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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Murder at the Opera

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Atlas Catesby #3 Publication Date: 12/10/19 Number of Pages: 283 This is a very well-written, well-plotted, page-turning, adventurous romance and mystery with wonderfully well-developed characters. There are twists and turns aplenty and you are always wondering right to the end. You will think you know who the villain is but, you cant be sure. My only complaint is that is has been over a year-and-a-half since the last book. I definitely hope we dont have to wait that long for the next Series: Atlas Catesby #3 Publication Date: 12/10/19 Number of Pages: 283 This is a very well-written, well-plotted, page-turning, adventurous romance and mystery with wonderfully well-developed characters. There are twists and turns aplenty and you are always wondering – right to the end. You will think you know who the villain is – but, you can’t be sure. My only complaint is that is has been over a year-and-a-half since the last book. I definitely hope we don’t have to wait that long for the next book. Solving the murder of Mrs. Wendela Pike turns out to be bittersweet for Atlas Catesby. If you read the earlier books, you are aware that Atlas has been haunted by the murder of his sister, Phoebe. Twenty years ago, her husband pushed her down the stairs and eleven-year-old Atlas, who was in the house at the time, was sure it was a deliberate act. Now, that same husband, Malcolm Lennox, the Marquess of Vessey, is involved in another murder. You see, Mrs. Pike is the long-time mistress of the Marquess. Atlas would love for the Marquess to be guilty – but – that would hurt his nephew Nicholas, and Atlas is only just getting to know him – so – bittersweet. There are actually several suspects – the Marquess had several children with Mrs. Pike, could it be one of them? Then, there is the vicar who says he was betrothed to Mrs. Pike – could he have done it? Was she involved with someone besides the Marquess? Could it be Atlas’ nephew, Nicholas, who murdered her? Then, of course, there is the Marquess himself. Yes, there are lots of twists and turns and more suspects than you can shake a stick at. Just buckle your seatbelt and hang on for the ride. Atlas is still, of course, besotted with Lilliana and their romance is softly and unobtrusively woven within the mystery. As always, Lilliana helps with the solutions and constantly confounds Atlas by insisting on going places he doesn’t want her to be. It is too bad Atlas is still feeling that he, the fourth son of a baron, isn’t good enough for the daughter and sister of a duke. He probably just needs a big shock to get him moving – maybe he’ll get it. It was fun visiting with all of the returning characters. I thoroughly enjoyed Jaimie and it was nice to see how he’s growing and adapting as Atlas’s Valet. Of course, we couldn’t have a book without Atlas’s best friend, the Earl of Charlton and Lilliana’s brother, the Duke of Somerville. I can definitely recommend this book and this series. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    At last! At last a new Atlas Catesby mystery from D.M. Quincy, and, at last, a series I've read from the beginning. If you enjoy atmospheric historical mysteries set in the early 19th century, mysteries that beautifully set the scene while introducing characters from all walks of life, I suggest you start with the first in the series, Murder in Mayfair. However, this time, I was ready for the further adventures of Atlas Catesby and Lady Lilliana Warwick in Murder at the Opera. Catesby was just At last! At last a new Atlas Catesby mystery from D.M. Quincy, and, at last, a series I've read from the beginning. If you enjoy atmospheric historical mysteries set in the early 19th century, mysteries that beautifully set the scene while introducing characters from all walks of life, I suggest you start with the first in the series, Murder in Mayfair. However, this time, I was ready for the further adventures of Atlas Catesby and Lady Lilliana Warwick in Murder at the Opera. Catesby was just putting Lady Lilliana into the coach