Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bookworm Wednesday?

I'm thinking of a new theme for Wednesdays because I seem to be out of travel pictures to post!  My parents have physical pictures of trips we took when I was a kid, but I've posted all the digital ones and have run out of destinations!  I'm hoping this new theme will hold me a while because I LOVE to read.  Whether it's historical novels or mysteries, you'll usually find my nose in a book if there's nothing worth watching on TV.  I seriously need a monthly Amazon budget just for books.  I'll feature books here, and you can find them listed on my Bookshelf page as well.

First up, I'll review my most recent read, the Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber.  This is a new-to-me mystery series and I quite enjoyed it.  I did call the whodunit about halfway through, but it was still interesting to see the motive and how it unfolded.


Scotland, 1830. 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 her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.

Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy 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 both protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim...

I found the book is easy to read, I like the characters, and it's a different setting than most UK historical mysteries.  This one takes place in Scotland, while most UK mysteries I've read take place either in London or the English countryside.  The main theme is Lady Darby's late husband cut up bodies to try to create a manual for physicians, and the subject of that, even in the 19th century, was still taboo.  The subject basically hovers over Lady Darby the entire time.  Nothing gruesome, that can't be found in other mysteries, but society frowned on that kind of stuff.

There are 2 more books published in this series and I'm trying to be good and space them out.  I have a tendency to rush out and buy all the books in a series I like, so I'm trying to read other series to make this one last.


  1. I love book reviews:) Great minds think alike since that is what I do most Wednesdays too, share my love of a good read:)
    Usually I have at least heard of a book, especially since I work part time at a library, but this is a new one for me. I'm going to add it to my "too read list" which eventually one day I hope to get through all of them on it, haha:)

    1. You did give me the idea. I was running out of travel posts and I started thinking about what to do next. As long as I keep reading, I'll always have books to review.