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A Brush with Shadows

(Lady Darby Mystery #6)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,025 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.

July 1831. It's been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he plan
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Berkley
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Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

At the end of As Death Draws Near, the fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries, the recently-wed Lady Darby and her husband, private enquiry agent Sebastian Gage, were urgently summoned to England – specifically, to Gage’s family home at Langstone Manor in Dartmoor. Gage’s cousin, Alfred, heir to their grandfather, Viscount Tavistock, has gone missing, and the elderly and ailing viscount wants Gage to find him.

Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
It's always a pleasure to read about Lady Darby and Sebastian!

Here we discover what happened with Sebastian's family. And I liked that we get to know his grandfather, his cusins and his aunt, even if they're not a very likable lot!

They all treated Sebastian very badly when he was a child.

Me, as well as Keira, put some blame on is mother's shoulders too!

A nice mistery, even if the culprit is rather unbelievable (view spoiler)! B
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been anxiously awaiting this book after the little teaser the author left us with at the end of As Death Draws Near, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Gage takes Kiera to his home, Langstone Manor. A place he hasn’t been since his mother’s death 15 years ago. His grandfather has summoned him to get there as fast as possible but the trip from Ireland took a little time. They arrive to find the Viscount Tavistock, deathly ill and his heir, Gage’s cousin, Alfred missing
Moonlight Reader
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series continues to please. This particular installment takes Kiera and Sebastian to Dartmoor, to his family home, because the heir, Alfred, has disappeared. Alfred has a history of a rather nasty relationship with Gage, and Alfred's mother is the frankly not very nice Vanessa.

Anna Lee Huber gives more than a passing nod to ACD's The Hound of the Baskervilles in this one. It's probably impossible for a mystery author to set a mystery on Dartmoor without doing so - and the moor's atmospheric
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
The Lady Darby Series continues to be delightful. In this sixth novel, readers get to know Sebastian Gage's family. Gage has been disconnected from them for years, but was asked by his grandfather to return and find his missing cousin.

In typical fashion, the scenery and mood come alive under the pen of Anna Lee Huber. The villain was quite a surprise. Thankfully, the end alludes to the series continuing.

My gratitude to the author and publisher Berkley for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the no
Susan Snodgrass
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The first time I laid eyes on Langstone Manor I could not blame my husband for staying away for over fifteen years."

So begins Anna Lee Huber's 6th Lady Darby Mystery. I discovered her Lady Darby series a little over a year ago with the very first, The Anatomist's Wife, and was captivated by the beauty of her writing. I was able to read the first few one right after the other. There is also a novella.

Sebastian Gage reluctantly goes back to his childhood home in Dartmoor at the urgent request of
The Lit Bitch
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last Lady Darby book was a little bit of a left down for me. That said, I was eager to see what this book held because I really love Anna Lee Huber’s books, not just the Lady Darby books, but all of her books!

The thing that excited me most about this book was the eye catching cover. I totally need this sunny yellow dress to wear around town….it’s beautiful. I was absolutely in love with this cover…..yes I know that’s terrible but it’s the truth. I was happy to read this because the happy yel
Jess (Primrose)
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book with a contented sigh and anticipation for the next book in the Lady Darby series. Anna Lee Huber has done a marvelous job guiding fans of Kiera and Gage through a series of mysteries, near death experiences, friendship turning to something more, marriage, and now the duo are pulled into a an inquiry involving the disappearance of Gage's cousin, Alfred, heir to Langstone Manor.

Devoted fans of the Lady Darby series recall that Gage's life has been filled with contention with
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mysterious landscapes! Pasts and present collide!

What a dynamic duo! Sebastian Gage and his wife, Lady Kiera Darby. As they move forward in their life together Sebastian is called back to the family estate, Langstone Manor, deep in the landscape of Dartmoor. His father is still his supercilious self, as we see from his letters.
We learn the story of Gage's upbringing. We meet his truculent and now deathly ill grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock. We come to know about his cousins Alfred and Roland
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Lady Darby a.k.a. Kiera Gage and her husband Sebastian Gage return to Sebastian's childhood home, Langstone Manor, at the request of his grandfather, Viscount Tavistock, to investigate the disappearance of his cousin Alfred. His family hinders their investigation from the start by either withholding information or misleading them so what should have been an easy inquiry turns in to much more that...

