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As Death Draws Near

(Lady Darby Mystery #5)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,641 ratings  ·  353 reviews
The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.

June 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a di
Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Berkley
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Anna Lee Huber I'm very pleased to say there will be more Lady Darby. Book 6, A BRUSH WITH SHADOWS will release on March 6, 2018. Book 7 is scheduled for release in …moreI'm very pleased to say there will be more Lady Darby. Book 6, A BRUSH WITH SHADOWS will release on March 6, 2018. Book 7 is scheduled for release in Mar 2019. Book 8 in Mar 2020.(less)

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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I think at this point, five books in, it's safe to say I adore this series. I adore this couple and the mysteries they get themselves entangled into. This series has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of everything I love in this genre.
Truly one that is so underrated and one I want to make every one read.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book in the series. The history on the unrest surrounding the tithes protests in Ireland was interesting but the ultimate motivations for the murders felt flat.
Reread rating: 3/5

There's always a church-related murder in every murder mysteries series. It's like a rule of something. I liked the story, but I didn't see the guys catch the killer through deductive reasoning. It was more like bouncing from one suspect to the next until they found the right one.

Original rating: 4/5

Ahem, more please.

Loved the beautiful prose, the socio-political turmoil in Ireland, the perspective on female education in 19th century, and (drool) the couple: Kiera and Sebastian
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The fifth installment of the Lady Darby series is somewhat disappointing. Anna Lee Huber has woven incredible murder-mystery stories for this series so far. But unfortunately this particular story felt rather flat. Although based on an interesting premise, the story fails to keep the natural suspense inherent to the genre and drags on till it is finally "solved". I guessed the culprit early on so it wasn't surprising. However, when the motive behind the crimes were exposed I could only roll my e ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am grateful for the Meridian Library for a copy, the fifth book of the Lady Darby series finds the pair in Cumberland on their honeymoon. Keira and Gage are enjoying a picnic when Gage receives a message from his Father asking them to go Rathfarnham, Ireland at once to investigate the murder of a nun, Miss Harriet Lennox, who was related to the Duke of Wellington. They leave the area and head to Rathfarnham, Ireland. Lord Marsdale joins them on the long journey. Arriving there, they find a hos ...more
Lady Wesley
Excellent on so many levels -- mystery, love, religion, social history.

Since her debut in 2012, Anna Lee Huber has given us four novels and one novella – each of them first-rate – featuring Keira Darby and Sebastian Gage. Now comes the fifth novel in the series, and I believe it is the best yet.

The opening of this book finds Keira and Gage on their honeymoon in Keswick when they receive a message (an order, really) from Gage’s father requesting their help with an inquiry. Lord Gage, who moves in

I CAN'T WAAAAAIIIITT! I need a time-traveling machine, seriously.
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As Death Draws near
4 Stars

Kiera and her new husband, Sebastian Gage, are enjoying their honeymoon in the idyllic countryside of the Lake District when they receive a missive from her father-in-law requesting their assistance in investigating the death of a young Irish nun. Upon arriving in Ireland, Kiera and Gage are faced with the locals' suspicion and mistrust as well as the growing unrest between the Catholic and Protestant populace. Can they solve the crime before they are caught up in the v
Anna Bergmark
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Whatever happened to the regency-feel?

Okay, okay... A convent is kind of a timeless place I guess, that could explain a bit, and the British-Irish-Protestant-Catholic conflict ran seemingly forever as well, but when Mr. Gage uses up the last pages to deliver a glowing and enthusiastic cheerleader chant to working mothers, you know that what your gnawing suspicion has been telling you all along is true; you're in the wrong century!

And the plot? It starts with a dead nun, or two, that I recollect
A honeymoon idyll interrupted for an investigation into the death of a nun in an Irish convent and the danger of being caught in the middle of the Tithe tax conflicts. This latest installment in the series turns a corner in a relationship and solidifies this pair as an investigation team.

As Death Draws Near is book five in the on going Lady Darby mysteries that can be read standalone, but work best in order.

Kiera and Gage are enjoying exploring the joys of married life on a friend's estate when
I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals.

This fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Darby is another well-constructed tale – one in which Keira and her new husband, inquiry agent Sebastian Gage, are asked to investigate the murder of an Irish nun.

The newly-weds are on their honeymoon when an urgent letter from Sebastian’s father, Lord Gage, reaches them, informing them that a young woman –a relative of the Duke of Wellington
The Lit Bitch
2.5 stars

First of all, let me start out by saying how much I love this series. I love the chemistry between Gage and Kiera so much and each mystery reads very quickly. I’ve been binge reading the books since spring break so here we are with the fifth mystery which puts me officially caught up on the series.

