Hot Best Seller

A Study in Death

Availability: Ready to download

From the national bestselling author of A Grave Matter comes the latest riveting mystery featuring a most “unusual and romantic” (Judith Rock) sleuth…   Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very From the national bestselling author of A Grave Matter comes the latest riveting mystery featuring a most “unusual and romantic” (Judith Rock) sleuth…   Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.   Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness’s eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.   Kiera isn’t sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.   Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness’s death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…  


Compare

From the national bestselling author of A Grave Matter comes the latest riveting mystery featuring a most “unusual and romantic” (Judith Rock) sleuth…   Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very From the national bestselling author of A Grave Matter comes the latest riveting mystery featuring a most “unusual and romantic” (Judith Rock) sleuth…   Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.   Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness’s eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.   Kiera isn’t sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.   Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness’s death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…  

30 review for A Study in Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B+ at AAR This is the fourth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Derby and her gorgeous but enigmatic partner-in-investigation, Sebastian Gage. At the end of A Grave Matter (the previous book in this series), readers were at last treated to the thing that many of us have been waiting for since The Anatomist's Wife - namely the resolution of the slow-burn romance between the protagonists which has built gradually during the three murder i I've given this a B+ at AAR This is the fourth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Derby and her gorgeous but enigmatic partner-in-investigation, Sebastian Gage. At the end of A Grave Matter (the previous book in this series), readers were at last treated to the thing that many of us have been waiting for since The Anatomist's Wife - namely the resolution of the slow-burn romance between the protagonists which has built gradually during the three murder investigations they have solved together. I admit that I’m here as much for the romantic angle as for the mysteries, which have been well-written and constructed, but even though I enjoyed A Study in Death, I have to admit to feeling the teeniest bit disappointed overall. By the time the book opens, Keira and Gage have been engaged for a few weeks, and Keira’s heavily pregnant sister, Alana, Lady Cromarty, is keen to make their wedding the social event of the season – which isn’t really what the engaged couple wants. But Alana, who was previously warned of the danger of another pregnancy following the difficult delivery of her third child, is desperately trying not to worry about her upcoming confinement; and if choosing flowers, menus and wedding invitations helps provide a distraction, then Keira is prepared to go along with whatever her sister suggests. In the meantime, Keira has been engaged to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, a lovely, kind and well-liked lady a few years her senior. Lord Drummond is much older than his wife, and treats her abominably, something Keira relates to strongly given her own past experience of an abusive husband, and she thus feels a kinship to the lady. When Keira arrives at the Drummond’s residence for a session one morning, it’s to find the house in uproar and its mistress writing in agony upon the floor. There is nothing Keira – or anybody – can do, but when the doctor declares the cause of death to be apoplexy, Keira is incredulous. Nothing she witnessed in the woman’s final moments was suggestive of such a thing, and the little information she is able to glean at the time points elsewhere - but both Lord Drummond and the doctor refuse to listen. When Keira tells Gage what happened and announces her intention of finding Lady Drummond’s murderer, he is very supportive – but gently points out that before they can embark upon a hunt for the killer, they have to actually prove she was murdered in the first place. The mystery is thus twofold; Keira and Gage have to prove their suspicions of murder are correct as well as ferret out the identity of the killer, and all this makes for a very intriguing mystery, which I enjoyed very much. I didn’t guess whodunit until near the end, and the method used to carry out the crime is an unusual but perfectly plausible one. As well as working to solve the mystery, Keira and Gage have a number of other issues to work through on a personal level, and it’s in this area that the book is less successful. Readers of the series will have watched Keira gradually emerge from the cocoon she’d woven about herself following her late husband’s death and as a way of avoiding the terrible rumours that circulated about her when it was discovered that she had been – albeit unwillingly – illustrating the text book on anatomy he was writing. She has gradually become more confident as a person and in her abilities as an investigator, and her willingness to put her fate into the hands of another man shows just how far she has come since we first met her. The problem in this book, though, is that her relationship with Gage is just treading water and the story rehashes many of the same issues Keira exhibited in A Grave Matter. She loves Gage very much, but is still wary of marriage; she knows deep down that he will never hurt her, but her past experience scarred her badly and she is incredibly nervous of taking that final step. It seems to me that sometimes, she takes out that nervousness on Gage, almost to see how far she can push him – and it is fortunate for her that he knows her well enough to know what she’s doing and to make allowances for it. It’s true that Gage also has trust issues and a similar reluctance to share when it comes to personal matters, but Keira sometimes expects more than she is prepared to give in that area, which I started to find somewhat annoying. Conflict from a different source is introduced when Gage’s authoritarian father suddenly arrives in Edinburgh, furious with his son for disobeying his edict that he marry the wealthy heiress he has picked out for him. Lord Gage makes clear his disapproval of Keira in no uncertain terms, and insists on trying to cut her out of the investigation, particularly as Lord Drummond is an old friend and he (Lord Gage) has his own secrets to keep. A Study in Death is an enjoyable story and an engrossing mystery which boasts a well-drawn cast of secondary characters and a strong sense of time and place. Unlike the last book, however, the romance has definitely been pushed into the back seat, which is perhaps natural, given that the central couple is engaged to be married. Keeping a romance going once the UST has become RST is always difficult, but Ms Huber is a talented writer, and I’m hoping that perhaps the next book – featuring Mr and Mrs Sebastian Gage – may provide the change of pace and direction needed to keep the series fresh.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I really do adore this series and it seems to be getting better and better as it goes, which is always a bonus. Love these two sleuthing people so much!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A Study in Death 4 Stars Eager to escape her sister’s obsessive wedding plans, Lady Kiera Darby gladly accepts a commission to paint Lady Drummond’s portrait. Kiera soon realizes that the Baroness is suffering psychological and perhaps even physical abuse at her husband’s hands. So when Lady Drummond is discovered writhing in agony, Kiera suspects foul play and is determined to uncover the truth no matter where it may lead her … Warning: There are significant spoilers for books 1-3 in this installm A Study in Death 4 Stars Eager to escape her sister’s obsessive wedding plans, Lady Kiera Darby gladly accepts a commission to paint Lady Drummond’s portrait. Kiera soon realizes that the Baroness is suffering psychological and perhaps even physical abuse at her husband’s hands. So when Lady Drummond is discovered writhing in agony, Kiera suspects foul play and is determined to uncover the truth no matter where it may lead her … Warning: There are significant spoilers for books 1-3 in this installment. It is also recommended that the series be read in order so as not to miss out on the excellent character development. Kiera and Sebastian have taken their slow burn romance to the next level, but there are still outstanding issues between them, such as Sebastian’s secretive nature and overprotective tendencies as well as Kiera’s need to retain her independence and be accepted as an equal. Nevertheless, the love they share and the support they give to one another is key to overcoming all other obstacles and their relationship is definitely going in the right direction. The case is intriguing and there are several compelling suspects. That said, my suspicions regarding one character in particular ultimately turned out to be accurate, and it is possible to figure out the culprit, if not the actual motive, which is rather convoluted. The secondary characters all add nuance to the story and enrich the plotting and characterization. The irrepressible Bonnie Brock is a fascinating antagonist and it is clever of Huber to include him as his presence opens up new avenues of investigation that neither Sebastian nor Kiera would have access to without him. Sebastian’s autocratic father, Lord Gage, is another new addition and his confrontations with Kiera are a highlight of the book. Finally, the portrayal of Kiera’s sister’s high risk pregnancy is very realistic and leads to some truly intense moments. In sum, a well written and entertaining historical mystery series and I’m eager to read the next one when it comes out next month.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Such an amazing series! Stayed up late last night to finish. I can't stop reading *listening* ! Such an amazing series! Stayed up late last night to finish. I can't stop reading *listening* !

