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An Artless Demise

(Lady Darby Mystery #7)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,547 ratings  ·  305 reviews
November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby’s return to the city is anything but mundane, though not for the reasons she expected. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of imitating the notorious misdeeds of Edinburgh criminals, Burke and Hare—killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schoo ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Penguin Publishing Group
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I’ve only read one prior Lady Darby mystery, but I absolutely loved it. An Artless Demise is so unique! LOVE! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I’m having a real run on historical mysteries lately (I’m finishing up another right now), and I having so much fun with these. I wish I had been reading more all along?

Lady Kiera Darby returns to London in 1831. She fled over two years ago. Her mission this time: a group of body snatchers has been arrested. They appear to be copying previous criminals, Burke
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Artless Demise is another great addition to the Lady Darby mystery series. In this book Lady Darby and Gage return to London only to get involved in another murder investigation. It seems that the body snatchers are killing people in order to sell their bodies to medical schools, creating panic and unrest in the city, and it appears that the past Kiera was trying so hard to put behind is still haunting her. Some of the people in Kiera and Sebastian's circles believe that Kiera has a connectio ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Just as Kiera thought she and Gage could have a normal life, the past starts hounting Kiera again with the new wave of murdered bodies being delivered to medical schools.

Murmurs about her association with the burkers and ressurectionists starts slithering around and Kiera feels araid not only for herself but for Gage and their unborn baby.

Add to that heirs to aristocratic families being murdered by someone who's emulating the burkers, blackmailers threatening to expose her past by connecting it
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do I love this series? Let me count the ways:
1- Sebastian Gage
2- Kiera
3- Sebastian with Kiera
4- Sebastian

Okay, so I'm a little (a lot) partial towards Sebastian. I was afraid that great chemistry between them would start dwindling after they got married, but it's still there, thank goodness, which (let's be honest) is the main reason for reading this series.

This story was particularly creepy in certain ways. Given Kiera's past and what she endured at the hands of her first husband, the t
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Another mystery/investigation to solve, and always improved by the ever-so-yummy hero, Gage.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The ending of this was truly amazing. Be still my heart. I adore this couple and so many of the other characters. I love how much stronger Keira is becoming in her relationship with her husband and with herself.

I truly hope this series doesn't end anytime soon because I adore these characters.
An Artless Demise brings Kiera full circle. She and Gage are back in London where she lived with the horrors her first husband inflicted on her and the murmurs of a harsh and judgmental society. So far, society is cautious, but allowing of her save her strongest critics, but that was before the Resurrectionists try to sell a murdered body of a poor boy and another murder in the upper class neighborhood of Mayfair. It's no wonder Lord Gage is livid at the idea his son is tied to her when the goss ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lady Kiera Darby just can’t escape the taint her late husband put upon her. The latest crime wave involves a group killing people and selling the bodies to medical schools and anatomists like Lord Darby. They are calling the killers “Burkers” because they seem to be copying Burke and Hare, Edinburgh criminals, in the way the people are killed. They are preying on young men, “Italian Boys” that were said to be sold by their parents and in hopes, they would have a better life, b
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The best thing about these books is the beautiful relationship between Kiera and her husband Gage. The couple have returned to London and Kiera is newly expecting. Their lives are upended by the prosecution of burkers, people who kill innocents and then sell their corpses to medical schools for dissection. This brings the focus back onto Kiera and her past.

The mystery in this book was well done and kept me guessing. It was great to see Kiera grow as a character. Thanks to her supportive husband,
Kate Baxter
This is yet another delightful and thoroughly engrossing installment in the Lady Darby mystery series. Author Anna Lee Huber writes with elegance and a strong understanding of human social interaction. Her characters feed off the emotions of one other, whether it be passion, pride, arrogance, insecurity, fear, or unbridled joy - truly a dramatic read. Huber's grasp of the historic record is spot on. She skillfully and deftly weaves the fictional accounts through the given historic record. Her wr ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent installment in the Lady Darby series.

Kiera and Gage return to London to find respite neither in their personal nor their professional lives. It appears that resurrectionists again are murdering (“burking”) people to provide cadavers for medical dissections. Polite society quickly recalls Kiera’s alleged involvement in her deceased ex-husband’s procurement of such corpses for writing his anatomy text and are quick to ostracize her and whisper of possible new association with the
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Ah the joy of reading a Lady Darby novel!

In An Artless Demise Lady Darby's past comes to the forefront. While in London in 1831, the London Burkers (body snatchers selling bodies to anatomists) were creating havoc. Due to Lady Darby's past as an anatomist's wife, rumors and truths about her rose to the surface.

The author does a fabulous job of painting the environment. The way the upper class snubbed each other was at once entertaining and obnoxious.

There is a nice blend of historical fact in th
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1831, and Lady Darby and her husband, Sebastian Gage are in London, when a new case finds them. Someone is killing sons of the nobles, and people are wondering if it's the same notorious body snatchers who were recently tried for murdering to obtain bodies for medical use. Kiera's memory of her life with the sadistic Sir Anthony is coming back to haunt her, aided by judgmental people in the so-called upper echelons of society. I enjoyed this historical mystery with a strong female protagoni ...more
Lady Wesley
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2019-faves
Every volume in this splendid series has been first rate. The mysteries are complex and well-plotted, and the touch of romance between Keira and Gage is just enough to leave me wanting more. Can be read as a standalone.
The Lit Bitch
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Lady Darby has been a favorite heroine of mine for some time now. I only recently discovered the series a couple of years ago, but from the moment I started reading The Anatomist’s Wife, I was completely in love with her character.

