Monday, June 17, 2024

A Deceptive Composition - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads: A Deceptive Composition (Lady Darby Mysteries #12) by Anna Lee Huber

Rating:  Really Liked It! (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  October 1832. Kiera is enjoying the slower pace of the English countryside. She, Sebastian, and their infant daughter have accompanied her father-in-law, Lord Gage, home so that he can recuperate from the injuries he sustained in a foiled attempt on his life. But as the chill of autumn sweeps across the land, they receive a summons from an unexpected quarter. Lord Gage’s estranged uncle—a member of the notorious Roscarrock family—has been murdered, and his family is desperate for answers. Despite Lord Gage’s protests, Kiera and Sebastian press on to Cornwall to assist.

It isn’t long before they discover that almost nothing is as it seems among the Roscarrocks, and they’ve been lured to their isolated cove under false pretenses. There are whispers of a lost treasure and frightening allusions to a series of murders stretching back decades that touch the lives of the family personally. Kiera and Sebastian are left with no choice but to uncover the truth before the secrets of the past threaten to destroy them all.

Genre: Mystery - Historcial

Why I Picked This Book:  I really love this series so of course I had to pick up this newest book.

My Impression: I really enjoy this series and have especially loved seeing Kiera and Sebastian become parents and the softening of Lord Gage as he becomes a grandfather.  We got to see a more vulnerable side of Lord Gage in the previous book with his injury.  In this book he is (mostly) healed physically but is now having to come face to face with his past.

Lord Gage's past has always been a bit hazy though in the last few books more and more has been revealed.  The curtains are fully up now as the Gage family, complete with infant daughter Emma, head to down to Cornwall to find answers about the Roscarrock family and murder.

While I only came to this series about halfway through it has become one of my favorite historical mystery series and one I always enjoy.  I love the group effort - not only the partnership between Kiera and Gage but their staff and now even Lord Gage.  

This is a solid historical mystery with complex, interesting characters and a fantastic setting!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I've enjoyed every book by this author that I've read and am looking forward to reading more from her and catching up on her past books.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  You could jump in here without too many issues or you could start closer to the beginning.

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


  1. I have plans to read this series.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. I have to start reading historical mysteries. This one sounds really good.