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    This is the fourth book in the Lady Darby Series. Its a historical mystery and there are only five books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This is also an interesting murder-mystery story in the Lady Darby series. Huber's plots are dark, sinister and suspenseful - a good combination for a book of this genre. She carefully plans and executes the story well with interesting turns and twists. In this installment too, there is no exception. I was fully engaged with the story throughout the read. In addition to the murder-mystery plot, Huber works out on the lives and relationships of the recurring characters providing the reader with a This is also an interesting murder-mystery story in the Lady Darby series. Huber's plots are dark, sinister and suspenseful - a good combination for a book of this genre. She carefully plans and executes the story well with interesting turns and twists. In this installment too, there is no exception. I was fully engaged with the story throughout the read. In addition to the murder-mystery plot, Huber works out on the lives and relationships of the recurring characters providing the reader with a bonus story to the bargain. From the very first installment I liked Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage. Their flawed characters, tensed emotions and their relationship struggle made them real characters that reader can relate to. With each installment, they have grown on me. Even the recurring characters are so likable that I feel homely with them. In this installment, a new character, only known by name in previous installments, makes his appearance; and it is none other than Sebastian's father, Lord Gage. It was quite interesting to witness his hostility towards Lady Darby and her unflinching determination to stand up to him. However, with the disapproval of Lord Gage and with three near death escapes, Lady Darby comes out victorious to finally wed Sebastian Gage. I'm really enjoying this series. Anna Lee Huber is doing a great job. 👏👏👏

