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An Artless Demise

A Lady Darby Mystery, Book 7
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Series: Lady Darby, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby's return to the city is anything but mundane, though not for the reasons she expected. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of imitating the notorious misdeeds of Edinburgh criminals Burke and Hare - killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schools. Then Kiera's past - a past she thought she'd finally made peace with - rises up to haunt her.   

All of London is horrified by the evidence that "burkers" are, indeed, at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife's edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. And when Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late anatomist husband's involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is. Not only for herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child.    

Meanwhile, the young scion of a noble family has been found murdered a block from his home, and the man's family wants Kiera and Gage to investigate. Is it a failed attempt by the London burkers, having left the body behind, or the crime of someone much closer to home?

©2019 Anna Aycock (P)2019 Tantor

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Astounding

Ah, Anna, you have done it again. I think the series can’t get any better, and you deliver another masterpiece! Beautiful, with twists and turns, a lovely romance, and deep character development. I absolutely can’t wait until the next book!!

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Thrilling

Step back into time to try to solve few murders like Gage and Kiera. I actually solved it before they told us. I don't usually do it but I did. I like solving puzzles. I like all the characters Kiera, Gage, her sister Alanna, Trevor. Lookimg forward to the next day Darby mystery .

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Poor narration ruins enjoyment

I look forward to the releases of the Lady Darby books and always pre-order the Audible versions. I won’t do that again.

I forgot how much I dislike the narrator. Because of the cringe-worthiness of the narration I can only rate this a 3. The story is good and must be better as a print or e-book. I enjoy the adventures of Keira and Gage. Finishing this book, though, was a chore.

I will probably pre-order the next book (what could possibly go wrong at a Twelfth Night house party in Scotland?) but it will not be an audiobook. I’m sorry, Anna.

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Love these stories...

nice blend of mystery and romance with handsome hero and beautiful heroine...can't wait for next one

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Terrible narrator

I read the previous books in the series and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one I struggled with due to the narrator. All the characters sounded the same, her pauses were in the wrong place so it was hard to determine whether a conversation was in place or a description. Very distracting.

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Vindication

Fantastic read, filled with historical tidbits masterfully woven into the story line. Another fine addition to the growing saga of Last Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage, inquiry agents extraordinaire to the elite of English society. In this installment Kiera's past life with her deceased first husband comes back to haunt her and Gage. A gang of body snatchers are caught and accused of murdering their young victim infamously named the Italian Boy. Adding more fuel to the flames that raise up Kiera's past, she and Gage are called in to investigate when the depraved rake-hell son of Lord Ridditch is found stabbed to death. Someone has tried to make the killing look like the work of the burkers. As the pair investigate two more heirs to the nobility are killed in the same manner. This is a taxing situation for Gage and Kiera for who could be the perpetrator and more importantly what is the motive for the killings? Sit back and prepare yourself for a thrilling read as Kiera is snubbed by the very elite she and Gage are trying to help, including her own father-in-law. Will the murderer be found before another young heir's life is snuffed out and will Kiera find vindication in this sordid mess?

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Not my favorite

The narator's phrasing and intonation nearly caused me to return this book. I will not be purchasing another book narrated by Heather Wilds.

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The book to put you to sleep

Definitely struggled to finish. The series has become very boring. The plots are so so. The ending is dull. Will be the last one I purchase. Give this a pass.

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