As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby Mystery Series #5)

As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby Mystery Series #5)

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by Anna Lee Huber
     
 

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The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.
 
July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from

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The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.
 
July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.
 
Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.
 
Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end...

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Lady Darby Mysteries
 
“Riveting…Huber deftly weaves together an original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting for a book you won’t want to put down.”—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
 
“[A] clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection.”—Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425277720
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Series:
Lady Darby Mystery Series , #5
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
28,264
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Anna Lee Huber is the RITA and Daphne awards–nominated author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, including A Study in Death, A Grave Matter, Mortal Arts, and The Anatomist’s Wife. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She is hard at work on the next Lady Darby novel.

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As Death Draws Near 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Waited for Aslan.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 5 months ago
This is Anna Lee Huber's 5th full length 'Lady Darby Mystery', with one novella in the bunch. This one is just as good as the ones that went before. I first read 'The Anatomist's Wife' last year, discovered them later, so I had the pleasure of reading one right after the other. I've only had to wait for the novella and this latest one. Lady Kiera Darby is an artist, who has had some setbacks in her life, but has an eye and definite talent for solving crimes in mid 19th century Scotland, and now, in this book, Ireland. She is accompanied on her crime solving escapades by Sebastian Gage, inquiry agent, and now, her devoted husband. Together, they can give Mr. Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. In my opinion, they are better than that esteemed sleuth. This book delves more deeply into Lady Darby's emotions, too, a turn that I enjoyed very much. A nun has turned up murdered at a convent in Dublin and Gage's father, the arrogant and hateful Lord Gage, has sent them a letter, interrupting their honeymoon, no less, and all but ordered Kiera and Gage to Ireland to investigate the murder. Not long after their arrival, strange things begin happening, including another nun's murder, and Kiera suspects that some of the girls at the abbey are hiding sinister secrets from them. The townspeople want nothing to do with the investigation, no desire to help at all. Political unrest is also brewing and the Gages wonder if this mystery will ever be solved. Anna Lee Huber has yet another winner with As Death Draws Near. Her writing is exquisite, her description of locales and events superb! She deposits the reader into each scene and her characters are awesome! There is one scene between the Mother Superior and Lady Darby that is tremendous, one I kept going back and reading several times. I enjoyed it thoroughly and there is a bit of a teaser at the last paragraph of what the next book will bring. I only wish it didn't have to be so long before I get to read the new book! I highly recommend this book.
Dollycas 6 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts It seems Kiera and Gage can’t even have a honeymoon. Lord Gage sends them a message to travel to Dublin to investigate a nun that has been killed at an Abbey. He provides no details so the newly married couple find transport and get to Ireland as quickly as possible. The people of the surrounding area are not quick to provide much more information, even the other nuns at the abbey and the local Constable seems to holding back. Kiera and Gage have their work cut out for them to solve this case. It also tests their new married life as these two very independent people learn to trust their place now as man and wife. Kiera has grown so much since this series began, much of the thanks to Gage, but now that she is his wife will he fall into the ways of most men in this time and curtail her independence and freedom when it comes to their investigations. The author has shown us both sides and not everything is resolved by the end of this book. Huber’s stories are very character driven. Servants Anderley and Bree also play major roles in this mystery. Kiera has always been extremely close to Bree and we see Gage and Anderley are very close and trusting as well. We are also introduced to a wide variety of characters and a character from a past story reappears, much to Lady Darby’s dismay. This mystery includes a lot of history and the murder takes a very interesting turn as we learn more about how that history impacts the nun’s death. I felt it was pretty complex and just a little hard to keep straight at times. There were so many players, secondary and minor characters that all played a part. As I have come to expect from this author she paints amazing pictures with her words. The areas around the Abbey formed immediately in my mind. The portion of the story that takes place on the ship almost had me weaving with the motion of the waves. As I have said in previous reviews to get the most out of these series the stories should be read from the start but this one does read well as a stand alone as the author gives us plenty of background. I love that as the 5th book in this series that characters are fresh and engaging and the mystery is excellent. The author gives us a little tease for book number six and that made me so happy. I really want to go on more adventures with Mr. & Mrs. Gage.
Anonymous 6 months ago
MY FAVORITE Lady Darby book so far. WONDERFUL character development, great mystery. This series is as good if not better than Lady Julia series of Deanna Raybourn. Ditto for the Lady Emily series of Tasha Alexander. I read the entire Lady Darby series again before I read the newest book and enjoyed them even more on the second reading.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Lady Darby continues to grow in debt and style. Gage proves to grow as well. I look forward to more.