A Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber

A Brush with Shadows

Anna Lee Huber

Kiera and Gage must face the ghosts of Gage’s past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes.

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Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.

July 1831. It's been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go.

All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. And when Alfred's brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage's past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage's family before the moors claim yet another victim...

Advance Galley Reviews

This is book #6 in a series and I have not read any of the other books. That being said the only thing that really bugged me was the illusion to things that happened in Ireland. Otherwise I had no issues having not read the previous books. The characters are interesting but not intriguing enough for me to go back and read the previous books but I may read new ones that come out. The setting for this was different than the normal British murder mysteries and the characters come from different places and back grounds. It was not bad for a historical novel.

I tried to start this one but since I'm really anal about reading books in a series in order, I really feel I will pick up the series from the beginning. It does seem to have great characters though so it has turned me on to a new series with which I was not formally familiar.

I have several of the Lady Darby mysteries, but I had yet to read any of them before reading this one. I enjoyed it immensely and I had a lot of fun following Kiera and Gage on their trek to find the solution to the mystery. I enjoyed learning about Gage more, but the mystery really made me excited to read the others. Thanks for the read!

I didn’t know anything about the Lady Darby series before this book and jumped in with no background on these characters. It was easy to pick up, but did make my pace for the first 100 pages slow. Once deep into the mystery, however, I was hooked. Dartmoor is always a great setting for a mystery, and this one is no different. It’s been eight years since I read Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskerville and Laurie R King’s The Moor, but I think I liked this outing better than either of them (sorry, Sherlock). Gage’s family home and his relatives make for a wonderfully moody setting and cast of characters. The red herrings were used well. Every plot twist made sense and never felt like it was out of left field. I suspected who our assailant was, but it didn’t hamper the suspense. I’ll definitely be back for more Lady Darby and Gage.

This is my first time reading a Lady Darby mystery but I loved it. In this case, Kiera (AKA Lady Darby) and her husband, Sebastian Gage, travel to Sebastian's childhood home after learning that his cousin Alfred was missing. Not only do we get a pretty strong mystery, but we also learn more about Sebastian''s past. Both of those elements combined help deliver an entertaining book. I would love to read the rest of this series.

Lady Darby a.k.a. Kiera Gage and her husband Sebastian Gage return to Sebastian's childhood home, Langstone Manor, at the request of his grandfather, Viscount Tavistock, to investigate the disappearance of his cousin Alfred. His family hinders their investigation from the start by either withholding information or misleading them so what should have been an easy inquiry turns in to much more that... I enjoyed the story but I don't think the author used the Moors and the family curse to its full potential. Also, I've noticed in the last couple of books, especially this one, that the author doesn't give Kiera the opportunity to use her medical background. She's fell into more of a questioner role like Sebastian. I kind of liked the series more when she applied her "knowledge of the macabre."

This book is a fairly entertaining mystery. I was curious to find out the results of the mystery but there wasn’t much more of the story to speak of. Perhaps if I had read other Lady Darby mysteries I would feel differently but I doubt if I’ll be reading any more. It’s not even a historical mystery novel since there isn’t any history; it just happens to be set in the 1800s but the time period really isn’t pertinent to the story.

I’m so glad I got to read this book! I’ve been devouring the rest of the series. In ‘A Brush with Shadows’ we finally get to learn some things about Gage’s past. I enjoyed watching Keira & Gage become more of a couple. I was surprised about who the ultimate villain turned out to be and I can’t wait for our next glimpse into this world.

I have not read any of the other books in the series. (The first in the series, The Anatomist’s Wife is on my to read list.) So I was happy to get this book to read. This is the sixth novel in the Lady Darby Series. We, including Kiera, get to know more about Sebastian Gage and his family. Gage has been estranged from them for years, but his ailing grandfather summoned him and Kiera from their last investigation in Ireland to return to Dartmoor to find his missing cousin, Alfred. This book is as much about Gage as Kiera. Beautiful description of the moors. You wanted to go and see it for yourself. Each character stood out and Kiera's insights helped you to understand who they were. I loved Kiera. She is intelligent, vulnerable, insightful, insecure, strong, yet soft-hearted and often had to take the lead. A woman before her time. See's something in Gage worth facing the family down for. The mystery was unique and unpredictable, taking us places with the secondary characters you didn't expect. Brings up questions about one's family and our expectations of them. Loved the cliffhanger. Great there is something (Gage) to still look forward to this far into the series. Can't wait to start reading the series from the beginning while I anticipate book # 7. Thanks to First to Read for the arc.

