When Lady Drummond’s physician immediately pronounces apoplexy as the cause of her sudden and violent demise, Lady Kiera Darby suspects otherwise. Lord Drummond is known to be a brutish husband, but is he the only suspect? Kiera suspects poison after considering Lady Drummond’s symptoms, but how was it administered and why? With the help of the colorful Bonnie Brock, Gage and Kiera must uncover the source of the poison and most importantly, find a suspect, when it seems that everyone but her moody husband adored her. Back at Cromarty House, Kiera’s sister Alana faces a potentially dangerous confinement with her fourth child but busies herself over planning Gage and Kiera’s upcoming wedding.
This is the fourth book in the Lady Darby Mystery Series, and Kiera’s multi-layered personality really shines. Kiera is loyal, smart, and committed, but unlike so many literary sleuths, Kiera has deep secrets, sharp edges, and flaws. Gage and Kiera must learn to ignore their secretive instincts and trust one another, both as investigators and spouses, and that is a complicated and often painful journey, as life always is. Kiera’s new friendship with a character from an earlier book, Lady Stratford, is delightful and I hope her character reappears in future books. This series has all the elements: a vibrant female lead, worthy opponents, and a realistic romance. It’s just a shame that I have to wait a year before joining Kiera again.
Book 1: “The Anatomist’s Wife” review can be found here
Book 2: “Mortal Arts” review can be found here
Book 3: “A Grave Matter” review can be found here
Amazon link for Book 4 is here.