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An all-new historical mystery in this USA Today bestselling series featuring beloved inquiry agents Lady Kiera Darby and her dashing husband, Sebastian Gage. Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is over An all-new historical mystery in this USA Today bestselling series featuring beloved inquiry agents Lady Kiera Darby and her dashing husband, Sebastian Gage. Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is overjoyed for her cousin Rye and her detractor-turned-friend Charlotte who are being wed in a private ceremony at the estate of Rye’s great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck, in what seems to be the perfect wedding party. But when Kiera is invited to peruse Barbreck’s extensive art collection, she is disturbed to discover that one of his most priceless paintings seems to be a forgery. The marquess’s furious reaction when she dares to mention it leaves her shaken and the entire house shocked. For it turns out that this is not the first time the word forgery has been uttered in connection with the Barbreck household. Matters turn more ominous when a maid from a neighboring estate is found murdered where the forged painting hangs. Is her death connected to the forgeries, perhaps a grisly warning of what awaits those who dare to probe deeper? With unknown entities aligned against them, Kiera and Gage are forced to confront the fact that they may have underestimated their opponent. For they are swiftly made to realize that Charlotte’s and Rye’s future happiness is not the only issue at stake, and this stealthy game of cat and mouse could prove to have deadly consequences.


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An all-new historical mystery in this USA Today bestselling series featuring beloved inquiry agents Lady Kiera Darby and her dashing husband, Sebastian Gage. Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is over An all-new historical mystery in this USA Today bestselling series featuring beloved inquiry agents Lady Kiera Darby and her dashing husband, Sebastian Gage. Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is overjoyed for her cousin Rye and her detractor-turned-friend Charlotte who are being wed in a private ceremony at the estate of Rye’s great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck, in what seems to be the perfect wedding party. But when Kiera is invited to peruse Barbreck’s extensive art collection, she is disturbed to discover that one of his most priceless paintings seems to be a forgery. The marquess’s furious reaction when she dares to mention it leaves her shaken and the entire house shocked. For it turns out that this is not the first time the word forgery has been uttered in connection with the Barbreck household. Matters turn more ominous when a maid from a neighboring estate is found murdered where the forged painting hangs. Is her death connected to the forgeries, perhaps a grisly warning of what awaits those who dare to probe deeper? With unknown entities aligned against them, Kiera and Gage are forced to confront the fact that they may have underestimated their opponent. For they are swiftly made to realize that Charlotte’s and Rye’s future happiness is not the only issue at stake, and this stealthy game of cat and mouse could prove to have deadly consequences.

30 review for A Perilous Perspective

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    It's 1832, and Kiera and Gage are attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands with their infant daughter. Kiera's friend Charlotte is to be married over the objections of her status-conscious father. Kiera and Gage find themselves investigating not only a shocking murder, but also art forgeries, and grudges from the past. The atmosphere of rural Scotland is appealing, and the characters and the plot are compelling. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. It's 1832, and Kiera and Gage are attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands with their infant daughter. Kiera's friend Charlotte is to be married over the objections of her status-conscious father. Kiera and Gage find themselves investigating not only a shocking murder, but also art forgeries, and grudges from the past. The atmosphere of rural Scotland is appealing, and the characters and the plot are compelling. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Lady Darby is one of my favorite historical mystery series. I binged through the first eight books in 2020. When we first meet Lady Kiera Darby at the beginning of the series, she is an infamous woman, shunned by society when they found out her late husband had her sketch the dead bodies he dissected for an anatomy journal he planned on publishing. At the time fresh bodies were hard to come by, not many would donate their body to science for this purpose, so medical colleges and people like Sir Lady Darby is one of my favorite historical mystery series. I binged through the first eight books in 2020. When we first meet Lady Kiera Darby at the beginning of the series, she is an infamous woman, shunned by society when they found out her late husband had her sketch the dead bodies he dissected for an anatomy journal he planned on publishing. At the time fresh bodies were hard to come by, not many would donate their body to science for this purpose, so medical colleges and people like Sir Darby resorted to buying corpses from questionable sources. It was later found out that some of these suppliers not only robbed fresh graves, but also murdered people to sell as dead medical subjects. Kiera had no knowledge of this, and even if she did there wasn’t much she could’ve done about it since her husband threatened her to comply or else. He was an awful man, as we learn from Kiera’s memories, and so I was thrilled he died before we’re introduced to her. This unwanted, unsolicited knowledge of anatomy as well as Kiera’s superb deductive skills have made her an excellent partner to Gage as in inquiry agent tasked to solve murders or other crimes. We’re now on book ten in the series, so there are bound to be spoilers if you read on. Kiera and Gage, along with their three-month old daughter, Emma, are in Argyll, Scotland to attend Lady Charlotte’s wedding to Kiera’s cousin, Rye. Kiera’s overjoyed at the match and it’s evident that both her and Gage are besotted with their daughter. Things start off well until Kiera notices that a couple of the paintings in the Marquess of Barbreck’s great hall are forgeries. Barbreck doesn’t take kindly to the revelation, sparking an uproar, unearthing old dramas and finally leading to murder. Half of the appeal of this series is the relationship between Kiera and Gage! It wasn’t all smooth sailing at the beginning, but it’s a pleasure to see them so in love now with each other and reveling in the love they share for their daughter. Emma sounded so adorable! Ms. Huber vividly captured that intense love you feel for your child, especially when they’re a baby. There was an interesting revelation about Kiera’s mother that shocked and unsettled her. Bree and Anderly continue to dance around their feelings for each other, even though it’s obvious they still care. The mystery was methodically investigated, a historical crime procedural, if you will. It wrapped up nicely but set things up to jump right into the next one and I can’t wait! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Scott

