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The Anatomist's Wife

(Lady Darby Mysteries #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  11,472 ratings  ·  1,596 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
Paperback, 357 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
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Liz I'm gonna third the suggestion for Lady Julia! I am enjoying Lady Darby but she doesn't compare to Lady Julia. I've enjoyed all of Raybourn's books an…moreI'm gonna third the suggestion for Lady Julia! I am enjoying Lady Darby but she doesn't compare to Lady Julia. I've enjoyed all of Raybourn's books and female leads!

Also wanted to throw out a suggestion for C.S. Harris -- love her Sebastion St. Cyr books. (less)
Pengaween Probably PG-13. Most of the book is pretty tame, but it is about a murder, and Lady Darby has a kind of creepy past.

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Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 2012: Four stars

Started re-reading on April 16, 2018, to remind me of the particulars, before catching up with the series...

4/21/18 Almost finished my second read of this book, and unfortunately not as pleased as I was the first time around. Still an interesting historical mystery, but the characters have a bit less depth than I remembered. I like the setting in 1830s Scotland... but I'm noticing dialogue with anachronistic phrases. This i
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
No expectations going into this one and I absolutely had so much fun with it! I can see this series quickly becoming a favorite. I loved the mystery, the setting and all of the characters. I can't wait for more! ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2014
Alas, another historical detective novel that could have been so good but failed to hit the mark... This one I even told myself I wouldn't like, in the hopes that I would jinx myself and end up with something amazing. There's so many good reviews for it as well! Hell, even Simone St. James rated it 5 stars, and seeing as she's awesome, I thought this book would be great!

Well.... It wasn't. It definitely had a good story and an interesting main character, but it fell down on historical accuracy a
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heidi by: Lucinda
I enjoyed this rather dark mystery with a fabulous balance of grittiness and engaging characters. I felt like I really got to know Kiera, Lady Darby well, but there is still more to learn about her and I'm excited for the next phase of her life. Not to mention the mystery of Gage! I can't wait to find out more about him and his past. I'm reading the next book immediately! ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Not totally satisfied, the mystery is too easy.
The heroine and hero just okay.
Hm no, actually the heroine much better, even though she had few stupid moments.

But this is book #1, I expected their characters will improve in the next books because I like the writing and this is not a cozy mystery, yup! I like that a lot!:)

Jina Howell-Forbes
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: o-k-but-ho-hum
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
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This series is very similar to Deanna Raybourn's Lady Grey's series and since I loved that one I must say that Lady Darby's book did not disappont! All the contrary: I loved it!

The story is interesting and the first persone narrative (from Kiera's POV) is very, very, very good!

Kiera is an unusual character and woman of her time. She's almost masculine in some of her reasoning and views of the world, but at the same time she's also very femminine and delicate.

She's an artirs, a painter, but she's
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series was recommended to me by cousin few years ago, but I never got the chance to read it. And now that I have started with the first in the series, I'm happy to say the series looks promising.

Anna Lee Huber has created a likable and unorthodox heroine for the series. The character of Lady Darby is solid and realistic. She is intelligent and talented and reasonable. I was able to connect with her from the beginning. The hero of the series, the attractive inquiry agent, Sebastian Gage is
Couldn't put this one down! Heather Wilds' narration is perfection! I've already downloaded the second audio book. ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

When Lady Darby's husband, an anatomist, dies she goes to live with her sister and brother-in-law at their castle in the Scottish Highlands. This is 1830 and Lady Darby is now a social outcast, considered unnatural, because her husband forced her to assist in his human dissections, using her talents as an artist to help him create a fully illustrated anatomy book.

After a guest is murdered during a house party, Lady Darby is asked to assist Sebastian Gage,
The Lit Bitch
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Anne Lee Huber’s novel Secrets in the Mist, I realized how desperate I was for another Gothic romance novel. I wasn’t really up for a murder mystery but everyone raved about Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries so I thought I would try out her well known mysteries that boast Gothic elements and romance.