So this one started out promising for me……I liked the whole interrupted honeymoon and the new setting in Ireland. I also likes meeting Marsdale again in this book….he was colorful and interest
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent mystery in spite of the "dis" and "dats" which were in my opinion unnecessary.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this one was my lease favorite in the series so far but still very good
Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

As Death Draws Near is the fifth outing in the Lady Darby historical mystery series. With this fifth book there is a bit of a change in the series now that Keira is married to inquiry agent Sebastian Gage. These two have come along way from the first book, when Gage suspected Keira of murder.

At the start of the book, Keira and Gage are enjoying an idyllic honeymoon (for details about their wedding, check out the novella, A Pressing Engagement ). Unfo
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Anna Lee Huber's 5th full length 'Lady Darby Mystery', with one novella in the bunch. This one is just as good as the ones that went before. I first read 'The Anatomist's Wife' last year, discovered them later, so I had the pleasure of reading one right after the other. I've only had to wait for the novella and this latest one.

Lady Kiera Darby is an artist, who has had some setbacks in her life, but has an eye and definite talent for solving crimes in mid 19th century Scotland, and now,
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Another delightful Lady Darby mystery. This time the location is outside of the borderlands.

In this novel, I particularly enjoyed the history of Catholics and Protestants and the struggles between the two.

I look forward to the next novel in this series.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
Kiera and Gage investigate a murder that takes place in an Abbey. The book takes place in Ireland, in a time when there was a lot of tension between the Catholic and the Anglican churches. Amidst a backdrop of protests, they try to determine why nuns keep dying.

It was nice to see Kiera and Sebastian now that their relationship is established. The book is still light on the romance, but it's nice that the author isn't introducing unnecessary drama between them. I still maintain that everyone in t
Primrose Peasemarch
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kiera and Gage are recently wed and find the idyllic bliss of their honeymoon in Keswick interrupted by a letter from Gage's father requesting their help with an inquiry. The couple's strained relationship with Gage's father makes this request all the more surprising. The Duke of Wellington's distant cousin has been murdered. To further add a layer of oddness to the murder is that she was a young postulate close to taking her vows as nun. Though a papist, this murder cannot be left alone and it ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I love this series and I loved this book! :)

A lovely writing and very good pacing. You can feel the surrounding, the feelings of the characters!

The mistery is also interesting and complicated as usual! I loved it! I enjoy when they're chasing some really complicated plot, but the real reason for the crime is something very simple!

I loved how Kiera and Gage work together! After their complicated courting, they finally got married and they really, really work well as a couple and as a detectives!
I liked this installment but it wasn't a series favorite. I enjoyed seeing Bree more active in the investigations and hope it continues in future books. Gage is the best hero; love him to pieces!

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Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Great mystery. I wasn't 100% sure who did the killing--I had many suspects.
Hope Garfield
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It seems Kiera and Gage can’t even have a honeymoon. Lord Gage sends them a message to travel to Dublin to investigate a nun that has been killed at an Abbey. He provides no details so the newly married couple find transport and get to Ireland as quickly as possible. The people of the surrounding area are not quick to provide much more information, even the other nuns at the abbey and the local Constable seems to holding back. Kiera and Gage have their work cut out for them to
Kate Baxter
This is yet another wonderful venture into Lady Darby's and Sebastian Gage's 1831 England and Ireland. Political tensions are high and the two have been called to investigate the death of a penitent at an Irish Abbey; the victim just happens to be the cousin of former Prime Minister Wellington. Prior to their arrival at the abbey, very little had been shared with them regarding the young woman's death which resulted in the investigation moving rather slowly. The local folk, being of Catholic fai ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was the slowest of all the Lady Darby books that I have read. I love the characters but this book was missing the intrigue of the previous novels. Don't get me wrong the story was good but it was slow and read quite boring at times. I want the Lady Darby who gets into trouble and isn't afraid to confront the criminals. I want the Lady Darby who sneaks off into the night to question notorious thugs. I like this married Lady Darby but where is the sexual chemistry between she and Gage? Now th ...more
Margie (Bookzombie)
Set in Ireland in 1831 amidst unrest between Protestants and Catholics. The main characters face mistrust and danger as they try to determine who killed a postulant just outside the walls of an abby. I love this series and the characters. I wish I had waited to listen to this one. It wasn't a cliff hanger, but Huber did some set up for the next book out in 2018.
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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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