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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A Brush with Shadows Reviews

  • 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.

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  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    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 p

    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."

    *I received this ARC from the Penguin Random House First-to-Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • 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.

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