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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 di "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.."--


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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 di "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.."--

30 review for As Death Draws Near

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I think at this point, five books in, it's safe to say I adore this series. I adore this couple and the mysteries they get themselves entangled into. This series has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of everything I love in this genre. Truly one that is so underrated and one I want to make every one read. I think at this point, five books in, it's safe to say I adore this series. I adore this couple and the mysteries they get themselves entangled into. This series has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of everything I love in this genre. Truly one that is so underrated and one I want to make every one read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Not my favorite book in the series. The history on the unrest surrounding the tithes protests in Ireland was interesting but the ultimate motivations for the murders felt flat.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lady Wesley

    Excellent on so many levels -- mystery, love, religion, social history. Since her debut in 2012, Anna Lee Huber has given us four novels and one novella – each of them first-rate – featuring Keira Darby and Sebastian Gage. Now comes the fifth novel in the series, and I believe it is the best yet. The opening of this book finds Keira and Gage on their honeymoon in Keswick when they receive a message (an order, really) from Gage’s father requesting their help with an inquiry. Lord Gage, who moves in Excellent on so many levels -- mystery, love, religion, social history. Since her debut in 2012, Anna Lee Huber has given us four novels and one novella – each of them first-rate – featuring Keira Darby and Sebastian Gage. Now comes the fifth novel in the series, and I believe it is the best yet. The opening of this book finds Keira and Gage on their honeymoon in Keswick when they receive a message (an order, really) from Gage’s father requesting their help with an inquiry. Lord Gage, who moves in the highest circles (and does not approve of Keira), tells them that Wellington’s cousin, Harriet Lennox, has been murdered at a convent in Ireland. She had recently converted to Catholicism and was serving as a postulant while preparing to become a nun. The couple sets off for Ireland, where they are confronted with many surprises. First, at the port town of Whitehaven, they encounter the Marquess of Marsdale, a dissolute rake who treats life as one big joke. He spins a tale about compromising an earl’s daughter and having to flee the country to avoid a forced marriage (or worse). After a stormy crossing and a rough carriage ride from Dublin, they reach the village of Rathfarnham, where they find that the nuns are kind but reticent and the villagers unkind and reticent. They are met with a baffling mystery that takes many twists and turns. The couple’s devoted and clever servants, Bree and Anderley, are there to help, and even Marsdale turns out to be of assistance when he confesses that Harriet Lennox is in fact his cousin. It becomes apparent that Miss Lennox’s death likely had something to do with the political troubles that are roiling Ireland. Protestants and Catholics are at daggers drawn with one another and the occupying English are oppressive, high-handed, and contemptuous toward the Irish people. The local constabulary is no help, so Keira and Gage are largely on their own. When a second nun is murdered, everything becomes muddier rather than clearer. Although the mystery drives the plot, this book is also a strongly character-driven love story. It is absolutely lovely to watch Keira and Gage navigate through the early days of their marriage. Keira has grown since we met her in The Anatomist’s Wife, but she still harbors insecurities relating to her unhappy first marriage, the notoriety resulting from her work, and her rejection by society. And now, should she and Gage have children, how could she continue working with him on investigations? Keira cannot bring herself to discuss this with Gage, but she pours out her heart to the mother superior, and what follows is a beautifully written conversation about the role of women in marriage and in society, how to ascertain God’s will, and how to make the best out of our of bad experiences. The mother superior is so loving and wise that I found myself wishing that I could share a cup of tea with her. As for Sebastian Gage, he remains handsome, stalwart, and devoted to Keira. His character is not as inclined to introspection as hers, but we do see him trying to navigate, not always successfully, between being Kiera’s husband and being her partner in investigation. When he goes off on a risky errand and orders Keira not to leave the house – is he being a husband who expects to be obeyed or a fellow investigator who needs his partner not to go into danger on her own? Ah, yes, these two will have many challenges as they begin their next investigation, the disappearance of Gage’s cousin Alfred in the wilds of Dartmoor. I cannot recommend the Lady Darby series strongly enough, and while this one works as a stand-alone, for maximum effect, they really should be read in order. Anna Lee Huber is a supremely talented author, and these books are complex, impeccably plotted, and clearly well-researched. In addition to creating the wonderful characters, she brings the culture and the landscape into full view, and there is a strong sense of place. I can’t wait until we get to Dartmoor!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nidofito

