- Series: An Atlas Catesby Mystery (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Crooked Lane Books; Reprint edition (January 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 168331459X
- ISBN-13: 978-1683314592
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder in Mayfair: An Atlas Catesby Mystery Paperback – January 9, 2018
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“Regency London comes vividly alive in this atmospheric historical; the witty prose and well-developed characters will remind readers of Georgette Heyer and Charles Finch.”
―Library Journal, starred review
“Dashing and enjoyably melodramatic.”
"[A] cleverly plotted series launch."
“The first of a new series, this historical mystery will appeal not only to cozy readers, but also to lovers of Regency romances.”
“An enjoyable, richly detailed Regency-era whodunit…Anglophiles and mystery lovers are sure to enjoy this jaunt to 19th-century London, and can hope for future adventures (with a side of romance).”
“Delightful…Full of that witty dialogue one expects from this genre…This novel makes a successful start to Atlas Catesby’s crime-solving adventures.”
―New York Journal of Books
“The characters are vivid, each one with a unique personality… With wry humor and surprising twists at the end, Murder in Mayfair will please mystery fans.”
―Historical Novels Review
“An intriguing historical novel with a dollop of romance, but also to a well-conceived murder mystery with a surprise ending.”
―Mystery Scene Magazine
"Well planned and executed. The characters were very likable and I enjoyed reading about the time period as well. I have a feeling that Ms. Quincy’s series about Atlas Catesby and his puzzles will be well received and successful. I will be looking for the next book in the series."
―Night Owl Reviews
“Murder in Mayfair is a delicious tale of intrigue and deceit set in beautifully drawn Regency England. Fans of Thomas Hardy will especially love the set-up, and everyone will be hoping for the next installment of this new series.”
―Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The Adventuress
"I've always been a fan of the Regency novel and enjoyed this delicious tale of scandal and villainy in Georgian England."
―Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy mysteries
“D. M. Quincy’s Murder in Mayfair is a quite simply, a great read. The author brings the English Regency vividly to life with a beautifully plotted mystery, a strong sense of place and wonderful characters. I’m already eager to read the next Atlas Catesby adventure!”
―Emily Brightwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Jeffries mysteries
"An entertaining and twisting tale of jealousy, greed, love and murder teeming beneath the precise manners and splendid facade of Regency society."
―Shelley Freydont, New York Times bestselling author
“Murder in Mayfair is an intriguing story based on an unusual premise (a nod to Thomas Hardy!) with interesting, sympathetic characters and an unexpected ending.”
―Carola Dunn, author of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries
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I have two minds toward this book. I did enjoy it but had numerous problems with it. It's a bit more of a romance than a mystery, although the mystery itself is well done. The biggest problem for me is that the characters just do not fit into Regency England. For instance, Atlas has strong opinions on women's rights, is permissive of homosexuality, and doesn't care about societal rules or class restrictions. All of the main characters are twenty-first century time travelers pretending to be from 1810. They use modern slang, and talk about things that would never be spoken of in that time period, and they do it in mixed company. Doctors and medical examiners seem to have modern knowledge. Many readers will not be bothered by any of this, and, in fact, would be turned off by a main character with Regency mores, but it drove me nuts the entire book.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book to review.
Since the author plans to write a series set in the Regency, she needs to do some basic research. This story was set in 1810, yet she refers to the Duke of Wellington, who was not made a Duke until 1814, after Napoleon's defeat and exile. In 1810, he would have been Major General Arthur Wellesley. Then there's the matter of language usage. I wouldn't expect a well-born Regency lady to use such expressions as "I'll say!"
There was a lot of use of the nonexistent word "ahold" and Atlas Catesby should seek out the services of a skilled physician because of all the
odd activities constantly going on in his stomach and gut. I've never heard of a stomach that yawned, for instance. And then there are the descriptions of skepticism humming in someone's throat, ale being saccharine, the odd use of "brother in marriage" instead of brother in law and much more. A plethora of inappropriate, physically impossible and just plain awkward descriptions spoiled many scenes in the book for me.
My 3-star rating is because the plot was done well, otherwise it would have been 2 stars. To compare this book to the writing of C.S. Harris, as the inside jacket blurb does, is a disservice to both authors. Quincy doesn't have anywhere near Harris' knowledge of the period and writing ability, or if she does, it doesn't show in this book.