after an enjoyable evening at Covent Garden when they hear a cry of murder. He ran to help, finding a small crowd surrounding the body of a woman. She had been shot in the face, and a nearby fruit vendor witnessed the shooting, saw the killer, and retrieved the pistol. When Catesby hurried to the inn where the inquest was to be held, Endicott, a shrewd Bow Street runner, informed him that Mrs.Wendala Pike was the victim, a woman who was notorious as mistress to a wealthy nobleman. The wealthy nobleman? Catesby's former brother-in-law, the Marquess of Vessey. From the time he was a boy, Atlas has hated Vessey. He blames him for the death of Vessey's wife, Atlas' sister, Phoebe. She fell down the stairs, but Atlas is sure that Vessey pushed her. Now, he learns that Mrs. Pike has been Vessey's mistress all these years, even before Vessey and Phoebe were married. Atlas vows to find Mrs. Pike's killer, even, and especially, if it is Vessey. He's only confused when Vessey shows so much sorrow and utters a cryptic sentence when he sees Mrs. Pike's body. Together with Lady Lilliana, and the assistance of his valet, Jamie, Catesby questions his way through 1815 London. Gunsmiths, young bucks, fruit vendors and those involved in the theater all provide pieces for Catesby's latest puzzle. Although his nephew begs him to prove Vessey's innocence, Atlas is determined to find the truth at all costs. Quincy's latest mystery is a fascinating puzzle with intriguing characters. She excels at the polite rituals of society, even as Catesby and Lilliana break rules. Family relationships, romances, and friendships take center stage in Murder at the Opera. The book brings a couple storylines to a head for those of us who have read the series. Readers won't be disappointed at the latest developments, although the solution to the mystery itself may come as a surprise. In fact, some of us will be delighted at the new puzzles awaiting Atlas Catesby.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    4.5 Stars 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 Marquis of Vessey. Atlas believes that the marquis--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 4.5 Stars 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 Marquis of Vessey. Atlas believes that the marquis--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. This is the third book in the series & the first I’ve read, I loved it. Murder & mystery set in the Regency era ticked all the boxes for me. I was drawn in from the start & engrossed until the end. A very well written book with characters that have depth & well developed. There are red herrings & the identity of the villain isn’t obvious. I now need to go & read the first two books & look forward to more in the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    This may be my favorite Regency mystery series. The characters are complex and compelling, the writing is good and the mystery is solid. There is a nice touch of romance but the mystery is the main focus of the book. Not all things are sparkle in the ton, filled with infidelities, struggles for social position, reputation, financial security and occasionally true love. Pride and prejudice ran rampant in society. However, the really ugly sides of humanity and the deplorable conditions of the This may be my favorite Regency mystery series. The characters are complex and compelling, the writing is good and the mystery is solid. There is a nice touch of romance but the mystery is the main focus of the book. Not all things are sparkle in the ton, filled with infidelities, struggles for social position, reputation, financial security and occasionally true love. Pride and prejudice ran rampant in society. However, the really ugly sides of humanity and the deplorable conditions of the slums are not highlighted in this series. I wouldn't call it a lighthearted series but you don't feel like you've waded through the waste of human depravity or the hopelessness of the struggle to just survive. It is a compelling series that entertains with high society which also provides great backdrop of motivations for murder. Can't wait for the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heatherinblack