    So I LOVE the Lady Darby series. These books have everything I adore in a book—romance, mystery, fabulous characters. And ALL set in the Regency Era? Yes, please! A Perilous Perspective takes the reader to the Highlands (yay!) where secrets are embedded everywhere. As always, there are several characters with suspicious natures, but the gripping plot was easy to follow without getting lost. And being a romance addict, I super appreciate Gage and Keira’s relationship. There are some melt—your-hea So I LOVE the Lady Darby series. These books have everything I adore in a book—romance, mystery, fabulous characters. And ALL set in the Regency Era? Yes, please! A Perilous Perspective takes the reader to the Highlands (yay!) where secrets are embedded everywhere. As always, there are several characters with suspicious natures, but the gripping plot was easy to follow without getting lost. And being a romance addict, I super appreciate Gage and Keira’s relationship. There are some melt—your-heart moments between them that are cleverly dropped into this intriguing mystery. Let's not forget the Will-They-Won't-They relationship with Anderly and Bree. I hope the author continues this series far into the future. I just can’t get enough. *I received a copy from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Family and secrets in The Scottish Highlands! 1832. Gage and Kiera! How can I not be as equally as entranced with this 10th volume as I was with the beginning. Sebastian Gage and his wife Lady Kiera, along with their recently born daughter Emma, travel to Argyle, Scotland to be present for Kiera’s cousin Rye Mallory’s marriage to her friend Charlotte, Lady Stratford. The wedding is to take place at Kiera’s uncle’s estate, Barbreck Manor on the shores of Loch Craignish. It’s here that Kiera will dis Family and secrets in The Scottish Highlands! 1832. Gage and Kiera! How can I not be as equally as entranced with this 10th volume as I was with the beginning. Sebastian Gage and his wife Lady Kiera, along with their recently born daughter Emma, travel to Argyle, Scotland to be present for Kiera’s cousin Rye Mallory’s marriage to her friend Charlotte, Lady Stratford. The wedding is to take place at Kiera’s uncle’s estate, Barbreck Manor on the shores of Loch Craignish. It’s here that Kiera will discover more about her mother, and her relatives from that side of her family in general. Kiera is entranced by the idea of spending time with her uncle, the Marquess of Barbrek’s reputable and vast collection of art works. Unsettlingly, she discovers some of the revered works in the Manor’s long galley are forgeries; capped off by finding the body of a maid in the gallery underneath a false Van Dyke. (I was fascinated by the discussion of brush strokes btw.) The maid, from a neighbouring property, the Campbell’s, has been poisoned. But with what? A slow build up to an unforeseen climax with another death—the maid’s father. Kiera’s maid Bree is endangered and there are several possible culprits, along with the whys and wherefore of the forgeries. Bree and Sebastian’s valet Anderley have been following up questions around the deaths. All link together for a compelling read, with so much at stake. Once more the tale ends with trouble beckoning, luring us into the future of this extraordinary couple, their sweet daughter, and their servant/companions. A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley (Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    I’ll read anything Anna Lee Huber writes, so I opened A Perilous Perspective expecting to discover a sweeping plot and incredible attention to detail. This book has those things and more. The original mystery stems from Kiera realizing that several pieces of art in a relative’s home gallery are forgeries. Of course a dead body shows up because this is a Lady Darby book and Kiera and her husband, Gage, stumble upon dead bodies all the time…this time when they are about to have a quickie against a I’ll read anything Anna Lee Huber writes, so I opened A Perilous Perspective expecting to discover a sweeping plot and incredible attention to detail. This book has those things and more. The original mystery stems from Kiera realizing that several pieces of art in a relative’s home gallery are forgeries. Of course a dead body shows up because this is a Lady Darby book and Kiera and her husband, Gage, stumble upon dead bodies all the time…this time when they are about to have a quickie against a wall in the aforementioned gallery (more on that later). Kiera and Gage fly around the area to track down the original painting and the killer, who strikes again and poisons a third person. This one moves quickly while still conveying all the beautiful detail we’re used to in this series. All the while, we get delightful scenes with Baby Emma, more development between Gage and his brother Henry, possible appearances by the ghost of Kiera’s mom, and the ever-entertaining relationship between Kiera’s maid, Bree, and Gage’s valet, Anderley. We even get an update from the winner of the Worst Father-in-Law Ever award, Lord Gage, who is going to figure prominently in the next book. In short, this book had everything a Lady Darby fan would love except Earl Grey the cat. Someday, when there are 20+ Lady Darby books, I have no doubt that this one will be considered one of the favorites. Regarding that quickie…Kiera and Gage have been married for half the series. There are loads of allusions to their sex life and plenty of fade-to-black scenes in past books. The gallery scene had me giggling because it was written with a bit more detail than we usually see. It was cute and fun to see just a little more than we usually do.