The Anatomist's Wife (A Lady Darby Mystery Book 1)

Anna Lee Huber

THE FIRST LADY DARBY MYSTERY “A riveting debut…an original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting…a book you won’t want to put down.”—New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn 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…

Berkley 369 pages

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Kate B.

over 3 years ago

Imagine that; a woman in 19th c. England who can actually think for herself (even when it's not socially acceptable). Here is Lady Darby, a much maligned, talented artist, who had been sold down the river by her father just to get her married off. She got the short end of that stick and is hiding out at her sister's Highland Castle following the untimely death of her calculating husband. There's a big social "do" up at the country estate and someone winds up dead. It's a four-day ride before the officials will make it to the hinterlands. The laird asks a guest with interrogative experience to lead an unofficial investigation with the assistance of capable and highly observant Lady Darby.
The story is told through Lady Darby's voice and observations. What an amazingly bright and courageous woman, and one who could easily steal the show but that's just not her style. I cannot wait for the next installment in this delightful and well-written series.

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Mary Lite

1 day ago

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