Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 7, 2015
Crackling with tension and rising suspense, this series continues to capture me. A clever, strong, and yet vulnerable lady artist and a gentleman inquiry agent solving murders and struggling to solve the mystery of each other at the same time. I love this series and look forward to each fresh installment.
A Study in Death is fourth of the Lady Darby series . This is a series that builds the character and relationship plot threads with each book so does not do well when read out of order.
Kiera and Sebastian are engaged. But, if she thought admitting her love and accepting a new man’s offer would be the hard part, she finds that trusting in his love and pushing away her fear is as strong as ever. Alana’s pregnancy has grown more fraught with danger and she gets put on bedrest even as her husband drifts further away and focuses on his work and the responsibilities of his estate and his political activities.
But when both situations have Kiera ready to burst, one of her portrait subjects dies suddenly and, though physician and husband both believe its apoplexy, Kiera can’t accept that. Her intuition tells her to dig deeper and Gage trusts that and steps up to investigate beside her. Interference comes from all sides including a surprising and unwelcome newcomer on the scene and even the detecting pair themselves are starting to fall out when Gage tells her to avoid dangerous aspects of the inquiry and Kiera bristles up and forges ahead.
Someone doesn’t want the investigation to continue and it may mean Kiera’s life and not just a shredded reputation.
If I thought Kiera’s angsty wavering would be over after the ‘I love you’s and decision to marry Gage in the last book, this one taught me that it was not smooth sailing yet. Kiera is a fiery woman and is driven by her impulses and her fears just as much as a finely honed instinct, learned skills, and a bright intellect. She is having wedding jitters in the worst way and her past is rearing its ugly head at every turn. It was painful to see her lashing out at Gage as a result. This heroine struggles so hard and works through these things. She is reactionary because of her past, but being with Gage is slowly teaching her to either let it go or find the inner strength to power through stuff and she is teaching him to open up and trust her with his painful past. They are a beautiful couple and I loved where things ended in this one.
The mystery was secondary to Kiera’s relationship crises, but the mystery becomes the vehicle to showing her and Gage’s relationship in a good light even when they get acrimonious now and then. They have different strengths even when Kiera pulls a few stubborn-stupids that put them in unnecessary harm because she gets so determined and impatient to get to the truth. Even though I was rolling my eyes at her choices, I do love when a certain Edinburgh criminal makes an appearance or two so I let it ride. Kiera is the one who connects the dots though the culprit isn’t hard to guess. It’s the motive that stumped me until nearly the reveal.
All in all, this was another deep feeling, suspenseful book in a fabulous series. Those who love authentic historical backdrop, amazingly drawn characters, sizzling low burn romance, and a good murder mystery then give this series a go.
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