The Anatomist’s Wife was on my radar years ago when it released and I recall trying desperately to win a copy when it was published. I obviously didn’t win a copy, but I did try very aggress
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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I already enjoyed the author's Verity Kent series so I thought it was high time I returned for her debut historical mystery series set in 1830 with an unusual lady detective facing her first murder in at an atmospheric castle in the Highlands.

The Anatomist's Wife opens with a gruesome murder and the introduction to Kiera, Lady Darby, whom everyone whispers about in lurid details because she is the unnatural female who was discovered to have participated in her husband's anatomy activities as his
“We all must deal with our shadows the best we can. No one can conquer them for us.”

As if often the case these days, this novel had waited for my attention for quite a while. And again, as is often the case, I got completely immersed in this story :O)

Lady Darby is a fascinating character, one that has suffered at the hands of her late husband and society’s wrongful judgement, but who is determined to re-build herself, mostly through her painting. Circumstances throw her into using her knowledge
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Actual rating: 4.00
Reread rating: 3.5/5

I honestly want to read it a third time. I just cannot get enough of Kiera and Gage. This was so much fun to read. I loved all the little things hinted at that are revealed later and the murder mystery was really good as well. I disagree with some of my opinions I had made back in 2014, but I didn't feel for this seriesback then the way I feel for it now.

Ratings: 2.5/5
I'm a sucker for murder mysteries where the investigator and an individual related to the mystery form an al
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5 stars

Kiera, aka Lady Darby, is a young widow who is still feeling the repercussions of a less than ideal marriage. As an artist Lady Darby had been forced by her cold and indifferent husband, a surgeon, to sketch the human dissections he performed with the goal of publishing an anatomy book. Seems pretty reasonable to modern minds but this all happened in 1830s Scotland during a time when surgery and autopsies were considered unnatural, moreso for women. And so it is for Lady Darby who
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
I truly enjoyed following this mystery to its close. Yes, I guessed who the killer was at about the halfway point, but the character development drew me on to the close. I also really enjoyed the Scottish setting. An excellent book for a debut.

*18+ for occasional strong language and for mentions (not descriptions) of affairs/bedding/child out of wedlock
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: noir
It was exciting at the beginning but dulled once I figured out who the likely murderer is. While, Darby and Gage had to run around in circles for another 25 chapters to resolve the mystery. I liked the idea of Darby and Gage alot but the plot was rather weak and silly. Hoping the series improves.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to find this book on my Kindle yesterday. It seems o recommend it for purchase to the Meridian Library and they purchase it. I was the lucky person to receive the book. It is the first book in the popular Lady Darby series. Set in1830 in Scotland and there are a mystery and romance. The plot is unique but I had questions about some of the procedures. It did not take away my enjoyment. I want to read the next one but have a number of ARC's to read. My book mania is in full bloom r ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angie by: Allison (The Allure of Books)
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
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scotland
I can't wait for more with Lady Darby and Gage. Excellent historical mystery. ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
3.5 stars.

A strong start to a brand new series. I don’t usually enjoy stories told from single first person narrative nor do I enjoy stories that feature rakes, but somehow this one worked for me. I would have liked the h to cringe less at everything and everyone but understood that the author needed somewhere for the character to develop. I do love how loyal she was to her family and fe l like the author succeeded in creating a complex and well rounded character.

The H, a self professed rakehe
Really enjoyed this! I want to thank Raine for her great review that put me in the path of this book and author. I am late to this book party, so a lot of my friends already have great reviews out there on Keira and Sebastian. I will say that Sebastian fits Ilona Andrew's definition of an "alfahole" to a t. But he is still a likable guy and I can't wait to jump into the next book of the series. If you like Sebastian St. Cyr or the Captain Lacey series, then you might like this. ...more
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Anna Lee Huber is the USA Today bestselling and Daphne award-winning author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on ...more

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