|Lady Darby Mysteries
Book 1: The Anatomist's Wife
Book 2: Mortal Arts
A Lady Darby Mystery, Book 2
ANNA LEE HUBER
Berkley Prime Crime
$16.00 US/$17.00 CAN
Rating: 3 Cups
The feeling of being on the outside looking in is one Lady Kiera Darby is all too familiar with. With her artist's eye, she is an excellent observer, which means she sees things most people would rather she does not.
Not unlike his famous father, Sebastian Gage is very astute at uncovering truths and finding answers. This case, unfortunately, involves a good friend, and he is going to need the help of one very special lady.
Ten years before, Kiera's friend and painting master, Lord William Dalmay, just vanishes, not being seen nor heard of again, until now. She is overjoyed that he is alive, although completely crushed to see the state in which he is in, as well as learning he may have something to do with a young woman's death. Gage is once again requesting her help in his investigation. Like the last time, she knows he is holding something back. Her feelings for Gage are turbulent at best, yet right now all she wants to focus on is helping Will and uncovering the truth.
It is horrifying to imagine the asylums of the nineteenth century. Still, every detail in this story has a definite ring of truth. Even if the treatment and care is hopefully more humane today, the stigma involving mental disorders has changed little over the years. Kiera and Gage are very adept at ferreting out clues involving Will, yet I would love to see her more involved in the investigation and less worried about her hurt feelings or the state of her clothing. In my opinion, she needs to get over acting like a spinster aunt, and embrace her intelligence and ingenuity when it comes to solving crimes.
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