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In 1814, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after a carriage accident left him injured 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, 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.

Fortunately, Atlas is a master at solving complicated puzzles and finds himself uniquely suited to the task, despite the personal peril it may put him in. But soon he learns the dead man had many secrets - and more than a few enemies willing to kill to keep them quiet.

©2017 Dora Mekouar (P)2018 Tantor

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Written with a view to becoming a TV series?

One of those books you can put down and pick back up when there’s nothing better available. The story is almost serialized and goes on and on. You could skip a couple of chapters and not miss much.

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And a new detective is born

Or at least enjoys puzzles. Truly despicable villians, a charming heroine and a Bow Street runner that reminded me of Columbo. Quite an enjoyable book and plan on getting #2.

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Just OK for me

I didn't mind the story or the mystery, but I didn't take up with the characters. Atlas was OK, but I didn't like Lilliana at all and the connection (or lack of) did not appeal to me. I don't want to discourage anyone else from trying the book, but I don't think I will try the rest of the series. It was OK - maybe a book without Lilliana would work better for me.

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