An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7) by Anna Lee Huber

An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7)

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...

Details An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7)

TitleAn Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7)
Release DateApr 2nd, 2019
PublisherPenguin Publishing Group
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews An Artless Demise (Lady Darby Mystery #7)

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 a...
  • Milena
    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 Seba...
  • Mei
    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, blackmaile...
  • Misfit
    I love this series. Another mystery/investigation to solve, and always improved by the ever-so-yummy hero, Gage.
  • Lucinda
    How do I love this series? Let me count the ways:1- Sebastian Gage2- 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 sh...
  • LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsLady 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 b...
  • Linda
    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 ostr...
  • 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 ...
  • Staci
    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 obnoxi...
  • Linden
    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...
  • Lady Wesley
    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.
  • Lorena
    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.
  • The Lit Bitch
    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 Hub...
  • eyes.2c
    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 d...
  • Kelley
    ARC received courtesy of Berkley PublishingI 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...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Lady Darby Mystery #7Publication Date: 4/2/19Number of Pages: 384This 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 le...
  • Susan
    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...
  • Ceki
    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 s...
  • Lorraine
    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 Lon...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    '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...
  • Keri
    Another series that just continues to get better and better.
  • Wendy
    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 ...
  • Kristin
    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
    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.
  • Jennifer
    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 fore...
  • Pamela
    This is book seven in the Lady Darby Mysteries. I truly enjoyed it, but it got a little long winded. The storyline revolves around body snatchers, who dig up bodies to sell to surgical hospitals, or surgeons. The fresher the corpse the more money they make. Cemetaries have taken to hiring runners, with guns to protect wealthy family plots. The need for dead bodies goes on, so some men referred to as berkers, actually kill men, and sell them. Lady...
  • Tina
    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...
  • Katherine
    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 ...
  • Gina
    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 murd...
  • Allison
    Anna Lee Huber has done it again! This latest installment of the Lady Darby Series is one of her best, but then I say that about all of her books .This time, Keira, Sebastian (Gage) and their devoted personal servants are in London when not only is there murder among the lower class group known as "the Italian Boys," but there is fear in the upper class neighborhoods when sons of the well-to-do are being killed off in similar fashion. What makes ...