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    Historical Mystery

    Did you know that in England in the past a husband and wife would dissolve their marriage through the sale of the wife to another – a sale that took place publically – and perhaps acted in place of a divorce? With women being “owned” by their husbands, divorces considered expensive and disgraceful, and often not sanctioned by the government or church - a sale was one way out. At the beginning of this story Atlas Catesby, fourth son of a Baron, finds himself buying such a woman to save her from rather despicable men. With the deed of sale for Lilliana Warwick in his “possession” he headed back to London, housed her with his sister Thea and tried to find an amicable way for Lilliana to have access to her sons since her husband refused to let her near them. From that point on a few more people are introduced, a number of incidents occur, Lilliana’s husband ends up dead, the solving of the mystery of how the husband died is worked on and the second mystery of Lilliana’s true identity is dealt with. There is some romance between Atlas and Lilliana but there is no real HEA or HFN conclusion for the couple by the end of this book. They could spend time together in book two (my guess) or not see one another ever again. Hmm… What I liked: * Catesby’s strength of character * Lilliana’s love for her children * The plot sequence * The supporting characters (want to see some of them in future books) * The interaction of Catesby with Lilliana’s sons, new valet and his friend Gabriel * Thea, Catesby’s sister * Charlton, Catesby’s friend * The fact that I feel this book ended well and without a cliffhanger and yet leads me to want to read the next book in the series. What I did not like: * Perhaps it was not in true keeping with the times of the early 1800’s – in more ways than one – though this did not detract from the overall story. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC – This is my honest review.
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    Interesting case

    "Murder in Mayfair" is a well-constructed, interesting murder mystery, but I was particularly interested in the representation of the Regency time. The author based her story on the practice that a man could sell his wife, which seems to be outrageous from today's point of view and is also an action that the protagonist condemns, but it was still permissible. But the the time period is also otherwise authentically represented; many small details have been woven into the story, which enriches it and makes it more realistic. Even though the reader is most likely not in agreement with all the views that the characters hold, they are nevertheless comprehensible and believable for their background and time period. The author has succeeded in making sure that the reader is emotionally invested. One suffers with Lilliana, can understand Atlas' desire to help her and finds the husband, the later victim, detestable. I must say that his death could not really move me; Because of his character it was also not surprising that there were a lot of people who hated him and had a sufficient motive for the murder - including, of course, the protagonist and Lilliana, which makes the whole situation precarious. Atlas' investigations were therefore very interesting and although some connections were evident early on, there are convincing false leads and surprising twists so that the story is not predictable and gripping. The resolution was plausible and fit the plot; The potential for further cases is definitely there, and the complex personal relationships can also provide a lot of material for more books, so I am curious about the second volume.
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