  7. 4 out of 5

    Misfit

    Love this series, love the hero and can't wait for the next installment. For those who haven't read the first three, you shouldn't be reading recaps of this book unless you want to be thoroughly spoiled. If you have read the first three, you have a good idea of what's involved and I don't need to waste my time with it. All in all, a nice little murder mystery, more developments on the Gage and Kiera relationship and a few more hints about Gage's mysterious past. When does the next one come out? Ki Love this series, love the hero and can't wait for the next installment. For those who haven't read the first three, you shouldn't be reading recaps of this book unless you want to be thoroughly spoiled. If you have read the first three, you have a good idea of what's involved and I don't need to waste my time with it. All in all, a nice little murder mystery, more developments on the Gage and Kiera relationship and a few more hints about Gage's mysterious past. When does the next one come out? Kindle copy obtained via library loan.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Crackling with tension and rising suspense, this series continues to capture me. A clever, strong, and yet vulnerable lady artist and a gentleman inquiry agent solving murders and struggling to solve the mystery of each other at the same time. I love this series and look forward to each fresh installment. A Study in Death is fourth of the Lady Darby series . This is a series that builds the character and relationship plot threads with each book so does not do well when read out of order. Kiera and Crackling with tension and rising suspense, this series continues to capture me. A clever, strong, and yet vulnerable lady artist and a gentleman inquiry agent solving murders and struggling to solve the mystery of each other at the same time. I love this series and look forward to each fresh installment. A Study in Death is fourth of the Lady Darby series . This is a series that builds the character and relationship plot threads with each book so does not do well when read out of order. Kiera and Sebastian are engaged. But, if she thought admitting her love and accepting a new man's offer would be the hard part, she finds that trusting in his love and pushing away her fear is as strong as ever. Alana's pregnancy has grown more fraught with danger and she gets put on bedrest even as her husband drifts further away and focuses on his work and the responsibilities of his estate and his political activities. But when both situations have Kiera ready to burst, one of her portrait subjects dies suddenly and, though physician and husband both believe its apoplexy, Kiera can't accept that. Her intuition tells her to dig deeper and Gage trusts that and steps up to investigate beside her. Interference comes from all sides including a surprising and unwelcome newcomer on the scene and even the detecting pair themselves are starting to fall out when Gage tells her to avoid dangerous aspects of the inquiry and Kiera bristles up and forges ahead. Someone doesn't want the investigation to continue and it may mean Kiera's life and not just a shredded reputation. If I thought Kiera's angsty wavering would be over after the 'I love you's and decision to marry Gage in the last book, this one taught me that it was not smooth sailing yet. Kiera is a fiery woman and is driven by her impulses and her fears just as much as a finely honed instinct, learned skills, and a bright intellect. She is having wedding jitters in the worst way and her past is rearing its ugly head at every turn. It was painful to see her lashing out at Gage as a result. This heroine struggles so hard and works through these things. She is reactionary because of her past, but being with Gage is slowly teaching her to either let it go or find the inner strength to power through stuff and she is teaching him to open up and trust her with his painful past. They are a beautiful couple and I loved where things ended in this one. The mystery was secondary to Kiera's relationship crises, but the mystery becomes the vehicle to showing her and Gage's relationship in a good light even when they get acrimonious now and then. They have different strengths even when Kiera pulls a few stubborn-stupids that put them in unnecessary harm because she gets so determined and impatient to get to the truth. Even though I was rolling my eyes at her choices, I do love when a certain Edinburgh criminal makes an appearance or two so I let it ride. Kiera is the one who connects the dots though the culprit isn't hard to guess. It's the motive that stumped me until nearly the reveal. All in all, this was another deep feeling, suspenseful book in a fabulous series. Those who love authentic historical backdrop, amazingly drawn characters, sizzling low burn romance, and a good murder mystery then give this series a go.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    A Study in Death is the fourth installment in Huber's Lady Darby historical mystery series and just so happens to be one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. I've really enjoyed the series to date and was ready to dive into this one and while I certainly enjoyed this one, I have to admit to being a tiny bit disappointed. Having read the previous three books I was well aware of Kiera's progress from insular artist to a confident investigator and I really appreciated the character growth tha A Study in Death is the fourth installment in Huber's Lady Darby historical mystery series and just so happens to be one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. I've really enjoyed the series to date and was ready to dive into this one and while I certainly enjoyed this one, I have to admit to being a tiny bit disappointed. Having read the previous three books I was well aware of Kiera's progress from insular artist to a confident investigator and I really appreciated the character growth that was conveyed in the previous three novels. Unfortunately for me, A Study in Death seemed a tad repetitive, covering much of the internal conflict that Kiera experienced in the previous book. Don't