A Brush with Shadows
Lady Darby Mystery #6
by Anna Lee Huber
Audiobook narrated by Heather Wilds
In this mystery, Keira, Lady Darby and her new husband Sebastian Gage are called to his ancestral home in Dartmoor to solve the mystery of his cousin’s disappearance. Alfred is heir to the viscountcy, and the old Lord Tavistock is gravely ill. Everyone from Sebastian’s grandfather to his younger cousin Rory seems to be witholding information, and the two sleuths have a frustrating time of it. Was someone poisoning Alfred? Or was the family curse to blame? And what part did the beautiful herbalist, Lorna Galloway, whom Rory calls a witch, play in the disappearance.
The denouement is a long time coming, but for once I successfully deduced who the villain was.
I really enjoy this series, and Wilds narration is wonderful, though I did miss the Scottish accents that were so prevalent in the first four books. In this book, only Keira’s maid is Scottish.
Written in the tradition of the Gothic mystery, Huber makes full use of the gloomy old house and the brooding, changeable terrain and weather of the treacherous moor. Well written, atmospheric and full of family drama. Fun to read or listen to.
Other books in this series are:
The Anatomists’s Wife, Book 1
Mortal Arts, Book 2
A Grave Matter, Book 3
A Study in Death, Book 4
As Death Draws Near, Book 5
Click to see my reviews of the first three books in the series.
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