The Infamous murder trial that inspired 'Murder in Bloomsbury'

I think it is the journalist in me that is often inspired to turn true-life events into fiction.

Accused murderess Madeleine Smith (Public Domain Photo)

My first Atlas Catesby mystery, Murder in Mayfair, was inspired by a real incident that took place back in the 1700s, when a duke purchased the wife of an ostler who was selling the woman to the highest bidder. 

My second Atlas Catesby novel, Murder in Bloomsbury, borrows liberally from a sensational murder trial that occurred in Scotland in the mid 1800s.

Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith was accused of killing her low-born lover. The case had all of the elements of a high drama—blackmail, sex, poison and possibly murder. 

Letters detailing the passionate secret love affair were introduced in court and scandalized society at the time. I was fascinated to be able to read the transcript from the trial online. You’ll see elements of Madeleine Smith’s story throughout Murder in Bloomsbury

I hope you enjoy reading the second Atlas Catesby mystery as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it!

The early reviews are in...

The early reviews for Murder in Mayfair are in and I’m excited to be able to share them with you:

Murder in Mayfair by D.M. Quincy

“Dashing and enjoyably melodramatic.”   Kirkus Reviews


“Regency London comes vividly alive in this atmospheric historical; the witty prose and well-developed characters will remind readers of Georgette Heyer and Charles Finch.” 
Library Journal, starred review


“…cleverly plotted series launch…”  Publisher’s Weekly


“The first of a new series, this historical mystery will appeal not only to cozy readers, but also to lovers of Regency romances.”  Booklist


“Murder in Mayfair is a delicious tale of intrigue and deceit set in beautifully drawn Regency England. Fans of Thomas Hardy will especially love the set-up, and everyone will be hoping for the next installment of this new series.”
Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The Adventuress


“I’ve always been a fan of the Regency novel and enjoyed this delicious tale of scandal and villainy in Georgian England.”
Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy mysteries


“D. M. Quincys Murder in Mayfair is a quite simply, a great read. The author brings the English Regency vividly to life with a beautifully plotted mystery, a strong sense of place and wonderful characters. Im already eager to read the next Atlas Catesby adventure!”
Emily Brightwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Jeffries mysteries


“An entertaining and twisting tale of jealousy, greed, love and murder teeming beneath the precise manners and splendid facade of Regency society.”
Shelley Freydont, New York Times bestselling author


“Murder in Mayfair is an intriguing story based on an unusual premise (a nod to Thomas Hardy!) with interesting, sympathetic characters and an unexpected ending.”
Carola Dunn, author of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries

Working on Edits

I’ve spent the last few days working on edits for Murder in Mayfair.

This means the book is that much closer to publication, which is always exciting for an author. Most of the edits I’ve had to do for Murder in Mayfair involved moving every scene into Atlas’s point of view. That took some time, but I think the result is worth it. 

The story revolves around an amateur sleuth who gets involved in murder after he saves a woman being sold in the public square by her husband.

Murder in Mayfair will be out first in hardback and ebook this summer. The release date is July 11, 2017.

I’ll keep you posted!