Reviewing this book was a no brainer. I have loved watching this series evolve and progress, shifting from mystery, to romantic suspense, and back to more mystery and I have loved every single book. Plus Huber is a wonderful writer with many of her books rank
I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley.

Another fun read in this well-written series. This one focuses on the historical Italian Boy murder and subsequent resurrectionist trials in 1831. Kiera and Gage's return to London was a bit of a let-down, though...Kiera spent most of the time feeling persecuted and depressed, and her eventual "stand" against her detractors in London society was pretty tame and unsatisfying.
Raw emotion and gripping mystery!

I found myself absolutely immersed in this unforgiving historical murder mystery set in 1831 London.
The public anxiety about resurrectionists, a spate of lordly murders, "the life of Italian Boys, the Reform Bill, and the Anatomy Bill, " all part of the historical record, form the background for this Lady Darby mystery with Kiera and her husband Sebastian Gage.
What is not part of the historical record is Kiera's dread and fight to survive censure from the ton wit
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m giving this rating for the characters and not the mystery or the plot. The novel was either a bit of a mess or I had trouble focusing, which is also a good possibility. I had to sometimes go back to know what they were talking about or about a character because I couldn’t keep up. There were too many things happening. I think the author tried too hard to connect actual historical events with the made up plot without them being much connected. But she gave a lot of time for the historical par ...more
ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing

I didn't like this book as much as the ones I had read previously. Part of the problem was that I had a terrible time keeping up with the characters' names. Set in London in 1831, the nobles all had titles that would be passed down to their first-born sons. These sons had different names from their fathers and succeeding sons had different names from the first two. Through no fault of the author, I found it confusing.

I very much enjoyed the main charac
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lady Darby Mystery #7
Publication Date: 4/2/19
Number of Pages: 384

This well-crafted book is a wonderful blend of mystery and history and a romance between one of my favorite couples. The series just keeps getting better and better with each new addition to it. While this is the seventh book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I highly recommend that you read the series in order – from the beginning – in order to learn more of Kiera’s history and see how far she’s come
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While this can be read as a stand-alone, die-hard Lady Darby fans will applaud as Kiera faces the shadows of her past that haunt her with strength and fortitude.

In An Artless Demise, the seventh book in this series, we find Lady Darby and her husband, Gage, residing at their home in London. Their newly married domestic bliss is disturbed by several events. The city of London is experiencing civil unrest due to political conflict over reform. Add to this the fact that evidence of "burking", the
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The romance and writing couldn't have been better but I was a bit underwhelmed by the crime/mystery part and its political background... that's a personal preference though. I got bored of Kiera's past being dragged as the focal-point but I can't say that the plot was bad in itself.

And I'm happy that the author is continuing with the series, there are not many HR couples as strong as this one who work together as detectives. Can't wait for the sequel!
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fans of Lady Darby Mysteries & British history!
Winning ARC copy of An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7) from Anna Lee Huber was a very surprising and lovely Christmas present for me. Being an avid Anglophile and loving London, this book was a very special as well as educating read for me. The independent Lady Darby, who would much prefer to be called Mrs. Gage, but in 1831 society that is not done as one is called by their loftier title, and her new husband, Sebastian Gage, return to London where the newlyweds are to settle. Their happi ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Please, Anna Lee Huber, I beg you: Make the plot of the next Lady Darby book about ANYTHING other than her backstory. There are 7 books now in this series and literally 6/7 has Kiera basically being blamed for the crime due to her backstory. Thankfully, last book we got more of Gage, but I can't possibly stand it again.

Due to the similarities in the crimes, this book really just felt more like the first book all over again. We had more of Gage's valet and Kiera's maid in this book, but for the m
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'I'd learned long ago that just because someone was likeable did not mean they weren't capable of terrible things.'

When I read Anna Lee Huber's first novel in the Lady Darby series, 'The Anatomist's Wife', I was hooked. I still feel the same way. I eagerly anticipate each new book in the series. In this offering, Kiera, who is still called Lady Darby, even though she has shed that unfortunate husband, is still a newlywed, married to the charming Sebastian Gage. Her past is coming back to haunt
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another series that just continues to get better and better.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this arc from Netgalley in exchange of an unbiased review.

Although this isn't the first book in the series, the reader does not feel lost as this book can be read as a stand alone novel.

Kiera and her husband are in search of the missing Italian boy while the city is running rampant with killing for medical examiners.

I am a huge fan of historical novels and was excited to dive in to this gem, but I found the authors descriptions too wordy and page fluffy. The story does have an inte
This was the best one in the series, which has had its ups and downs at times. Well plotted and thrilling, the story also greatly highlighted the main character, who continues to grow. I’m curious how many more of these there will be. This particular story, while dark, was done really well, and I could see more being written without exhausting the premise.
Carol lowkey.bookish
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have now officially read all of the Lady Darby Mystery series and I am so ready for more!

This book had all of what I expect from Lady Darby: murder, secret journals, and promise of more books to come.
I liked this one more than some of the previous ones, maybe in small part due to the fact that I now know what to expect. Being the seventh book in the series, I now know that it'll be solely from Kiera's first person pov. I've stopped hoping that we'll hear from Gage. I also know that Gage's father will be a total jerk, Kiera will still be suffering from the pain of her first marriage, and that every other chapter will end with some ominous foreshadowing.

That being said, the mystery of this on
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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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