get me wrong, I still really like the character of Kiera, but I don't think there was much change in her in this book and I think that could have been better compensated by a stronger mystery. In A Study in Death Lady Darby is investigating the probable murder of Lady Drummond, who's portrait Kiera was commissioned to paint. Naturally, Kiera enlists the help of her new fiance and seasoned investigator, Sebastian Gage. Kiera is quick to turn her attention to Lady Drummond's husband, who is by all accounts a brute, forcing Kiera to revisit her own past and her relationship with her own abusive late husband. No one is convinced that Lady Drummond was murdered, but Kiera is relentless and refuses to back down even when she is forced to consider a less obvious suspect for the murder. In addition to murder, Kiera is also dealing with her sister Alana's complicated and dangerous pregnancy as well as signs of stress in Alana's solid marriage. Then there's Kiera's introduction to her future father-in-law, who is less than pleased with his son's engagement and has no problem sharing that fact with Kiera. And on top of that, Gage still has not told Kiera the events that scarred him in Greece, something that Kiera was insistent on knowing in the previous book. So while the mystery was certainly central to A Study in Death, there was a lot of other stuff going on as well. I, of course, enjoyed the character-focused plot that has been so central to this series, but as I mentioned, I did feel that it was repetitive in this book. In the previous book, Kiera struggled with her feelings for Gage. She wasn't sure she could trust him and she was deeply affected by her relationship with her late husband. While I didn't anticipate that Kiera would (or should) be unaffected by her past relationship, I was disappointed that she continued to bring up the same issues. Kiera continued to leery of marriage in general and took it out on Gage most of the time, all the while demanding he tell her the secrets of his "past". For me, this repetitiveness makes me see A Study in Death as more of a "filler" book in the series and I feel that the pace will pick up once readers are treated to Kiera and Gage's married life and seeing how these two interact with each other on a daily basis. Overall, A Study in Death was a good read, but I didn't think it was the best in the series. The unique Lady Darby continues to impress and I will be back for the next book, I can only hope that Kiera and Gage's marriage will bring a much-needed change in pace and tone to the series. Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The Meridian library provided a copy of this book. Thanks to them for all you do. The fourth book of the Lady Darby mysteries is another good tale with numerous two and turn. Keira has accepted Sebastian Gage's marriage proposal.The,look brings new support ing characters to the tale. Gate's Father, Lord Gage does not like Keira and tries to change Gage. Keira is present when Lady Drummond expires and feels it is murder, the doctor disagreed and signs the funeral papers with death by Apoplexy. Ama The Meridian library provided a copy of this book. Thanks to them for all you do. The fourth book of the Lady Darby mysteries is another good tale with numerous two and turn. Keira has accepted Sebastian Gage's marriage proposal.The,look brings new support ing characters to the tale. Gate's Father, Lord Gage does not like Keira and tries to change Gage. Keira is present when Lady Drummond expires and feels it is murder, the doctor disagreed and signs the funeral papers with death by Apoplexy. Amanla is planning an elaborate social wedding for her sister until she is about to loose the baby. “Bonnie Brock Kincaid, the head boss of the criminal organization enters the story. Keira needs to find an answer before she fellow Lady Drummond in death.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Wish I could say I loved this installment, but the mystery was fairly weak, and the relationship between Lady Darby and Gage didn't progress so much as stall on the ol' trust issue. The big reveal of his shady doings in Greece was delivered too quickly and clinically to merit much emotion, and ultimately, I was disappointed by the lack of chemistry between the main characters. Too much of the book was devoted to the sister's medical troubles and marriage issues, and even though Kiera's relations Wish I could say I loved this installment, but the mystery was fairly weak, and the relationship between Lady Darby and Gage didn't progress so much as stall on the ol' trust issue. The big reveal of his shady doings in Greece was delivered too quickly and clinically to merit much emotion, and ultimately, I was disappointed by the lack of chemistry between the main characters. Too much of the book was devoted to the sister's medical troubles and marriage issues, and even though Kiera's relationship with her sister warranted page time, I found it didn't enhance the story. I never believed the author would sacrifice that character, so I just wanted to fast-forward to the interesting characters. Like Bonnie Brock. What's he still doing hanging around Lady Darby, hmmm?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Here we get Keira to istigate an investigation! It's interesting to see how she becomes more and more confident! I loved her showing a backbone! We get to know also Gage's father: a righteous (gag) prick! There were times I wanted to slap him soundly! What an odious man! But I got the feeling that the majority of men of that time were the same... poor women... In all a wonderful read! I'm looking forward to find out how the married life is for Keira and Gage! *wink* Here we get Keira to istigate an investigation! It's interesting to see how she becomes more and more confident! I loved her showing a backbone! We get to know also Gage's father: a righteous (gag) prick! There were times I wanted to slap him soundly! What an odious man! But I got the feeling that the majority of men of that time were the same... poor women... In all a wonderful read! I'm looking forward to find out how the married life is for Keira and Gage! *wink*

