The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery Series #1)

The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery Series #1)

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by Anna Lee Huber
     
 

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Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister’s estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to… See more details below

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Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister’s estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.

Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage—a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn’t about to let her guard down as accusations and rumors swirl.

When Kiera and Gage’s search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry. But Kiera is determined to both protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anachronistic language and a predictable romantic plot detract from Huber’s debut set in 1830 Scotland. Respectable society views Lady Kiera Darby with suspicion, because she assisted her late husband, a renowned anatomist, by preparing sketches of the human body parts he studied. When someone stabs Lady Godwin to death at Kiera’s sister’s castle, Kiera’s dubious reputation makes her the prime suspect among the eminent guests gathered for a house party there. With the authorities some distance away, responsibility for investigating falls to Sebastian Gage, “London’s gentleman inquiry agent.” Kiera initially regards the Darcyesque Gage with disdain, but she also notes that his eyes were “the pale blue of a winter sky the morning after a snowstorm,” leaving little doubt that their relationship will improve. The insertion of a fiendishly clever fair-play clue at the outset suggests that Huber is capable of better things. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Huber's protagonist is complex and likable and the well-lotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters. The setting is lavishly portrayed . . . you'll be engaged right to the end." —RT Book Reviews
VOYA - Erin Wyatt
After the body of Lady Godwin is discovered brutally murdered during a party for high-society Londoners, the rich and powerful guests and their servants are sequestered at a remote Scottish estate. While an investigator is days away, Sebastian Gage, a guest at the party with some experience as an inquiry agent, and Lady Keira Darby try to discover who committed the murder. Keira is an artist and widow with a reputation because her husband forced her to attend autopsies and diagram them, something deemed unbefitting of a lady in the 1830s. While many guests find Keira the prime suspect, Keira desperately wants to protect her family and prove her innocence. With the murderer still present, the investigation leads to intrigue, revelation of secret affairs, and complex motives. Despite the initial disdain Keira has for Gage, there is a romantic undercurrent to their relationship and growing friendship. Keira is a widower who has not been lucky in love and is a fiercely independent woman. Fans of Downton Abbey might recognize and be drawn to this world with a veneer of high society manners and strict class rules. While at times it is difficult to keep the various society folks straight, the mystery is compelling, with several twists and turns. The relationship between Keira and Gage has a slow burn to it, and the book certainly ends with the suggestion of another case that would bring them together again. Reviewer: Erin Wyatt
Kirkus Reviews
Even a remote Scottish castle in the 1830s is not far enough removed from society to shield a talented artist from her fearsome reputation. Since the death of her husband, Lady Kiera Darby has been living with her sister Alana and her brother-in-law Philip quietly painting. After her husband forced Kiera to illustrate an anatomical book he was writing, the recent Burke and Hare scandal caused people to look upon Kiera with fear and loathing when her part in the book was revealed. After 16 peaceful months, Alana invites a diverse group of titled friends to a house party only to find one of them, Lady Godwin, stabbed in the garden. When several of the assembled company immediately accuse Kiera, Philip asks houseguest Sebastian Gage, whose father is a noted investigator, to look into the crime, forcing Kiera to work with him. Her unwelcome expertise shows that not only was Lady Godwin's throat slit; someone cut a child out of her womb. Since Lord Godwin has long been away in India, the sleuthing pair look elsewhere for the father of the child. They soon learn that Lady Godwin had spread her favors among many men. Kiera is attracted to Gage even though she does not know whether he regards her as a suspect. She does know that it will be no easy task to solve the crime in the four days before the fiscal prosecutor arrives, given that most of the guests have already identified Kiera as the killer. Huber's debut, first in a planned series, reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101612323
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Lady Darby Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
26,465
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Lee Huber currenly resides in Indiana with her family, and is hard at work on the next novel in the Lady Darby series.

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