Jan 11, 2020

Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley: European Reading Challenge 2020

European Reading Challenge hosted by Rose City Reader

Death in Kew Gardens (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #3)
Death in Kew Gardens
Title: Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley 
Setting: London, Kew Gardens
Time: Victorian era
Genre: mystery 

The book caught my eye because of my interest in plants, gardens, and gardening! This is the third in the Kate Holloway Mysteries set in Victorian London. Published June 4, 2018 by Berkley. Book from my shelves.

An unknown Chinese man gives Kate a box of Chinese tea when she meets him by chance on the street in front of the house where she is employed as a cook. She tries to clear him, with the help of her beau, Daniel, when Mr. Li is later suspected of the murder of Sir Jacob, Kate's neighbor and a collector of Asian antiquities and exotic plants. 

A lot of the action takes place in Kew Gardens as well as in Kate's household and the house of Sir Jacob. The descriptions of the plants and trees in Kew's Palm House and the Temperate House add to the interest of the novel, its plot and characters. 

The book is well planned and written, and transports us easily into the Victorian era of obsession with new plant collection and amassing items from the East.

Five stars. 

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1 comment:

Tea said...

I have always heard of Kew Gardens. I wouldn't mind reading a mystery with this setting. This one looks good.

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