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Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,076 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Berkley Trade
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Scotland 1830

Summary: In the second book by Anna Lee Huber, Lady Kiera Darby accompanies her pregnant sister Alanna to Edinburgh for a much needed medical care for her. And although Kiera would never admit it, she is excited to be in the same city that she know's investigator Sebastian Gage is in as well. While there, she plans to attend the wedding of an old family friend. But when a local girl goes missing and the groom's brother becomes a suspect, Kiera once again must use her medica...more

Once again Lady Kiera Darby is thrown into another inquiry this time dealing with her old friend and art teacher William Darby. William was thrown into an insane asylum by his evil father. The situation become even more dire when a local girl is killed and eyes turn to the still healing and troubled William.
With the aid of Sebastian Gage, Kiera set out to fight for the innocence of her beloved friend and find the turn killer.

As sequels go, this just blew the first book away. The story never...more
Andrea Seaver
Well. What to say. Let's start with the good. Lady Kiera Darby is a heroine with an interesting backstory. She views the world in which she inhabits with a bit of an outsiders eye, and since the novel is written first person, hers is the only viewpoint we have. The setting (rambling family manse in Scotland) is interesting for the time period. No London high society setting, very different. The storyline/mystery: very high promise. What depravities might Kiera's tortured past art instructor be c...more
3.5 stars

Since most of us don't read the author's notes until the book is done, I found some info that I would have loved to have known at the start. Would have helped with the imagery of the two houses.

The Dalmay House in Mortal arts was based on Dalmeny House, and the crumbling abandoned castle was based on Barnbougle Castle. There's also a short video taken of the old castle here on Youtube.

Now for the review. You'll have to mosey on over to Booklikes and read it here.
Lady Kiera Darby is enroute to Edinburgh with her sister's family when they are sidetracked at the behest of a family friend. Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but when his fiancée's family learns that Michael's older brother William - Lady Darby's beloved childhood painting tutor - has been released from a nine-year stint in a mental institution, they no longer approve of the marriage. Lady Darby having believed that William was dead is both overjoyed to see him and shocked by his frail me...more
Mortal Arts is Anna Lee Huber’s second in the Lady Darby Historical Mystery series published by Berkley Prime Crime, September 2013

If you have not read the first in this new series, The Anatomist’s Wife, run out and get a copy, download a copy, whatever you have to do, and then get ready for Mortal Arts. Find a quiet place, get a glass of wine or fresh brewed coffee or tea, and let the Victorian atmosphere and careful narration take you away to another time and share with you the sounds and scen...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
The mystery and suspense weaved into the plot of Mortal Arts is far superior to the first book of the series, in my opinion. You guys, it is impossible not to become emotionally involved in the story. William, who has been locked away, is a former soldier suffering from PTSD in a time before it was recognized or understood. The combination of watching him suffer as well as seeing everyone around him at a total loss as to how to help? Heart wrenching, seriously. PTSD is still so misunderstood eve...more
KJ, Madame Librarian
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Mortal Arts (2013) by Anna Lee Huber
Berkeley (Penguin), ISBN: 9780425253786, trade pb. 370 pages
This is the second Lady Darby mystery and it is just as good as the first. Kiera’s very pregnant sister is having a difficult time and it requires a trip to Edinburgh to be nearer a major medical center. In 1830’s Scotland, that’s not saying much, but the whole family packs up and takes several coaches and sets off. At a childhood friend’s estate they stop for a few days rest and find the very-hunky M...more
Наверное, если б читала подряд, поставила бы 3 звезды, ибо...
Холодность и таинственность Гейджа уже стали напрягать.
Да и детектив послабее.
Но я успела соскучиться по героям, потому и оценка такая)))
Надеюсь на следующий роман. Автор, хватит мурыжить героев!
(чорт, вряд ли она читает по-русски)))
Absolutely bloody brilliant. Great story, fabulous, intense characters but a real ensemble piece lead by the best hero and heroine and superbly written.

The thought of having to wait for the next installment is physically painful, it's that good.

5 stars. All time favorites list. Absolutely loved it.
I really enjoyed Anna Huber's second book, Mortal Arts. I thought the topic she used for this mystery was unique. I haven't read any books that touched upon mental patients or the asylums they were kept in. The story gave enough information for the reader to understand the inhumane treatment of people who were believed to have mental problems. It wasn't too explicit or gross. I don't enjoy reading books that have a lot of gore or disturbing images. Anna Huber kept the details to an acceptable am...more
This book was just so beautiful and heart breaking to read. Anna Lee Huber is a wonderful story teller, who has captured the scenery and atmosphere of Scotland and made it shine. Her characters are beautifully written and fleshed out on the pages, that the reader can imagine who they could be in real life. I love Kiera and Gage, and I hope there are a dozen more books in this series. I also love Philip and Alana, Kiera's BIL and sister. I was weeping when this story ended. There was hope at the...more
This is the second in the Lady Darby Mystery series. The first is "The Anatomist's wife" and they do need to be read in order. At least I think so. The mysteries are resolved by the end of each book, but there is more development among the characters that is worth following in order.

