Book Review for AN ARTLESS DEMISE by Anna Lee Huber
AN ARTLESS DEMISE by Anna Lee Huber
A Lady Darby Mystery, Book 7
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A well-developed historical mystery steeped in all the pomp and circumstance of the 1800s.
If there ever were an intriguing mystery, AN ARTLESS DEMISE would be it. Huber balances historical accuracy, the nitty-gritty of the crimes, and the interpersonal relationships in a way you can’t help but delight in the unfolding story.
As I have stated numerous times, I love a historical mystery. There is something so appealing to me about being transported back in time with the characters, the class structure, and the overall atmosphere of the past. Then, when an author gives me a bit of intrigue, I am hooked. With an effortless style of writing, Huber flows back and forth between personal interactions and the investigation at hand. It is lovely to see this husband and wife uncovering the clues as well as bringing in all those around them to the case.
This is the first time I have read something by the author, and I am pleasantly surprised. I know I will be adding the rest of the series to my to read pile soon.
Series Note: Though I think reading this series from the beginning will no doubt benefit the reader, you don’t have to read the previous six books. This is the first Lady Darby Mystery I have read, and I followed the story with ease.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lady Darby returns to London with her new husband, Sebastian Gage, but newlywed bliss won't last for long when her past comes back to haunt her in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.
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?
About the Author: Anna Lee Huber is the RITA and Daphne Award-nominated author of the Lady Darby Mystery series. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. Anna currently resides in Indiana with her family.
Series: A Lady Darby Mystery (Book 7)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 2, 2019)
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