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An Artless Demise

(Lady Darby Mystery #7)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  100 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
Published April 2nd 2019
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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 and H
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019-reads
I really enjoy this series.

In this one Gage and Keira are expecting their first child and are enjoying their newlywed life back in London when a case involving anatomists by 'newly' dead bodies roars to the forefront bringing back all the terrible stuff with Keira's first marriage.

Once again some members of society begin to whisper and shun, while others stand staunchly by her side. But things get worse when some of the murders start happening in Mayfair and then even worse when Keira starts get
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
An Artless Demise is the first book I've read by Anna Lee Huber. I've seen her books on the shelves of our local bookstore many times, and have contemplated reading one, so, when my bookish friends at Berkley Prime Crime offered me the opportunity to read one of her mysteries, I went with it.

London is scared and aghast when it is discovered criminals are killing people and are selling their bodies to medical schools. Kiera's deceased husband was involved in these atrocities and Kiera's past come
This 7th book in Huber's Lady Darby series comes full circle from the series beginning when we meet Lady Darby as she hides from the world after a huge scandal involving her late husband, grave robbers, and her art. Set against the 1831 trial, conviction, and hanging of resurrectionists (those who rob graves to supply bodies to anatomists), this real life murder case involving "the Italian boy" provides plenty of gory details on burking (the murder of someone for the express purpose of selling t ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! As always, Anna Lee Huber has written another wonderful mystery. I simply did not want to put it down and found myself greatly annoyed with having to take a break to work. I feel like “new book releases in favorite series” should be an adequate excuse for calling out sick. I mean, how much can one focus when you pondering who the villain is and anxiously watching the clock? Back to the book, this might be a new favorite in the series though it does regrettably leave out my f ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the better titles in this excellent and distinctive series. Set aside some time to reward yourself with a great read.

I love the unobtrusive, authentic settings, the compelling and satisfying romance, and the well-crafted murder cases and forensic investigations of Huber's books.

#GoodreadsGiveaway for this most recent volume - thanks!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recieved the book as an ARC. This was my favourite installment of the series. The use of real historical events in the plot of this book made the story interesting and enjoyable to read. The characters are well-developed and the secondary characters are just as interesting to follow as Kiera and Gage.
Rebecca Hill
Lady Darby and her husband Gage are about to be drawn into another investigation, and this one threatens more than just a tangled web of deceit. Lady Darby herself is cast into suspicious light when her past comes back to haunt her.

When young aristocratic noblemen are murdered, there are questions as to why these men are being killed. With another killer on the loose, one who is taking unnamed victims from the street, and selling their bodies to those who dissect them for medical research, the n
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Number 7 in the Lady Darby series and another winner from Huber! Rich in historical details and fact, this one revolves around the deaths of 3 noble heirs while also mixing in the resurrectionist trade and Keira’s frightening history with it. I continue to ♥ the development of Keira’s and Sebastian’s love story...Huber does this especially well. The reader doesn’t feel as if they are being presented with a full-blown romance but rather that they are watching a careful wooing unfold of what
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 1883 Lady Darby has returned to London with her husband, Sebastian Gage to London for the season. The city is uneasy as parliament is trying to pass the reform bill and the new police were formed to handle crime in London. Shortly after arriving, a couple of "burkers" have been arrested for killing people and selling their bodies to the medical field. Lady Darby past has come to haunt her and she is starting to be snubbed by polite society.
Keira and Gage become involved with the death of a yo
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An Artless Demise
Lady Darby Mystery #7
By Anna Lee Huber
ISBN# 9780451491367
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


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–ki
Kathy Martin
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this seventh case in the Lady Darby mysteries, Gage and Keira are in London. London is quite unsettled. The Reform Bill which would readjust districts for the House of Commons and give votes to more men has failed twice. When a body is discovered at one of the medical schools and is clearly a victim of murder, fears that have only just subsided after the Burke and Hare case are reignited. It also brings Keira's past back into the foreground. She's the widow of a noted anatomist who forced her ...more
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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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