An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7)by Published 02 Apr 2019
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November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby’s return to the city is anything but mundane, though not for the reasons she expected. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of imitating the notorious misdeeds of Edinburgh criminals, Burke and Hare—killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schools. Then Kiera’s past—a past she thought she’d finally made peace with—rises up to haunt her.
All of London is horrified by the evidence that “burkers” are, indeed, at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife’s edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. And when Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late anatomist husband’s involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is. Not only for herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child.
Meanwhile, the young scion of a noble family has been found murdered a block from his home, and the man’s family wants Kiera and Gage to investigate. Is it a failed attempt by the London burkers, having left the body behind, or the crime of someone much closer to home? Someone who stalks the privileged, using the uproar over the burkers to cover his own dark deeds?
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Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne Award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries and the Verity Kent Mysteries. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides with her family and is hard at work on her next novel.
An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7) Reviews
An Artless Demise is another great addition to the Lady Darby mystery series. In this book Lady Darby and Gage return to London only to get involved in another murder investigation. It seems that the body snatchers are killing people in order to sell their bodies to medical schools, creating panic and unrest in the city, and it appears that the past Kiera was trying so hard to put behind is still haunting her. Some of the people in Kiera and Sebastian's circles believe that Kiera has a connection to the body snatchers and blame her for what is happening. It's up to Kiera and Gage to not only solve the murders but to clear her name and reputation once again. I really enjoyed this installment. I loved London setting and I found the murder mystery part very interesting. Lady Darby series is one of my favorite historical mysteries and it continues to surprise and delight me well into book seven.
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
How do I love this series? Let me count the ways:
1- Sebastian Gage
3- Sebastian with Kiera
Okay, so I'm a little (a lot) partial towards Sebastian. I was afraid that great chemistry between them would start dwindling after they got married, but it's still there, thank goodness, which (let's be honest) is the main reason for reading this series.
This story was particularly creepy in certain ways. Given Kiera's past and what she endured at the hands of her first husband, the theme of grave robbers and burkers was one that touched her and Sebastian more closely than some others. To know that this went on for real, and to that point, was really creepy to read about. It might be one of the reasons why the old cemeteries in my country all have very high stone walls.
If you like historical (Georgian era) clean novels with decidedly Gothic elements and romance, awesome characterization and engaging setting, then I recommend this series. You can't go wrong.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
I love this series. Another mystery/investigation to solve, and always improved by the ever-so-yummy hero, Gage.
It's 1831, and Lady Darby and her husband, Sebastian Gage are in London, when a new case finds them. Someone is killing sons of the nobles, and people are wondering if it's the same notorious body snatchers who were recently tried for murdering to obtain bodies for medical use. Kiera's memory of her life with the sadistic Sir Anthony is coming back to haunt her, aided by judgmental people in the so-called upper echelons of society. I enjoyed this historical mystery with a strong female protagonist who continues to aid Gage in his investigation throughout her pregnancy.
Another excellent installment in the Lady Darby series.
Kiera and Gage return to London to find respite neither in their personal nor their professional lives. It appears that resurrectionists again are murdering (“burking”) people to provide cadavers for medical dissections. Polite society quickly recalls Kiera’s alleged involvement in her deceased ex-husband’s procurement of such corpses for writing his anatomy text and are quick to ostracize her and whisper of possible new association with the latest killings. On top of this, a loathsome heir is murdered in upper class Mayfair, and the killer is trying to link it to the “burker” slayings. Gage and Kiera must juggle a commission to find that killer while trying to navigate the shark-infested waters of the ton.
While I early on suspected the identity of the murderer (though I was wrong about the motive), I enjoyed reading about how Kiera and Gage, along with their loyal retainers, investigated the case and dealt with the nastier elements of high society. But the most satisfying aspects of the story were the more personal ones. Kiera and Gage are relatively newly-wed and Kiera is in the early stages of pregnancy. I really enjoyed how their love and respect for each other shone and grew through some very trying circumstances. One of my favorite scenes involved the usually polite and stoic Kiera giving a pointed, though still fairly polite, set-down to one of her nasty tormenters. By the end of the book, she has gained a surprising, if not a bit alarming, new supporter.
I look forward to Kiera and Gage’s next adventure.