The Anatomist's Wife: Lady Darby Mystery, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Anna Lee Huber
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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 one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her 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 protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim.
The Anatomist's Wife
I'm not sure where to start to describe how poorly researched and written this book is.
Characters are UNBELIEVABLE, plot is ridiculous, and dialogue is out of touch with time this was supposedly taking place! Really, if I could give it less than one star I would! It reads like a high school freshman wrote it. AND, if that freshman were a student of mine they would get a failing grade. I listened to the audio and while the reader was good the material was terrible! I received the book free and felt cheated!
My favorite new series!
The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber is a gem I stumbled across.
Note: this review contains spoilers!
I was looking for a new audiobook book to listen to while driving and found this wonderful book. I’ve always loved historical novels, especially the ones where the author goes to the trouble to research the time and the area so actual events and locations can be used. I haven’t read, listened to, any set in Scotland, so that was an added bonus. The characters are richly drawn with detailed back stories, except for the insufferable Sebastian Gage. He too is richly drawn and I can easily picture him in my mind, but his history is shrouded in mystery which drives Lady Darby, Kiera, crazy.
A guest is killed at a house party and Gage is going to find out who did it. He’s a kind of private detective for 1830 Scotland although he is called an investigator. He has no affiliation with the police or military, but is called on when society needs help. And he is going to have Lady Darby help him. Doctors are few and far between and autopsies are still not well respected, but Lady Darby’s late husband was an anatomist and Lady Darby illustrated his last book. That’s why he married her: to get a free illustrator. Unfortunately, Lady Darby didn’t find out until too late. Now she knows way more about the human body and what can happen to it than just about anyone around.
What happens is a well executed mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a new clue, and I and the characters had to rethink everything!
This was an engrossing tale of intrigue, infidelity, gossip, and love that you really need to listen to or read!
I hope you find it as fascinating as I did!