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    1832 Argyll, Scotland Young Emma is now three months old and brings out a different side of Lady Darby in how she cares for and interacts with her. Clearly, Lady Darby is ahead of her time as a working mother. Granted she's in an elevated status and has plenty of help, but she does balance the demands of both motherhood and artist/sleuth well. The Scottish brogue in particular brought the setting alive for this reader. In addition, loved the details about artists, their techniques and history of w 1832 Argyll, Scotland Young Emma is now three months old and brings out a different side of Lady Darby in how she cares for and interacts with her. Clearly, Lady Darby is ahead of her time as a working mother. Granted she's in an elevated status and has plenty of help, but she does balance the demands of both motherhood and artist/sleuth well. The Scottish brogue in particular brought the setting alive for this reader. In addition, loved the details about artists, their techniques and history of works of art included in the pages. The mystery unraveled like an onion and what a delight to watch it unfurl. The Lady Darby Series isn't getting overdone by any stretch. It continues to deliver engaging and expertly woven mysteries filled with lovely characters. And now more than a wee bit of a wait for the next bonny novel in the series. No doubt the wait will be worth it. My gratitude to publisher Berkley for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 Stars Series: Lady Darby #10 Publication Date: 4/19/22 Period: Scotland, 1837 Number of Pages: 384 Goodness, this is the tenth book in the series and it is every bit as good as the first. The characters are wonderful, the mystery is – well – mysterious, the writing is outstanding, and – we have a new baby to love and a wedding to attend! I have read each of the books in this series and they are all outstanding. You can read this as a stand-alone, but to get the full, immersiv Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 Stars Series: Lady Darby #10 Publication Date: 4/19/22 Period: Scotland, 1837 Number of Pages: 384 Goodness, this is the tenth book in the series and it is every bit as good as the first. The characters are wonderful, the mystery is – well – mysterious, the writing is outstanding, and – we have a new baby to love and a wedding to attend! I have read each of the books in this series and they are all outstanding. You can read this as a stand-alone, but to get the full, immersive view of the relationship and background of Kiera and Gage, you should read at least the first couple of books. But, heavens, why would you stop there – you really should read them all because they are all so good. Kiera, Gage, and new baby Emma; along with their entourage of servant/friends are at Barbreck Manor on the shores of Loch Craignish in Scotland for the wedding of Charlotte (Lady Stratford whom we met in the first book) and Kiera’s cousin, Rye Mallory. Kiera is so happy for her friend and her cousin and is looking forward to spending a couple of weeks prior to the wedding with friends and family. All is going splendidly – until – well, Kiera being Kiera, she had to look at the paintings in the art collection. To her shock and dismay, she discovered two were forgeries. What to do? She knew she had to tell the Marquess, of course, but she dreaded it because he was such an irascible man. To say he didn’t take it well would be putting it mildly. After systematically going through the entire collection, Kiera identifies several more paintings as forgeries. How did the forgeries get into the collection? Did they come in as forgeries in the beginning – or – did the originals come in and were later replaced with forgeries? As the investigation into the forgeries progresses, a young maid from a nearby estate is found, dead, beneath the first painting Kiera identified as a forgery. The maid didn’t just die – it was horrible – it was poison. How did she get into Barbreck Manor – and why was she there? With an additional death, Kiera’s maid being poisoned, Kiera being taunted with strange happenings, and people not telling the whole truth, can they solve the mystery. Not just the deaths, but the forgeries as well? There are a lot of things going on besides the mysteries that will keep you interested. We learn a lot more about Kiera’s family – especially her beloved mother – and we see the relationship grow between Gage and his half-brother Henry. Then, of course, there is the wedding and sweet baby Emma to make you smile. So, the book has something for everyone. I hope you’ll read the book and enjoy it as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    From the first, Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries brought Early Victorian era to life with the atmosphere and gritty backdrop and cunning plot. Add to that complex characters led by Lady Darby with a dark past and the layered relationships around her and the series soon became a must-read. A Perilous Perspective is no exception and I was eager to see Kiera and Gage detecting once again while also learning the ropes as new parents. First Line: “There was nothing quite like the sight of proper, From the first, Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries brought Early Victorian era to life with the atmosphere and gritty backdrop and cunning plot. Add to that complex characters led by Lady Darby with a dark past and the layered relationships around her and the series soon became a must-read. A Perilous Perspective is no exception and I was eager to see Kiera and Gage detecting once again while also learning the ropes as new parents. First Line: “There was nothing quite like the sight of proper, normally reserved ladies and gentlemen flailing and dashing about a moor.” Loc 81 Highland Wedding Plans and Artistic Contretemps Kiera and Gage are visiting the Marquess of Barbreck’s estate in the Highlands along with several other family guests to celebrate her cousin Rye’s wedding to her dear friend Charlotte. Kiera enjoys watching the joie de vivre among her family, but doesn’t miss the undercurrents between Charlotte and Rye’s governess who seems set on undermining her in Rye’s household. Charlotte’s greater fear is that her stuffy father will look down on Rye as her second choice in husband because he’s a mere mister and his disapproval will cloud over the wedding celebrations. But, not long into the visit, Kiera takes Lord Barbreck up on walking through the gallery to view his reputedly fine art collection. She is disturbed when she takes her first look at the most outstanding pieces in the collection. Gage is swift to note her perturbation. “Kiera,” he said, waiting for me to look up at him. “You look troubled.” His brow furrowed as his gaze searched mine. “What is it?” I hesitated, wondering if I should keep my suspicions to myself. But then I realized, this was Gage. There was no need to keep such a thing from him…”I think…I’m fairly sure…” I huffed, aggravated with myself for vacillating, and then looked him squarely in the eye to declare with confidence. “I’m nearly certain this painting is a forgery.” Loc 441 A Clan Clash and A New Case As she surmised, breaking