Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery Series #2)

Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery Series #2)

by Anna Lee Huber


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From the national bestselling author of The Anatonmist's Wife comes the second historical mystery featuring enigmatic sleuth Lady Kiera Darby.

Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator—and romantic entanglement—Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera’s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother—and Kiera’s childhood art tutor—William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor’s plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253786
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Lady Darby Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 89,929
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anna Lee Huber is the RITA and Daphne award–nominated author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, including As Death Draws Near, 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 currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on the next Lady Darby novel.

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Praise for Anna Lee Huber and The Anatomist's Wife

“Lady Darby is an engaging new sleuth to follow.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author

“A riveting debut.”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author

“An unusual and romantic heroine.”—Judith Rock, author of A Plague of Lies

“A fast-paced, atmospheric, and chilling debut featuring a clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection.” —Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author of India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy

“Huber’s protagonist is complex and likable and the well-plotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters…You’ll be engaged right to the end.”—RT Book Reviews

“Huber’s debut…reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Mortal Arts 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Kiera Darby, on her way to Edinburgh with her sister'sfamily, stops at the home of an old friend, encounters Sebastian Gage gain, and finds another mystery, as well as danger.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Lady Kiera Darby has been doing her best to stay out of the public eye after helping solve a murder just a short time ago. She has been by her sister’s side as she struggles though the first stages of pregnancy. It is decided that the family will move to Edinburgh so that her sister will have the best care available. Kiera prefers the solace of the country and is apprehensive about the move because she is just not ready to face many things that await her in the city. Especially Sebastian Gage who she has not heard from since she helped him solve his case. On their way to Edinburgh the family is sidetracked. An unexpected appearance has sent some of the extended family into a tailspin and Phillip, Kiera’s brother-in-law, has been summoned to offer his help in straightening matters out. Kiera is very surprised to Sebastian Gage is already in residence and there seems to be some very troubling mysteries to solve. Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another… Dollycas’s Thoughts I have been anxiously awaiting the next Lady Darby mystery and it was well worth the wait. This is an compelling story. Again Huber takes us into a castle and reveals its secrets. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Battle Fatigue. Shell Shock. It goes by many names, but for as long as there have been wars, soldiers have suffered the effects of combat and the horrors they have witnessed. Back in 1830 many soldiers were placed in asylums for “treatment”. The author takes us into one man’s tragic story and she really doesn’t pull any punches. The man, Michael Dalmay, was an artist and before being locked away he would draw and paint brutally graphic images of war. After his release from the asylum his drawings changed to his treatment and the treatment of others with “brain impairments”. Lady Darby knew him before and she is the key to understanding the man after. No one can understand or help him heal and she is his last chance especially when he is accused of something she knows he could never do. The characters are so intriguing and the romantic tension gets intense between Kiera and Sebastian. The depth of Michael Dalmay was amazing. I can tell the author has done intensive research to portray this character as realistically as possible for the period. Like The Anatomist’s Wife this is a haunting story. Again I stayed up late into the night because I couldn’t put this book down. This book touched me and had the tears flowing in places. You cannot help to feel what these soldiers went through and are still going through today even with all the advances. This story has something for everyone, mystery, suspense,a bit of romance, and a wonderful heroine. Now I begin the long wait until the next installment, coming in July 2014.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Huber is a great new artist. This book will hold you.
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Working on the 3rd series now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Above. I'm buying the series today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner of a mystery only spoiled slightly by the occasional use of modern words and phrases which sound strange coming from the mouths of characters of this time and place. I will certainly read the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first, this second entry sees Lady Darby accompanying her sister's family to Edinburgh in order that Alana will be closer to better medical care during her 4th pregnancy than is available in the wilds of Scotland especially during the winter. While on the way, they receive an urgent summons from Philip's aunt about a situation that may impact his cousin's new engagement; and as it involves childhood friends of Kiera and Alana, they decide to break their journey with a quick visit. Mystery ensues involving the disappearance of a village girl, the plight of a former artistic mentor, and the reappearance of her investigative partner, Sebastian Gage. PTSD, lunatic asylums, and Kiera's continuing reclamation of her life make this a moving and informative entry in this stellar series.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Just finished the second Lady Darby mystery and loved it very much. Anna Lee Huber is a master at crafting a great mystery. This one deals with some seriously painful situations, and in a great addition to the series. Kept me guessing, to be sure. Now I must wait till Amazon delivers the third Lady Darby mystery.
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