A Brush with Shadows

Lady Darby Mystery Series, Book 6
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Series: Lady Darby, Book 6
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (298 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

July 1831. It's been 15 years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go. 

All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. And when Alfred's brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage's past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage's family before the moors claim yet another victim....

©2018 Anna Aycock (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A missing heir, an estranged family, and a possible poisoner add up to a pretty puzzle for two far-from-disinterested sleuths.... Huber draws on the beauties and dangers of the mysterious moorlands to provide a fitting setting for a knotty mystery filled with envy, greed, and thwarted love.” (Kirkus)

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wrongful assumptions

Another excellent addition to the Lady Darby series. Always filled with strong supporting characters, descriptions of period fashions and surroundings. Great storyline with good narration. Our illustrious couple Gage and Kiera find their find their trip cut short by an urgent letter from Gage's father asking him to return to the place that he vowed never to return to. Gage's cousin Alfred, the Tavistock heir, has gone missing. Gage's grandfather Viscount Tavistock wants Gage to come and find his cousin. There is talk of a family curse, previous suspicious deaths and then Alfred' s brother Rory goes missing also. This inquiry is filled with family emotions, superstitions, possible ghost, poisonings and secret passageways. A great read as usual.

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Good story

Enjoyed the story but Ms Wilds narration has a sing song quality that I Found distracting.

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Fun Mystery

I really enjoy this series. Compelling mysteries and likeable characters. I don't love the narrator's voice but I quickly got past that

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Good story-narration is irritating and monotonous.

These stories are wonderful. I love the series. Unfortunately Heather Wilds is the narrator. She is monotone and has an annoying habit of ending each sentence on a high note. Most of the time I get used to her cadence and she gets a bit better as the story goes on. However, in this book, it never got better. Her narration is great to fall asleep to. The book is still well worth listening to, but suffers from the narration.

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Predictable, but Fun!

Love Lady Darby( Mrs. Guage) as well as her Husband! It’s a fun listen! I’d urge you to get this book.... even my husband liked it.

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Step back into time to move a mystery

I always enjoy Lady Darby mysteries. Keira and Gage do it again. Love the twists and turns to figure out who did it. Ghost is shadows or is a the mist or people. I like Kiera's maid Bree. Can't wait to read the next one.

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Love this series.

I have loved every moment of this series and I love it even more as an audiobook. The performance is brilliant and helps to alleviate the tediousness of what can be, in my mind, some unnecessary description (although that was far less prevalent in this book than in others). I always enjoy starting a series from the beginning, but I think you will truly enjoy this one if this is your first introduction to Lady Darby.

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Again Delightful!

Beautifully read. Delightfully told. Captivating. I so enjoyed learning more about Gage‘s family. Truly wonderful.

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Narrator is no better than a robot

I could not even stand to listen to the book. I am sure that the story rates higher but the narrator was robotic and bland....Siri from Apple could do a better job.

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Frivolous, Vacuous, a shallow tale of gossips

So disappointing, nothing historical in this fictional story. I thought I accidentally was listening to a “Harlequin Romancé.”