I enjoyed the story but I don't think the author used the Moors and the family curse to its full p
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lady Darby Mystery #6
Publication Date: 3/6/18

Fifteen years ago, at the age of eighteen, Sebastian Gage walked away from Langstone Manor and swore he’d never return. Now, it is in view, as cold and brooding as the moors on which it sits. Every nerve in Sebastian’s body is singing and the tension in the coach is palpable. He certainly didn’t want to return, but here he is, all because his grandfather sent him a missive asking him to come and investigate his cousin’s disappearance. He almos
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the Meridian Library for my, copy. As Lady Darby and her husband, Gage leave Ireland, he received a letter from his Grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock to return to his childhood home, Langstone Manor. Arriving there the find that they were not expected and did not receive a friendly welcome. They learn that Gage's cousin, Alford heir to his Grandfather has been missing 10 days and foul play might have occurred.
The story takes many twists and turns before the pair find the answer. The
This was my least favourite of the series by far. It was really boring. I'm pretty sure it's a case of "it's not you, it's me" since there seem to be many other reads who adore this series as a whole. However, I do not, as a general rule, enjoy stories told from the first person point of view. For me, it definitely doesn't make the storytelling very interesting. Add to that a character who's very repetitive and I started falling asleep as I was reading. If you read just the first quarter of this ...more
Lady Wesley
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. Review to follow at Romantic Historical Reviews.
Jess (Primrose)
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book with a contented sigh and anticipation for the next book in the Lady Darby series. Anna Lee Huber has done a marvelous job guiding fans of Kiera and Gage through a series of mysteries, near death experiences, friendship turning to something more, marriage, and now the duo are pulled into a an inquiry involving the disappearance of Gage's cousin, Alfred, heir to Langstone Manor.

Devoted fans of the Lady Darby series recall that Gage's life has been filled with contention wit
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
suspense, romance = good ingredients to have a good read on a gloomy and rainy belgian sunday - always a pleasure to have gage and keira back
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Brush with Shadows is the sixth book in the Lady Darby series. In this installment, Kiera and Gage travel to Dartmoor to investigate the disappearance of Gage's cousin, Alfred. Kiera and the readers get to meet many new characters, Sebastian's maternal relatives, including his grandfather and see the place where Gage spent most of his childhood. The book started a little slow and it took me a while to get into the story but once it picked up I was absorbed in the mystery and really enjoyed it. ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lady Darby Mysteries.
Dartmoor/Devon is the setting for Anna Lee Huber’s 6th Lady Darby Mystery, A Brush with Shadows, and what a perfect choice for this excellent mystery which is a brilliant addition to the series. I was ‘captured’ from the first page which pleased me as Devon and Dartmoor are two favorite places of mine! Kiera, Lady Darby, and her recently wed husband, Sebastian Gage, are summoned to Langstone Manor, Gage’s childhood home which he has not visited in 15 years, by Gage’s grandfather, Viscount Tavist ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Captivating! Huber delivers another masterpiece in her Lady Darby series. I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first sentence. She pens a great mystery, her pacing is impeccable. But it is her descriptive prose of Langstone Manor and the surrounding moors that immerses the reader in the story. This story is filled with wonderful hints of old folk legends of pixies and witches, old manor houses with secret passages, old family curses and secrets.
As Kiera and Gage seek t
I really enjoyed the mystery in this one. It was full of questions and misdirection as they try to discover if there really is a "family curse" that goes back for generations.

Gage and Kiera are called back to Gage's childhood home when his grandfather asks them to come find out what happened to his missing heir Albert. Poor Gage hasn't been back for 15 years since his mother's funeral. And these people he calls family are a very nasty lot.

Gage hasn't been very open with his wife about his past.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this sixth book in the Lady Darby series, Kiera and Gage are summoned by Gage’s maternal grandfather to investigate when his cousin goes missing. Gage’s relationship with that side of his family is strained, and he has not returned to see his relatives since his mother died fifteen years earlier, so the request was both a surprise and one he feels he cannot refuse.

