A Brush with Shadows

A Brush with Shadows

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 plan...

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Title:A Brush with Shadows
Author:Anna Lee Huber
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  • Mei

    It's always a pleasure to read about Lady Darby and Sebastian!

    Here we discover what happened with Sebastian's family. And I liked that we get to know his grandfather, his cusins and his aunt, even if they're not a very likable lot!

    They all treated Sebastian very badly when he was a child.

    Me, as well as Keira, put some blame on is mother's shoulders too!

    A nice mistery, even if the culprit is rather unbelievable

    ! B

    It's always a pleasure to read about Lady Darby and Sebastian!

    Here we discover what happened with Sebastian's family. And I liked that we get to know his grandfather, his cusins and his aunt, even if they're not a very likable lot!

    They all treated Sebastian very badly when he was a child.

    Me, as well as Keira, put some blame on is mother's shoulders too!

    A nice mistery, even if the culprit is rather unbelievable

    ! But, I still enjoyed the story and the author's writing style is very, very good!

  • Jess

    I finished this book with a contented sigh and anticipation for the next book in the Lady Darby series. Anna Lee Huber has done a marvelous job guiding fans of Kiera and Gage through a series of mysteries, near death experiences, friendship turning to something more, marriage, and now the duo are pulled into a an inquiry involving the disappearance of Gage's cousin, Alfred, heir to Langstone Manor.

    Devoted fans of the Lady Darby series recall that Gage's life has been filled with contention with

    I finished this book with a contented sigh and anticipation for the next book in the Lady Darby series. Anna Lee Huber has done a marvelous job guiding fans of Kiera and Gage through a series of mysteries, near death experiences, friendship turning to something more, marriage, and now the duo are pulled into a an inquiry involving the disappearance of Gage's cousin, Alfred, heir to Langstone Manor.

    Devoted fans of the Lady Darby series recall that Gage's life has been filled with contention with his family. He returns to his family home at the urgent request of his grandfather to find his missing cousin. Alfred's relationship with Gage was not one of cousinly love; rather Alfred was a straight up rotter. As an adult, Alfred seemed to continue in his rotten habits and his absence wouldn't be sorely missed by many. Familial duty ensures that Gage and Kiera determine whether Alfred was met with foul play. The pair find themselves embroiled in poisoning, hints of witchcraft, pixie lore in the moors, and family secrets someone wants buried... and won't stop at simply burying the truth.

    I found this mystery to be filled with action and clues in every chapter. The pace is rapid and you will quickly be absorbed into the book. Keira's love of art and talent with it are utilized, which was one facet of her character that always drew me in. The romance between Gage and Kiera complements the story perfectly without overshadowing the mystery. Long time fans find their relationship strengthening as they encounter situations together as a married couple and also revealing their vulnerabilities. The descriptions of the moors and the weather is hauntingly beautiful. One of my favorite historical mystery series and Huber does not disappoint fans of Kiera and Gage with this one!

    Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    "The first time I laid eyes on Langstone Manor I could not blame my husband for staying away for over fifteen years."

    So begins Anna Lee Huber's 6th Lady Darby Mystery. I discovered her Lady Darby series a little over a year ago with the very first, The Anatomist's Wife, and was captivated by the beauty of her writing. I was able to read the first few one right after the other. There is also a novella.

    Sebastian Gage reluctantly goes back to his childhood home in Dartmoor at the urgent request of

    "The first time I laid eyes on Langstone Manor I could not blame my husband for staying away for over fifteen years."

    So begins Anna Lee Huber's 6th Lady Darby Mystery. I discovered her Lady Darby series a little over a year ago with the very first, The Anatomist's Wife, and was captivated by the beauty of her writing. I was able to read the first few one right after the other. There is also a novella.

    Sebastian Gage reluctantly goes back to his childhood home in Dartmoor at the urgent request of his very ill grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock. It seems his cousin Albert is missing and his help as an inquiry agent is needed, as is his wife's, Lady Kiera Darby, Mrs. Gage. Returning to this place is extremely unsettling to Gage as it holds many unhappy memories and also the place of his dear mother's death. He must battle all these ghosts of his past if he hopes to have a happy future. Kiera suspects there is much that Gage has not told her and hopes that he can achieve some sort of peace from this visit.