the news to Lord Barbreck does not go well, but she is not the only one who is surprised when most of Barbreck’s vitriol is directed at a nearby neighbor from the Campbell clan and the past history between the two families is brought to light. Kiera and Gage are engaged to get to the bottom of the matter and Kiera is really tested when one of the secrets revealed is from her own past. Kiera in the Crosshairs of a Devious Villain Someone gets nervous that Kiera and Gage are getting too close to the truth and the murders begin followed by threats to Kiera’s well-being and her very life and that of a person dear to her. Kiera isn’t the same woman who was abused by her first husband and soiled by the scandal the man created, but she feels vulnerable and unsure. Her Aunt Cait gives her a bracing reminder. “The fact of the matter is, in spite of all you’ve been through, you’ve emerged stronger and wiser. You triumphed in the end. And had you not been through it all, who’s to say whether you would have ever captured Gage’s heart, or given birth to darling Emma…And Who’s to say whether these murder investigations you’ve undertaken would ever have been solved.” Loc 2705 But, in the end, Kiera’s fiery spirit shines through and she rises to the challenge. She’s not alone and doesn’t have to go it alone, either. “I noticed one set of eyes staring back at me instead. I dabbed at the wetness in the corner of my eye and smiled at Gage, feeling every ounce of his love directed at me. He looked so dashing in his deep blue frock coat, his golden hair artfully tousled.” Loc 5648 Slow Start Resounding Finish A Perilous Perspective got off to a slow start for me. I wasn’t bored, but neither was I thoroughly caught up in the affairs of the story. Then, a third of the way through, I felt the change as it shifted from simply describing to driving the plot forward with a build-up of tension and the occasional spikes of suspenseful action. I was immersed in the world, the people, and the mystery. A Keen Detecting Lass Kiera is a colorful character. For all the scandal of her past, Kiera is now coming into her own because of Gage’s unwavering support along with her family and the confidence she gets from solving cases beside Gage. She’s not as defensive or stubbornly insistent on pushing into danger alone and not confiding in her partner. Incidentally, I thought it was a nice slice of life to show how detecting with a newborn around does alter matters though I could have done without the many mentions of Kiera feeding Emma. Highland Danger The mystery started out as investigation of forged paintings, but then added murder and that atmospheric quality Huber puts into her writing. I tagged the culprit right away with no real reason other than their reaction during an interview and an idea about opportunity. Happily, I was right, but I still felt the tension of Kiera and Gage in danger. I do appreciate that the book still held some surprises for me in spite of knowing who was behind it all. And, of course there was that bit of tease there in the last pages to make me want the next book pronto. Whisky All Around In summation, twas a fabulous layering of Scottish Highlander setting, clever and not-so obvious murder mystery plotting, and sparkling character and relationship development. I am nudging historical mystery as well as romance fans to put themselves in the way of the Lady Darby mysteries.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I have been a fan of Anna Lee Huber's since I read my First Lady Darby mystery. I think I was initially intrigued by Lady Darby's past, but became a fan as I observed her overcome this past and grow into an independent woman.... who just happens to be in the right place, at the right time, to solve a mystery. Ms. Huber's attention to detail and vivid prose draw readers into the setting, but I think telling the story through Keira in first person allows the readers to fully engage in the mystery. I have been a fan of Anna Lee Huber's since I read my First Lady Darby mystery. I think I was initially intrigued by Lady Darby's past, but became a fan as I observed her overcome this past and grow into an independent woman.... who just happens to be in the right place, at the right time, to solve a mystery. Ms. Huber's attention to detail and vivid prose draw readers into the setting, but I think telling the story through Keira in first person allows the readers to fully engage in the mystery. It also allows the reader to appreciate Keira's struggles and relationships throughout the series. In A Perilous Perspective, Ms. Huber's brilliant descriptions bring to life the beautiful highland setting. I was entranced by the mystery surrounding the art forgeries and the murders that follow this discovery. But most importantly, I was drawn to the family dynamics of Keira and Sebastian and by extension, family and friends. Keira's natural study of human nature not only makes her a great artist but a successful investigator as well. Loved the hint Ms. Huber included in the final pages of the story, teasing her readers with a clue for what comes next for Keira and Sebastian Gage. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/ publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    The latest in the Lady Darby mysteries is a fine addition to the series. There was no new ground here, and the mystery felt done already. I saw where the investigation was headed a mile away, and except for a few minor twists it went where expected. I thoroughly enjoyed a visit with all my favorite characters, and, of course, I'll read the next one. Warning: It ends on a minor cliff hanger. I liked this one, but it didn't wow me as much as previous books. Still an overall 5 star series for me, y The latest in the Lady Darby mysteries is a fine addition to the series. There was no new ground here, and the mystery felt done already. I saw where the investigation was headed a mile away, and except for a few minor twists it went where expected. I thoroughly enjoyed a visit with all my favorite characters, and, of course, I'll read the next one. Warning: It ends on a minor cliff hanger. I liked this one, but it didn't wow me as much as previous books. Still an overall 5 star series for me, yet every series needs a transition book or two of which this is one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    I can read this series for another 10 books and I'll never tire of it. #SebastianKeiraForever I can read this series for another 10 books and I'll never tire of it. #SebastianKeiraForever