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    After reading the third Lady Darby book, I hoped this one would return to better investigations as the third book investigation left me feeling a little on the wanting side. While it was still a four star book for me, I simply felt like I needed more out of the next book. The relationship between Gage and Kiera saved the third book for me so I was hoping this one would improve the series. I am happy to report that this book had a lot more mystery and it was a bit darker which I liked. It reminded After reading the third Lady Darby book, I hoped this one would return to better investigations as the third book investigation left me feeling a little on the wanting side. While it was still a four star book for me, I simply felt like I needed more out of the next book. The relationship between Gage and Kiera saved the third book for me so I was hoping this one would improve the series. I am happy to report that this book had a lot more mystery and it was a bit darker which I liked. It reminded me of the earlier mystery that Gage and Kiera worked on so in that regard I was much more invested in the whodunit element of the story. So while I was completely invested in the mystery element of this book, the romance part stalled for me. I didn’t feel like Kiera and Gage were really progressing in their relationship in the way that I had seen in the previous books. I don’t know if it was the introduction of Lord Gage or if it was the illness her sister was experiencing but I felt like outside sources were interfering in their relationship a lot in this book and for some reason or other, it just stalled the progress. While that’s to be expected I guess to a certain degree, I also felt like the big Greece reveal was too rushed and didn’t satisfy me as a reader. There was such a focus on it for the last two books that I felt sure it would be something bigger than what it was. For me this was the biggest problem between Gage and Kiera in the book. I felt like the audience just needed more. More explanation and more time to process what Gage had been through. While the romance was a little off in this book for me, I felt like the mystery was better constructed than in the last book. However that said, this book didn’t have quite the red herrings that the first book had. I expected a little more in the twists department as I had come to expect from earlier books. On the whole though, while this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, it was still entertaining and fun to read. I love Kiera and Gage and their methods of investigation in addition to their wit and charm and volatile romance. I think this is a solid series and while not every mystery will compare to the first book, it’s still a wonderful read and a fun romp through Scotland! See my full review here

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carole (in Canada)

    Ms. Huber never fails to amaze me! This 4th book in her Lady Darby series was brilliant! It was gripping, intense, atmospheric and I absolutely loved it! In order to follow the story arc, I highly recommend reading the first book 'The Anatomist's Wife' which begins the tale of Lady Kiera Darby and the horror of her infamous marriage and how trouble finds her even in seclusion at her brother-in-law's estate in Scotland. Lady Darby is a gifted artist with a wounded soul. How she battles back from Ms. Huber never fails to amaze me! This 4th book in her Lady Darby series was brilliant! It was gripping, intense, atmospheric and I absolutely loved it! In order to follow the story arc, I highly recommend reading the first book 'The Anatomist's Wife' which begins the tale of Lady Kiera Darby and the horror of her infamous marriage and how trouble finds her even in seclusion at her brother-in-law's estate in Scotland. Lady Darby is a gifted artist with a wounded soul. How she battles back from strictures of the times to become a lead investigator with her now fiance, Sebastian Gage, is beautifully executed. I so enjoy being able to figure out who the perpetrator(s) are and at times found I doubted my own conclusions as different characters are set up to be just as culpable. There is great tension in this particular tale, not only in who the murderer(s) may be, but between Kiera and Sebastian. All is not smooth sailing. There is also the story line of her sister, Alana, and her husband, Philip, that causes much angst for Kiera. Then, of course, is the criminal leader, Bonnie Brock, who I find just as fascinating as Sebastian Gage! Ms. Huber weaves a delicious tale that held me to the very end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jude: The Epic Reader

