"Would the past never leave me be." (quote from the book)
London, England 1831 the 'burkers' (body snatchers) have set the city on edge and Kiera (Lady Darby) and Sebastian Gage are soon immersed in a tangled web of events that brings Kiera's past back with a vengeance.
Not only are there body snatchers to deal with, but the political climate surrounding the Reform Bill has made the populace tense and on edge. Through all this, Kiera is forced to face and re-live the painful memories of her first marriage and the horror it evokes as she and Gage become embroiled in the 'burker style' murders of aristocratic heirs.
"My heart already raced with the panic I'd felt so many times during the weeks after the scandal over my involvement with Sir Anthony's work erupted. I'd thought to never feel that again, but the lurching sensation of my pulse flooded me with memories. The anxiety I'd thought I'd learned to control made my skin prickle and my stomach turn." (quote from the book)
Being privy to Kiera's thoughts, you experience first hand how those in the ton treat her once the scandal breaks and at times you want to lash out at them.
"Among society, it was not so much the truth of the matter, but the appearance of it." (quote from the book)
One of the most deeply satisfying things I love most about this couple is how Ms. Huber conveys the tenderness, laced with deep respect, honour and love they have for each other. It is not over the top nor in your face. It is two intelligent individuals knowing that what they have found in each other makes them complete.
I have yet to be disappointed in any of the six Lady Darby mysteries I have already read. 'An Artless Demise' will now make it seven. Each and every one of these mysteries is brilliant, not only in the descriptive verse, the atmosphere, and the history, but in the overall execution of the stories. Each book builds upon the other, so I do recommend you start at the beginning with "The Anatomist's Wife". Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
Praise for An Artless Demise "Anna Lee Huber has done it again! An Artless Demise is an unputdownable story, with an indomitable heroine, a great supporting cast, and a gripping, propulsive narrative with real history at its core."--USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas "Anna Lee Huber keeps upping her game--An Artless Demise is the perfect blend of history, mystery, and one of my favorite sleuthing couples!"--Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author "Intriguing, captivating and well-crafted...An Artless Demise immediately captures the imagination."--Susann Calkins, award-winning author of the Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Murders Praise for the Lady Darby Mysteries: "A missing heir, an estranged family, and a possible poisoner add up to a pretty puzzle for two far-from-disinterested sleuths....Huber draws on the beauties and dangers of the mysterious moorlands to provide a fitting setting for a knotty mystery filled with envy, greed, and thwarted love."--Kirkus Reviews "Riveting...An original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting."--Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author "[A] history mystery in fine Victorian style!"--Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author "[A] fascinating heroine...A thoroughly enjoyable read!"--Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author "Huber's debut...reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine."--Kirkus Reviews "Set largely in Scotland in 1830, Huber's well-done sequel to 2012's The Anatomist's Wife includes all the ingredients of a romantic suspense novel, starting with a proud and independent heroine...Strong and lively characters as well as believable family dynamics, however, elevate this above stock genre fare."--Publishers Weekly
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.