Book Review: An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘I’d learned long ago that just because someone was likeable did not mean they weren’t capable of terrible things.’

When I read Anna Lee Huber’s first novel in the Lady Darby series, ‘The Anatomist’s Wife’, I was hooked. I still feel the same way. I eagerly anticipate each new book in the series. In this offering, Kiera, who is still called Lady Darby, even though she has shed that unfortunate husband, is still a newlywed, married to the charming Sebastian Gage. Her past is coming back to haunt her now, because she has been targeted by a blackmailer. It is November 1831 and she and Gage are back in London after escaping two years prior under very distressing circumstances indeed. Now, a gang of bodysnatchers is at work and have been arrested and once again, Kiera’s past, rises up to haunt her. Even though she is not guilty of anything, many in society believe badly of her.

London is horrified by these ‘burkers’ at work in their city. Then the young heir of a noble family is murdered and Kiera and Gage are hired as the inquiry agents to find the culprit. Is this murder the result of the burkers’ attempt at procuring another body or is it another sinister monster on the loose?

Kiera is now expecting her and Gage’s first child, but both of them are determined to solve this crime and indeed clear her name once and for all of the hateful Lord Darby’s evil machinations.

I love Huber’s work, her impeccable research: these bodysnatching events actually happened. And the ‘Italian Boy’ did also happen. Her ability to weave a fascinating story while also giving us every detail into the lives of the Gages is indeed compelling. I recommend this series. Now I long for the next one.

*My thanks to the publishers for making a copy of this book available to me through Net Galley. I was not pressured to leave a review and all the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  • Publisher: Berkley (April 2, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2019
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

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