    there was something at the end that let me down. this was so much an ask questions, bother people, potentially get friends killed, ultimately put it all together in your head solution. had the opera singer just told the truth, the answer would have been obvious. none of the other detection would have been necessary. it was all so very...i am not sure. easy? and was this a trilogy? or will there be more? ill read one more and see what happens. there was something at the end that let me down. this was so much an “ask questions, bother people, potentially get friends killed, ultimately put it all together in your head” solution. had the opera singer just told the truth, the answer would have been obvious. none of the other detection would have been necessary. it was all so very...i am not sure. easy? and was this a trilogy? or will there be more? i’ll read one more and see what happens.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara J Fischer

    A complex and satisfying mystery I appreciate that the author remains true to the period in the tools available to the detective and the behaviors allowed women in that time. Atlas and Lillian are well matched in intellect and chemistry. Makes for a satisfying conclusion all round.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review; 4.25 stars rounded down to 4. Murder at the Opera is the third title to feature Atlas Catsby; if you haven't read the previous titles, I highly recommend reading them first to get the most out of this book. While leaving an opera performance he had attended with Lady Lilliana Warwick, Atlas responds to a cry of murder and discovers a woman who had been shot. Atlas is shocked to find out the dead woman, Mrs. Pike, is the I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review; 4.25 stars rounded down to 4. Murder at the Opera is the third title to feature Atlas Catsby; if you haven't read the previous titles, I highly recommend reading them first to get the most out of this book. While leaving an opera performance he had attended with Lady Lilliana Warwick, Atlas responds to a cry of murder and discovers a woman who had been shot. Atlas is shocked to find out the dead woman, Mrs. Pike, is the mistress of his former brother-in-law, the Marquess of Vessey, who killed Atlas's elder sister Phoebe years ago when he was just a young boy. Unable to obtain justice for his sister, Atlas is determined to prove that Vessey was behind Mrs. Pike's death after being asked by a Samuel Brown to look into the death. Atlas soon discovers that Mrs. Pike may have been Vessey's mistress, but there was more to her than that. A talented singer, Vessey took her as a mistress when she was just 16 and had been her only lover in the many years since. The two even shared two daughters together that Vessey was caring for. Things get even more complicated when Atlas's nephew, Nicholas asks Atlas to help prove his father's innocence. Will Atlas be able to put aside his feelings about Vessey in pursuit of justice, or will he allow them to cloud his vision? The writing is top notch and the mystery is very well done with a number of plausible suspects and twists to keep the reader guessing as to the killer's identity and motive until close to the end. I love the secondary characters in this book and they are given some nice developments - his friend Charlton and his sister in particular. Lilianna and Atlas are at a crossroads in their blossoming relationship; will Atlas put aside his past and be willing to move forward, or will his wonderlust prevent him from being able to give Lilianna and her children the stability they need given her first husband? I really love this series and hope that we get many more books featuring Atlas and crew.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A much anticipated evening at the opera turns deadly for Atlas Catesby. Leaving the performance he hears a gun shot and a woman is dead. Before he knows it, his past comes back to haunt him. The woman who has died is Mrs. Pike, a well known singer and her long time lover and father of two of her children turns out to be the Marquess of Vessey, Malcolm Lennox, known to Atlas as his former brother in law. When Atlas was just 11 years old, his sister, Phoebe, was married to him and Atlas blames him A much anticipated evening at the opera turns deadly for Atlas Catesby. Leaving the performance he hears a gun shot and a woman is dead. Before he knows it, his past comes back to haunt him. The woman who has died is Mrs. Pike, a well known singer and her long time lover and father of two of her children turns out to be the Marquess of Vessey, Malcolm Lennox, known to Atlas as his former brother in law. When Atlas was just 11 years old, his sister, Phoebe, was married to him and Atlas blames him for her death. As he learns more about Mrs. Pike and her relationship with Lennox, Atlas wants to finally find him guilty of the past crime. Atlas is eager to prove Lennox's guilt until his nephew, Nicholas, comes to him, asking him to help prove his innocence. It turns out that there is more to the life of the late Mrs. Pike than meets the eye and the list of possible suspects isn't short. Atlas needs to put aside his feelings about Lennox if he expects to track down Mrs. Pike's killer. along the way the reader is immersed in the sights and sounds of 1815 London. From the high life to the low life, the reader sees it all. Which makes this one historical mystery series keep its place on my must read list. In the genre of historical mysteries it's one of the best. The mystery itself is well crafted with more than enough twists and turns and some red herrings to keep me guessing to the reveal. I hope this series has a long run. My thanks to the publisher Crooked Lane and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I didn't like this one *quite* as much as the others. I don't like it when details obtrude, and in this book what was up with the smoking? We had to hear about every inhalation and every exhalation, practically, in some of the conversations, with detail about the smoke and how it's spiraling or rising or whatever the hell else it's doing, Why?? How does this add to the story? The plot is that a woman who is the long-time mistress of a prominent aristocrat is shot with a pistol on the street I didn't like this one *quite* as much as the others. I don't like it when details obtrude, and in this book what was up with the smoking? We had to hear about every inhalation and every exhalation, practically, in some of the conversations, with detail about the smoke and how it's spiraling or rising or whatever the hell else it's doing, Why?? How does this add to the story? The plot is that a woman who is the long-time mistress of a prominent aristocrat is shot with a pistol on the street outside of an opera house in the crowd departing from a performance. The premise is that nobody realized the pistol shot was a shot; some witnesses thought it was thunder? which seems odd to me. Anyway, a clergyman who claims he was engaged to marry Mrs. Pike, the victim, hires Atlas Catesby, who was kind of- sort of- not really-a witness to the crime, to find the murderer. I'm not sure it ever made sense to me why this man would engage a private investigator. The plot thickens with new revelations about illegitimate children and unsuspected conflicts around the dead woman's career as both a mistress and a singer. I just thought the plot didn't make a lot of sense at times and I am no longer enjoying whatever love interest is playing out between Atlas's married sister Thea and Atlas' close friend. I'll look at the next in this series, probably, but with lesser anticipation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jan Goodard

