Returning to her childhood home, Lady Kiera Darby hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death. While Kiera knows that aiding in another inquiry will only further tarnish her reputation, her knowledge of anatomy could make the difference in solving the case. But agreeing to investigate means Kiera must deal with the complicated emotions aroused in her by inquiry agent Sebastian Gage. When Gage arrives, he reveals that the incident at the Abbey was not the first - some fiend is digging up old bones and holding them for ransom. Now they must catch the grave robber… before another victim winds up six feet under.
©2014 Anna Aycock (P)2014 Tantor
No. But the audio version is convenient during my drive to work and back.
Lady Darby is a bundle of contradictions. I only wish she wouldn't "retell" her entire backstory every couple chapters.
No. Heather Wilds needs some major work. Where do I start? Her sense of a sentence is "off" -- the pacing stops and starts in the wrong places. She needs less monotone and more delivery. She's good at Scots and other dialects, but the voice she uses for Lady Darby or exposition is awful. She puts the emphasis on the wrong words so much that I find myself re-narrating aloud in the car -- in essence, fixing her work. I just wonder if anyone else is noticing? Listening to these parts of the book is like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Excited about treating myself between Hogmanay and Burns' Day to a mystery set in Scotland between those same dates, I spent a credit on A Grave Matter. The narrator's Scots accents are excellent, the story's historic and geographic backgrounds are well researched, and the novel opens with a gripping scene: the good luck man with dark hair bearing gifts is pushed aside at midnight, and the first man to cross the threshold is a bad luck harbinger with red hair, streaked with blood. Wonderful! But then? No other word for it: the story drags. I think the source of the drag is that the intensity of the novel is concentrated in the fits-and-starts relationship between the traumatized artistic widow and her seeming playboy detective suitor. The mystery is just a jumble of investigations that throws them together. As a comedy of manners, which I was not looking for, the book earns the four stars I gave it. As a mystery, lack of emotional investment by any of the main characters in the laws being broken, myths confronted, or even bodies exhumed makes pursuing the criminals rather tedious. I put the book aside and listened to other novels before gritting my teeth to finish this book by Burns' Day, come hell or high water. Perhaps this series should not be read out of order. But four stars all the same for the delicacy and credibility of the volatile romance between two frightened, hardened, intelligent, and vulnerable people.
Yes, They characters are strong, true, human. She has not fultered from her base established in the 1st book. give you background, interesting true facts about the area and the times.
Yes, though I could guess what was coming next but have not on several occasions. She know how to build her story
Yes, She is steadfast in her attention to the details of the characters and story line
My reaction was to want to set in my car and continue through the whole book. I have gone to the park and set just to continue listening to this story.
I love these books. Great stories, character and narrator. Hoping for more soon. Hope you enjoy them
Marie in PDX
No, the story was too slow. I prefer more historical tie ins.
The main character showed interesting and complicated insights. I found the pace to slow.
I enjoy Ms. Wilds's performances a great deal. She is excellent in all her readings. She deserves the highest marks.
Ok, I love the characters of Lady Darby and Gage. The mystery is well plotted and I will finish up the series. But good grief the word is pronounced "SKELetal" not "skeLATal" Drove me crazy.
This third in the series of the Lady Darby mysteries is very readable, although I favored the first two stories more.
Those enjoying a will written romantic thrillers will find of this story to their liking.
Having discovered the Lady Darby series last year, it's come to rank among some of my favorites. This, the third book, is no exception. Not only is there another intriguing mystery but Kiera and Gage team up again. They are one of my favorite couples and their humorous and at time aggravating connection really shines in this book.
Heather Wilds does a great job with accents and voices, though I find her normal reading voice dips a tad close to droning. Not in any way bad, I just feel the dialogue aspects are better.
A fun listen and I look forward to the fourth book in audio format.
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