An Artless Demise

An Artless Demise

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Lady Darby returns to London with her new husband, Sebastian Gage, but newlywed bliss won't last for long when her past comes back to haunt her in the latest installment in this mystery series. 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 schools. Then Kiera's past--a past she thought she'd finally made peace with--rises up to haunt her. All of London is horrified by the evidence that "burkers" are, indeed, at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife's edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. And when Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late anatomist husband's involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is. Not only for herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child. Meanwhile, the young scion of a noble family has been found murdered a block from his home, and the man's family wants Kiera and Gage to investigate. Is it a failed attempt by the London burkers, having left the body behind, or the crime of someone much closer to home? Someone who stalks the privileged, using the uproar over the burkers to cover his own dark deeds?
Publisher: New York, NY : Berkley Prime Crime, [2019]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780451491367
045149136X
Call Number: M HUBER AN
Characteristics: viii, 372 pages ; 21 cm

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nidofito
Jun 19, 2019

Not bad. The murder mystery was satisfactory if a bit lean and bittersweet. I think there might be too many things happening at once. Good development regarding Kiera’s past and Lord Gage. Thankfully, the series isn’t over yet. I hope Kiera and Gage fight again, I love to see them argue and makeup.

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jac523
May 04, 2019

This wasn't the strongest entry in the Lady Darby series, but still an enjoyable read for fans of Keira, Gage and co.

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