Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sisters estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gagea fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isnt about to let her guard down as accusations and rumors swirl.When Kiera and Gages search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry.
Anachronistic language and a predictable romantic plot detract from Huber's debut set in 1830 Scotland. Respectable society views Lady Kiera Darby with suspicion, because she assisted her late husband, a renowned anatomist, by preparing sketches of the human body parts he studied. When someone stabs Lady Godwin to death at Kiera's sister's castle, Kiera's dubious reputation makes her the prime suspect among the eminent guests gathered for a house party there. With the authorities some distance away, responsibility for investigating falls to Sebastian Gage, "London's gentleman inquiry agent." Kiera initially regards the Darcyesque Gage with disdain, but she also notes that his eyes were "the pale blue of a winter sky the morning after a snowstorm," leaving little doubt that their relationship will improve. The insertion of a fiendishly clever fair-play clue at the outset suggests that Huber is capable of better things. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 05, 2012
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