Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery Series #2)

Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery Series #2)

by Anna Lee Huber
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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.
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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