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Murder in Mayfair

(Atlas Catesby #1)

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In 1810, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after a carriage accident left him injured in London. But his plans are derailed when, passing through a country village, he discovers a helpless woman being auctioned off to the highest bidder--by her husband.

In order to save her from being violated by anothe
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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Atlas Catesby, the disposable fourth son of a baron, is a restless world traveler who never stays in one place for long. By chance, he's traveling through the English country village of Slough when he witnesses something foreign even to his worldly ways: a man auctioning off his own wife. Atlas's gentleman nature compels him to buy the poor woman, but from the very start he suspects he's stepped into a situation more complicated than your average damsel in distress. Lilliana is vague about her p ...more
I've given this a B for narration and a C for content, which comes out at 3.5 stars.

D.M. Quincy’s Murder in Mayfair is the first in a series of Regency Era historical mysteries featuring gentleman traveller, Atlas Catesby. The blurb and some reviewers have suggested it will appeal to fans of Georgette Heyer or of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr novels, but that’s misleading. The writing is solid, but doesn’t possess the wit or sharp observational humour of Heyer – who certainly didn’t pepper her
Fans of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances or Charles Finch's Charles Lenox mysteries will want to try D.M. Quincy's debut historical mystery, Murder in Mayfair. The wit, clothing and setting brings Regency London to life in a mystery with satisfying twists.

"Had his mount not lost its shoe on the return journey to London after taking the waters in Bath, Atlas Catesby would not have been in a position to purchase another man's wife." Catesby, an adventurer stuck at home while recuperating from a
Joanna Shupe
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut historical mystery. It had the right amount of tension and plot twists that kept me guessing. I love the Regency and Quincy showed an excellent knowledge of the time period. Wonderful characterization, too. I cannot wait to read the second installment. If you're a historical mystery fan, you'll love this book!
Vellum Voyages
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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Oooh, D.M Quincy, you did a mighty fine job with this debut historical mystery! An excellent read where I just couldn't get enough of the characters, their lives and of course the mystery they manage to entangle themselves in! I'm already eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Atlas Catesby's adventures :)

Atlas Catesby and his best friend the Earl of Charlton, are having dinner at an inn in
Barb in Maryland
3.5 stars for the first in a new series.
I'm not sure I really need yet another Regency mystery series--I'm already following 3 such series.
But this was inoffensive, fairly intelligent, with a likeable main character, a charming lady in distress and stellar supporting characters. The villain (and murder victim) was a nasty sort, with numerous suspects (including, of course, our hero and the lady).
There's a nice twist towards the end that supplies the final clue necessary to solve the mystery.
Kathy Martin
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Atlas Catesby is the youngest son of a baron and a world traveler who delights in solving puzzles. A carriage accident and a damaged foot have kept him in England longer than he would like. His stay becomes more interesting when he discovers a young woman being sold to the highest bidder by her husband. Being a gentleman, he steps in and buys the young woman - Lilliana Warwick - and finds himself in the midst of a criminal investigation when her husband is found dead.

There are a number of suspec
I don't usually bother with too much plot summary in my reviews; it seems a bit pointless when it only takes a couple of clicks or a scroll to read a blurb. But this time I'm going to make an exception. Copied from Goodreads:

In 1810, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after a carriage accident left him injured in London. But his plans are derailed when, passing through a country village, he discovers a helpless woman being a
Mia Lansford
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Perhaps my favorite book of 2017. It has everything a reader could want and left me wanting the next book. Ms Quincy set her world up in a smart and simple way using characters and places that keep the reader turning the page for more. I felt she left the clues for me to find right before exposing them in the story. Brilliant. I loved every page and would recommend it to any fans of light mystery.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, mystery
Although the historical details are well-presented, I struggled with characters I wasn't totally sold on. Atlas is a little too egotistical for his own good, and I never truly understood Lilliana (and though her motivations were sound, I wasn't entirely convinced by that whole plotline). The secondary characters were better, and I wonder if more will be done with Atlas's sister and his friend the Earl, but I'm not sure I'll wait for the next book.
Kate Baxter
Do you enjoy a good murder mystery with a strong historical fiction bent and a wee bit of romance? If yes, then this is the book for you. The opening scene alone brings shock and scandal immediately to the fore. Of course, the on-looking gentleman rescues the woman in trouble yet she truly hates being beholden to any man. So they're off to a prickly start but the tale warms up and the characters develop richly throughout the story. The identity of the woman is as much a mystery as is the death o ...more
Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

