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The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery #1)

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Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's 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...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rane

I found myself completely immersed within this story- that I was surprised when I reached the end. I was stuck between being at awed and disappointed that it was over! (Lucky for for I still had two books to look forward)

While dealing with subject matters, Anna Lee Huber kept the reader going with a strong mystery that prompt you to continue even when at times the story did tend to slow. You along with Lady Darby and Gage pick up small clues that may lead to one thing or another.

Lady Kiera D...more
Ruth
This was a great book! I whizzed through it in no time (always sign of being sucked into a good story), and absolutely can't wait for the next one. It was very similar to the Lady Julia Grey books by
Deanna Raybourn, which I also love, but the heroine, in particular, is a very different type of person than in Lady Julia.

In choosing this particular heroine, the author has a really interesting character. She is considered extremely eccentric by the standards of her time. However, her eccentricitie...more
Erin
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Can someone please explain why it took me so long to read Anna Lee Huber's The Anatomist's Wife? I'm trying to come up an excuse, an amazing alibi that would explain such an egregious oversight, but I've got nothing. You know, besides a tbr list that is fast approaching the three thousand mark and really, who doesn't have one of those?

In stark contrast to the myriad of atypical heroines that plague this genre, Kiera isn't a...more
Audrey
The Anatomist's Wife (Berkley Prime Crime, $15.00) is a love story masquerading as a historical crime novel - and it's a good one!

Lady Kiera Darby came to the Gairloch estate in an attempt to hide from London's nobility. Her sister, the countess of Gairloch, welcomed her with open arms following the death -- and resulting mess -- of Kiera's husband, a respected anatomist living in the shadow of the great Burke and Hare scandal.

A painter by trade, Kiera takes refuge in Scotland and removes hersel...more
Jane
Where I got the book: purchased at indie bookstore at an author event. Signed. I know Anna Lee Huber in person.

I enjoy the historical mystery sub-genre, and I'd place this book in company with Tasha Alexander's or Lauren Willis's; a fairly fluffy, enjoyable escapist read. I say "fairly fluffy" because Huber has given her heroine, Lady Keira Darby, a darker background than most; her late husband was an anatomist who married her for her artistic skills and then obliged her to make drawings of the...more
Misfit
I can't wait for more with Lady Darby and Gage. Excellent historical mystery.
Olga Godim
I would’ve never picked up a book with such a Gothic cover if not for the recommendations from my online friends. Thank you, ladies. I really enjoyed this novel.
A historical mystery set in 1830, it starts with a corpse during a house party at a Scottish castle. The protagonist Kiera is the sister of the castle owner’s wife. Her own husband has been dead for over a year, but the repercussions of his nefarious activities before death still haunt Kiera. She is hiding from the society’s scorn in the...more
Aoi
3.5 stars

From the blurb:

Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's 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, he
...more
Jina Howell-Forbes
A good enough book...likable characters, some mystery. But it was impossible to care even one fig about the murder victim. At the end of the book, the murder is solved, but the love interest was unrequited and strung out to the next book, and Lady Darby is still being shunned by society for the sins of her dead husband. That meant to me that there wasn't much point to the story. The protagonists (both male and female) needed to be a lot more compelling to overcome the general ho-hum of the plot....more
Lee Anne - OMG! Spring is Finally Here!
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The Anatomist’s Wife is a fabulous murder mystery with tons of suspense threaded throughout the entire story. It starts off with a scream and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