    I love the progress we make in the romantic and family relationships, with Gage's father and Alana's pregnancy. There are a lot of personal questions answered. The murder itself was not my favorite but I still was interested in it. I love the progress we make in the romantic and family relationships, with Gage's father and Alana's pregnancy. There are a lot of personal questions answered. The murder itself was not my favorite but I still was interested in it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Reader of Books

    Still a wonderful series 💓. 4.5 ⭐

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "A Study in Death" is a historical mystery set in 1831 in Scotland. This book is the fourth in the series, and I'd highly recommend starting with the first book if the series interests you. The details of previous mysteries were spoiled in this book. Also, I might have understood why Gage puts up with Lady Darby if I'd read the previous books. She demands that Gage do things her way and that he trust her abilities completely, but she doesn't return the respect she demands. She doesn't trust Gage "A Study in Death" is a historical mystery set in 1831 in Scotland. This book is the fourth in the series, and I'd highly recommend starting with the first book if the series interests you. The details of previous mysteries were spoiled in this book. Also, I might have understood why Gage puts up with Lady Darby if I'd read the previous books. She demands that Gage do things her way and that he trust her abilities completely, but she doesn't return the respect she demands. She doesn't trust Gage to question her main suspect without her even though she's repeatedly accused the suspect of murder and is unlikely to get any cooperation from him. As for the mystery, Lady Darby is very impulsive and jumps to conclusions without considering all of the possibilities. She's certain from the start that she knows whodunit. When she's talking with one of many chemists who could have sold the poison, he says he has sold a bunch of the first poison on her list of possible poisons, but only one of the second. She immediately assumes it's the second poison and runs off to search her suspect's house without bothering to ask about the rest. I initially assumed she ran off so quickly because she was concerned it was being used against someone else, as that would have fit the description more accurately as far as they knew, but she doesn't even consider this as a possibility. As for whodunit, I thought whodunit was acting suspiciously from the first time we meet them. Something else suspicious happens soon after that which pointed toward that character. And, yes, that character really was whodunit. So there are clues, but whodunit is also fairly obvious. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

  18. 4 out of 5

    BJ

    Great plot that explores a number of relationships with women being poisoned, lovers and courtesans and guys from the underworld helping the h at her request. The couple's relationship moved forward and finally the H shares more of himself with the h. Their relationship had been uneven and I really liked seeing the heroine become so much stronger. Great plot that explores a number of relationships with women being poisoned, lovers and courtesans and guys from the underworld helping the h at her request. The couple's relationship moved forward and finally the H shares more of himself with the h. Their relationship had been uneven and I really liked seeing the heroine become so much stronger.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Another great addition to the Lady Darby series! I like how this story spent a bit more time on character development and showed some different aspects of certain people that previously hadn't been seen. Heather Wilds is an entertaining narrator as well. Another great addition to the Lady Darby series! I like how this story spent a bit more time on character development and showed some different aspects of certain people that previously hadn't been seen. Heather Wilds is an entertaining narrator as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This story focused more on the relationships between characters than anything else, which is probably a good thing since the mystery element was a bit weak. Normally, I appreciate and enjoy some solid relationship development. However, the h and her insecurities were really starting to get on my nerves. And again with the H’s secretiveness? The h got it right when she was frustrated with him and yet equally frustrated with herself because she was the one who always ended up apologizing for askin This story focused more on the relationships between characters than anything else, which is probably a good thing since the mystery element was a bit weak. Normally, I appreciate and enjoy some solid relationship development. However, the h and her insecurities were really starting to get on my nerves. And again with the H’s secretiveness? The h got it right when she was frustrated with him and yet equally frustrated with herself because she was the one who always ended up apologizing for asking him to open up. Sister, I’m frustrated too. I’m glad the h wasn’t a doormat and stuck up for herself when it counted. I also appreciated that there was no OP drama at all. I thought for sure that the author was going to ruin things and have the h run into some ex-mistress or merry widow of the H’s, but no such thing happened.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    This fourth book in the Lady Darby mysteries is my favorite so far! Lady Darby has gained confidence throughout the series. The romance element of these novels is delightful. I also enjoyed the return of notorious Bonnie Brock Kincaid. This series is recommended for fans of historical mysteries.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nidofito