    Strange things are afoot in Langstone Manor. Nothing, it would seem, is as it appears at first. Gage and Kiera must watch out constantly for danger as they inquire into Albert's disappearance, who wandered out on the moors and completely disappeared. The moors are a terrible place to be, warns nearly everyone they come in contact with, yet here they must search if they are to have a hope of finding Albert. The Viscount is certain that something other than a natural hazard is to blame for Albert's disappearance. Then Albert's brother, Rory, also goes missing. Gage and Kiera must battle local superstition, which runs rampant, to expose the reason behind these disappearances before someone else goes missing and the moors take yet another victim.

    I love Anna Lee Huber's writing. She is extremely skillful at drawing her readers in from the very first sentence. Seriously. Told in the first person from Kiera, Lady Darby's viewpoint, they are completely mesmerizing. Huber goes into great detail in every scene, letting readers actually see inside Lady Darby's mind. The reader misses nothing in the books, always looking out into the world of the time from her eyes. As Huber describes the moors, I felt as if I were there, riding along with the characters on horseback, trying to solve the mysteries. And she does a mystery very well indeed, I might add. So well that the reader feels sure they have guessed the culprit, then finding themselves completely surprised at the ending. I love these mysteries of hers and the moment I finish one, I am anticipating the very next one. Especially since Huber includes a very delightful surprise at the end. No spoilers. You'll have to read it for yourself. I enjoyed every moment.

    *My thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own and honest.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    I have been anxiously awaiting this book after the little teaser the author left us with at the end of As Death Draws Near, but it was definitely worth the wait.

    Gage takes Kiera to his home, Langstone Manor. A place he hasn’t been since his mother’s death 15 years ago. His grandfather has summoned him to get there as fast as possible but the trip from Ireland took a little time. They arrive to find the Viscount Tavistock, deathly ill and his heir, Gage’s cousin, Alfred missing

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    I have been anxiously awaiting this book after the little teaser the author left us with at the end of As Death Draws Near, but it was definitely worth the wait.

    Gage takes Kiera to his home, Langstone Manor. A place he hasn’t been since his mother’s death 15 years ago. His grandfather has summoned him to get there as fast as possible but the trip from Ireland took a little time. They arrive to find the Viscount Tavistock, deathly ill and his heir, Gage’s cousin, Alfred missing. Not sure if has been injured or killed out on the moors, or if he has been kidnapped, or just took off all on his own, his grandfather demands Gage find him. Then Alfred’s brother Rory disappears too. Gage and Kiera step up their investigation to find both men. Could their disappearance have something to do with the past? It is said, Langstone Manor is cursed. Gage vows to find the men and the truth.

    Another fantastic story from Anna Lee Huber. The cover of this book is breathtaking too.

    Ms. Huber returns with Kiera and Gage and the servants Bree and Anderley in a story so well written filled with vivid imagery. It is so easy to imagine being in the dark and dim castle or out on the moors or on horseback through the countryside.

    Gage himself has been a mystery so I truly enjoyed learning about his past and what shaped him into the man he is now. All of Ms. Huber’s stories are very character driven and to peel away some of Gage’s layers was delightful.

    Kiera is a little nervous to meet Gage’s relatives, but over the years she has learned to cope with those who judge her by her past. She quickly takes every opportunity to spend time with the Viscount. Even sitting at his bedside with her sketchbook while he slumbers to give the servants a break.

    Gage and Kiera are a wonderful couple, they love and trust each other and are equals, something very strange for this time period.

    Searching for the missing cousins takes our lead characters visiting neighbors and Bree and Anderley trying to get information from the staff. The author draws readers into the mystery quickly. Searching the vastness of the moors seems impossible, so it was important to look for other clues. Clues at first that were confusing to me as much as Gage and Keira. The twist that revealed what was really happening absolutely shocked me. Wow! I didn’t see that coming at all.