We get inside view of Gage,'s family and history, Lgends, and myths. Loved the fast pace plus a cool cliffhanger.

A delightful story about mid century England and it surrounding landscapes meets family scandal. Kiera is newly married to Gage when he receives a letter urging him to come home and assist his grandfather. Swiftly they make arrangements to do so and find upon their arrival that the heir to the estate has disappeared and Viscount Tavistoock enlists their help to find him.

This was another well-written and enjoyable installment in the series. Huber is especially talented at creating complex and engaging characters. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Except out of the necessity to sleep and to take a breath before the next bend in the story, I couldn't put it down. I love a good historical mystery and this was a great one! I really hope there's a sequel quickly following this, as I want to hear what happens next in their public and private misadventures. I quickly fell in love with our heroine Kiera's bravery, sense of adventure, and keen insight. Her husband, Gage, on the other hand took a little longer to warm up to with his closed-off emotions and unwillingness to really look at his family's history from a more neutral perspective. I suppose it's hard to look at one's own family as completely neutral, but when lives are on the line and you've been called in to solve a mysterious disappearance ... It's a good thing his wife is more logical, level-headed and naturally inquisitive. Kudos to Anna Lee Huber on a superbly written book! I'm looking forward to a sequel (or seven!)

At first I didn't realize that this was a series. I think the author did very well to explain parts that happened in the previous book in order for the reader to not feel out of the loop. That's not to say that things happen or are mentioned that require you to have read the previous book. This is a good book as a stand alone. I did find myself really interested in reading the previous book after reading this one. The author held the reader at a steady pace throughout the book. I didn't get the feeling that it was too slow. Every page left you wanting to learn more and constantly trying to figure out who was behind the disappearance. The author did a very good job at the big reveal as it kept me guessing until the end. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read another book from this author.

I enjoyed A Brush with Shadows — definitely much more than the last book in the series. This story delves into Gage’s past, particularly his childhood growing up with his mother’s aristocratic family in Dartmoor. Gage is summoned by his grandfather to search for a missing relative. Gage has conflicted emotions about this, as he bears a grudge against his missing cousin for making his childhood miserable and because he has not visited his childhood home since he left immediately following his mother’s funeral. Kiera is forced to sort out the tangled family history and intervene to keep the inquiry on track. When Gage and Kiera are both targeted by what is attributed to the family curse, and local myths and superstitions run rampant, they are in a race to solve the mystery before anyone else is harmed. Although the story sometimes got bogged down with extensive descriptions of the scenery and a large cast of characters, I still found it to be a compelling mystery. I was genuinely shocked at the reveal about who the villain was here, along with the ramifications of that person’s actions (to put it in a spoiler-free way). I like Kiera’s and Gage’s relationship, which has struck a good balance without the constant back and forth about her level of involvement in their inquiries, which some other authors tend to rely on for drama after the characters marry. As always, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and sad that we have to wait a year between them (though Huber’s Verity Kent and Gothic Myths series are also excellent in the meantime). Thank you to Penguin Random House/Berkley for providing an ARC for review!

This is the first book I have read in the series. I found it entertaining and romantic. There were many twists and turns that kept me guessing for the culprit. It was very authentic and made me aware of the rules of culture during the time frame of the book.

This is a fantastic historical mystery with a dash of historical romance thrown in to keep things interesting. Not that it needed it, because the twists and revelations kept me turning the pages way past the point when I should have been doing something other than reading. I came into it with this latest volume (#6) and was never lost as to who the characters were or where they come from. Everything gets explained just enough that you can enjoy the story without knowing the past and I get the feeling that it's also enough to keep longtime readers from getting the same info again and again. It's a fine line to walk and Anna Lee Huber mastered it. There's true emotion, action, intrigue, hidden plots, forbidden romances, and pretty much everything a reader can hope to find in a truly captivating tale. I can't recommend it enough.

A Brush with Shadows is the sixth book in the Lady Darby series and a welcome addition. I thoroughly enjoy this series and this sixth installment was no exception. The story picks up directly from where the fifth book ends with Kiera and Gage traveling from Ireland to Langstone Manor, the home of Gage's maternal family and the place where Gage spent an unhappy childhood. Now as an accomplished adult, Gage has to come to terms with this childhood and the past cruelty dealt out by his cousins, aunt and the perceived indifference of his grandfather. The vivid descriptions of the English moors and manor itself provided just the right amount of gothic atmosphere. And it was great to read the strength of self Kiera is developing while also learning more about Gage's background and the events that made him who he is as an adult. I did end up figuring out the "who" of the mystery prior to the big reveal but still recommend this book for fans of the series.