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    ‘It was high time we compared notes and formed a plan of attack.’ The cover of the very First Lady Darby Mystery convinced me this was a book I would like. I was wrong. I loved it! Set in the early 1800s in England and Scotland, this series features Lady Kiera Darby, who is a portrait painter and widow of a most horrid man. (And that description if him is me being nice.). Kiera has great skill at not only painting, but sleuthing. She teams up with Sebastian Gage, an inquiry agent, later marries hi ‘It was high time we compared notes and formed a plan of attack.’ The cover of the very First Lady Darby Mystery convinced me this was a book I would like. I was wrong. I loved it! Set in the early 1800s in England and Scotland, this series features Lady Kiera Darby, who is a portrait painter and widow of a most horrid man. (And that description if him is me being nice.). Kiera has great skill at not only painting, but sleuthing. She teams up with Sebastian Gage, an inquiry agent, later marries him, and together they work as inquiry agents, solving crimes. It’s a good thing, too, for it seems as if crime follows them. Anna Lee Huber is remarkable in this series. Her skills at painting vivid descriptions, crafting wonderful characters, along with great plots and leading her reader along as she adds more clues each chapter is just downright awesome. I especially enjoy the way she layers her stories and how she shows us how Kiera’s mind works. These are told in first person, from Kiera’s perspective. She has written ten Lady Darby Mysteries and a novella so far and still manages to make each book powerfully interesting. And, as always, she lets us know in the last few paragraphs that we will be entertained very well indeed in the next offering. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion in this review is my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    A PERILOUS PERSPECTIVE by Anna Lee Huber Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley. Out Apr 19. Book 10 in the Lady Darby series, A Perilous Perspective, soars in this strong histfic mystery series. Keira Darby is an inquiry agent with her wonderful spouse Sebastian Gage. They head to the Scottish Highlands with their baby to attend the wedding of Keira's cousin Rye at his great-uncle's estate. The joyful occasion is marred, however, by mysterious happenings, claims of a forgery in the estate's famed art c A PERILOUS PERSPECTIVE by Anna Lee Huber Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley. Out Apr 19. Book 10 in the Lady Darby series, A Perilous Perspective, soars in this strong histfic mystery series. Keira Darby is an inquiry agent with her wonderful spouse Sebastian Gage. They head to the Scottish Highlands with their baby to attend the wedding of Keira's cousin Rye at his great-uncle's estate. The joyful occasion is marred, however, by mysterious happenings, claims of a forgery in the estate's famed art collection, a shocking event right in front of the questionable painting, plus twists and turns that will keep you happily occupied in Argyll, Scotland, 1832. Another Anna Lee Huber winner! Thanks to the author, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for the ARC. Views are my own. #APerilousPerspective #AnnaLeeHuber #NetGalley #historicalmysteryseries #ScottishHighlandsfiction #artforgery #bookstgramcommunity

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jude: The Epic Reader

    The setting of this wasn't the most exciting, I wasn't very keen on the whole 'fake' paintings, but it all picked up rather quickly. Another great ending that has made me very excited for the next one. I actually really like Gage's father, though he is an asshole, and I can't wait till we know more about him. And hopefully, he becomes less of an asshole. The setting of this wasn't the most exciting, I wasn't very keen on the whole 'fake' paintings, but it all picked up rather quickly. Another great ending that has made me very excited for the next one. I actually really like Gage's father, though he is an asshole, and I can't wait till we know more about him. And hopefully, he becomes less of an asshole.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rivka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you for Berkley and NetGalley for earc of this book Unfortunately, this book wasn’t my favorite in the series. I felt like the mysteries was made too complicated for no reason and even though the whole book happened within a week, everything felt unnecessary long. Them going in circle about every single thing they learned just felt repetitive and unnecessary. I liked seeing Keira and Gage as parents but felt like we didn’t need to know every time Emma ate. It just felt like another thing to Thank you for Berkley and NetGalley for earc of this book Unfortunately, this book wasn’t my favorite in the series. I felt like the mysteries was made too complicated for no reason and even though the whole book happened within a week, everything felt unnecessary long. Them going in circle about every single thing they learned just felt repetitive and unnecessary. I liked seeing Keira and Gage as parents but felt like we didn’t need to know every time Emma ate. It just felt like another thing to take up page space. Even the issue of Charlotte and the governess fell like another filler. By the end of this book I cared more about relationship between Bree and Anderley than I did about who the killer was. I was with this series for 10 books but after this one, I’m not sure if I would pick up the next one as fast as previous books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Ten books?! How in the world are we are ten books already in this series?! I cannot believe it! It seems like just yesterday that I found this series and devoured all the books (at that time five) in like one sitting! This series overall has been completely solid. There were books I liked better than others and for different reasons but I would rate this entire series as five stars. SOLID! I love Anna Lee Huber’s writing style and other books she has written but the Lady Darby books stand out abo Ten books?! How in the world are we are ten books already in this series?! I cannot believe it! It seems like just yesterday that I found this series and devoured all the books (at that time five) in like one sitting! This series overall has been completely solid. There were books I liked better than others and for different reasons but I would rate this entire series as five stars. SOLID! I love Anna Lee Huber’s writing style and other books she has written but the Lady Darby books stand out above the others and I cannot say enough good things. Some of the books you can jump around in the series but honestly I think this is a series better read beginning to end. Not only area the characters great and the mysteries engaging, but you really gain a full appreciation for the character relationships and larger narrative. Yes I know this cover is stunning and maybe