    Anna Lee Huber is an amazing storyteller. She paints pictures with her words that allow readers to escape fully into her stories. She continues to surpass my expectations. The plotlines are tight, the dialogue is stellar, and her characters leap off the pages.

    Each story stands on its own, but the Lady Darby mysteries are best enjoyed from the beginning to witness the character development and world building.

    This book received my Paradise Rating because it deserves more than 5 stars. The is a book not to be missed.

  • eyes.2c

    Mysterious landscapes! Pasts and present collide!

    What a dynamic duo! Sebastian Gage and his wife, Lady Kiera Darby. As they move forward in their life together Sebastian is called back to the family estate, Langstone Manor, deep in the landscape of Dartmoor. His father is still his supercilious self, as we see from his letters.

    We learn the story of Gage's upbringing. We meet his truculent and now deathly ill grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock. We come to know about his cousins Alfred and Roland

    Mysterious landscapes! Pasts and present collide!

    What a dynamic duo! Sebastian Gage and his wife, Lady Kiera Darby. As they move forward in their life together Sebastian is called back to the family estate, Langstone Manor, deep in the landscape of Dartmoor. His father is still his supercilious self, as we see from his letters.

    We learn the story of Gage's upbringing. We meet his truculent and now deathly ill grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock. We come to know about his cousins Alfred and Roland Trevelyan. We are confronted by his aunt the Dowager Baroness Langstone, a darkly forbidding woman with a tongue of ice and a spine of unforgiving steel.

    We also touch upon Gage's mother, a point of great pain for him.

    The dark past of the family is exposed, the disappearance of the heir Alfred is urgently addressed by Gage and the mysteries of the past are opened up like festering sores.

    A read that draws you deeper into Sebastian Gage's life and consequently Kiera's life. A read that doesn't fail to please!

    A NetGalley ARC

  • Staci

    The Lady Darby Series continues to be delightful. In this sixth novel, readers get to know Sebastian Gage's family. Gage has been disconnected from them for years, but was asked by his grandfather to return and find his missing cousin.

    In typical fashion, the scenery and mood come alive under the pen of Anna Lee Huber. The villain was quite a surprise. Thankfully, the end alludes to the series continuing.

    My gratitude to the author and publisher Berkley for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the no

    The Lady Darby Series continues to be delightful. In this sixth novel, readers get to know Sebastian Gage's family. Gage has been disconnected from them for years, but was asked by his grandfather to return and find his missing cousin.

    In typical fashion, the scenery and mood come alive under the pen of Anna Lee Huber. The villain was quite a surprise. Thankfully, the end alludes to the series continuing.

    My gratitude to the author and publisher Berkley for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel.

  • Caz

    At the end of

    , the fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries, the recently-wed Lady Darby and her husband, private enquiry agent Sebastian Gage, were urgently summoned to England – specifically, to Gage’s family home at Langstone Manor in Dartmoor. Gage’s cousin, Alfred, heir to their grandfather, Viscount Tavistock, has gone missing, and the elderly and ailing viscount wants Gage to find him.

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    At the end of

    , the fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries, the recently-wed Lady Darby and her husband, private enquiry agent Sebastian Gage, were urgently summoned to England – specifically, to Gage’s family home at Langstone Manor in Dartmoor. Gage’s cousin, Alfred, heir to their grandfather, Viscount Tavistock, has gone missing, and the elderly and ailing viscount wants Gage to find him.

    Book six,

    , opens with Keira and Gage arriving at the Manor after an arduous journey from Ireland (where they’d solved the case of a murdered nun), and already things are tense. Gage hasn’t visited Langstone since his mother died when he was eighteen, and he had, at that time, vowed never to set foot in the place again. He hasn’t told Keira much about his childhood – he has always been rather cagey when it comes to his past, and she has had to carefully pry information out of him at various points throughout the series – but it’s clear from what he has said that his time there wasn’t happy, and there is no love lost between her husband and his cousin. But Gage is an honourable man and isn’t about to ignore this request for help, no matter that it has come from the family from which he is estranged.

