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An Artless Demise - By Anna Lee Huber


An Artless Demise

Lady Darby Book 7
Available April 2, 2019

Lady Darby returns to London with her new husband, Sebastian Gage, but newlywed bliss won't last for long when her past comes back to haunt her in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.

November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby's return to the city is anything but mundane, though not for the reasons she expected. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of imitating the notorious misdeeds of Edinburgh criminals, Burke and Hare--killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schools. Then Kiera's past--a past she thought she'd finally made peace with--rises up to haunt her.

All of London is horrified by the evidence that "burkers" are, indeed, at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife's edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. And when Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late anatomist husband's involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is. Not only for herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child.

Meanwhile, the young scion of a noble family has been found murdered a block from his home, and the man's family wants Kiera and Gage to investigate. Is it a failed attempt by the London burkers, having left the body behind, or the crime of someone much closer to home? Someone who stalks the privileged, using the uproar over the burkers to cover his own dark deeds?

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Praise For An Artless Demise

Anna Lee Huber keeps upping her game--An Artless Demise is the perfect blend of history, mystery, and one of my favorite sleuthing couples!"
- Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Anna Lee Huber has done it again! An Artless Demise is an unputdownable story, with an indomitable heroine, a great supporting cast, and a gripping, propulsive narrative with real history at its core.
- Sherry Thomas, USA Today bestselling author of the Lady Sherlock Mysteries

Intriguing, captivating and well-crafted...Anna Lee Huber's AN ARTFUL DEMISE immediately captures the imagination. Huber's grasp of 1830s London, particularly in her use of nuanced social conventions and rich period details, makes this latest in her Lady Darby mysteries another standout tale. The spirited romance of Kiera and Gage will continue to delight, even as new scandals related to Kiera's past threaten everything the newlyweds have built so far.
- Susanna Calkins, award-winning author of the Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Murders

Few heroines pursue their villains with such resource and wit as the indomitable Kiera Darby as she ventures into the spine-chilling world of London's body-snatching business and her past comes back to haunt her. Another riveting instalment in this compelling series from Anna Lee Huber!
- Tessa Arlen, author of the Lady Montfort Mysteries and the Poppy Redfern Mysteries

Kiera's past and her late husband's chilling trade are at the crux of this exquisite entry in the Lady Darby series. For readers, like myself, who consider Kiera and Gage to be dear friends, the high stakes in this immaculately paced mystery will have them biting their nails and firmly on the edge of their seats. London in the midst of political upheaval and shifting social classes is a gorgeously rendered setting and Huber's pitch-perfect historical research shines on every page. But as with all of Huber's mysteries, it is not just the verisimilitude, Kiera's inimitable and fiercely intelligent narrative nor her deft characterization that establish her as one of the premiere voices in her genre, it is the conviction and heart that motivates her characters and the strong sense of morality that counterbalances even the most sinister of crimes.
- Rachel McMillan, author of Murder in the City of Liberty







Treacherous is the Night - By Anna Lee Huber

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Treacherous is the Night

Verity Kent Book 2

In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. But it will take an all too earthbound intrigue to draw in the discerning heroine of Anna Lee Huber's latest mystery...

It's not that Verity Kent doesn't sympathize with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now that she's discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend's behest, Verity attends a séance, where she encounters the man who still looms between her and Sidney—and a medium who channels a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service. Refusing to believe her former fellow spy is dead, Verity is determined to uncover the source of the spiritualist's top secret revelation.

Then the medium is murdered—and Verity's investigation is suddenly thwarted. Even Secret Service agents she once trusted turn their backs on her. Undaunted, Verity heads to war-torn Belgium, with Sidney by her side. But as they draw ever closer to the danger, Verity wonders if she's about to learn the true meaning of till death do us part...


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Praise For Treacherous is the Night

A harrowing trip over devastated parts of Belgium and France puts them both in danger from someone who's learned secrets he shouldn't know. Huber compellingly recalls the devastation wreaked on the minds of the people and the fabric of the countries involved. A thrilling mystery that supplies its gutsy heroine with plenty of angst-ridden romance.
- Kirkus Reviews

[A] splendid sequel...Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama.
- Publishers Weekly

Huber is an excellent historical mystery writer, and Verity is her best heroine. Sidney and Verity are a formidable couple when they work together, but they are also very real. They don't leap straight back into life before the war but instead face many obstacles and struggles as they readjust to married life and post-war life. Nonetheless, the love between Sidney and Verity is real and true, and the way that Huber creates their re-blossoming love is genuine. Topped off with a gripping mystery, this will not disappoint.
- Historical Novel Society







A Brush With Shadows - By Anna Lee Huber


A Brush with Shadows

Lady Darby Book 6
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Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.

July 1831. It's been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go.

All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. And when Alfred's brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage's past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage's family before the moors claim yet another victim...

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Praise For A Brush with Shadows

A missing heir, an estranged family, and a possible poisoner add up to a pretty puzzle for two far-from-disinterested sleuths... Huber draws on the beauties and dangers of the mysterious moorlands to provide a fitting setting for a knotty mystery filled with envy, greed, and thwarted love.
- Kirkus Reviews


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