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Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mysteries) Paperback – 3 Sep 2013
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Praise for Anna Lee Huber and "The Anatomist's Wife"
"Lady Darby is an engaging new sleuth to follow."--Julia Spencer-Fleming, "New York Times" bestselling author
"A riveting debut."--Deanna Raybourn, "New York Times" bestselling author
"An unusual and romantic heroine."--Judith Rock, author of "A Plague of Lies"
"A fast-paced, atmospheric, and chilling debut featuring a clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection." --Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author of "India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy"
"Huber's protagonist is complex and likable and the well-plotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters...You'll be engaged right to the end."--"RT Book Reviews"
"Huber's debut...reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine."--"Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Anna Lee Huber and The Anatomist's Wife
Lady Darby is an engaging new sleuth to follow. Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author
A riveting debut. Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
An unusual and romantic heroine. Judith Rock, author of A Plague of Lies
A fast-paced, atmospheric, and chilling debut featuring a clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection. Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author of India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy
Huber s protagonist is complex and likable and the well-plotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters You ll be engaged right to the end. RT Book Reviews
Huber s debut reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine. Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for the Lady Darby Mysteries
[A] history mystery in fine Victorian style! Anna Lee Huber s spirited debut mixes classic country house mystery with a liberal dash of historical romance. New York Times bestselling authorJulia Spencer-Fleming
Riveting Huber deftly weaves together an original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting. New York Times bestselling authorDeanna Raybourn
[A] fascinating heroine A thoroughly enjoyable read! National bestselling author Victoria Thompson
[A] clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection. National bestselling author Carol K. Carr
Reads like a cross between a gothic novel and a mystery with a decidedly unusual heroine. Kirkus Reviews
Huber deftly evokes both [Sebastian and Kiera s] attraction and the period s flavor. Publishers Weekly
[Huber] designs her heroine as a woman who straddles the line between eighteenth-century behavior and twenty-first-century independence. New York Journal of Books
[A] must read One of those rare books that will both shock and please. Fresh Fiction
Fascinates with its compelling heroine who forges her own way in a society that frowns upon female independence. RT Book Reviews
One of the best historical mysteries that I have read this year. Cozy Mystery Book Reviews"
About the Author
Anna Lee Huber is the RITA and Daphne award nominated author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, including As Death Draws Near, A Study in Death, A Grave Matter, Mortal Arts, and The Anatomist s Wife. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on the next Lady Darby novel."
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Phraseology. And hot & cold running water and a Beth with proper waste disposal in a Scottish manor at that time?
If you can avoid being irritated or distracted by some obvious flaws and the even present inaccurate use of the English then it's an interesting novel.
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This book was much different than the first one and I think I liked it even more than the first book! I loved all the Gothic elements that this one had. The first book lacked some of my favorite elements but this one did NOT disappoint!
Crumbling castle on the coast, a madman locked in the attic, an asylum looming ominously off the North Sea coast, a family fallen from grace, a howling ghost dog legend, family secrets, and murder most foul? YES! All things that I love in a Gothic novel, plus you add the budding affection between Kiera and Gage and you easily have a five star rating from me!
I loved how prominent the madness element was in this novel. I thought it added a layer of uncertainty that would keep readers on edge. Because of the uncertainty surrounding Will, I found myself second guessing everything we were being told. Was Kiera just bias or was she wrong? I loved the not knowing if we could trust one of the major characters.
The chemistry between Gage and Kiera is also really heating up. I love how mysterious Gage is and how we don’t really know too much about him in the first book besides that he is ‘charming’ and now in this book we start learning a ton more about him. He’s like an onion….peeling a layer back one at a time and I am literally LOVING IT! Watching the growing affection between Kiera and him is just so exciting. I especially love that the author is dragging it out over the course of the books rather than rush to ‘put a ring on it’ in like the first book.
One thing that I struggled a little bit with was Kiera’s devotion to Will. I felt like her defense of him was more than the acquaintance warranted. He was her drawing tutor for a few short months, and I felt like Gage had reason to believe there was a romantic interest and frankly I felt like she was holding back as well. I gathered that she was infatuated with him, but I just felt like her devotion to him and her defense and her feelings at the end of the book just didn’t jive with me. The reason for her devotion was because he had faith in her art and herself as well as her abilities, which I suppose was a good enough reason, but still I felt like it wasn’t enough. But in the end I simply didn’t care. I was too wrapped up in the mystery and the darker content and the heating up romance to put much thought into it.
There was plenty to love in this latest installment and I loved loved loved the Gothic feel of this novel. I immediately downloaded the third book in this series as soon as I finished this book…..even if it was another $14.00, it was $14.00 well spent if you ask me!
Ms. Huber's Lady Darby is a wonderfully complex character. Her talent as an artist is often shadowed by her past. But she is determined to make the most of her life after the death of her monstrous husband. Life has taught her to question injustice which makes her the one to push for the truth about the disappearance of a local girl when suspicion falls on a friend. I like how she is persistent about finding the truth at the same time she blinds herself to her friends possible involvement. And in a scene when the antagonist is confronted, Lady Darby's natural fears are so realistic, I was convinced I was there in the middle of the gothic setting.
Gage, Lady Darby's counterpart, is a very unforthcoming character in this story, much as he was in The Anatomist's Wife. I like him too, but I think it will be a while before the intricacies of his character are sorted out. I'll just have to keep reading the series!
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The weak part of this book in the mystery, which is not generally a good in an historical mystery. I thought the villain was pretty obvious, but that did not prove fatal to the effectiveness of the book. The question became not the who but the why. And the ending was almost poetic. I like a books where a writer is not afraid to have something very bad happen to a good person, even when redemption was an option. The emotional impact of that choice was surprising and gratifying. I have read a lot of historical mysteries, but this is the first one that ever provoke a tear.
I recommend and look forward to more from this writer.