Monday, April 18, 2022

A Perilous Perspective - Historical Mystery

Goodreads: A Perilous Perspective (Lady Darby Mystery #10) by Anna Lee Huber

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  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.

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  While I haven't read the earliest books in this series I have really enjoyed the last few so I couldn't resist picking up this newest book in the series.

My Impression:   I was a little nervous going into this one because I didn't love the previous book in the series despite having really enjoyed the earlier books I had read.  This book, however, has put the series back on track for me.  For starters it involves an art forgery mystery and any art related mystery is a win for me.

The mystery element was interesting with the art forgery element, grudges from long past, and a murder to solve.  While the murder didn't show up until a third of the way through the book the intrigue started almost at the beginning and kept me pulled in from the very beginning.  

I also really enjoyed the personal elements of this book. Kiera and Gage are getting used to being parents and since they both have some baggage it was really sweet to see.  As well I liked seeing the change in relationship between Gage's valet, Amberley, and Kiera's maid, Bree.  They are both capable investigators and it is good to see Bree especially gain some confidence.

I really enjoyed this book and am so glad that the series is back on track for me.  It isn't the fastest paced of mysteries but it's one I enjoyed from beginning to end.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely!  I really enjoy this series and I love the Verity Kent series by the same the author.

Would I Recommend this Book?   If you enjoy historical mysteries this is a solid series.  

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. This series is high on the list of ones I want to read.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. Good that this one turned out well for you after no so happy with the previous one. I guess you can always trust a good author! I like the sound of it but have to be honest and say it's a maybe for me as I can't afford in the reading time sense to get into another series! But never say never!

  3. I don't think I have ever read a book set in Scotland. 😯

  4. A favourite author of mine. Thanks for this review

  5. Sounds great!
    Mary @Bookfan 😊

  6. I have heard great things about this series and it is one that I would love to read. This sounds like a great installment!