Acclaimed author D. M. Quincy is back with a second captivating mystery as adventurer Atlas Catesby must put aside his own feelings for Lady Lilliana as they work together to get justice for someone she holds dear.
Aristocratic adventurer Atlas Catesby has spent the last year trying to forget Lady Lilliana Warwick, but when she reappears in his life imploring him to help her solve a murder, Atlas feels compelled to say yes.
The ner’re-do-well brother of Lilliana’s maid died of arsenic poisoning. Authorities are ruling his death an accident, but his sister suspects he was murdered. As Atlas and Lilliana investigate, they discover that the victim had a mysterious lovera high-born lady he threatened with scandal after she spurned him. When they finally uncover her shocking true identity, the case blows wide open and it turns out there is a whole string of women who had reason to kill the handsome charmer. Now, as Atlas fights his growing feelings for Lilliana, they must work together to catch the assassin before the killer gets to them first.
Perfect for fans of Charles Finch and C. S. Harris, Murder in Bloomsbury is the magnificent second Atlas Catesby mystery.
|Publisher:||Crooked Lane Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
D. M. Quincy is an award-winning journalist whoafter covering many unsolved murdersdecided to conceive her own stories in which a brilliant amateur detective always gets the bad guy (or girl). As a US Foreign Service brat, D. M. was bitten by the travel bug practically at birth, and like her protagonist Atlas Catesby, tries to visit far-flung places as often as she can. When she isn’t hunched over her laptop researching ways for her villains to kill people, D. M. devours foreign television mystery series on Netflix and plots her next travel adventure. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In "Murder in Bloomsbury," Atlas Catesby is once again involved in the investigation of a death when Lady Lilliana, the woman for whom he has feelings, asks for his help. The dead man is the brother of her maid who is firmly convinced that he was murdered, even though the cause of his demise was ruled an accident . Like the first volume, this book is rather quiet and a typical cosy crime. The case is somewhat predictable, although there are definitely exciting moments. Atlas and his companions spend most of their time interviewing the various suspects and looking for clues and evidence, for which Lilliana's high social standing is helpful, but the story is still captivating. As a reader one is curious to find out what happened to Gordon Davis, even if one quickly realizes that he was not necessarily a nice person and that there are a few characters who had a motive to kill him. At the same time the author takes a look at the more scandalous sides of society in that era, for example, extramarital sexual relations and exposure to seemingly pornographic books, which I found interesting. Like in "Murder in Mayfair", a highlight of the book is that the story is well integrated into the historical time period which is written realistically. The protagonists themselves and many of the witnesses are of a relatively high social standing, even though Atlas finds the obligations of that tiring, while the victim did not have that status and this contrast was quite important to the plot, which has allowed Quincy to show different circumstances and living conditions. In addition to the investigation, the personal relationship between Atlas and Lilliana also played a pivotal role. The dynamics between them were again written nicely and considering the developments in this volume, I am curious to see what will happen next, especially because of the potential problems that the protagonist himself addresses. There was also stuff going on with the other characters that makes one wonder where the story will go in regards to them. I rate this book 4 stars for a nice historical crime novel.
1814 has arrived and Atlas Catesby is back from Jamaica. At the request of his friend Lady Roselyn he starts to investigate the death of Gordon Davis, a clerk, who is brother to her maid. Davis' death has been pronounced as an accident. A well-written, enjoyable mystery with characters that I like.