• A Stroke of Malice

  • Lady Darby Mystery Series, Book 8
  • By: Anna Lee Huber
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (319 ratings)

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A Stroke of Malice

By: Anna Lee Huber
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
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Publisher's Summary

Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are looking forward to celebrating with new friends at an exciting yearly soiree, but they soon learn that murder never takes a holiday.

January 1832. After enjoying a delightful few weeks with her family, expectant mother Kiera and Sebastian Gage have been invited to the Duchess of Bowmont's Twelfth Night party in Traquair, Scotland. Though she normally avoids such fashionable, rambunctious events, Kiera is ready to join in the festive merrymaking. But upon their arrival at the opulent estate, it becomes obvious that all is not merry in their hostess's home. The family appears to be under a great strain, and someone seems determined to cause mayhem among the guests with a series of forged notes.

Matters swiftly turn from irksome to downright deadly when the partygoers stumble upon a decomposing body in the castle's crypt. The corpse is thought to be the duchess's son-in-law who had purportedly traveled to Paris more than a month earlier. It is evident the man met with foul play, and Kiera and Gage soon realize that a ruthless murderer walks among them-and may well be a member of the duchess's own family. And when the investigation takes a treacherous turn, Kiera discovers just how deep the killer is willing to dig to keep their secrets from ever seeing the light of day.

©2020 Anna Aycock (P)2020 Tantor

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Have to get past the irritating narrator to enjoy.

Almost all the narrator's sentences ended in what I found to be a very annoying pattern. I don't know how to describe it other than in musical terms: the fifth, fourth and third last words of the sentence as a triplet on the pitch of RE, followed by the second last word as a quarter note on SO, and the last word as a quarter note down to DO. I honestly don't think I can listen to another book in the series. It drives me crazy.

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Enjoy this series

I enjoy this series but agree with other reviewers that, in this particular book, the narrator had an odd cadence that wasn’t as striking in the previous performances. It distracted from the story as I found myself listening for it.

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Can an audiobooks be unputdownable?

Yes, an audiobook can be unputdownable, and this one was exactly that. It is my new favorite among this author’s mysteries with a touch of romance. The vividly drawn characters. The romantic setting. The intricate plot. All impeccable.

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Narrator's reading voice is difficult to listen to

I read one chapter. I cannot listen to anymore. The narrator raises her voice at the end of every sentence. It's diffcult to listen to this book.

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Repetitive

I live the plots, but 8 books into the series. I've grown tired of the recycling backstop of characters. It seems to unnecessarily draw out the overall plot. I suppose some backstory needs to be told to keep the books self-sustainable, but the continuous mentioning of relationships between Kiera and her mother, Kiera & Darby, Kiera and why she is the way she is has grown tiresome. The character's growth seems stagnant. Also why she screams for independence and equality, she doesn't always give it to Gage which seems unrealistically unfair. But I do love Gage's undying loyalty and sensibility towards her. She wants space and independence while still wanting doors opened and to be cuddled. I always finish what I start, but I am not completely looking forward to this last installment.

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Series keeps improving

I'm such a fan of Lady Darby (well...Mrs Gage). No gory murder details, but still a mystery and clean romance. I love that they have a happy marriage and work as a team. I've found it is uncommon in books to have a happy couple working together and recognizing each others strengths. I'm only sad that I'm caught up with the series and have to wait in between books now.

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this dragged on and on

I am really sorry i usually like this series, but this dragged on and on.

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Wonderful

Much is revealed in this book and also kept secret. I loved the investigation. The plot is well written and well paced. The characters are engaging and the narrator was excellent.

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Great

Another wonderful addition to this series

Murder, mayhem, a family with a diversified brood of adult children and discoveries that were unexpected!

Great narration and storyline as always!

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Fun period mystery!

I enjoy these stories and this was one of my favorites in the series. Narration is nothing special but I prefer the narration to be behind the story and not part of it.