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 Slough on their way home to London when they hear a commotion outside. Investigating further, a bride sale is being conducted right under their noses! Aghast at the cruelty of this woman’s husband, Atlas finds himself purchasing Lilliana Warwick just so he could offer his protection from her repugnant husband.
Lilliana’s husband is found dead a few weeks after the sale takes place and Lilliana and Atlas find themselves as the main suspects in the murder investigation. Atlas who has a thing for solving mysteries also decides to investigate and deduces his own theories. He also suspects Lilliana is not telling him the whole story about her family background as her bearing is positively regal and her marriage to a tradesman does not add up. Finding himself searching for answers regarding the murder and Lilliana’s secrets, he has the weight of a murder mystery and his growing attraction to Lilliana on his shoulders ( couldn’ help myself with that one haha).
It has been a while since I was this excited about a book! This was damn well done! I’m so impressed and I can’t stop thinking about the characters and little pieces within the novel are still falling into place. I was kept guessing throughout the book and we don’t just get one mystery, we get two! There was a lot going on in each character’s lives but everything adds up and makes sense and I was never confused or bogged down with information.
I felt like I was transported back into Regency London as D.M Quincy had her Regency speak down pat (don’t quote me on the historical accuracy of the era as I’m no historian!) but it was very very good as it would be exactly how I would imagine the gentry conversing. Her London location choices were excellent and she capture’s the tradesman atmosphere at Bond Street in the Regency very well. I live a few stops away from Bond Street so probably why I could totally relate!
Atlas had an intriguing supporting cast in the novel and all the characters were exciting in their own way! Thea, Atlas’s mathematician sister, is married to a husband she cares about but we never meet. The Earl of Charlton’s and Thea’s relationship should be an interesting little story indeed! They seem like total opposites and yet there’s something there which I cannot wait to explore further! And of course, there’s something simmering between Atlas and Lilliana but we don’t know the outcome yet
I was quite surprised at the potential romances that blossomed in the book as they were unexpected (I was expecting pure mystery!), which kept the romance reader in me very happy! And yes D.M Quincy does write historical romances under the pen name Diana Quincy which of course I looked up and have added to Mount TBR! The only thing that stood out to me were the medical explanations within the book, as they had a very modern approach to them. This information may have been viable within the Regency, but the medical terminology just had a modern feel to it, in comparison to the Regency setting we were immersed in.
This is going to be one of those binge read series as it just leaves you craving more! You don’t want to miss out on this well written book and how gorgeous is this cover!?!! The cover alone makes me want to pick this book up!
*Thank-you D.M Quincy, Netgalley & Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.