Murder at the Opera (Hardcover)

An Atlas Catesby Mystery

By D. M. Quincy

Crooked Lane Books, 9781643852355

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

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When a nobleman's mistress is gunned down on the steps of the Covent Garden opera house, brilliant adventurer Atlas Catesby discovers a sinister family connection that compels him to investigate.

London, 1815. Amateur sleuth Atlas Catesby is about to discover the dark side of the bright lights. His long-awaited night at the opera with Lady Lilliana ends abruptly when a notorious courtesan is shot to death in Covent Garden.

The infamous victim was the mistress of the powerful Marquess of Vessey. Atlas believes that the marquess--his former brother in law--is responsible for the long-ago death of Atlas's sister, Phoebe. Atlas seizes the opportunity to potentially avenge his sister's death. But his inquiry is complicated when Phoebe's grown son implores Atlas to help prove Vessey's innocence.

Plunging into the cutthroat backstage life of the theatre community, the adventurer and the noblewoman soon discover that ruthless professional rivalries can escalate into violence, setting the stage for death in Murder at the Opera, D. M. Quincy's third riveting Atlas Catesby mystery set in Regency England.

About the Author

D. M. Quincy is an award-winning journalist who--after covering many unsolved murders--decided 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.

Praise For Murder at the Opera: An Atlas Catesby Mystery

Praise for Murder at the Opera:
"A multifaceted mystery/romance with plenty of believable motives for the likable sleuth to investigate."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Satisfying reading for fans of English historical mysteries."

"With its well-plotted mystery, nuanced depiction of London society, and appealing characters, this entry is the series’ strongest to date. Regency fans will be rewarded."
Publishers Weekly

"Enough twists and turns and surprises to keep readers wondering until the fat lady sings."
Historical Novels Society

Praise for Murder in Bloomsbury:

“A spirited and romantic mystery with a most surprising ending."
Kirkus Reviews

“Solid…Readers will look forward to Catesby and Lilliana’s further adventures."
Publishers Weekly

“D.M. Quincy breathes new life into historical mystery, capturing a tone and style that completely immerse you in the past, with dialogue fitted to the era and an inside look at London’s high society and its twists, betrayals, affairs, and struggles for reputation.”
Manhattan Book Review

“A richly worked vision of upper-class London in which even women of great wealth struggled againstoppressive social restraints.” 
Historical Novels Review