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Lady Darby Mysteries
The Anatomist's Wife - By Anna Lee Huber
Book 1
Mortal Arts - By Anna Lee Huber
Book 2
A Grave Matter - By Anna Lee Huber
Book 3
A Study In Death - By Anna Lee Huber
Book 4
A Pressing Engagement - By Anna Lee Huber
Novella 4.5
As Death Draws Near - By Anna Lee Huber
Book 5

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As Death Draws Near - By Anna Lee Huber

As Death Draws Near

Lady Darby Book 5
Coming July 5, 2016

July 1831.In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England's Lake District, Kiera and Gage's seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.

Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.

Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end...

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Praise For As Death Draws Near

Desert Isle Keeper Review - Deftly handled and well plotted, with gorgeous prose and a demonstrated grasp on a complex history, As Death Draws Near is a sumptuous and suspenseful escape into another time.

As Death Draws Near is appealing on many levels, from the sense of local history to the relationships and ties between characters, but it's Kiera, Lady Darby, we've all come to see, and she doesn't disappoint whatsoever! Bring on book six!
- Reader To Reader

I cannot recommend the Lady Darby series strongly enough, and while this one works as a stand-alone, for maximum effect, they really should be read in order. Anna Lee Huber is a supremely talented author, and these books are complex, impeccably plotted, and clearly well-researched. In addition to creating the wonderful characters, she brings the culture and the landscape into full view, and there is a strong sense of place.
- Romantic Historical Reviews

A Pressing Engagement - By Anna Lee Huber

A Pressing Engagement

Lady Darby 4.5 Novella

Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome distraction in the form of a mysterious gold necklace.

The Celtic torc, thought missing for decades, was directly involved in a recent investigation. Now, Kiera feels compelled to uncover the truth behind its sudden reappearance.

But with an overwhelming flock of wedding guests, a muddled cat, an unpaid favor, and a ferocious storm throwing things into disarray, it's anyone's guess whether Kiera and Gage will actually make it to the altar...

This novella is currently only available in electronic form, but it is not necessary to own an E-reader in order to read it. You can download the Kindle or other E-reader apps to your tablet, smartphone, or computer. You can also use the Kindle Cloud Reader and read it directly inside your web browser.

A Study In Death - By Anna Lee Huber

Winner of the RWA Mystery Suspense, Kiss of Death's Chapter 2016 Daphne du Maurier Award in the category Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense.

A Study in Death

Lady Darby Book 4

Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiance in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning-and very pregnant-sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness's eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.

Kiera isn't sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.

Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness's death-no matter what, or who, stands in her way...

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Praise For A Study in Death

Anna Lee Huber once again takes us into the dark streets and the bright ballrooms of Edinburgh as Lady Kiera Darby investigates the mysterious death of one of her clients. Our fascinating heroine finds danger in both the dank alleys and the glittering homes of the wealthy, where nothing is what it seems and she must even doubt the loyalty of those who profess to love her. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
- Victoria Thompson - Bestselling author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue

Set in Scotland in 1831, Huber's lively fourth Lady Darby mystery...centers on the suspicious death of Lady Drummond, whose portrait Kiera (aka Lady Darby) was painting. Kiera is sure Lady Drummond was poisoned and sets out to prove it... Kiera's options are limited at a time when women were severely reined in both by law and custom, but she uses the resources she has with verve and vigor
- Publishers Weekly

Set in 1831 Scotland, the latest Lady Darby mystery fascinates with its compelling heroine who forges her own way in a society that frowns upon female independence. The crime itself is well planned and executed. The journey to uncover a killer takes many twists and leads to a surprising culprit
- RT Book Reviews

A Study in Death... is every bit as wonderful as the three prior novels... From back streets to drawing rooms, and many places in-between, A Study in Death delivers a plot as twisted as the cobbled lanes of Edinburgh itself. Characters from the past, favors called in and favors owed, and a hint of what's yet to come all promise that this is far from the last we'll hear from Kiera and Gage. Excellent!
- Reader To Reader

A Grave Matter - By Anna Lee Huber

A Grave Matter

Lady Darby Book 3

Scotland, 1830. 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.

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Finalist in the Georgia Romance Writers 2015 Maggie Awards in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.

Finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers 2014 National Readers' Choice Awards in the category Novel with Romantic Elements.

