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A Grave Matter

(Lady Darby Mystery #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  6,096 ratings  ·  550 reviews
Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her dear friend, Lady Kiera Darby is in need of a safe haven. Returning to her childhood home, Kiera hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death.

Paperback, 421 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Berkley
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
My absolute favorite so far! Loved the mystery but more than anything else, I love Gage and Keira. So swoony! Actually Kiera's whole family is pretty great and it was so fun to see her with her brother and other family members in this.

Quickly becoming a favorite, I absolutely adore this series!
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Time and again The Lady Darby series has captivated me with it's storylines, the time period and of course Kiera and Gage. Two leads I can't get enough of and Huber finally brings things to head with these two that many readers have been waiting for since the start of the series!

After the events of the (previous book) months, Kiera is back at her childhood home with her brother Trevor trying to heal her soul and perhaps forget a certain inquiry agent.... Then when the clock strikes midnight fo
Mary Beth
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is another good historical mystery series. This is the third book and there are only a total of 5.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favourite book in the series so far. It's turning out to be quite a good historical mystery series.
Jenny Q
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this purely for the romance. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be continuing with the series. I kept going to see the romance come to fruition, and now it has. I find the stories to be very slow moving, heavy on description and repetitive introspection, and the villain's motive in this one was just silly. I'd like to see Ms. Huber write more in her Gothic myths series. I really enjoyed the first book.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third installment of the series, and it is getting better with each installment. This series is unlike anything I read before. The mystery plots are based on unusual themes. And they are original. It seems Anna Huber has taken a good amount of time to research and plan the plot. And there is an easy and smooth flow to the stories which show that she takes care in its execution. But undoubtedly the strongest point of the series is its recurring characters, especially the main duo Lady ...more
Olga Godim
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mysteries
I hate it when I have to disagree with my friends about a book or a series. Many readers like this series, but for me, the best one was the first book, The Anatomist's Wife (my review here: I couldn’t finish the second book in this series – it was too depressing. I did finish this one although I was tempted to give it up at least a couple of times. It was a disappointment; I wanted so much to like it, but this novel was very slow.
It takes place at the s
Really loving the series and I'm so happy where things were left with Kiera and Gage!
As was the case in the previous two titles, the focus in these novels is of course the crime mysteries set in 19th century Scotland, but also Lady Darby’s development, which includes her budding relationship with Sebastian Gage.

In this instalment, following the death of her dear friend, Kiera has found refuge with her brother Trevor. However, during the Hogmanay Ball, someone is murdered and a grave is desecrated. It’s not long before Gage is called upon the scene and our duo are working togethe
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so 4.5 stars

This is the third in Anna Lee Huber’s series of romantic mysteries set in 19th century Scotland and it’s a highly satisfying read on both counts.

Lady Keira Darby is the widow of a renowned physician and anatomist who married her solely for her talents as an artist. Too tight-fisted to pay for someone to illustrate his anatomical textbooks, he forced Keira to watch and draw his human dissections. For a lady to be exposed to such a gruesome thing was qui
Courtney Clark
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better! A Grave Matter takes our beloved investigating couple and plunges them into a complicated and twisted mystery that is clever in its own right. Their relationship also progresses to an intricate tangle of friendship and romance. Anna Lee Huber is masterful when it comes to the emotions of the characters and the emotional investment of the reader--I was elated and frustrated right along with Kiera and Gage. Their romance is a new favorite -- and a new standar ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This book felt like being a bridesmaid in a wedding line: You're introduced to a huge number of people who you don't really know or care about talking to. And as soon as they walk away from you, you forget their name. While reading this book, I actually became bored. I had a few complaints about the other two books in this series, but I never felt bored.

So there were too many new and uninteresting characters that Kiera and Gage had to interview one by one. But I also felt like our old, favorite
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can you hear the sound of my heart singing in book joy? *throws confetti*

I loved every single thing about Kiera, Gage and their romance in A Grave Matter; every single act that underlined the depth of their regard for each other, every argument, every disagreement resolved. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a satisfying and beautifully-developed relationship between two people in a series that doesn’t have romance as its central genre. Despite both Kiera and Gage being the type of individu
Bookish Ally
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love these Victorian mysteries starring the wonderful Lady Darby and set at the border of England and Scotland.

There is a lovely romance that moves with the slowness that is appropriate for the Victorian culture and lots of tidbits about the culture within the book
Azita Rassi
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I am grateful to the Meridian Library for my copy of the third book of Lady Darby series. Keira has returned to her childhood home to stay with her brother, Trevor. The grave of a decrease Lord has been disturbed and the bones are missing and the night watchman is shot dead. Keira is asked to write to Sebastian Gage for help. He informs them that recent client of his had a missing bones of ancestors. This client received a note asking for money to return the bones. After payment, the bones were ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take my heart ❤️ be that way 😍😍😍
The Lit Bitch
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
While my reviews of the Lady Darby mysteries are rather spread out, that does not mean that I read them sporadically. On the contrary, I read them in rather rapid succession but decided to spreat out the reviews so as not to overshadow other books that I had on my review calendar.