After having her reputation tarnished by her late husband’s actions, Lady Darby is living in a self-imposed exile at her sister and brother-in-law’s house in Scotland. During a house party, a noblewoman is murdered. Sebastian Gage is asked t...more
A.
Kiera's husband died unexpectedly a year and a half ago. Sir Anthony Darby married her for one reason only, to use her artistic ability to illustrate his book. He was an anatomist and surgeon, one of the men who dissected scores bodies to document how the human body functioned back when medicine was getting more scientific. Kiera was forced to do the illustrations of internal organs etc. during the dissections. When her husband suddenly died, the truth was revealed about her husband's work and h...more
Annie
Nov 03, 2012 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical mystery lovers
Shelves: favorites
Scotland, 1830. A widow whose husband used her artistic talents for his own macabre purposes. From the opening scream to the hushed ending, Anna Lee Huber’s The Anatomist’s Wife is a tight, historical mystery with skillful undertones of isolation, inequality, jealousy, and rules of society. Amid rustles of skirts and stirring of tea, clues are planted, lies are exposed, false leads send us along diverted trails, and characters are stripped of their proper Victorian façades. Here we see the polit...more
Cat
After her husband's death, Lady Kiera Darby retires to her sister's estate (Gairloch Castle) in the Scottish Highlands. Sir Anthony Darby was an anatomist in London and after their marriage, he forced Kiera to become his assistant, using her artistic talents to make illustrations of his work. When he died, Kiera find herself in the middle of a scandal and was accused and almost tried for taking part on her husband's work; people say she is unnatural. She was acquited of all charges and left Lond...more
Rob Slaven
As usual I received this book from GoodReads as part of a giveaway. Also as usual, despite the very kind and generous consideration of getting a free book, I give my candid opinions below.

The year is 1830 and there is murder most foul afoot at an isolated Scottish estate. A young woman has been brutally murdered and her fetus stolen from her very abdomen as she lies bleeding. The suspects are detained and it's up to a dashing but inexperienced son of an Edinborough investigator and the widow wit...more
Bee
I'm going to be the bad guy here and leave a 2-star review amidst all the 5-star ones that motivated me to read this book in the first place. THE ANATOMIST'S WIFE had such good potential, plot-wise. Murder mystery set in a castle? Check. 1830s Scotland? Yes, please. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations at all. The characters were predictable and their speech and actions reminded me too much of a cheesy romance novel. (a side point: any main character who refers to her own hair, in...more
Lynn
4 1/2 Stars for this one. This was a great book and well written, one I couldn't put down. What I liked about this book: The fact that it was a historical fiction murder mystery set in the highlands in a big castle with gloomy dark corridors and lots of land with a maze, wooded areas and a loch (perfect setting right?). The storyline was different from what I've read before with the heroine having somewhat of a "different" troubled past. The story flowed along nicely and kept me reading far too...more
Kathleen
LOVED IT! If I group all the Outlander books into one, as well as Harry Potter, The Anatomist’s Wife is definitely in my top five favorite books. The writing, the characters, the plot – all great. I also truly loved the descriptions of the castle rooms and the clothes. Just enough description for me to perfectly picture them in my mind but not too much that I wanted to skip over it. I wanted to give it 5 stars but I felt the end lingered a little too much. I really like my stories to wrap up qui...more
Glory
Good Mystery
Minor flaws didn't dampen my enjoyment of this book.
I look forward to reading the sequel.
KJ, Madame Librarian
Loved it! Very different in tone from the Julia Grey books. I've already ILL requested the second and I look forward to the third this summer.
Cathy Cole
Anna Lee Huber has given us an excellent blend of mystery and historical detail wrapped up in a country house party. There's even a touch of romance as the story unfolds. The mystery is a complex one due to the background of the victim and the victim's interactions with everyone else at the country house. It takes time to sort through everything, and while I was sorting, I was enjoying Huber's look at high society in the year 1830. Having Kiera be so utterly reviled by everyone gives us a chance...more
Sarah
The body of an infamous beauty found in the gardens. A host of suspicious haute ton scandalized and looking for who is to blame for such an outrage. The son of the most respected inquiry agent in the British Isles determined to bring justice to bear. And a young widow only recently - and dubiously - acquitted of macabre behavior during her marriage to an anatomist. The suspect is an obvious one.

Lady Kiera Darby faced public scorn, and very nearly legal scrutiny, when it was revealed she had assi...more
K. Bird
Kiera found herself married off to an anatomist in London who forced her to sketch his subjects during a time when Ladies definitely took no part in such gruesome activities. Upon her husband's death, the discovery that she had assisted him sent scandal rocketing through society, and almost forced her to stand trial.