It is 1810 and our hero, Atlas Catesby, finds himself in the middle of wife sale. Yep, some yahoo is selling his wife. But Atlas can't stand to see this woman dishonored so he makes a very high bid and walks away with, well, a woman. He settles her in with his sister while they try to decide what can be done for the poor woman. But it is not long until the husband decides he wants her back. And it shortly after that that sa
Mary MacKintosh
Regency fun

Noble men and noblemen, damsels in distress, evil men who get what they deserve--this book has it all! Atlas Catesby, an unwillingly idle gentleman, happens upon an odd occurrence: a man auctioning his wife off in a village square. He buys the woman to spare her from degradation. She turns out to be a mystery: too elegant to be the tradesman's wife that circumstances make her seem to be and not willing to play the role that is a woman's lot in Regency England. Georgette Heyer used to
Mar 13, 2017 added it
I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. I'm always on the lookout for a good historical mystery series and this series has been added to my list of favorites series. Atlas Catesby is traveling back from a visit to Bath with his friend the Earl of Charlton when he comes across a commotion at an inn. He finds that a local gentleman (Warwick) is selling his wife to the highest bidder; being a true gentleman and haunted by the death of his oldest sister he finds hims ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightful new mystery series set n Recency England. Numerous twists and turns keep the reader and main character puzzled until the very end. The end solves more than one mystery. Looking forward to more in this series.
Nicole Laverdure
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

Great introduction for D.M. Quincy’s new mysteries series ‘Atlas Catesby’! I really enjoyed ‘Murder in Mayfair

This adventure tells the journey of Atlas, a master of helping women in difficult situations! This time it’s Lilliana’s turn to get caught when she auctioned off by her husband. Atlas, a man with many talents, will try to help Lilliana and her two sons, Peter and Robin, to get them safe from danger. Will his mission succeed? Lots of twists and turns! I could not put this boo
"Murder in Mayfair" is a well-constructed, interesting murder mystery, but I was particularly interested in the representation of the Regency time. The author based her story on the practice that a man could sell his wife, which seems to be outrageous from today's point of view and is also an action that the protagonist condemns, but it was still permissible. But the the time period is also otherwise authentically represented; many small details have been woven into the story, which enriches it ...more
Cathy Geha
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Murder in Mayfair by D. M. Quincy
Atlas Catesby Mystery #1

Did you know that in England in the past a husband and wife would dissolve their marriage through the sale of the wife to another – a sale that took place publically – and perhaps acted in place of a divorce? With women being “owned” by their husbands, divorces considered expensive and disgraceful, and often not sanctioned by the government or church - a sale was one way out. At the beginning of this story Atlas Catesby, fourth son of a Ba
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
D. M. Quincy has written a series debut novel. “Murder in Mayfair” is an Atlas Catesby Mystery and the first one in the series. The story takes place in 1814 in England, where Atlas and friend have stopped at an inn for some sustenance. After hearing a commotion in the yard, they investigate and find that a husband is auctioning off his wife to the highest bidder. Sensing that the woman is high born and disgusted at the spectacle taking place, Atlas makes a winning bid determined to see her to h ...more
Cyn Mcdonald
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mediocre. Not-quite-bodice-ripper crossed with Regency romance and disguised as a mystery. Far too much social criticism (women and children as property of their husbands, criminal homosexuality) to be an escape read.
Barbara Rogers
Series: Atlas Catesby #1
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Delightful, cleverly plotted, well-developed characters and TWO mysteries that will keep you guessing right to the end. If you love Sebastian St. Cyr, Alec Halsey, Captain Lacey, etc. you will love this book as well. I believe this is Quincy’s first foray into writing a mystery, but it sure doesn’t seem like it.