The Lady Darby mysteries have won a place in my heart as a beloved lady detective series, all thanks in part to the electric romance between her and Gage, and all the Gothic elements that I adore in books.

In this latest
I feel like a reader's actual feelings on a series as a whole start to reveal themselves around book 3 or so. The way I figure it, the euphoria that you experience when starting a solid series is similar to how a shopper feels when you find an unexpected bargain in your favourite store. It surprises you and leaves you with a general feeling of contentment. This entirely nice feeling lingers on into the second book, but by the third, true feelings make themselves known. And what I feel about this ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This 3rd installment of the Lady Darcy Mysteries is the best one yet. It is full of mystery but it is wrapped in romance as Kiera and Gage finally start to admit their feelings. It comes after much thought and reflection. Kiera’s self esteem needs a major boost and Gage needs to open himself up and trust her. Both characters truly grew throughout this entire story and it was a pleasure to see that. Kiera is still reeling from what her late husband put her through and the fact
Ringing in the New Year at her aunt and uncle's Hogmanay Ball, Keira is as startled as the rest of the guests when the revelry is interrupted by the announcement that there has been a murder and a grave has been desecrated at the nearby Dryburgh Abbey. Keira's dark reputation gains her some rumor-mongering, but her more recent reputation as an amateur detective has her uncle asking her to join in the investigation. This is a series that is fast becoming addicting and I waited with baited breath ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery, historicals
Never a great sign when I read another book mid book. So when I felt like I needed to reread The Wall Of Winnipeg and Me at about the halfway point of this book it was clear my attention was not held.

It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. The lack of historical accuracy in language and actions again upstages the characters and story. I think sebastian deepened as a character here. The mystery was muddled and uninteresting.

Three books into this series and Huber should own me right now. Hooks should be
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
So nice.

It's not like I needed a reminder of what happened in this book. I read it more so because I'm head over heels in love with Keira and Gage. I love how relentless he is and I love how caring she is. On the outside, she comes across as pretty moody and he as a rake, but they're so much fun to read.

I feel like rereading the rest of the series.
WOW! I'm speechless with how great this followup was! I really took my time with this so I could fully appreciate every word because this is the kind of writing you just want to savor! I also was sick for most of the time, lol, but trust me, there was no other book I'd rather curl up in bed with.

First off, the investigation as a whole wasn't my favorite, but that doesn't mean it was badly written. I always admire mystery writers for how hard they must work to sort everything out and make a solid
A Grave Matter
4 Stars

Lady Kiera Darby returns to her childhood home to celebrate Hogmanay with friends and family when news comes that the caretaker of local abbey has been murdered and the grave of a long deceased aristocrat has been disturbed. Finding herself once again embroiled in an inquiry due to her knowledge of anatomy, Kiera is eager to help, but must also contend with her complicated feelings for Sebastian Gage who arrives with the news that this is just the most recent incident of gra
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a unique mystery. For one, it isn't a murder mystery, really. There is a murder, but it's tangential (what a weird thing to say). Instead, this is the story of weird body snatchers, and of Gage finally getting his act together and opening up. The latter is the better part of the book; much as I appreciate the mystery's uniqueness, the more I examine it, the less well it holds together. (view spoiler) ...more
Whoops, I just realized I hadn't reviewed this yet! I absolutely devoured it, and while it ends at a lovely point in the series, I cannot wait to read Book 4. (And if I hadn't already blown through my book budget for the month, I would have bought Book 4 IMMEDIATELY! I love being in Kiera's head.)
Definitely a fav historical series worth catching up on the back stories.
So good! Can't wait for more adventures from this investigative duo.

I have been dying for the next Lady Darby book since I finished Mortal Arts - a year ago. This series has had me hooked from the get-go and I have yet to be disappointed. A Grave Matter was another great installment and ahead of me stretches another long wait until book 4. *Sigh*

Grave Matter picks up a couple of months after Mortal Arts. Kiera is now staying with her brother, Trevor, and grieving the loss of her friend Will.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Grumble, grumble, grumble.

An odd start to a five star review, to be sure, but I feel my emotions were played with unnecessarily over the course of this. And no, not for reasons of mortal peril (though that inevitably came up at some point).

First of all though, can we talk about how not only do Kiera's sister and her husband continue to be fabulous in this (there was actual banter in this one between them, Kiera and Gage! Banter! There is little I love more than family banter with people-obviousl
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Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the forthcoming 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 ...more

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Lady Darby Mystery (9 books)
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  • A Study in Death (Lady Darby Mystery #4)
  • As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby Mystery #5)
  • A Brush with Shadows (Lady Darby Mystery #6)
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