A Brush with Shadows (Lady Darby Mystery Series #6)

A Brush with Shadows (Lady Darby Mystery Series #6)

by Anna Lee Huber


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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 planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go.

All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. And when Alfred's brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage's past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage's family before the moors claim yet another victim...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399587221
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Lady Darby Mystery Series , #6
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 99,481
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries and the Verity Kent Mysteries. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides with her family and is hard at work on her next novel.

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A Brush with Shadows 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 10 hours ago
Surprising characters and surprising ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series gets better and better every book!
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
With a big staff, some very private family members, and a possible murdered in their mist this book does not disappoint. Thank you to bookishfirst for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review. “There is a darkness that hovers over that house. A shadow that seems to touch every life that falls within its reach.” While this is the 6th book in the series and I haven't read any of the other ones. I can still say that it was easy to follow along with what had happened in the past for the most part. A Brush with Shadow follows Sebastian Gage and Kiera Darby a newly married couple who also solve investigations together. This one happens to be very personal for Sebastian as it is his Cousin that is missing. With some bad blood between family members from fifteen years ago and them than keeping secrets from the couple, it's a bit of a bumpy ride at first. In fact, the first half of the book is slow because of how little information the couple has and them just getting re-acclimated with the house and what's happening in it now. The second half though is so good, and I wish the first half had been more like it. Kiera and Sebastian start getting the staff's support. The family stops treating them like an intrusion, and Kiera meets some of the locals who end up providing some much-needed information. "I think sometimes I become so determined to find the truth that I become blinded to the affect that truth might have on others." It was also interesting to see some of the local's superstitions about the moors. Between Pixie's and the rumor that a witch lives on the moors, it was an interesting ride. Needless to say like always they turned out to be nothing. "It was always difficult to tell a person you genuinely liked, whom you wanted to believe, that you didn’t entirely trust them. " Overall I did like this book for the most part. Keira and Sebastian are not your typical 1800's match. They choose each other, and married for love instead of convenience. Sebastien seems to not only respect Kiera, but also values her opinion on things. Kiera doesn't take anything from anyone, even when it does make people not very happy with her. The mystery of why the cousin had left and if it was some big family 'curse' was fascinating to me and I could never figure out what was going on or who was causing what to happen. I'm interested to see what the other mysteries were like now and I can't wait to see what Kiera and Sebastian get up to next. "I’ve learned sometimes those who care the most also exhibit the gruffest demeanors. They simply don’t know how to express it.”
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Brush with Shadows is the sixth book in the Lady Darby series. In this installment, Kiera and Gage travel to Dartmoor to investigate the disappearance of Gage's cousin, Alfred. Kiera and the readers get to meet many new characters, Sebastian's maternal relatives, including his grandfather and see the place where Gage spent most of his childhood. The book started a little slow and it took me a while to get into the story but once it picked up I was absorbed in the mystery and really enjoyed it. I loved the atmospheric setting and enjoyed learning about Sebastian's relationship with his grandfather and cousins. I am looking forward to the next book which will take place in London
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Loved the story. Rushed right through the book. My only complaint? Now I once again have to wait until the next book is ready to read. Love these books!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you once more for sharing your gift with all of us. I'm never disappointed with your work looking forward to your next installment.
perriknows More than 1 year ago
A Brush with Shadows, give us a bit of background on Sebastian Gage’s family. Gage had vowed to stay away from his mother’s family after her death. When he learns his grandfather is ill and his cousin is missing, he decides to answer the summons of his grandfather and see if he can find his cousin. Gage and Keira head back to the home he grew up in, and the adventure begins! I love Ms. Huber’s writing. The amount of research she puts into her books is evident in the extensive background regarding the time in history she is writing about. She knows how to tease just enough as the book goes along, leading you down many paths, then turning the plot back on itself to a smashing conclusion! This is the 6th book in the Lady Darby series. I hope there are many more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love lady darby series. this one was especially good and i could not put it down. However the ending seemed contrived and the reveal was really dicey. Seemed as if the author wanted to end it and cast about for a quick solution to finish. still gave it a five star because 95% was fabulous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this series you'll love this book. As good as the previous ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this series. Very well written. Please keep writing this series Ms. Huber. Can't wait for the next one!
MariWatson1 More than 1 year ago
Anna Lee Huber writes a tight, compelling mystery with Gothic overtones. The dark, brooding, landscape sets the tone for a grim Manor and a clutch of forbidding relatives. It has been fifteen years since the last visit. Gage's Grandfather has sent for him to investigate the disappearance of his cousin. But the visit has an eerie turn that night, when a mysterious figure, watches from the foot of the bed. The next morning- the windows were open... when they had been closed... and a rope has been attached to the building allowing access. Alfred, the missing Cousin, went for a walk on the Tors and never returned. His Mother and Brother are both determined nothing has happened, yet, there is a definite mystery here. Why is someone determined to hinder the investigation with missing trunks and footwear laces that have been cut? Then his Grandfather is acting strange. The Villagers have no idea Alfred is missing, threatening letters have been sent and there is a supposed witch. Add all this, to the brooding landscape, and the places a man may get lost on the moor, and believe me you will start and finish this Book in one night. I found the scenery, with its beauty and deadliness, added to the story line. The characters intensified the dramatic undertones and fast pace. I will definitely be picking up the books I have not read yet. Huber has a winner with this Series. I gave it five stars. My thanks to Netgalley and Berkley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the lady Darby series.
PatD More than 1 year ago
Gage and his new bride, Kiera, are called to the moors of England where Gage grew up. His grandfather has sent him an urgent request to come. Gage has been absent for 15 years and is most reluctant to return but family is important. Upon arrival the Gages face familial coldness and hostility, nasty tricks, and dark family secrets. They are expected to find Gage's missing cousin but are hampered in their efforts. Kiera learns more about her husband's childhood and vows to make things right for him. Her husband is silent about details from his past and discourages her looking into the family "curse." A Brush With Shadows is an atmospheric tale of intrigue. I especially enjoyed learning more of Gage's back story.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
"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.
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
Huber delivers another masterpiece in her Lady Darby series. I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first sentence. She pens a great mystery, her pacing is impeccable. But it is her descriptive prose of Langstone Manor and the surrounding moors that immerses the reader in the story. This story is filled with wonderful hints of old folk legends of pixies and witches, old manor houses with secret passages, old family curses and secrets. As Kiera and Gage seek to discover the answer to his cousin's disappearance, they find that the relationship with many family members are still filled with anger and mistrust. I love the chemistry between this newly married couple. Their struggle to share insecurities and vulnerabilities with each other unites rather than divides them, as they face the ghosts of Gage's past. Devoted fans of the Lady Darby series will be happy to know that there are hints of stories to come. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.