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 one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her 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 protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim.
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"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)
I believe this is for young adults/teens. The story had no depth. The summary sounded so good, I started to purchase two books featuring this couple at the same time, I'm so glad I did not.
I put off reading this series because of some negative reviews. I finally broke down and got the first book and was pleasantly surprised. It is a good, solid and entertaining read. I immediate read the next two books and enjoyed them as well.
Nearly returned this one. The story is predictable, the reader pretentious and the herione is not particularly loveable. It's something I would have enjoyed as a teenager, not quite a bodice ripper, but definately a romance(ish).
A weekend party at a highland castle and a gentle woman is murdered in the maze.
Lady Darby, a talented artist and the disgraced widow of a famous anatomist, spent the last 16 months hiding out at the castle with her sister and brother-in-law. Lady Darby and the insufferable Mr. Gage, a friend of her brother-in-law and guest at the house party, are tasked with uncovering of a murderer. What follows is the puzzle… Piece by piece.
I found the character development in the story very good and the story more than held my interest. Unlike some other reviewers, I enjoyed the narrator. I plan to read the rest of the books in this series.
I have enjoyed many 'Victorian' Mysteries so I thought I would give this a try. Ms Huber throws a whole new twist in her Lady Darby series. Her characters are great and story line refreshingly different.
The main character was an utter coward and had no arc, improvement, or personal growth of any kind. The man meant to be her love interest was an asshole, yet she softened to him despite him never changing, nor learning to respect her autonomy. She seemed to fall for him only because he was handsome. >:(Also, the back story—how everyone hated Kira because of her husband's work—seemed thin and kind of silly. Sure, I get that acquiring corpses for scientific research was a problem at the time (people were murdered, blah, blah, blah), but it was all played out like a soap opera. It was tiresome rather than interesting by the 3rd time it was mentioned.
She could have made the man Kira loved learn not to be a douche bag by the end of the book, or made the main character grow a spine... or a brain. Adding at least one like-able character would have been a nice.
Yeah, that was fine. It was overacted in some parts. For a story that was already over-dramatic in the dialogue, it really hurt to have the acting be over the top, too.
Well, I guess the murder mystery part was ok. Not great; just ok.
The story was great. a little repetitive in a few spots. but still great overall. The narrator was not good.....doesn't seem to know how to see ahead so doesn't do well with phrasing nor appropriate inflections....makes the story stilted far too often. Her one redeeming point is that she does try to put emotion into the dialogue between characters ...though often that, too, didn't seem appropriate to what I believe the author was trying to portray. I would love to hear this story narrated by someone who could better instill feeling into descriptive prose rather than sounding like an old time newscaster reading from a script picked up just seconds before going on air.
I loved his story and it is the only reason I stayed with it despite the very slow start, which I'm affording blame on the narrative that although essential to setting up the plot and theme and background, I barely made through the rhythmic drone of the narrator. I hope she improves with next book or it may be the last I get to hear in this series. I will give her one more bit of grace.
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