Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bookworm Wednesday: Books 2 and 3 of Lady Darby

I posted about the first Lady Darby mystery for my first Bookworm post, and I'm back with books 2 and 3.  I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas and I decided I'd wrap up this series since book 4 won't be published until July.  I need to read slower but when a mystery gets going and everything falls into place, I don't want to stop reading.  And that point usually happens at the end of my lunch break or at 10pm.

If y'all haven't guessed, I like strong heroines who can be just as stubborn as I am.  They can also deal with their situations and I'm not reading about a character who complains all the time.  With this series, I feel each book is stronger than the last, and I'm able to envision the characters a lot more.  I have done a little research to know what the fashion was like in the 1830s to help me out since I'm not familiar with that time period.  All I have to say is there's a reason I'm not into fashion.  I wonder what designers are on in this day and age, and I have to apply that question to the 1800s as well.

I also like that none of these 3 books take place in London.  I feel a lot of mysteries take place sometime in London (just look through my book tab), and I like those, even love some of those series (and I love London), but this series has been in the Scottish countryside, Edinburgh, or the Borders.

Mortal Arts

Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator—and romantic entanglement—Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera’s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother—and Kiera’s childhood art tutor—William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor’s plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another…

A Grave Matter

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.


  1. I keep saying I really need to take time to read more books. I use to read a ton but now it seems as if all I read are blogs!

    1. I read during my lunch breaks and then sometimes to unwind before going to sleep at night.

  2. Great reviews! I actually have this first book on my "too read" list from your first review. I'm looking forward to getting around to the entire series!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. There's only 3 right now, so it's easy to catch up. The 4th book is scheduled to be released July 7th.