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The Anatomist's Wife

Lady Darby Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (501 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Anna Aycock (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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)

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A good read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 10-10-15

A Victorian Puzzle...A very good read…

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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Poor Narration

What disappointed you about The Anatomist's Wife?

Never got to the story because narrator read every sentence the same. Very annoying.

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Good story, poor narration.

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.

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  • Menon
  • Florida, US
  • 07-03-16

loved it!

kept me on edge! can't wait to download the next in the series!! great narration too

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story is well developed, narrator needs help

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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Probably would have enjoyed this when I was age 13

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.

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  • Bill SR.
  • Ocala, FL, United States
  • 09-04-15

Great Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Anatomist's Wife to be better than the print version?

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.

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Not a single redeeming character in sight

What disappointed you about The Anatomist's Wife?

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.

What could Anna Lee Huber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

Did Heather Wilds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well, I guess the murder mystery part was ok. Not great; just ok.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Time Pieces and Mysteries, a great combination!

If you could sum up The Anatomist's Wife in three words, what would they be?

keep you guessing?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Darby may have a past that is difficult, but she is very brave and intelligent. That is why she stands out.

Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favorite?

Again Lady Darby. The performance allows you the emotional difficulties Lady Darby has
had to face and those she is currently undergoing

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Oh those Aristocrats!

Any additional comments?

Ready for the next onw.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful