From the national bestselling author of A Brush with Shadows comes a riveting historical mystery featuring a most “unusual and romantic”* female sleuth—Lady Kiera Darby.
Scotland, 1831. Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.
After she’s commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is shocked to find her client prostrate on the floor. Both a physician and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.
Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…
Set in Scotland in 1831, Huber's lively fourth Lady Darby mystery (after 2014's A Grave Matter) centers on the suspicious death of Lady Drummond, whose portrait Kiera (aka Lady Darby) was painting. Kiera is sure Lady Drummond was poisoned and sets out to prove it. Meanwhile, she's still trying to live down the reputation she acquired, unfairly, as the result of her first husband's misdeeds. She's also worried about her sister, Alana, struggling at the end of a difficult fourth pregnancy. Kiera and inquiry agent Sebastian Gage, to whom she's now engaged, do a little discreet investigating of the Drummonds only to run into opposition from Lord Gage, Sebastian's iron-willed and secretive father. Kiera's options are limited at a time when women were severely reined in both by law and custom, but she uses the resources she has with verve and vigor. Her tendency to think and rethink every conversation and gesture may annoy some readers, but this is a minor flaw.