you haven’t read the other books and just want to start here, by all means go for it but if you want to fully appreciate Kiera and Gage as well as the nuances of this book (and there are plenty of them and references from other books), then you definitely want to go back and read the other books—-pretty cover or not! For one this book features Kiera’s cousin, Rye, and if you miss the other books you will miss out on fully appreciating their relationship so basically read the other books first! For some reason I tend to forget that Kiera was first and foremost an artist! Over the last ten books she has become quite the detective and sometimes I find myself forgetting that when I first met her in book one, she was an artist and in all the earlier books her art was absolutely her outlet and identity. In this book we see a return to the art world with the investigation of a forgery. I really enjoyed the catalyst for this mystery being the forged painting! I loved reading about that and the process in which Kiera discovered it. For me this really added a lot to the mystery and made the book extra interesting! I loved the smart mystery that was both easy to follow while still remaining exciting and intriguing. I obviously don’t want to give anything away but this was a well crafted mystery with lots of past grudges and motives for various characters! It was very well done and I loved it! Once Kiera and Gage were married (several books back), I loved that Huber refocused readers who love romance in their historical mysteries to another couple. Sometimes for me (who loves romance in their historical mysteries by the way!) once the principal characters end up together I find myself kind of bored after that. I love the ‘will they won’t they’ aspect of the stories. I think Huber is aware that many readers feel the same so early on she introduces Bree and Anderly and worked to develop an ‘investable’ couple. Meaning as a reader I felt connected and invested in their budding romance and the ‘will they won’t they’ aspect of their courtship. While keeping the focus on Kiera and Gage and yes there are heartfelt moments in this book too, but readers now have another new couple to cheer on and root for in Anderly and Bree. Having this book set in Scotland was a welcome change from so many books set in London. Many of the Lady Darby books are set in Scotland and I always feel so relieved since so many historical mysteries are set in London. I also love that Scotland really provides a nice moody backdrop in these books and in this one it’s no different. Great setting! This book held my interest and really made me excited for future books! I loved that the author gave us a little hint of what’s to come! Obviously no spoilers so just go read it already! I love this series and this book was no different, another 5 star book for the series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    While overwritten at times and often basic and obvious, I have to say these stories always keep me interested in the end, i’m not sure why, because the characters’ assets and peculiarities are underutilized most of the time. This book in particular was clunky and awkward, but eventually things picked up enough in the second half to keep me interested. At 10 books things are slowing down too much, when things were slow to begin with. I also don’t mind guessing the killer early if the characters r While overwritten at times and often basic and obvious, I have to say these stories always keep me interested in the end, i’m not sure why, because the characters’ assets and peculiarities are underutilized most of the time. This book in particular was clunky and awkward, but eventually things picked up enough in the second half to keep me interested. At 10 books things are slowing down too much, when things were slow to begin with. I also don’t mind guessing the killer early if the characters remain engaging, but in this case those things didn’t line up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Another wonderful adventure with Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage! This one starts with Kiera, Gage and their sweet baby daughter Emma in the bosom of her family as the prepare for her cousin Rye's wedding to her dear friend Charlotte. What should have been a relaxing time with family and friends turns into a murder investigation and more when Kiera stumbles upon an art forgeries ring that involves her Great Uncle collection! Intriguing as well as troubling there is more than one death before we ge Another wonderful adventure with Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage! This one starts with Kiera, Gage and their sweet baby daughter Emma in the bosom of her family as the prepare for her cousin Rye's wedding to her dear friend Charlotte. What should have been a relaxing time with family and friends turns into a murder investigation and more when Kiera stumbles upon an art forgeries ring that involves her Great Uncle collection! Intriguing as well as troubling there is more than one death before we get all the answers. Fascinating reading!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Full review to come.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alena

    Ok I love this series, it is one of my all time favorites. But wow this book is a low point. The mystery is boring, there’s no interesting romantic tension…. Honestly, I’m ready for the focus to shift to Bree and Anderley, that’s what we all want!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Oh boy. I think I’ve outgrown this series. The writing is heavy-handed—was it always this way, or did it get more so recently?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    4.5 stars Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby series captivated me from its beginning in The Anatomist’s Wife, and Huber’s writing has only gotten stronger since. Marriage and recent motherhood have softened Kiera’s prickly edges and given her a greater wisdom and confidence, but her investigative instincts and artistic vision are as sharp as ever. She and Gage are full partners now, without barriers or major conflicts, which made it easier for me (and, I presume, for them!) to focus on the mystery itse 4.5 stars Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby series captivated me from its beginning in The Anatomist’s Wife, and Huber’s writing has only gotten stronger since. Marriage and recent motherhood have softened Kiera’s prickly edges and given her a greater wisdom and confidence, but her investigative instincts and artistic vision are as sharp as ever. She and Gage are full partners now, without barriers or major conflicts, which made it easier for me (and, I presume, for them!) to focus on the mystery itself, while still enjoying the personalities of