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A Study in Death
A Lady Darby Mystery Series #4
Anna Lee Huber

7/7/2015 / ISBN 9780425277522
Mystery / Historical / 1831 / Scotland

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it. -- A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Scotland, 1831

The beautiful Lady Kiera Darby is back in her fourth mystery. In past mysteries, readers witnessed Lady Darby's struggle for freedom and her need to find own her voice in a male-dominated society. In a Study of Death she continues to use her talents and her intelligence to break down the barriers in Victorian society. She even dares to question her handsome fiancé and his infamous father. Sebastian Gage believes in Kiera and knows her past. They're now engaged, and he's understands her need for independence, except when it pushes the boundaries of society - or his father. In this mystery, Lady Darby is painting the portrait of Lady Drummond. She is a kind woman suffering the effects of pregnancy and abuse. When she dies, Kiera suspects foul play and wants to investigate. It takes some convincing but she persuades Gage to help her find the murderer. The two move through the various social classes with the goal of finding answers and staying alive.

Lucky for us, Huber delivers a diverse cast of characters and shifts the mystery enough times to keep the pages turning. What stands out the most, besides a well-thought out mystery, is Kiera's need to have a say in her future as well as those around her, including Gage. Lady Darby series is an engaging one worth following.

Fair Warning: there are major spoilers from past mysteries.

Reviewed 2015