Atlas Catesby, youngest son of a baron, is a restless wanderer. He is brilliant and solutions to complex puzzles just leap out at h
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This first-in-series book wasn't bad, but I've more thoroughly enjoyed several Regency fantasies (I wish there were more!), many Regency romances (back in the days when I read more of traditional romances — i.e., neither PN/F/SF nor suspense), and at least a couple other Regency mystery series (C.S. Harris's Sebastian St. Cyr, and Kate Ross's Julian Kestrel, a series tragically cut short by the author's death). MiM just felt a bit shallowly developed, and I didn't really care about the character ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
With a cast of eclectic characters, an intriguing murder and a wonderful setting, Murder in Mayfair, the first release in D.M. Quincy's Atlas Catesby series, is a marvelous mystery set in 1814 England.

Atlas Catesby's zest for adventure usually keeps him far from home, but he has been sidelined for months while waiting for an injury to heal.  When he and his good friend, the Earl of Charlton Gabriel Young stop for a meal, Atlas chivalrously steps in to rescue Lilliana Warwick when her odious husb
Leith Devine
Thanks to Crooked Lane Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Murder in Mayfair in the first book in a new series, and I'm looking forward to the future installments. I love a good historical mystery, and really enjoyed this book.

The book is set in 1814 England. Atlas Catesby and his friend, the Earl of Charlton, have stopped for the night at a country inn. Atlas is an adventurer and loves to solve puzzles, so when he hears yelling outside he and his
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just finished a book that is part of my favorite genre, historical mystery, and it did not disappoint. D.M. Quincy writes a Regency mystery that introduces strong characters in this first of a series.

Atlas Catesby is a fourth son in a titled family who is still affected by the death of his beloved sister, Phoebe. It has turned him into an aimless traveler whose adventures keep him from moving on in his life. Outside an inn he witnesses a man selling his wife to the highest bidder. Horrified,
Missi Stockwell
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What do you do if you are enjoying a meal when you hear a commotion outside where a woman is being auctioned off by her husband ? If you are a gentlemen like Atlas Catesby, you venture outside. And if you are truly a gentlemen, you purchase the woman so that you can insure that she will be protected.

After Atlas saves the woman from her cruel husband he takes her to his sister's home until he can get to know her and figure out the best way to help her. But before he can do that, things get worse.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new historical mystery series set in Regency England. My first reaction upon finishing it was "whoa, that was a fast read! It's over already?" and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. But it's got almost awkwardly big margins on the pages, plus plenty of space between the lines of type. I'm kind of wondering how many pages it would have been if it had been formatted in a less noticeable manner. Which is probably not what you're supposed to be wondering when ...more
June Ahern
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Anne Perry, 19th Century England murder mysteries, and now a fan of D.M. Quincy's Atlas Catesby amateur sleuth. Unlike Ms. Perry I was relieved didn't have to sit through another "ton" high society affair of divine gowns and stuffy men. Quincy gives just enough to envision that era whilst moving on with the sleuthing. Atlas, in the 30's, still grieves the death of his eldest sister, a death he says is murder. Because of it he is hyperaware of unfairness, especially toward women. In ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Very well written, fast paced, and compelling read.

Atlas Catesby & his friend Charlton are resting from a long journey in a pub, when they hear a commotion outside. What they find is a most disagreeable man holding an auction for his high-spirited wife. Sensing a damsel in much distress, Atlas opens & ends the bidding w/ an offer of £30.

Thus begins the friendship & quasi-romance between Atlas & Lilliana Warwick... but as it turns out, Lilliana is anything but a demure country wif
Good but not great, with a lot of potential for future books in the series.

Atlas (the eccentric unimportant fourth son of a new baron) is an interesting main character. He and the side characters (who are also intriguing) are under-developed in this first in a series, but there is a lot of room for growth.

The behavior of the characters is often modern, but mostly in a believable way. They don't all act modern all the time, like in some historical fiction. Historical details otherwise seemed acc
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D.M. Quincy is an award-winning television journalist who has covered dozens of crimes, including violent unsolved murders that stayed with her for years afterwards.

She’s pretty sure that had something to do with her decision to write her own stories in which a brilliant amateur detective always gets the bad guy (or girl), thus making sure that justice is always served.

As a US Foreign Service bra

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