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A Stroke of Malice - By Anna Lee Huber


A Stroke of Malice

Lady Darby Book 8
Available April 7, 2020

Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are looking forward to celebrating with new friends at an exciting yearly soiree, but they soon learn that murder never takes a holiday in the latest riveting installment in this national bestselling series.

January 1832. After enjoying a delightful few weeks with her family, expectant mother Kiera and Sebastian Gage have been invited to the Duchess of Bowmont's Twelfth Night party in Traquair, Scotland. Though she normally avoids such fashionable, rambunctious events, Kiera is ready to join in the festive merrymaking. But upon their arrival at the opulent estate, it becomes obvious that all is not merry in their hostess's home. The family appears to be under a great strain, and someone seems determined to cause mayhem among the guests with a series of forged notes.

Matters swiftly turn from irksome to downright deadly when the partygoers stumble upon a decomposing body in the castle's crypt. The corpse is thought to be the duchess's son-in-law who had purportedly traveled to Paris more than a month earlier. It is evident the man met with foul play, and Kiera and Gage soon realize that a ruthless murderer walks among them—and may well be a member of the duchess's own family. And when the investigation takes a treacherous turn, Kiera discovers just how deep the killer is willing to dig to keep their secrets from ever seeing the light of day.

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Praise For A Stroke of Malice

Huber makes the most of her creepy setting and never strains credulity during the course of the investigation or at the ultimate reveal.
- Publishers Weekly

Romance, suspense, mystery, and bawdy historical customs add up to a fine read.
- Kirkus

Huber is an expert at crafting strong characters and then throwing them into mazes of intrigue, and Malice is one of her wildest puzzles to date. Just when everything seems obvious, we find ourselves facing a blind alley and are forced to reexamine our conclusions. Take nothing for granted here; the truth is always more shocking than you assume... Whether you're already a Lady Darby fan, or just love historical mysteries starring clever, stubborn women, A Stroke of Malice is a must-read.
- Criminal Element

In a break-glass-for-emergency-comfort-read scenario, this book fits the bill.
- Smart B*tiches Trashy Books

Huber once again provides an engaging mystery surrounded by all the gratifying historical details that any historical Anglophile craves.
- Fresh Fiction

Huber continues to deliver intriguing whodunits...this may be the best book of the series so far!
- All About Romance

Details of dress and decor add interest to this eighth in the Lady Darby series, which furthers the loving relationship between Kiera and Gage. A romantic mystery and a rich period piece.
- Booklist








Penny For Your Secrets - By Anna Lee Huber

Penny For Your Secrets

Verity Kent Book 3

England, 1919. In Anna Lee Huber's latest mystery, former British Intelligence agent Verity Kent is finding that life after wartime offers its own share of danger...

The Great War may be over, but for many, there are still obstacles on the home front. Reconciling with her estranged husband makes Verity sympathetic to her friend Ada's marital difficulties. Bourgeois-bred Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to navigate the ways of the aristocracy. And when Lord Rockham is discovered shot through the heart with a bullet from Ada's revolver, Verity fears her friend has made a fatal blunder.

While striving to prove Ada's innocence, Verity is called upon for another favor. The sister of a former Secret Service colleague has been killed in what authorities believe was a home invasion gone wrong. The victim's war work—censoring letters sent by soldiers from the front—exposed her to sensitive, disturbing material. Verity begins to suspect these two unlikely cases may be linked. But as the connections deepen, the consequences—not just for Verity, but for Britain—grow more menacing than she could have imagined.


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Praise For Penny For Your Secrets

A compelling mystery of post WW1 England. . . . The blend of intrigue and human vulnerabilities is captivating.
- Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author

In Huber's action-filled third Verity Kent mystery...Huber offers a well-researched historical and a fascinating look at the lingering aftermath of war.
- Publishers Weekly

[A] stellar mystery... A great read for fans of the series and for all who enjoy Downton Abbey-era fiction.
- Booklist

Readers looking for atmospheric mystery set in the period following the Great War will savor the intricate plotting and captivating details of the era.
- Library Journal, Starred Review and Pick of the Month

Huber's historical mysteries are always multilayered, complex stories, and Penny is an especially satisfying one as she interweaves social commentary and righteous feminist rage into the post-War period.
- Criminal Element

These novels mix thoughtful, intuitive historical detail (like how Europe was shellshocked after the Great War) with clever mystery plotting, to make compelling mysteries that remember history as much as they feel it, emotionally.
- CrimeReads

I continue to be enchanted with the Kents. Huber does such a marvelous job bringing out the realities of marriage, both its joys and its difficulties. The mystery is equally gripping, with many different twists and turns. This is a fine historical mystery series that will not disappoint.
- Historical Novel Society








An Artless Demise - By Anna Lee Huber


An Artless Demise

Lady Darby Book 7
Available April 2, 2019
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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

Based on a true story, thick with period ambience woven into a knotty mystery. Just the right read for a foggy night.
- Kirkus Reviews

Huber marries clever plotting with a rich, nuanced use of period history.
- Publishers Weekly

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






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