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 her family. However, the woman, Lilliana, has been forced to leave her two boys behind. When the woman’s husband is murdered, Atlas must solve the mystery to keep himself and Lilliana from being suspects. As the story continues, there are many suspects to choose from.
I thought the novel was 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.
I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.
“A Heart’s Rebellion” by Ruth Axtel is a novel set in the Regency period in England. It is the story of Jessamine Barry, the daughter of a vicar, who is sent to London for the season. Her parents want her to find a husband so she and her friend Megan are placed in the care of an Lady Bess, a member of the upper crust who will be able to provide access to the glittering ballrooms of London during the season.
Jessamine is trying to overcome her broken heart after Rees Phillips, Megan’s brother, decides to marry another. She has pined for him since she was thirteen years old and cannot forget her feelings so easily. Jessamine and Megan are not overly besieged by suitors, so Jessamine decides to reinvent herself – new hairdo, new clothes, and a new outlook.
Lancelot Marfleet has just returned from India where he has been serving as a missionary. His bout with illness forced him to return to England. He is drawn to Jessamine when he first saw her, but she rebukes him mainly because he is a vicar. She wants more than what her father provided for his family. The story continues with the activities of the ton and the way Jessamine is drawn into some of the more unsavory activities in which the eligible young men of the time engage.
I think Ms. Axtel provided a very realistic view of Regency England in a time when good marriages were arranged by the families of the young people.
I received free print copy of this book from Revell in return for my honest review.
I finished reading “Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage” by Valerie Bowman, who also wrote “Secrets of a Runaway Bride” and “Secrets of a Wedding Night”. All three books are related because James Bancroft, Viscount Medford has a printing press, which he uses to irritate the ton.
Kate, Duchess of Markingham, is accused of killing her obnoxious, scandalous husband, George, Duke of Markingham. She is visited in her prison room in the Tower by Bancroft, who wants her to write a pamphlet titled “Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage” as a way to tell her story, which he will print. He is sure it will sell because of the salaciousness of the topic. He has printed two other pamphlets written by two young women who were in similar circumstances. He vows not to get involved in Kate’s defense, but after hearing her story, cannot help doing just that. He hires an excellent barrister to aid Kate’s defense. The story surrounding the murder and murderer is very intriguing and will keep you interested until the very end of the novel.
I enjoyed this story very much because it combines a murder mystery and a love story with episodes of humor throughout.
I received a free print copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews in return for my candid personal review of this book.