Adventurer Atlas Catesby must set aside his feelings for Lady Lilliana as they work together to get justice for someone she holds dear
Aristocratic adventurer Atlas Catesby has spent the last year trying to forget Lady Lilliana Warwick, but when she reappears in his life imploring him to help her solve a murder, Atlas feels compelled to say yes.
The ner’re-do-well brother of Lilliana’s maid died of arsenic poisoning. Authorities are ruling his death an accident, but his sister suspects he was murdered. As Atlas and Lilliana investigate, they discover that the victim had a mysterious lover—a high-born lady he threatened with scandal after she spurned him. When they finally uncover her shocking true identity, the case blows wide open and it turns out there is a whole string of women who had reason to kill the handsome charmer. Now, as Atlas fights his growing feelings for Lilliana, they must work together to catch the assassin before the killer gets to them first.
Perfect for fans of Charles Finch and C. S. Harris, Murder in Bloomsbury is the magnificent second Atlas Catesby mystery.
In Quincy's solid second Atlas Catesby mystery (after 2017's Murder in Mayfair), world traveler Catesby and the widowed Lady Roslyn Lilliana Warwick investigate the sudden death of her maid's brother in Regency-era London. The coroner has ruled that Gordon Davis, a footman turned factory clerk, accidentally overdosed on the arsenic he took for medical reasons, but the form of arsenic in his body doesn't match the type he habitually used. Davis was a seductive schemer determined to marry into wealth. Those who wished him dead include the father of a youth he lured into gambling debt, the aristocrats whose daughters he compromised, and the conventional young woman whose scandalously explicit letters he threatened to reveal. As Catesby untangles the victim's many intrigues, his passion for Lilliana reawakens, but the social chasm between a baron's fourth son and the sister of one of England's most powerful dukes still deters him from asking for her hand. Quincy evokes both the contradictions of her setting and the romantic tensions between her protagonists, though anachronistic attitudes and language throughout can jar. Readers will look forward to Catesby and Lilliana's further adventures.)