    Atlas Catesby is an enigma. He is the son of a baron, yet shuns society festivities. He is very intelligent, preferring to spend his time solving intricate puzzles. He shuns settling down and has traveled extensively. At times he seems like a teenage boy. He admires and is attracted to Lady Lilliana. Not only is he afraid his affection is not returned not does he feel he is good enough for him, even though she gives enough hints that she wants to be more than friends. In this third of the Altas Atlas Catesby is an enigma. He is the son of a baron, yet shuns society festivities. He is very intelligent, preferring to spend his time solving intricate puzzles. He shuns settling down and has traveled extensively. At times he seems like a teenage boy. He admires and is attracted to Lady Lilliana. Not only is he afraid his affection is not returned not does he feel he is good enough for him, even though she gives enough hints that she wants to be more than friends. In this third of the Altas Catesby mysteries, Altas is face to face with his nemesis, the Marquess of Vessey, his late sister's husband. After attending a night at the opera, Atlas witnesses the murder of Vessey's mistress, Wendy Pike. What secrets will Altas uncover as he searches for her killer? Why does he care? How does investigating the murder bring him closer to Lilliana? As you read through this book, the reader can almost hear the wheels turning in his brain as Altas rules out one suspect after another. Although I seemingly guessed who the killer was before Altas, as the story progresses, you know he had this suspect in mind all along. This is a very nice addition to the Altas Catesby mysteries, I do hope there will be more. I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review. These are my opinions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Homerun2

    I have read the two previous Atlas Catesby books and I think the series is growing stronger and more entertaining. Atlas Catesby is leaving the theater in Regency London when a murder occurs. The victim is the mistress of a member of the aristocracy, a man who happens to be Atlas' former brother in law. The Catesbys believe he was responsible for the death of their sister, his late wife. Catesby is still pursuing justice, 20 years later, for his sister and vows to find the murderer, especially if I have read the two previous Atlas Catesby books and I think the series is growing stronger and more entertaining. Atlas Catesby is leaving the theater in Regency London when a murder occurs. The victim is the mistress of a member of the aristocracy, a man who happens to be Atlas' former brother in law. The Catesbys believe he was responsible for the death of their sister, his late wife. Catesby is still pursuing justice, 20 years later, for his sister and vows to find the murderer, especially if it's the peer in question. Family loyalties complicate everything, and so do the untruths floating around when Catesby investigates. And of course, Catesby's yearning for his lady love Liliana is a major plot theme. Atlas has no fortune or title and she is the daughter of a duke. Their relationship is appealing with lots of sparks flying. This was a fun and enjoyable read with a nicely plotted mystery and likable main characters. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I absolutely love this series and the third book is just as good as the first two! In this one, Set in Regency London, Atlas is investigating the death of Wendy Pike who is the longtime mistress of the Marquess of Vessey whose history with Atlas goes back years. There's many twists and turns regarding the whodunit and I really didn't guess who the murderer was until it was revealed. I also particularly liked how some threads of previous books regarding Phoebe, Atlas's late sister, were resolved I absolutely love this series and the third book is just as good as the first two! In this one, Set in Regency London, Atlas is investigating the death of Wendy Pike who is the longtime mistress of the Marquess of Vessey whose history with Atlas goes back years. There's many twists and turns regarding the whodunit and I really didn't guess who the murderer was until it was revealed. I also particularly liked how some threads of previous books regarding Phoebe, Atlas's late sister, were resolved as this story unfolded. I've loved the relationship between Lilliana and Atlas since the first book, with realistic hesitation from the both, but with a happy outcome in this! I absolutely love the secondary characters, Charlton and Thea is parthcular. I love Regency mysteries and this series has become a favorite and I absolutely hope there's a fourth book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is a very enjoyable historical mystery set in 1815 involving the murder of the mistress of a Marquess, right outside of the opera house in Covent Garden. An added twist for the sleuth, Atlas Catesby, is that the Marquess is the former brother in law of Catesby and the man Catesby has blamed for his sister's death. This outstanding mystery featured an intriguing plot and a top-notch cast of supporting characters, particular the love of Atlas's life, Lady Lilliana. As I started this book, I This is a very enjoyable historical mystery set in 1815 involving the murder of the mistress of a Marquess, right outside of the opera house in Covent Garden. An added twist for the sleuth, Atlas Catesby, is that the Marquess is the former brother in law of Catesby and the man Catesby has blamed for his sister's death. This outstanding mystery featured an intriguing plot and a top-notch cast of supporting characters, particular the love of Atlas's life, Lady Lilliana. As I started this book, I thought this was the first book in the series but, alas, I've discovered that it is not (to my delight, I might add) and so I immediately picked up the first two books in the Atlas Catesby series. I hope there are many more to come in this highly recommended series. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    The third book in the Atlas Catesby mystery series, Murder at the Opera is a thoroughly engaging mystery that can be read as a stand-alone, but I definitely recommend reading its predecessors. The mystery here starts with the murder of a marquesss long time mistress, and Atlas is first on the scene. The truly beautiful part of the story is the subtly character growth from both the primary and (brilliant) secondary characters, and how it never overwhelms the main mystery plot. Its a testament to The third book in the Atlas Catesby mystery series, Murder at the Opera is a thoroughly engaging mystery that can be read as a stand-alone, but I definitely recommend reading its predecessors. The mystery here starts with the murder of a marquess’s long time mistress, and Atlas is first on the scene. The truly beautiful part of the story is the subtly character growth from both the primary and (brilliant) secondary characters, and how it never overwhelms the main mystery plot. It’s a testament to the writing that both storylines were so compelling. I look forward to the next in the series, hoping it’s not as long in coming as this one was. I need to understand the backstory of Thea (Atlas’ sister) and her husband! I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becky Tatar