    Their arrival has clearly not been prepared for, and things go pretty much downhill from then on. Gage’s aunt, Lady Vanessa is openly hostile to both him and Keira, making it clear that she knows about Keira’s background (and the scandal that continues to dog her owing to her forced involvement in her late husband’s anatomical studies – see The Anatomist’s Wife) and strongly disapproves of their marriage. Her younger son, Rory is more welcoming, while the viscount continues to tyrannise the household from his sickbed. And all of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, even at the risk of prolonging the search for Alfred who, it turns out, vanished almost a fortnight earlier.

    I freely admit that the big draw – for me – of this book was the opportunity to discover more about Gage’s past.  He’s such a lovely hero – clever, well-liked, handsome, charming, and urbane, but there’s been an aura of mystery about him and the sense that he’s suffered some deep hurt that he is at pains to keep hidden.  He has always played his cards close to his chest and at times, Keira has despaired of his ever really opening up to her, but as the series has progressed he has done so occasionally – about his experiences in Greece in the war against Turkey and confessing that his mother was murdered (poisoned) by her maid – even though he finds it incredibly difficult and has taken care to pack all his most disturbing memories away behind thickly constructed mental walls. The picture of the younger Gage that emerges here is heart-breaking, but also points strongly to the man he is to become. Forced to assume the role of protector at a young age (his father was often away at sea and his mother was unwell), young Sebastian put up with insults, lies and unpleasant pranks from his cousins and his aunt’s open disdain for both himself and his mother but kept his hurt and frustration to himself so as not to cause Emma Gage any distress. He learned early in life not to rely on anyone else, and even now, continues to display that tendency; although he has learned to trust Keira and knows she is intelligent, strong and capable of looking out for herself, he can’t help wanting to protect her and shield her from unpleasantness.

    This storyline is much more engaging than the central mystery, which is actually quite weak by comparison – both with Gage’s backstory and with other mysteries in the series. Ms. Huber skilfully weaves the plotline of the missing heir in and out of the threads which reveal more about Gage’s early life at Langstone and his relationships with his relatives, but taken alone, it’s very simplistic and, at times, frustrating. The viscount wants his heir found, but deliberately withholds information from Keira and Gage; his aunt and cousin do the same, there’s talk of a curse, evil pixies who lure people to their deaths on the moor and witchcraft – which all makes for a good crop of red herrings, but there is very little actual substance to the mystery until around the last quarter of the book, when the author ups the ante with another disappearance. And when the identity of the villain was revealed, my reaction was ‘huh?’, because it comes completely out of the blue. I’m not an avid reader of mysteries, but I do enjoy them, and I like to follow the clues along with the characters, trying to work out how they fit into the big picture at the same time as they do. But here, there is no inkling at all as to who the culprit is until Keira actually sees him – and I felt cheated. There was nothing in the entire story that pointed to this person being the miscreant and if felt as though the author had pulled the name out of a hat or closed her eyes and stuck a pin into the list of possibles.

    On a more positive note, Ms. Huber’s descriptions of the landscape and unpredictable weather patterns of the moor are atmospheric and evocative, and I was pleased to see Keira and Gage working together most of the time (in the last book, they were frequently separated). As I’ve said already, Gage’s backstory is engaging and well-told, and the relationship between our two protagonists continues to evolve in a positive way, as Gage is more vulnerable than we – and Keira – have ever seen him and I loved that he was fully prepared to accept her loving support.

    Ultimately then,

    is a bit of a mixed bag. It gets high marks for Gage’s backstory, but a middling grade for a middling mystery, and a cautious recommendation overall. Fans of the series will probably enjoy it for the interplay between the characters and progression in Keira and Gage’s relationship, but those who enjoy a bit more complexity in their historical mysteries might come away a little disappointed.

  • Moonlight Reader

    This series continues to please. This particular installment takes Kiera and Sebastian to Dartmoor, to his family home, because the heir, Alfred, has disappeared. Alfred has a history of a rather nasty relationship with Gage, and Alfred's mother is the frankly not very nice Vanessa.

