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Mortal Arts: A Lady Darby Mystery

 
 
Author
Anna Lee Huber.
Publisher Berkley  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.95 x 5.1 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780425253786
Pages/Publication Date 374/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61648
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Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue; in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. In this sequel to The Anatomist's Wife, the reluctant investigator journeys to 1830 Edinburgh with her pregnant sister, who seeks proper medical care. But the city is full of things Kiera isn't quite ready to face, from the judgment of society ladies to the romantic entanglements of fellow investigator Sebastian Gage. Kiera's old friend Michael Dalmay is to be married, but the release of his older brother William (once Kiera's childhood art tutor) from an insane asylum soon throws the nuptials into chaos. And when rumors of a missing girl point to William, Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre sciences to prove his innocence.

"Set largely in Scotland in 1830, [Anna Lee] Huber's well-done sequel to 2012's The Anatomist's Wife includes all the ingredients of a romantic suspense novel, starting with a proud and independent heroine. Talented artist Lady Kiera Darby, who survived a dreadful first marriage, remains the object of society gossip. She's attracted to the dashing and rather mysterious Sebastian Gage, the upper class's go-to guy for private inquiries in Britain, with whom she has lots of misunderstandings. Strong and lively characters as well as believable family dynamics, however, elevate this above stock genre fare. Furthermore, the underlying mystery deals with a serious, even horrifying, subject—the treatment of the insane in asylums. Readers should be prepared for some grim tales, though credit Huber for not turning this into a treatise on post-traumatic stress disorder. Rather, she assembles a collection of facts that unfold gradually, serving the story rather than the other way around."—Publishers Weekly

 
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