    Atlas Catesby is the son of a well known poet, who was elevated to the aristocracy by the King. So, he and his sisters are fish out of water in the ton. While attending the opera one night, a well known woman is killed, the long time mistress of Atlas' brother-in-law, the Marquess of Vessey. There is bad blood between the families, as Atlas believes his sister was killed by her husband, the Marquess. Atlas works to find the killer, and along the way, finds out more about his in-law's family, Atlas Catesby is the son of a well known poet, who was elevated to the aristocracy by the King. So, he and his sisters are fish out of water in the ton. While attending the opera one night, a well known woman is killed, the long time mistress of Atlas' brother-in-law, the Marquess of Vessey. There is bad blood between the families, as Atlas believes his sister was killed by her husband, the Marquess. Atlas works to find the killer, and along the way, finds out more about his in-law's family, both legitamate and not. This was ok. But if you want a true picture of Regency England in mystery stories, go to C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series. That series show much more depth, and really goes in to the underbelly of the glitz and glamour of Regency England.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Things are often much more complicated than they appear- and that's the case when Mrs. Pike is murdered. Atlas Catesby, our intrepid sleuth, is so hoping that her lover, the Marquess of Vessey, is the guilty party. The Marquess, you see, was married to Catesby's beloved sister Phoebe and Atlas has always held him responsible for her death. Catesby finds himself, along with Lady Lilliana, investigating this recent death. He learns more than he ever expected about the opera but worse, about his Things are often much more complicated than they appear- and that's the case when Mrs. Pike is murdered. Atlas Catesby, our intrepid sleuth, is so hoping that her lover, the Marquess of Vessey, is the guilty party. The Marquess, you see, was married to Catesby's beloved sister Phoebe and Atlas has always held him responsible for her death. Catesby finds himself, along with Lady Lilliana, investigating this recent death. He learns more than he ever expected about the opera but worse, about his nephew Nicolas. Quincy has created a complex mystery with engaging characters. I do think it helps to have read the earlier novels to fully appreciate Catesby and Lilliana in particular. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Buchli

    I love historical mysteries and I also love Heyeresque regencies. You'd think I'd enjoy some of the regency era with female protagoists, but somehow I never did. All the ones I tried were a bit too much on the cozy side and I prefer a grittier mystery.. Then I stumbled upon the Captain Lacey mysteries and the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, both with male protagonists (but featuring badass women, too!) and fell in love. Atlas Catesby is a worthy successor to those two gentlemen and I think anyone I love historical mysteries and I also love Heyeresque regencies. You'd think I'd enjoy some of the regency era with female protagoists, but somehow I never did. All the ones I tried were a bit too much on the cozy side and I prefer a grittier mystery.. Then I stumbled upon the Captain Lacey mysteries and the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, both with male protagonists (but featuring badass women, too!) and fell in love. Atlas Catesby is a worthy successor to those two gentlemen and I think anyone who enjoys those series will also enjoy this one. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC copy for my review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    While escorting Lady Lilliana to a performance at Covent Garden, Atlas Catesby witnesses the death of Mrs. Pike, the well-known mistress of the Marquess of Vessey. At first determined to find proof that the Marquess himself is guilty, Atlas soon finds that he must find the truth at all costs. The mystery was solid and the clues fairly laid out. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing right to the end. This series continues to be enjoyable with each new entry. There was a great deal While escorting Lady Lilliana to a performance at Covent Garden, Atlas Catesby witnesses the death of Mrs. Pike, the well-known mistress of the Marquess of Vessey. At first determined to find proof that the Marquess himself is guilty, Atlas soon finds that he must find the truth at all costs. The mystery was solid and the clues fairly laid out. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing right to the end. This series continues to be enjoyable with each new entry. There was a great deal of character development in this book. This is not a problem per se but it did make me wish that I had re-read the two previous books in this series to have details closer at hand.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    1815 London. As the theatre crowd are leaving the opera in Covent Garden the Marquess of Vessey's lost term mistress, Mrs Pike, is shot. Twenty-two years previously the wife of Vessey died. Atlas is convinced that his former brother-in-law Vessey killed his wife Phoebe. Phoebe being Atlas's older sister. So he takes the opportunity to investigate hoping to prove Vessey guilty of this murder. I enjoyed this well-written mystery with its cast of well-developed characters. Hopefully the series will 1815 London. As the theatre crowd are leaving the opera in Covent Garden the Marquess of Vessey's lost term mistress, Mrs Pike, is shot. Twenty-two years previously the wife of Vessey died. Atlas is convinced that his former brother-in-law Vessey killed his wife Phoebe. Phoebe being Atlas's older sister. So he takes the opportunity to investigate hoping to prove Vessey guilty of this murder. I enjoyed this well-written mystery with its cast of well-developed characters. Hopefully the series will stay more mystery than romance to keep my interest. A NetGalley Book