Now Kiera lives a quiet life in the highlands of Scotland with her sister and brother-in-law. During a house party that shows Kiera society is still all-too-ready to believe maliciou...more
Jaclyn
I loved this debut mystery!! I'm not generally a huge fan of mysterious, but the book description of its historical setting and unusual heroine had me picking up this one. I certainly wasn't disappointed.

The Anatomist's Wife is set in 1830 at a house party in Scotland. The novel opens with a murder at Lady Kiera Darby's sister's house. Kiera is one of the first people at the scene and suspicion falls on her because of her scandalous past as an illustrator for her husband, an anatomist. Kiera's...more
Starr Reina
Anna Lee Huber’s new mystery, “The Anatomist’s Wife,” steps back in time to the 1830s and introduces us to a remarkable character. Lady Kiera Darby has retreated to her brother-in-law’s castle in Scotland after her husband’s death and the subsequent scandal that engulfed her.

Her husband, a doctor, was working on an anatomy textbook—years before“Gray’s Anatomy” was published—but he had no skill as an illustrator. Instead, he married Kiera, a talented portrait artist of some repute, and forced her...more
Mary
After Lady Kiera Darby's husband Sir Anthony dies unexpectedly, she flees London as a social outcast for her "unnatural" role in illustrating her husband's anatomy textbook. Kiera's loyal sister shelters her at Castle Gairloch in the Scottish Highlands, where she can insulate herself from the gossips and focus on her painting. But Kiera can't stay isolated forever, so her sister hosts a weekend gathering, bringing a smattering of socialites to the Highlands, but scandal isn't far from Kiera, and...more
Jennifer
Lovely textured world building, strong characters, and a great story!

The Anatomist's Wife is an engaging historical mystery with romantic elements. Anna Lee Huber does an excellent job bringing the reader into the world with fascinating details right down to the type of fabric used for a piece of furniture. And since the main character is an artist who would absolutely notice things like color, texture, lighting, etc, it all makes sense and never bogs down the narrative.

The mystery is well put...more
Barbara
The obvious target audience for this book are fans of the Lady Julia Grey books or even Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily books. It has first-person narration by our heroine, Kiera, Lady Darby--a young widow of a very unpleasant man. She is a portrait artist whose work for her late husband has landed her with a very tarnished name among the upper levels of society. She is, at turns, clever, naive, sensible and TSTL (too stupid to live).

The blurb gives a very nice synopsis of the plot. The author cou...more
Jack
Lady Darby is ruined, not because of anything sexual, but because her late husband was a surgeon and a cheapskate. He married her because she was an excellent artist. He wanted an illustrator for his anatomy book. When the book is revealed, everyone realizes his widow was the one that illustrated it, in situ. Proper Victorian society was horrified. Well, so was Lady Darby, but she couldn't go against her husband's wishes, could she? As it turns out, that was the court's opinion. Leaving Lady Dar...more
Judi
A fabulous story about love, murder, prejudice, social mores. Condemned by society for what she was forced to do, shunned in her own home. Now forced by the situation to become involved in the investigation of a murder and to have to deal so closely with Mr. Gage. But what does Mr. Gage think? Does he suspect her? And what exactly are her feelings for Mr. Gage? Of course, they solve the mystery together and uncover the culprit...since this is the first in a series! Can't wait to read the second...more
Christina
Oh my. I loved this book. I'm unabashedly giddy I have two more installments of this series to read following this. The story is excellent. So well-written. The mystery is solid. I was just as caught up with the characters as I was engaged by the mystery. I loved Gage. Gage's swoon factor is a solid 9 out of 10. Cannot wait to read the next one! Highly recommend.
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Anna Lee Huber is the Award-Winning and National Bestselling Author of the Lady Darby Mystery Series. She was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a degree in music and a minor in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana, and when not working on her next book she enjoys reading, singing, traveling and spending tim...more
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