Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: A Grave Matter

A Grave Matter (Lady Darby, #3)Author: Anna Lee Huber
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Series: Lady Darby Mystery # 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.

Or else why would I be running toward a dead body and a disturbed grave when by all rights I should be fleeing in fright?

I’m not sure what I expect to find. A fully dressed corpse? A ghost? A vampire like Lord Ruthven in Polidori’s story? I was not normally given over to fancy.

Lord Buchan’s best option was to hire a private inquiry agent, and he would find no gentleman better than Sebastian Gage.

I am so incredibly thrilled to see that this series is still keeping me on the edge of my seat even after the third book. I have gained so much respect over the years for mystery writers because it is difficult to write mysteries that are engaging, alarming to the reader, and most importantly that make sense. Anna Lee Huber is a solid author who builds an intense mystery and investigation in every single book she has written. I am a devoted fan just because of the heart that she obviously puts into her writing, her scenes, and her characters. Lady Darby has grown as a character and a sleuth and has used her past failures and the baggage she once carried to make her stronger and more confident.

Anna Lee Huber really knows how to write not only a great mystery, but a killer romance as well. It is no secret that Kiera and Sebastian’s steamy romance is one of the best reasons to follow this series. They have survived many ups and downs since the first book came out, and I always love to follow their newest escapade. They do frustrate me at times, but Huber knows how to build suspense and she does always give readers a juice little scene to hold onto! They are the perfect match and their relationship is always growing and changing, which is what makes it so interesting to read about.

I was happy to see that Kiera is a more established investigator now. This particular investigation was given to her by someone outside of her immediate family, so I was very pleased to see that Kiera is making a name for herself. Kiera’s family is so great and has been so supportive of her from the very beginning. I love the bond that she has with them and how much they believe in her and her ability to investigate. We get to meet Kiera’s brother, Trevor, in A Grave Matter, and he is a great edition to an already so loveable family!

***A free copy of this book was sent to me by the publishers at Berkley Trade in exchange for my honest review***

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