  20. 4 out of 5

    LInda L

    I've loved all 3 of Quincy's books, and I was hoping there would be more to come,but she made it sound like this would be the last one. I just love Atlas and Lily and Jamie and Charleton, and others besides. The story involved a murder of a demi-rep, then one of Atlas's acquaintances. Well, the son of the acquaintance. As usual, Atlas was talking to people, and frequently just thinking. Interesting about the jigsaw puzzles -- who knew?? Great job, D.M.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    It's the first book i read in this series and won't surely be the last. It's an engrossing and entertaining read, with a cast of fleshed out characters and a well researched historical background. The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and it kept me guessing. I can't wait to read the next instalment. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Atlas attempts to discover who murdered the mistress of his much hated brother in law. The man he knows murdered a beloved sister. A sister that 20 years later he is still trying to come to terms with. Throw in his nephew the heir, a bastard, ex-mistress, with a lot of mayhem and let's not forget puzzles and you have an excellent 3rd book. I have truly enjoyed this series. I'll be honest - I was surprised by the killer but that you don't need to know until you read the book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Excellent. A very well-crafted historical mystery. I missed the previous titles in the series, but the writing is so solid and engaging that it didn't matter -- Great writing style, well-written characters, and dialog, along with a finely crafted plot. Highly recommended. I really appreciate the review copy!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Another great mystery, with Atlas Catesby. Full of twists and turns, to keep you confused about who the real killer is. Quincy has created a character with honorable traits, as well as, great problem solving skills. And she mixes just enough romance, to show Atlas softer side. Cant wait to see, what will happen in the next Atlas Catesby Mystery!!! Another great mystery, with Atlas Catesby. Full of twists and turns, to keep you confused about who the real killer is. Quincy has created a character with honorable traits, as well as, great problem solving skills. And she mixes just enough romance, to show Atlas’ softer side. Can’t wait to see, what will happen in the next Atlas Catesby Mystery!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Escorting the Duke's enchanting sister to the opera, Atlas Catesby finds himself in a crowd around a woman's corpse--a woman who was the mistress of Atlas' former brother-in-law, before the powerful nobleman killed Atlas' sister. Forced to investigate, Atlas finds secrets about his sister's life that he hadn't realized. And he also realizes that he wants truth even more than vengeance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Murder at the Opera: An Atlas Catesby Mystery is the 3rd in an excellent series. I think this is my favorite with all the excitement and action. There are so many who could have motives for murder that the reader is kept guessing. Well crafted story and characters. I hope to read many more books by this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Archana Aggarwal

    Thank you Net Galley. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series and this one, also, did not disappoint. A well written mystery that kept me turning the pages eagerly.. I look forward to more in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Chandler

    this is my first book by DM Quincy-I loved it. the plot flowed nicely and Atlas is a great character. there is a developing relationship with Atlas and Lady Lilliana. I want to read the 3 previous novels in series to catch up. Yet I can't wait to read the next one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I had trouble staying engaged by this one, and was mostly annoyed by the attraction between the leads yet constantly being reminded how much he is beneath her when the story doesn't adequately make that case based on the characters' behavior.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kay Kare

    Book three and the author still needs a copy editor for all the same reasons she needed one in the first book. (Mostly internal inconsistencies and misused words.) Her hero still needs a sense of humor. I think this is the last one I read.

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