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

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,857 ratings  ·  534 reviews
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
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
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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
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
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I have Allison over at The Allure of Books to thank for this recommendation. I believe I had heard the title of this Victorian mystery bandied about some and never did chase it down on account of the title itself. Something to do with a proliferation of the so-and-so's wife titles at the time, I would imagine. But. I'm so very glad I listened to Allie and gave it a shot. Anna Lee Huber's series (which stands at three novels at the present time with a fourth d
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
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
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
I have been trying to get to Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby series for some time, and I'm so glad that I have finally started it. The Anatomist's Wife, set in the Scottish Highlands in the 1830s, delivers mystery, intrigue, and personal demons. Oh, and the atmosphere. Huber masterfully creates just the right amount of shadows, candle light, and lonely passages throughout the castle, with the relentless rain of the season and a nearby loch, where waters do indeed run deep. It is, in short, an atmosp ...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
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
Period mysteries are not usually my thing, but I decided to give this series a shot based on rave reviews from 2 book friends whose opinions I really trust. They didn't steer me wrong. Lady Darby is quite the interesting character. An artist in a time when "ladies" were seen and not heard. She ended up in a loveless marriage that her father arranged, to a man who made her put her talents to use illustrating his anatomy book. After his death she's accused of all sorts of atrocities and goes to th ...more
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
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
At AudioGals, I've given this an A- for content but the C+ for the narration pulls the grade down a bit and I'm leaving it at 4 stars for the AUDIOBOOK version.

It’s possible that I may have squealed with delight when I learned that Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Darby were being released as audiobooks. The books themselves (there are three so far; The Anatomist’s Wife is first in the series) have all proved to be highly entertaining, well-constructed tales f
The Anatomist's Wife
4.5 Stars

Lady Kiera Darby is a social outcast due to the revelation that she assisted her deceased husband in his anatomical dissections. Thus, when Lady Godwin is found murdered during a house party at the ancestral home of Kiera’s brother-in-law, suspicion naturally falls on her and she must make use of her knowledge of the human body to clear her name.

A well-paced mystery with an engaging protagonist and some intriguing hints at a romance to come.

Kiera is a particularly
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
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
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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
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
Nov 03, 2012 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
WOW! Fantastic mystery set in a castle in the Highlands featuring an widowed artist who reluctantly becomes involved in solving a murder. Loved the characters, the first-person narrative and the historical tidbits. So much atmosphere and tension!! I'm so glad I have two more in the series ready to go.

Recommended for anyone who loves Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia books or Mary Stewart mysteries.
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
Good Mystery
Minor flaws didn't dampen my enjoyment of this book.
I look forward to reading the sequel.
This was a good debut historical mystery. I had some issues with the overwriting (did we really need to know the color of every gown and upholstered piece of furniture) and characters voices that seemed a little too modern. And the food? Herb crusted salmon and chardonnay in 1830 Scotland? I think not. BUT it was a page turner and kept me up way too late. I will put the next book in the series on my TBR list because I liked how the love story played out and it isn't done yet.
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.
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.
I am absolutely enthralled by this book! It pulled me in from the very first page and didn't let me go till the last. Lady Kiera Darby is not one of the usually described, fragile and always fainting ladies of the 1800s. She has been through hell and back and attempting to put her life back in order when trouble finds her and lands up at her doorstep, literally.

The writing is exquisite and transporting. I felt part of the atmosphere of Gairloch Castle and 1830 Scotland. If you like mysteries an
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 04, 2015 09:58AM  
  • A Dissection of Murder (Dr Dody McCleland, #1)
  • Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia, #3)
  • When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr, #7)
  • India Black and the Gentleman Thief (Madame of Espionage, #4)
  • A Woman of Consequence (A Dido Kent Mystery, #3)
  • Sweet Revenge (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery, #1)
  • Vienna Waltz (Charles & Mélanie Fraser #3)
  • Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily, #5)
  • An Inquiry Into Love and Death
  • Point of Honour (Sarah Tolerance, #1)
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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Other Books in the Series

Lady Darby Mystery (5 books)
  • Mortal Arts (Lady Darby, #2)
  • A Grave Matter (Lady Darby, #3)
  • A Study in Death (Lady Darby, #4)
  • As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby, #5)
Mortal Arts (Lady Darby, #2) A Grave Matter (Lady Darby, #3) A Study in Death (Lady Darby, #4) As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby, #5) A Pressing Engagement (Lady Darby, #4.5)

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