Monday, December 09, 2019
Murder at the Opera by D. M. Quincy
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.
D.M. Quincy's website is www.dmquincy.com
Murder at the Opera by D.M. Quincy. Crooked Lane Books, 2019. ISBN 9781643852355 (hardcover), 336p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.