    Fun and quick to read. Both Kiera and Gage are stubborn but I am noticing that Gage is more often the first to apologize after a disagreement and tended to acquiesce to Kiera's requests towards the end. She's quick to temper and there was a time where I thought she was being unfair to Gage's emotions particularly because he had possibly been through a life-changing conversation with his father and I think she needed to allow him time to process. At least she didn't complain to his face, thank go Fun and quick to read. Both Kiera and Gage are stubborn but I am noticing that Gage is more often the first to apologize after a disagreement and tended to acquiesce to Kiera's requests towards the end. She's quick to temper and there was a time where I thought she was being unfair to Gage's emotions particularly because he had possibly been through a life-changing conversation with his father and I think she needed to allow him time to process. At least she didn't complain to his face, thank goodness.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lona

    I really did love the earlier books in this series, but man, it is just getting repetitive now. The same old unfounded trust issues between Gage and Kiera and the same old random case with a slew of unnotable characters. Also, I am real over Kiera's whole "help me; I have a tragic past" bit. It is getting real old. We are on book 4 and Kiera's character has not grown much. If anything, it's kind of getting worse and becoming more whinny. Will not continue on with the series. Book #2 was great th I really did love the earlier books in this series, but man, it is just getting repetitive now. The same old unfounded trust issues between Gage and Kiera and the same old random case with a slew of unnotable characters. Also, I am real over Kiera's whole "help me; I have a tragic past" bit. It is getting real old. We are on book 4 and Kiera's character has not grown much. If anything, it's kind of getting worse and becoming more whinny. Will not continue on with the series. Book #2 was great though!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    4.5 Stars. LOVE this series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andree

    3.5 stars rounding up. I've read the first three books in this series multiple times, and I really enjoy them, but for whatever reason I always stalled out on this one. Perhaps it was the sense of menace and veiled hints of domestic abuse in the first chapter. Perhaps it was that I always reread the first three books before trying this again, and so maybe tapped out on the series by the time I got to this. Either way, I picked this up and powered through the first two chapters, and found myself s 3.5 stars rounding up. I've read the first three books in this series multiple times, and I really enjoy them, but for whatever reason I always stalled out on this one. Perhaps it was the sense of menace and veiled hints of domestic abuse in the first chapter. Perhaps it was that I always reread the first three books before trying this again, and so maybe tapped out on the series by the time I got to this. Either way, I picked this up and powered through the first two chapters, and found myself sucked in. Is it the strongest book in the series? I would argue not. Is Gage's father something of the absolute worst? Yes, he is. But I enjoy the series. To be honest, the mystery in this one is fairly meh, but I was reading for the characters and they were entertaining. I enjoy Lady Darby and Gage. I enjoy how they're learning to communicate. I enjoyed Lady Darby's relationship with her brother-in-law in this one, in the context of her sister's illness associated with childbirth. I enjoyed the return of Lady Stafford as a friend. And mostly, I enjoyed that Gage finally told her about Greece, because quite frankly the constant refereces to it were getting a bit tedious. I also really enjoy Edinburough as a setting. Less sure how I feel about so much Bonnie Brock, but I'll allow it. Plus, I stayed up way too late last night reading it, and the way my month has been going reading-wise, that felt like a lot, so I'm forgiving it it's flaws.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    See my other reviews at Never Enough Books Following a rather interesting courtship, Lady Kiera Darby is more than thrilled to have an investigative partner and fiance in Mister Sebastian Gage. Wanting only a simple ceremony, Kiera finds herself capitulating to the wishes of her well-meaning sister who seems intent on making the wedding the event of the season. Seeking solace from the ensuing madness, Kiera takes on a commission to paint a portrait of Lady Drummond. The sadness in the elder woman’ See my other reviews at Never Enough Books Following a rather interesting courtship, Lady Kiera Darby is more than thrilled to have an investigative partner and fiance in Mister Sebastian Gage. Wanting only a simple ceremony, Kiera finds herself capitulating to the wishes of her well-meaning sister who seems intent on making the wedding the event of the season. Seeking solace from the ensuing madness, Kiera takes on a commission to paint a portrait of Lady Drummond. The sadness in the elder woman’s eyes is an expression Kiera recognizes; Lord Drummond’s brutish behavior brings to mind Kiera’s own late husband’s brusque ways. Unsure how to help, Kiera knows she cannot sit idly by. It is when Kiera comes upon Lady Drummond prostate on the floor however, that things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house as well as Lord Drummond believe it was natural causes that led to Lady Drummond’s demise. Kiera however believes poison to be the culprit. Using her knowledge of the macabre and armed with her own convictions, Kiera is determined to find the cause behind Lady Drummond’s death regardless of what – or who – stands in her way. This is the fourth and most recent novel in the Lady Darby Mystery series, and so far the strongest. The plot is quite believable as is the execution of how the mystery itself is solved. Both Kiera and Gage act and react in realistic manners and we are given a great deal of information on Gage’s mysterious past. After finding out the truth it is easy to see why he would be hesitant to divulge such information. Previously introduced characters make appearances as well as new individuals. Kiera’s sister and her husband are here once more supporting their beloved family member but also causing some emotional grief. We are also introduced to Gage’s father and the turmoil he tends to cause. Unlike the third novel, Lady Darby is really given an opportunity to show her worth. Being the titular character she takes the forefront in every scene, thus allowing her to grow in the readers’ eyes. A very well written mystery – those who enjoy a good historical novel will likely enjoy this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sometime

