Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: A Grave Matter

Anna Lee Huber
A Grave Matter (A Lady Darby Mystery, Book 3)
By Anna Lee Huber
Berkley, July 2014

About the Book

Following the death of her dear friend, Lady Kiera Darby is in need of a safe haven. Returning to her childhood home, Kiera hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death.

While Kiera knows that aiding in another inquiry will only further tarnish her reputation, her knowledge of anatomy could make the difference in solving the case. But agreeing to investigate means Kiera must deal with the complicated emotions aroused in her by inquiry agent Sebastian Gage.

When Gage arrives, he reveals that the incident at the Abbey was not the first—some fiend is digging up old bones and holding them for ransom. Now Kiera and Gage must catch the grave robber and put the case to rest before another victim winds up six feet under.

My Review

Anna Lee Huber returns with the third Lady Kiera Darby mystery in the series, A Grave Matter. In the two months since her beloved friend’s death, Kiera returns to her childhood home in the Border region of Scotland to grieve. At a Hogmanay ball (New Year’s Eve) at the home of her aunt and uncle, a servant rushes in at the stroke of midnight to announce a murder and a grave robbery at nearby Dryburgh Abbey.

Kiera jumps in to investigate and eventually must call upon inquiry agent Sebastian Gage to assist her once more. When a ransom note arrives for the stolen bones, Kiera and Gage help the deceased’s family members try to identify the culprits. But as more families report snatched bodies, the two investigators uncover a conspiracy that involves some of Edinburgh’s most notorious criminals and a descendant of a particularly notable family. As Kiera and Gage follow the twists and turns of the investigation, Kiera must come to terms with the complicated feelings she has for Gage and let go of the hurt and distrust caused by her late husband.

Suspenseful, full of romantic tension and Kiera’s trademark wit, Huber tells another dynamic story of mystery, intrigue, and love in nineteenth-century Scotland. Kiera and Gage’s relationship is irresistible and adds its own spark to the already precarious positions the two find themselves in. Truly delightful, this is one is impossible to put down. Highly recommended!