D.M. Quincy grew up as a U.S. Foreign Service brat, which means she spent most of her childhood roaming the world, primarily in less developed countries. That’s probably why the protagonist in her Atlas Catesby mystery series travels to far-flung places as often as he can.
While D.M. adored visiting fascinating destinations like Bolivia, Peru, Laos, Pakistan and India, returning home to the United States was always such a treat. The shopping mall! Neat, organized, fully stocked grocery stores! Junk food! Television in English! You get the picture.
After college, D.M. became a television journalist. She covered dozens of crimes, including violent unsolved murders that stayed with her for years afterwards. She’s pretty sure that had something to do with her decision to write her own stories in which a brilliant amateur detective always gets the bad guy (or girl), thus making sure that justice is always served.
When she isn’t hunched over her laptop researching ways for her villains to kill people, D.M. reads, spends time with her family, devours foreign television mystery series on Netflix, and plots her next travel adventure.
In 1814, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after being injured in a carriage accident in London. But his plans are derailed when, passing through a country village, he discovers a helpless woman being auctioned off to the highest bidder--by her husband.
In order to save her from being violated by another potential buyer, Atlas purchases the lady, Lilliana, on the spot to set her free. But Lilliana, desperate to be with her young sons and knowing the laws of England give a father all parental rights, refuses to be rescued--until weeks later when her husband is murdered and Atlas is the only one who can help clear her name of the crime.
Fortunately, Atlas is a master at solving complicated puzzles, with games as well as the intricacies of human motivation, and finds himself uniquely suited to the task, despite the personal peril it may put him in. But soon Altas learns the dead man had many secrets--and more than a few enemies willing to kill to keep them quiet--in Murder in Mayfair, the first in a new historical mystery series by D. M. Quincy.