helps her as she investigates, also with protection for those who don’t want her investigating.  Miss Townsend procures top notch legal talent for Sam.  Thanos gets to work on the books and discovers the method of the embezzlement.

Kat really goes all out to prove the truth and ends up in danger herself.  Luckily, she is very talented and comes out on top of the criminals.  I loved this mystery with dire consequences and an uplifting conclusion.

About Jennifer Ashley

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.

Author photo credit to Berkley Prime Crime (TR) 2022

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Posted February 29, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 14 Comments

14 responses to “Speculations in Sin by Jennifer Ashley

  1. This is such a good series and definitely a reliable one! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it as well. I do wish the Kat/Daniel will they won’t they thing will make some progress. I have a low tolerance for that particular plot device!