the investigators. The mystery begins with the discovery that some of Lord Barbreck’s most prized art works are forgeries, and deepens with the poisoning of a maid from a neighboring household. It seems probably there is a connection, for her body is discovered in the Long Gallery near the forged Titian. But who poisoned her, how, and why? And who is responsible for the forged paintings? Kiera and Gage are determined to find out. A Perilous Perspective is both well-written and well-constructed. The mystery kept me guessing for quite some time. I began to suspect the real villain about two-thirds of the way through, but Ms. Huber cleverly deflected my suspicions onto several other suspects whose involvement seemed just as plausible or implausible, if not more so. I wasn’t really sure my solution was correct until shortly before Kiera or Gage caught on. The murder weapon was also clever, and one I had not encountered before. Huber’s evocation of time and place is masterful. As always, she provided just the right balance of well-researched historical and artistic details, which help to create a completely believable picture of Victorian nobility and gentry within the Scottish milieu. Relationships within and across classes—the drawing room and the servants’ hall, as it were—are skillfully drawn; the main and secondary characters’ feelings and interactions ring true throughout. This is particularly noticeable in Kiera’s case, since the first-person narrative lets us share her thoughts and emotions. I was pleased to see her balancing motherhood and investigation so well (although a good nursemaid is certainly a help in that regard.) And I really enjoyed seeing her and Gage so comfortable and happy together.* But I was surprised and a little disappointed that she does no painting in this book, and little sketching; her artistic focus is mainly on the forgeries. Here’s where I should admit that I jumped several installments of the series in order to read A Perilous Perspective. I’m glad I had read enough of the earlier books to have a good sense of both Kiera and Gage’s background, but other than that, the book worked perfectly well on its own. While I would recommend reading the series in order because of the long character arcs, particularly Kiera and Gage’s relationship, I don’t think you’ll have a problem if for some reason you miss a few. As for me, I love the series, and plan to go back read all the books I missed (or more likely, listen to), just as soon as I can. *For those who crave romantic tension in their mysteries, rest easy; the fraught relationship between Kiera’s maid Bree and Gage’s valet Anderley is far from resolved. * * * Review originally published on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own. Read for COYER Seasons 2022: Spring, and the COYER Mystery Readathon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    I am just as big of a fan of the Lady Darby series with this tenth installment as I was reading the first book. A PERILOUS PERSPECTIVE continues the adventures of portraitist Kiera and her partner in love and sleuthing Gage. This time the pair finds themselves in the Scottish Highlands to attend Kiera’s cousin’s wedding. While there, Kiera discovers several of their host’s paintings are forgeries, and while trying to get to the bottom of the fakes, murders and long-held secrets complicate matter I am just as big of a fan of the Lady Darby series with this tenth installment as I was reading the first book. A PERILOUS PERSPECTIVE continues the adventures of portraitist Kiera and her partner in love and sleuthing Gage. This time the pair finds themselves in the Scottish Highlands to attend Kiera’s cousin’s wedding. While there, Kiera discovers several of their host’s paintings are forgeries, and while trying to get to the bottom of the fakes, murders and long-held secrets complicate matters. A PERILOUS PERSPECTIVE is a thoughtful, well executed yarn about loyalty, lost loves, pride, greed, and art. The Highland setting is delightful, and Huber’s vivid descriptions bring it to life. I relish each moment with Kiera. Kiera has grown so much during the course of this series, and I love seeing her as a mother here. She admiringly balances motherhood and investigating and is definitely a woman ahead of her time. I enjoy the information about art and learning more about Kiera’s mother. Gage continues to be the perfect partner for Kiera, and I love that Lord Henry, Anderley, and Bree are well represented. I confess that I guessed whodunit fairly early in the story, but this did not diminish my reading enjoyment at all. Of course, there were plenty of twists and turns to make me question myself throughout. A PERILOUS PERSPECTIVE is a wonderful addition to the Lady Darby series. Highly recommended to any historical mystery/fiction reader! I received an ARC of this title from the author and Kensington Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts and opinions here. #APerilousPerspective #NetGalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This 10th in the Lady Darby series was anxiously anticipated (at least by me 🙋🏻‍♀️). In this one we are introduced to the newest member of the series (and baby makes 3) as well as becoming more acquainted with Kiera’s maternal Scottish family and Gage’s half brother Henry. Kiera and Gage have journeyed to Argyll for a wedding (her cousin Rye and her friend Charlotte). Before the nuptials can take place, forgeries are discovered, an old feud is revisited and family loyalties are questioned. Murde This 10th in the Lady Darby series was anxiously anticipated (at least by me 🙋🏻‍♀️). In this one we are introduced to the newest member of the series (and baby makes 3) as well as becoming more acquainted with Kiera’s maternal Scottish family and Gage’s half brother Henry. Kiera and Gage have journeyed to Argyll for a wedding (her cousin Rye and her friend Charlotte). Before the nuptials can take place, forgeries are discovered, an old feud is revisited and family loyalties are questioned. Murders and mayhem ensue until the evil villain is finally revealed. The things that stood out for me in this installment: watching Kiera’s interactions with her extended family as well as learning more about her mother; Kiera’s and Gage’s romantic moments (much more “sexy”); smiling over the scenes of the new family dynamic (with baby); Bree’s and Anderley’s evolving relationship; and Kiera’s irreverent and funny cousin Morven. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest foray into the lives of the Gages, their families and friends, and as always I’m already anticipating their next adventure. My sincere thanks to #NetGalley, #Berkley and #AnnaLeeHuber for providing me the early arc of #APerilousPerspective for review. The opinions are strictly my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Set in Scotland in the 1830s, A Perilous Perspective is the tenth book in Anna Lee Huber's historical mystery series. As a series fanatic, usually I won't jump into a series this late without reading any of the previous books. However, the premise for this book intrigued me so I jumped right in. In this installment, Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are about to attend a wedding of Kiera's friend Charlotte in the Scottish Islands. They bring their three-month-old daughter Emma alon Set in Scotland in the 1830s, A Perilous Perspective is the tenth book in Anna Lee Huber's historical mystery series. As a series fanatic, usually I won't jump into a series this late without reading any of the previous books. However, the premise for this book intrigued me so I jumped right in. In this installment, Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are about to attend a wedding of Kiera's friend Charlotte in the Scottish Islands. They bring their three-month-old daughter Emma along with them. As the wedding will be taking place on her uncle's estate. this affords Kiera the opportunity to seek answers regarding her own past. However, there are some definite hiccups along the way. For one thing, Charlotte's father does not approve of her soon-to-be husband Rye. Her father was quite a stickler for propriety. Charlotte of course is old enough to marry Rye without permission, but she at least wants her father's blessing. But Charlotte soldiers on, and expects her wedding to be quite lovely. More than Charlotte's concern for her father's position regarding her upcoming wedding, far more serious things are happening. Soon there is a shocking murder, and this is right up Kiera's ally. Along with Sebastian, Kiera begins an investigation. She wants to solve the murder so that the wedding can go on. There is even more, and this involves some type of forgery scheme. Factor in long-buried secrets that are now unraveling, Kiera and Sebastian, in their role as inquiry agents, will leave no stone unturned as they try and find the identity of the killer, all while getting behind the forgeries, lies and secrets that are casting a dark cloud over what should be a delightful occasion Although I came into this series quite late, this book did quite well as a standalone novel. It had enough of a back story, its own conflicts and strong characters that all made this book quite easy to follow. However, I did check my online libraries and I can get the first nine books in the series and hope to read them before book eleven is released. Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. Please also enjoy my YouTube video review - https://youtu.be/suyI29zSyPQ

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    The latest entry in the engaging Lady Darby series, in which our heroine stumbles across some forged art in a prized private collection, which sets off a chain of events leading to murder, mayhem, and discoveries about long-buried family secrets. The mystery is well-balanced with the demands on our heroine's time due to having a new-born baby in tow, and I appreciated that these difficulties were not glossed over or minimized. (view spoiler)[ I will add that I found the denouement with the murde The latest entry in the engaging Lady Darby series, in which our heroine stumbles across some forged art in a prized private collection, which sets off a chain of events leading to murder, mayhem, and discoveries about long-buried family secrets. The mystery is well-balanced with the demands on our heroine's time due to having a new-born baby in tow, and I appreciated that these difficulties were not glossed over or minimized. (view spoiler)[ I will add that I found the denouement with the murderer to be a bit absurd, as there was absolutely no explanation of why the person in question thought that they could get away with murdering Lady Darby WITH THROWING KNIVES when they were the only two people in a room together, with the rest of the household right outside the doors, when all previous murders had been accomplished by poison and plausible deniability. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    July 1832, Argyll. Kiera and Sebastian Gage are attending the wedding of her cousin Rye Mallery to friend Charlotte, Lady Stratford, at the home of the Marquess of Barbreck. Kiera makes a discovery, the art collection that Lord Barbreck is so proud of contains many forgeries. But soon a body of a maid is discovered below one of the forgeries. Can Kiera and Sebastian solve both mysteries. Another enjoyable and well-written historical mystery with its cast of varied and likeable characters. Another July 1832, Argyll. Kiera and Sebastian Gage are attending the wedding of her cousin Rye Mallery to friend Charlotte, Lady Stratford, at the home of the Marquess of Barbreck. Kiera makes a discovery, the art collection that Lord Barbreck is so proud of contains many forgeries. But soon a body of a maid is discovered below one of the forgeries. Can Kiera and Sebastian solve both mysteries. Another enjoyable and well-written historical mystery with its cast of varied and likeable characters. Another good addition to this series. An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Kiera & Sebastian are getting used to life with their new daughter, Emma, but not at home. They are in the Highlands for her friend, Charlotte's, wedding to her cousin, Rye. All is well & everyone is enjoying the visit, until Kiera discovers a forged painting in the gallery that begins a deadly series of events. As they get closer to finding the person silencing all who knew about the forgeries, their lives are endangered. Good story with good characters. Kiera & Sebastian are getting used to life with their new daughter, Emma, but not at home. They are in the Highlands for her friend, Charlotte's, wedding to her cousin, Rye. All is well & everyone is enjoying the visit, until Kiera discovers a forged painting in the gallery that begins a deadly series of events. As they get closer to finding the person silencing all who knew about the forgeries, their lives are endangered. Good story with good characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    Love this series! I always eagerly await the new book in the series and then I speed right through it - because I cannot help myself. I love the way the end of each book sets you up for the next one. But .... then you have to wait for the next one to be published. In the meantime, the setting and all the characters were great. And Keira and Gage are wonderful. Please keep these books coming!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pat Chrivia

    I love this series. Anna Huber never disappoints.

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