Kiera and Gage have settled into married life and are anticipating a bundle of joy, but fans of the Lady Darby series know that their peace will not last long. A group of grave robbers – body snatchers in the same vein as Burke and Hare – have struck in London, murdering young, foreign street orphans (the “Italian boy“) and selling the bodies to local medical schools for dissections. This, of course, resurrects some demons from Kiera’s past, namely when her first husband forced her to sketch his morbid examinations of snatched bodies. When blackmailers send a note reminding Kiera of their past encounters and the body snatchers’ trial fills the paper, society finds a reason to shun Kiera once more. Then, when sons of prominent noblemen are targeted by a murderer in a way meant to mimic the body snatchers, Kiera and Gage jump in to investigate, not only to prevent further murders but to ensure that body snatchers can never hold power over Kiera’s life again.
This is one of the most heart-tugging of the Lady Darby Mysteries. Here, Kiera comes face to face with her unhappy past in a way that could affect her new marriage and the future of her unborn child. There are many plot threads woven together in this book – the body snatching of the street boys, the murders of the noblemen’s sons, political events of the day, societal prejudices – so it’s a lot to bring together. But the strands all come together in a surprisingly effortless way that I dare anyone to predict. The details are what melt together to make the story so rich. A fantastic series – highly recommended!
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