I like this series, I think both of the main characters are believable, neither of them is perfect, and they struggle with the rules the period. I enjoy reading their adventures. And I'm intrigued as how they are going to handle investigation and family, investigation and society. It was interesting to read how Gage reacts to his family, and how different his family is from Kiera's. From one loving family to another more dysfunctional one. Searching for the heir of the family and unearthing the family curse and the local lore, kept me interested in the novel. Mystery is always interesting, and I find I like to change from one century to another to see how we have evolved in solving cases, but how the crimes have really not change that much. I recommend this series.

Sebastian Gage returns to his grandfather's home with his wife Kiera, despite saying he never would, because he was sent for--to find the missing heir. His grandfather's ill, and everyone else in the house hated and tormented (or allowed it) Sebastian, so he's not too happy to return. But he'll do his duty, anyway. It's set in 1831, so expect some archaic views on the roles of women, wives, and so on. The limitations of the time--especially as they pertain to status and marriage--play a large part in the story. There's only so much a person of one class can do outside of the norms, unless they want to suffer ostracism for it. But the Gages have proved willing to do so--references to previous books' events are easy enough to follow, and show that both of them are a bit of rebels. Mostly Kiera, for daring to pursue her life after her previous husband forced her into some scandalously 'unwomanly' behavior of anatomy drawing, and her help with investigations of her second husband. The two of them work well together, not without some personal drama, but they make an engaging team as they work to solve the mystery. Things get complicated before they get better, but the end is the sort you expect from this kind of mystery--neatly wrapped up, with hints of more to come. A fun read for fans of historical mysteries, with a bit of spooky history of ghosts and curses thrown in.

This was just okay for me, a three star read. I don't know if it was the format in which I was forced to read it (Bluefire) or if the story didn't grab me. I found Lady Darby and her husband Gage to be a bit too perfect, the villains a bit too obvious, at least in the beginning; I might have been better served to start the series from #1, and had a better understanding of how they'd come to "be". In this day and age, with so MANY compelling mysteries to devour, this one didn't keep me entertained. P.S. Thank you for the ARC.

Lady Darby and Gage arrive in the moors to respond to his grandfather as the last book left off. We learn a great deal about why Gage is the way he is and much more about his mother and childhood. I missed Kiera's family (two in a row now), but this was a treat. Gage's cousin, the heir to his viscount grandfather, is missing. He is rather a bounder so at first it is unclear if this is him hiding from trouble of his own making or if something is truly wrong. Tensions are high between Gage and his relatives - he hasn't returned since his mother's death 15 years before. His grandfather is ailing, his aunt is a horrid shrew with nothing nice to say for Gage or his dead mother, and the remaining cousin is acting oddly. Interesting turns and lovely resolution.

In the sixth novel in the Lady Darby Series , we (and Kiera) get to know more about Sebastian Gage and his family. Gage has been estranged from them for years, but his ailing grandfather summoned he and Kiera from their last investigation in Ireland to return to Dartmoor to find his missing cousin, Alfred. Set in the otherworldly moors of England, nothing is as it first appears. Gage and Kiera must be wary of danger and navigate less-than-truthful family as they conduct their inquiry into Alfred's disappearance. As with the previous novels, I found myself waffling between 2 or 3 characters as the villain and so I was not completely surprised when all was revealed, but I was kept in suspense until the very last. I love Anna Lee Huber's writing. She is skilled at drawing her readers in from the outset. I love Ms. Huber's mysteries and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment.

A nice blend of historical mystery and romance. Set in 1830's Scotland, A Brush With Shadows has sturdy, well developed characters. A must read for historical mystery readers.

I love this series!! It's awesome to meet some of Gage's extended family, and the mystery in the family hall is delightfully atmospheric and creepy. I seem to be reading a lot of books set on the moor lately, and traveled in that area last year, so I immediately fell into the setting and settled down happily into the gloomy fog and bogs. I suspected so many people along the way, but never guessed the true villain. A delightful suspense, and I adore Kiera and Sebastian Gage together

This book is from a series that I hadn't read and was wary it might be difficult to follow the progression, but it was easy to read with a few references to prior installments. It was an entertaining and enjoyable read, even though I had reservations about historical novels. The descriptions of the moors were worth the read and the mystery was interesting enough. The characters were flawed and relationships were detailed and multi-faceted. Kiera and Gage are called to his family manor to find his cousin Alfred who has wandered out into the moors. Family prejudices, old grudges, hidden passages and poison all make a intriguing mystery. Will add the rest of the series to my reading list.


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