    Anna Lee Huber gives more than a passing nod to ACD's The Hound of the Baskervilles in this one. It's probably impossible for a mystery author to set a mystery on Dartmoor without doing so - and the moor's atmospheric

    This series continues to please. This particular installment takes Kiera and Sebastian to Dartmoor, to his family home, because the heir, Alfred, has disappeared. Alfred has a history of a rather nasty relationship with Gage, and Alfred's mother is the frankly not very nice Vanessa.

    Anna Lee Huber gives more than a passing nod to ACD's The Hound of the Baskervilles in this one. It's probably impossible for a mystery author to set a mystery on Dartmoor without doing so - and the moor's atmospherics were a substantial element in the book, along with a family curse.

    I've enjoyed every one of these Lady Darby Mysteries, and will continue to read the series. Of all of Huber's ongoing projects, this is my favorite. Verity Kent doesn't have the brooding style of Lady Darby, and her Gothic Myths series is too unformed to draw any conclusions, but the first book was a disappointment to me. Nonetheless, she has become an autobuy author for me - as soon as I see she has something available for preorder, I've already bought it.

  • Jennifer

    This was my least favourite of the series by far. It was really boring. I'm pretty sure it's a case of "it's not you, it's me" since there seem to be many other reads who adore this series as a whole. However, I do not, as a general rule, enjoy stories told from the first person point of view. For me, it definitely doesn't make the storytelling very interesting. Add to that a character who's very repetitive and I started falling asleep as I was reading. If you read just the first quarter of this

    This was my least favourite of the series by far. It was really boring. I'm pretty sure it's a case of "it's not you, it's me" since there seem to be many other reads who adore this series as a whole. However, I do not, as a general rule, enjoy stories told from the first person point of view. For me, it definitely doesn't make the storytelling very interesting. Add to that a character who's very repetitive and I started falling asleep as I was reading. If you read just the first quarter of this book, you'll already have found out all the thoughts that Kiera had throughout the rest of the book. Let me give you a quick rundown:

    1) She can't believe Gage's family is so cold. Her family might not be perfect, but they love one another.

    2) Her spine tingles a lot.

    3) Her hair also stands on end a lot.

    4) The weather conditions around the moor are very unpredictable and dangerous.

    5) The house is cold.

    6) Why can't Gage trust her with all his secrets?

    7) Her husband's aunt is a real cow.

    Unlike the previous installments, this one had almost no historical element. Unless you count the ton's acceptance of all men keeping mistresses and fathering children out of wedlock. It disturbed me, to say the least, and I couldn't fathom why one side character would possibly put herself in the position that she was in. Unfathomable. Really.

    There was the slight cultural and geographical element of the moor landscape, but the superstitions that surrounded it weren't enough to engage me. The mystery also left much to be desired and the apparent lack of moral character of the alleged victim made it hard for me to care about the outcome of the case. (I know. I felt like a horrible person just typing that.)

    Finally, the relationship development between the MCs was nice, but the h's insecurities about whether or not she just ruined her marriage by asking the H to have candid conversations about himself and his past grated. She wasn't as insecure as in previous books, but the slow progression, even away from society, does not bode well for the next book.

    And lastly, I'm not a fan of authors who end their books with things like "if only we knew our happiness would be fleeting" or "I wish we had known our pasts would catch up with us in mere weeks". It makes me feel like I can never enjoy the ending of a story line or like the success and progress that the MCs had achieved in the book that I'd just finished reading. It's annoying and Ms. Huber ends every single book that way. Plus, the foreshadowing (if we can even call it that) refers to the MCs' pasts and if it ends up that one of Gage's ex-lovers is in the picture or he finds out he fathered a baby with another woman, I'm done. So far I have to give credit to this author for never spoiling a book (and hence this series) with OP drama. I hope that she continues this trend.

    Overall, I appreciated that this was a clean read, but the mystery was boring and the narrative was too.

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