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July 26, 2014

A GRAVE MATTER by Anna Lee Huber

A Lady Darby Mystery
Book Three
Anna Lee Huber

A Grave Matter (Lady Darby, #3)
  • Series: A Lady Darby Mystery (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253694
 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.

This series began with The Anatomist's Wife.  This book is the third in the series.Kiera goes back to her childhood home to overcome the devastating death of a close friend.  She barely arrives and she discovers a dead body and a skeleton that has been missing. She is now drug into another inquiry with the handsome Sebastian Gage.The author added some new characters, one of which is a dangerous criminal and along with everything else, Kiera's brother brings along some new problems which add more chaos to Kiera's world.The author created a well plotted murder and if you read carefully, you may be able to figure out the ending.Of course we need a little romance, so we have Kiera and Mr. Gage which is almost as important as the plot of the murder.Kiera has a secret that she has been keeping.  Will that secret be revealed in the next book?I hope we have a fourth book on the horizon.  This book left me wanting more, with the relationship between Mr. Gage and Kiera, the murder and the new characters.  Can't wait. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves murder, secrets, romance and more that this book gives.   You get a little bit of everything.

I was given a complimentary copy of A GRAVE MATTER from the author, Anna Lee Huber and NightOwlReviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 CROSSES.

Anna Lee Huber Anna Lee Huber was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. From a young age, her imagination was boundless. She spent her summers with her four brothers and one sister playing Star Wars, wearing snow boots and her mother's old nightgowns while swinging plastic bats as light-sabers, and The A-Team hanging off the riding lawn mower (what else were they supposed to use for the van?). In the fourth grade, she penned her first story and asked her teacher to read it to the class. Sure, it was titled Prom Duty, and a ten-year-old doesn't really know much about high school dances, but she chalked it up as her first success. She went on to write several more stories, including a series featuring her own gang of mystery-solving teens, keeping her pen moving despite teenage hormones and a cross-country move to South Carolina.

Having dreamed of becoming a Rock Star, more along the lines of Amy Grant than Britney Spears, Anna attended college in Music City USA-Nashville, Tennessee. There, she met her husband while acting in a school production of Our Town. They married just before she graduated summa cum laude from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Psychology. Discovering she was better trained to sing opera than Top 40, and uncertain where her future lay, she found work as an administrative assistant while she tried to find herself again.

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