Praise For A Grave Matter

In Huber's polished third pre-Victorian mystery... Huber deftly evokes both the pair's attraction and the period's flavor
- Publishers Weekly

Both the high-society setting and the developing relationship between Kiera and Gage that parallels the criminal investigation will appeal to fans of historical romances as well as mysteries.
- Booklist Online

This series continues to remain compelling and fresh, a definite must read for those looking for a fascinating protagonist and a riveting storyline.
- Reader to Reader

Mortal Arts - By Anna Lee Huber

Mortal Arts

Lady Darby Book 2

Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue-in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn't quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator-and romantic entanglement-Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera's old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother-and Kiera's childhood art tutor-William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor's plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend-and save the marriage of another...

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Finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers 2014 Award of Excellence Contest in the category Mainstream with Romantic Elements

Finalist in the WisRWA 2014 Write Touch Readers' Award Contest for Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Praise For Mortal Arts

Anna Lee Huber has written a fascinating mystery readers won't be able to put down. The storyline is dark and foreboding giving a mysterious quality to both the characters and the setting. MORTAL ARTS is a must read, and is one of those rare books that will both shock and please readers
- Fresh Fiction

Strong and lively characters as well as believable family dynamics, however, elevate this above stock genre fare. Furthermore, the underlying mystery deals with a serious, even horrifying, subject-the treatment of the insane in asylums. Readers should be prepared for some grim tales, though credit Huber for not turning this into a treatise on post-traumatic stress disorder. Rather, she assembles a collection of facts that unfold gradually, serving the story rather than the other way around
- Publishers Weekly

The working relationship between Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage continues to become increasingly personal in Huber's latest mystery. The setting is described in detail, bringing 18th-century Scotland to life. The characters are true to their time period, yet their emotional qualities allow readers to identify with them. The mystery is well plotted, with many unique twists that stem from Lady Darby's unconventional role in life
- RT Book Reviews

A unique and compelling page-turner that readers will enjoy from start to finish.
- Reader to Reader

The Anatomist's Wife - By Anna Lee Huber

The Anatomist's Wife

A Lady Darby Mystery
2013 RITA® Award Finalist

Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.

Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage-a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn't about to let her guard down as accusations and rumors swirl.

When Kiera and Gage's search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry. But Kiera is determined to both protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim...

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2013 RITA® Award Double Finalist in the categories Best First Book and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Winner of the NECRWA 2013 Readers' Choice Bean Pot Award for Mainstream with Romantic Elements

Winner of the WisRWA 2013 Write Touch Readers' Award Contest for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Finalist in the RWA Mystery and Suspense, Kiss of Death Chapter's 2013 Daphne du Maurier Awards in the category Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense

Winner of the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence Contest in the category Mainstream with Romantic Elements

Praise For The Anatomist's Wife

Anna Lee Huber's spirited debut mixes classic country house mystery with a liberal dash of historical romance. Fans of Tasha Alexander and Agatha Christie rejoice! Lady Darby is an engaging new sleuth to follow and THE ANATOMIST'S WIFE is history mystery in fine Victorian style!
- Julia Spencer-Fleming - New York Times bestselling author of ONE WAS A SOLDIER

The Anatomist's Wife is a riveting debut. Huber deftly weaves together an original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting for a book you won't want to put down. I cannot wait for the second installment of Lady Darby's adventures.
- Deanna Raybourn - New York Times bestselling author of THE DARK ENQUIRY

Anna Lee Huber has delivered a fast-paced, atmospheric and chilling debut featuring a clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection. I'm already anticipating Lady Darby's next adventure.
- Carol K. Carr - author of the Madam of Espionage Series

Lady Darby is an unusual and romantic heroine, haunted by a deadly past and trying to be herself in a society that wants to silence her--and worse.
- Judith Rock - author of the Charles du Luc Series

Huber's protagonist is complex and likeable and the well-plotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters. The setting is lavishly portrayed, yet the story's pace is not slowed by descriptions. You'll be engaged right to the end.
- RT Book Reviews

The Anatomist's Wife is mesmerizing, fantastically plotted with details and twists even the most avid mystery reader will fail to predict. Don't miss this one!
- Reader to Reader

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Check out the gorgeous cover for Lady Darby Book 6 - A BRUSH WITH SHADOWS (Out 3/6/18).

Another great review for THIS SIDE OF MURDER! “The new Verity Kent Mystery series is rich in detail without being overwhelming and is abundant with murder, mystery, and a bit of romance. The plot is fast-moving with twists and turns aplenty. Huber knows what it takes to write a great mystery.”– RT Book Reviews

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