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As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
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As Death Draws Near

by Anna Lee Huber

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Series: Lady Darby Mystery (5)

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This is yet another wonderful venture into Lady Darby's and Sebastian Gage's 1831 England and Ireland. Political tensions are high and the two have been called to investigate the death of a penitent at an Irish Abbey; the victim just happens to be the cousin of former Prime Minister Wellington. Prior to their arrival at the abbey, very little had been shared with them regarding the young woman's death which resulted in the investigation moving rather slowly. The local folk, being of Catholic faith, were wary around the two English investigators and divulged little, thus hindering the investigation. The local gentry, as one would imagine, were full of themselves and had pure disdain for the local folk and did not aid in pursuing the murderer.

As ever, Ms. Huber has done her historical homework, weaving true details of the age into her story. She writes deftly and exquisitely, noting subtle nuances to things seen and heard. If good historical fiction with a wee bit of romanticism added for good measure appeals, then this series is certainly one you would enjoy. ( )
  KateBaxter | Aug 5, 2018 |
Kiera and Gage have their honeymoon interrupted by Gage's father who sends them off to Ireland to investigate the death of a nun. Miss Harriet Lennox is a relative of the Duke of Wellington. Tagging along is the Marquess of Marsdale who played a role in one of their earlier cases. He is on the run from an irate father after he compromised the man's not-so-innocent daughter. It just so happens that Miss Lennox is also a relative of his.

At first Gage and Kiera are baffled at who would want to murder this quiet young woman. Of course they are wondering what made her decide to convert to Catholicism and join a convent. At this time, the conflict between Catholics and Protestants is heated. Laws have been passed to give Catholics more rights but these laws don't give much help to anyone but the more wealthy. Most Irish Catholics are in more difficult economic straits. The current issue of forced tithing to support the Irish Anglican Church is leading to violence.

When a second nun is killed in the same way as Miss Lennox, the confusion amplifies. Gage and Kiera both explore different aspects of the case since only Kiera is allowed into the convent to investigate that part of the case.

I liked the political detail in this story. I also liked the way Kiera and Gage are building their marriage. Kiera is wondering about her new career and how it will change if or when they have children. She gets some good advice from the Mother Superior of the convent and reassurance from Gage that shows how different he is from her first husband.

I will admit that I was surprised about the resolution of the mystery since so much of the story revolved around the conflict between Catholics and Protestants but the murders didn't directly relate to that conflict. It almost moved the murders to the side of the story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Aug 2, 2018 |
As Death Draws near
4 Stars

Kiera and her new husband, Sebastian Gage, are enjoying their honeymoon in the idyllic countryside of the Lake District when they receive a missive from her father-in-law requesting their assistance in investigating the death of a young Irish nun. Upon arriving in Ireland, Kiera and Gage are faced with the locals' suspicion and mistrust as well as the growing unrest between the Catholic and Protestant populace. Can they solve the crime before they are caught up in the violence?

While the mystery is not as gripping in this installment, the setting and characterization more than make up for it.

The murder investigation progresses slowly as Kiera and Gage endeavor to garner information about the victim and motives from recalcitrant witnesses. The twists and turns of the case are intriguing enough to keep turning the pages, but some of the revelations are predicable, and the final confrontation with the killer is anti-climactic.

In contrast, the rural Irish setting as well as the historical background on the religious and political aspects of what, in later years, becomes the infamous Troubles is particularly interesting and adds an extra layer of nuance to the mystery.

As with the previous books in the series, the real highlight is the ongoing character development. It is often difficult for mystery authors to maintain the excitement of any romantic elements, especially once the couple marries. However, this is not the case for Sebastian and Kiera whose relationship continues to evolve and strengthen both in terms of their physical intimacy as well as their emotional bond.

In conclusion, As Death Draws Near is first-rate addition to the series and the hints regarding the next book, which will apparently focus on Gage's family secrets, are very intriguing. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I love the Lady Darby series and this book is no different. Kiera and Gage have married, and are honeymooning in the Lake District when a letter from Lord Gage comes, demanding their assistance in solving the murder of a nun. They travel to Ireland, and as they investigate, it becomes increasingly clear that Miss Lennox, the murdered nun, was much more than she seemed. In the midst of their investigation, they come face to face with the conflict between Protestants and Catholics, a conflict that forces them to confront their own feelings about the matter. As Death Draws Near was a fascinating book that explored Keira's feelings on calling and whether or not she should actually be investigating with Gage. This is a great addition to the Lady Darby series, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next! ( )
  Bookseiffel | Feb 23, 2018 |
Another good mystery by Huber. The characters are well-developed and the story moves along at a good pace while pushing the reader to try and solve the murders before the book gives you the answer. ( )
  kjensen55 | Nov 5, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425277720, Hardcover)

The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.
 
July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.
 
Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.
 
Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end...

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"The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue. July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England's Lake District, Kiera and Gage's seclusion is interrupted by a missive from Kiera's new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that she and Gage look into the matter. Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travels to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon, a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous. Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end."--… (more)

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