It turns out there is good reason for his long absence and his ill feelings towards the people with whom he grew up. Gage and Kier
I supposed no matter how old you were, or how long ago your mother had passed, you never stopped wanting her.

This is one of my favorite books of the series. Since I'm partial to Gage, I especially enjoyed learning more about his family and past. The mystery aspect was good, but the resolution was a little quick. Loved the ending and can't believe it will be an entire year until I get to see these two again.

I liked how Kiera and Gage were able to work together to solve the mystery, weak as it was. Their show of love for each other was something I missed in the last book. I also liked Gage’s backstory. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’m glad of the attention it was given, although the murder mystery suffered because of it which didn’t really hold up well and was needlessly wasteful of lives.
Kate Baxter
Number 6 in the Lady Darby mystery series finds Kiera and Sebastian Gage called back from an inquiry in Ireland to his maternal grandfather's Langstone Manor. Sebastian's cousin Alfred, the presumptive heir of the estate headed out on the moor one evening and hasn't been heard from since. Has the cousin gone off on a walkabout or has foul play lent a hand in his disappearance? Gage is visibly unsettled as he departed Langstone Manor 15 years prior in a fit of rage following his mother's funeral. ...more
I read this book as a digital galley courtesy of Penguin’s First to Read program.

I didn’t know anything about the Lady Darby series before this book and jumped in with no background on these characters. It was easy to pick up, but did make my pace for the first 100 pages slow. Once deep into the mystery, however, I was hooked.

Dartmoor is always a great setting for a mystery, and this one is no different. It’s been eight years since I read Hound of the Baskerville and The Moor, but I think I like
Carole (in Canada)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murder/Mystery historical
Shelves: mystery, favorites

"Its never easy to confront the demons of our past." (quote from the book)

A Brush with Shadows opens in July 1831 in Dartmoor, England at the ancestral home of Sebastian Gage's mother. The title is very apt and very telling.

"As beautiful as the landscape was purported to be, it was also treacherous, and this home had taken on many of the same characteristics." (quote from the book)

Right from the start, you are drawn in as the mysteries and atmosphere of Gage's family and the moors themselves wea
Linda Baker
The newly married Lady Keira Darby and Sebastian Gage are still in Ireland after concluding a dangerous investigation when he is urgently summoned by his grandfather, Viscount Tavistock.Gage has not visited his family home on desolate Dartmoor in fifteen years, not since the death of his mother.But his cousin, Alfred, heir to his grandfather and Blackstone Manor, was seen walking out onto the moor and has not returned for several days. Gage has no good memories of his childhood at Blackstone, wh ...more
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
This one started out super slow for me. I remember thinking at around the 40% mark that perhaps I should let it go.... Then it got interesting all of a sudden. This was a tough read as I adore Gage and revisiting his past with his family was hurtful. My heart ached for the treatment he received from his family. The mystery, was interesting but not in the way of murder initially, more like town mysteries, family secrets and such. My eyebrows touched multiple times trying to piece it all together. ...more
Cupcake Book Lady
Lady Kiera Darby is married to a man whose family he has ignored for the last fifteen years. The bitterness of their last interaction at his mother's funeral left him with no desire to ever return. But when his dying grandfather begs Sebastian Gage to return to find his own missing cousin with whom he’d sparred physically and verbally, Gage and Kiera reluctantly oblige. When they return, Gage’s aunt is still as spiteful and bitter toward him and his late mother, and her remaining son just as imp ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been enchanted with the Lady Darby series since I discovered it several years ago. I never miss a series entry (in fact, the worst part of being a fan is waiting a year or more in between books), and I was thrilled to read A Brush with Shadows, which begins soon after Kiera and Gage's marriage.

Author Anna Lee Huber takes a decidedly gothic turn with this adventure as the couple is called to Langstone Manor, Gage's ancestral home in Dartmoor, England, where his erstwhile cousin has gone mi
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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 Jacobite’s Watch. 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 ...more

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