I loved the first one and I loved this, the second one. There is a darkness in here, a somewhat gothic cruelty. I still can't get the thoughts of asylums in the 19th century out of my head. The suffering we still ha...more
Paula Zoran
Absolutely love the story line, but most of all I enjoyed the chemistry between Gage and Kiera. Two sleuths with an eye for each other - yum! The book delved into the sad state of affairs of asylums. So sad what happened to thousands under the guise of psychologicomedical care. Many of these so-called physicians were psychopaths who employed like-minded people to carry out their dirty work. I am looking forward to ready her next novel.
Jan 21, 2014 Maren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This was the second book in the Lady Darby series. I have not read the first one. I didn't need to. This book was complete within itself. I picked this book off the shelf having never heard of it or the author. Usually, that doesn't turn out too well. But I was delightfully surprised with this. It had a lovely romance, a decent mystery, and a stellar setting. There were a few moments that seemed unrealistic or over-dramatic to me, but it was very well done overall. I'm excited to read more from...more
I enjoyed revisiting Lady Darby, but this was significantly weaker than the first book in the series.

First, the mystery was really predictable. There was absolutely no question as to who the culprit was, including the details and the motivations, very early in. That primarily leaves us with the romance, which was frustrating. Gage is, like so many heroes, especially Victorian era heroes, modeled on Mr. Darcy, but his secrecy and aloofness are annoying and Lady Darby's interest in him is often i...more
Amy S
So, this is the second in the Lady Darby series. It is obviously a knock-off of "The Lady Julia" series.

The first one was fun fluff if you seriously suspended your disbelief and ignored the modern language. This one had none of the fun. It was just a snoozer. She constantly takes walks with her arms wrapped around herself tightly, wondering if Gage is interested in her. I never cared about the mystery or the romance. This is going to be a series where they just string you along from book to boo...more
This is the 2nd book in a series and I really liked it. It's a mystery (of course), set in England in early Edwardian times. It depicts and intelligent but wounded heroine and an intelligent but also wounded man who are thrown together to investigate a murder. It's kind of a typical cozy mystery, but I like the focus in these books, which is on how "anatomists" were ostracized and deemed evil, especially if they weren't royal. Kind of a new twist.
Nancy Butts
Book 2 in the series—and though I thought there was promise in the first book, I had to force myself to finish this one, and won't be reading the third book which is due out in a few weeks. The author's prose is stiff and awkward; and neither the dialogue nor character behavior seemed true to the 1830 time period. And don't get me started on the Scottish dialect! [Though I don't think any author, not even Mark Twain or Bram Stoker, handles dialect well. Dialect defeats even the most skillful wri...more
Another great book in the Lady Darby Mystery series. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first in the series, The Anatomist Wife. There were many things I liked about this book other than the fact that it was well written. Everything from the location (Scotland) and time setting (1830) to the fact that Kiera meets up with Gage again to solve another mystery. I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series! Can't wait.
I'll be honest, this was heading for a two star rating, but the last 1/4 of the book pulled it up a star. Once I got to that point, I could not stop reading.

This series, there's so much potential in the premise, that it saddens me that it's not quite working for me.

And a lot of it has to do with the main character, Lady Darby. She is just so judgmental of everything and everyone. I gave it a bit of a pass in the first book, because she was being treated quite horrendously by a good portion of t...more
Julie Fischer
I felt Anna Lee Huber wrote a good mystery. I like the setting, but found the plot difficult to follow. I should have read the previous book in this series in order to truly appreciate the story. I enjoy books for their own story instead of "remember from the last book" or "wait and see what happens next."
I LOVE this series. LOVE it. This is book two in the Lady Darby mystery series. Set in 1800's Scotland. It's SO good. SO good. I think I liked number two even better than number one (The Anatomist's Wife). Can't WAIT for the next one to be released...A Grave Matter, coming out in July. (WAY too long to wait!)
Late Regency mystery. No sex. This is the second Lady Darby mystery. It helps if you read the first one first, but you could probably get away with read it as a stand alone.

This was an enjoyable read. The story takes place 2 months after the first story ended. The mystery was simple & the bad guy easy to figure out. I liked the interaction between Kiera & Gage though. The writing flowed & sucked me into the story, which I like.

I don't know if it's because I'm American & need a...more
Book two of the Lady Darby mysteries finds Kiera healed from her mishaps in The Anatomist's Wife and on her way to Edinburgh with her sister's family. They are waylaid by a request to visit an old family friend who has become engaged to her brother-in-law's cousin. There they discover the long lost oldest son returned to the family fold having been rescued from the asylum his father committed him to a decade before, and that pesky Sebastian Gage.

The atmosphere is suitably cold and gloomy. The d...more
A sequel, a bit of a let down as the pacing picks up so late in the book. While the first one gives off suspenseful vibe throuhout, this one just gives me a constant frustration. It's been hinting from the start the fate of one character, but having it played out that way in the end still upsets me. Life is just unfair that way, I know, but he's been dealt with blow after blow and it's just sad things don't turn out well for him in the end and ever. As for the romance, I see that we're in for a...more

...I'm sorry, I'm just feeling more than a little frustrated right now, what with all of the impassioned kissing and NO HORIZONTAL MAMBO-ING going on in this series thus far. BUT I DIGRESS.

Lady Kiera Darby remains relateable a...more
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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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