    I really enjoyed the mystery in this one. Kiera is convinced her client was poisoned. The murderer came as quite a surprise. Kiera and Gage are engaged to be married and there are many conflicts in Kiera's life. Her pregnant sister is in danger of losing her baby and her life, can she and Gage learn to trust each other, will the rumors ever stop, will her father-in-law ever approve of their marriage? The highlight for me, was seeing Bonny Brock once again. I hope we see more of him. Kiera's constan I really enjoyed the mystery in this one. Kiera is convinced her client was poisoned. The murderer came as quite a surprise. Kiera and Gage are engaged to be married and there are many conflicts in Kiera's life. Her pregnant sister is in danger of losing her baby and her life, can she and Gage learn to trust each other, will the rumors ever stop, will her father-in-law ever approve of their marriage? The highlight for me, was seeing Bonny Brock once again. I hope we see more of him. Kiera's constant doubts and insecurities are getting tired, so I hope that once they are a married couple their relationship will develop beyond that. I do love the romantic thread that flows through each of the books. The mystery is always good, but it's the romance that keeps me coming back for more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine

    I think this is my favorite in the Lady Darby series so far. Once again, Anna Lee Huber strikes the perfect balance between the sleuthing and the relationship scenes. Some mysteries throw the conclusion at you in an information dump at the end. This is not that kind of book. There’s a much more satisfying slow build to Kiera solving the mystery (and she’s a reliable narrator…when she finds out, we find out). The “why” of the mystery is the big crescendo at the end. *chef’s kiss* The family and re I think this is my favorite in the Lady Darby series so far. Once again, Anna Lee Huber strikes the perfect balance between the sleuthing and the relationship scenes. Some mysteries throw the conclusion at you in an information dump at the end. This is not that kind of book. There’s a much more satisfying slow build to Kiera solving the mystery (and she’s a reliable narrator…when she finds out, we find out). The “why” of the mystery is the big crescendo at the end. *chef’s kiss* The family and relationship parts were so wonderful in this book with the exception of the parts with Lord Gage, who is stunningly rude and cruel (which is entertaining in a “what did he just say?” way) . I delight in knowing what’s in store for him, as this is a reread.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    This series has been just one great book after another and every time I think the author is going to go in a trite or cliched direction, she surprises me and takes me interesting places. This book is no exception. Great characters, really great mystery. More wordy review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/120110... This series has been just one great book after another and every time I think the author is going to go in a trite or cliched direction, she surprises me and takes me interesting places. This book is no exception. Great characters, really great mystery. More wordy review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/120110...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    3.5 stars A good edition to the series. I had who did it figured out early on but it took awhile to understand the motive. Kiera's constant reminding the reader that she was the wife of an anatomist got annoying in this one. As did her mistrust and communication blunders with Gage, even if many of those did feel quite genuine and real life. The repetition of is this how it is going to be as your wife and similar worded statements got old. The story itself though, the portrait painting, the enterin 3.5 stars A good edition to the series. I had who did it figured out early on but it took awhile to understand the motive. Kiera's constant reminding the reader that she was the wife of an anatomist got annoying in this one. As did her mistrust and communication blunders with Gage, even if many of those did feel quite genuine and real life. The repetition of is this how it is going to be as your wife and similar worded statements got old. The story itself though, the portrait painting, the entering into the seedier parts of the city, the unusual murder method were all fascinating. The narrator was very good as always. All and all a decent listen!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...