    Reread rating: 3/5 There's always a church-related murder in every murder mysteries series. It's like a rule of something. I liked the story, but I didn't see the guys catch the killer through deductive reasoning. It was more like bouncing from one suspect to the next until they found the right one. Original rating: 4/5 Ahem, more please. Loved the beautiful prose, the socio-political turmoil in Ireland, the perspective on female education in 19th century, and (drool) the couple: Kiera and Sebastian Reread rating: 3/5 There's always a church-related murder in every murder mysteries series. It's like a rule of something. I liked the story, but I didn't see the guys catch the killer through deductive reasoning. It was more like bouncing from one suspect to the next until they found the right one. Original rating: 4/5 Ahem, more please. Loved the beautiful prose, the socio-political turmoil in Ireland, the perspective on female education in 19th century, and (drool) the couple: Kiera and Sebastian. I still find the clothing descriptions mid-sentence out of place but they do add a lovely layer to enrich the setting, especially with the way Huber writes them. I mentioned it in one of my status but I love that it's not a HEA for Kiera and Sebastian after their marriage. They're not perfect individuals, they both have fears and doubts, and they're both privy to losing their tempers in frustrating situations. They're quick to quarrel but just as quick to forgive and that shows their love for each other just as well if they were exchanging I love yous (which they also do - again drool). The murder mystery was a little underwhelming this time, particularly the culprit and the situation leading to it, but the state of Ireland and its relations with England that accompanied the mystery was wonderful to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    The fifth installment of the Lady Darby series is somewhat disappointing. Anna Lee Huber has woven incredible murder-mystery stories for this series so far. But unfortunately this particular story felt rather flat. Although based on an interesting premise, the story fails to keep the natural suspense inherent to the genre and drags on till it is finally "solved". I guessed the culprit early on so it wasn't surprising. However, when the motive behind the crimes were exposed I could only roll my e The fifth installment of the Lady Darby series is somewhat disappointing. Anna Lee Huber has woven incredible murder-mystery stories for this series so far. But unfortunately this particular story felt rather flat. Although based on an interesting premise, the story fails to keep the natural suspense inherent to the genre and drags on till it is finally "solved". I guessed the culprit early on so it wasn't surprising. However, when the motive behind the crimes were exposed I could only roll my eyes. I expected more story from Anna Huber given the brilliance in the preceding ones, so was disappointed in how this turned out to be. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the historical background of the story. I've known the antagonism between the Catholic and Protestant religious factions in Ireland and the clashes that it led to. Going through that history interested me. Also I enjoyed the character development of Lady Darby, Sebastian Gage and their retinue (Bree and Anderley). A character of a previous installment too makes an appearance in this installment. Although I'm not sure the motive behind such employment, the character certainly brought much needed amusement to the story. I'm not done with the series. I do want to read the next installment as well. But I sincerely hope this series wouldn't go through the same downward path that many of the series of this genre have gone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I am grateful for the Meridian Library for a copy, the fifth book of the Lady Darby series finds the pair in Cumberland on their honeymoon. Keira and Gage are enjoying a picnic when Gage receives a message from his Father asking them to go Rathfarnham, Ireland at once to investigate the murder of a nun, Miss Harriet Lennox, who was related to the Duke of Wellington. They leave the area and head to Rathfarnham, Ireland. Lord Marsdale joins them on the long journey. Arriving there, they find a hos I am grateful for the Meridian Library for a copy, the fifth book of the Lady Darby series finds the pair in Cumberland on their honeymoon. Keira and Gage are enjoying a picnic when Gage receives a message from his Father asking them to go Rathfarnham, Ireland at once to investigate the murder of a nun, Miss Harriet Lennox, who was related to the Duke of Wellington. They leave the area and head to Rathfarnham, Ireland. Lord Marsdale joins them on the long journey. Arriving there, they find a hostile welcome by the authorities. The Catholics are protesting the tithes Britain has a level on the Irish. The situation is volatile. Keira spends her time at the Nunnery investigation the murder of Miss Lennox who was outside of the Nunnery when she was found. The investigation continues amid the tensions. A second Nun disappears and she is found outside of the walls dead in the same manner as Miss Lennox. Why did Miss Lennox decide to break her engagement and convert to the Catholic religion? Why did Lord Marsdale accompany them to Rathfarnham? What does tell tunnels means to the political situation? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jude: The Epic Reader

    This one is not one of my favorites, I'm not impressed with the way that the investigation went or with the murderer. I just didn't think the way the murder was solved was unique enough or interesting enough. But I still love Gage and Kiera and I loved there relationship in this one. This one is not one of my favorites, I'm not impressed with the way that the investigation went or with the murderer. I just didn't think the way the murder was solved was unique enough or interesting enough. But I still love Gage and Kiera and I loved there relationship in this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Still loving the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna Bergmark

    Whatever happened to the regency-feel? Okay, okay... A convent is kind of a timeless place I guess, that could explain a bit, and the British-Irish-Protestant-Catholic conflict ran seemingly forever as well, but when Mr. Gage uses up the last pages to deliver a glowing and enthusiastic cheerleader chant to working mothers, you know that what your gnawing suspicion has been telling you all along is true; you're in the wrong century! And the plot? It starts with a dead nun, or two, that I recollect Whatever happened to the regency-feel? Okay, okay... A convent is kind of a timeless place I guess, that could explain a bit, and the British-Irish-Protestant-Catholic conflict ran seemingly forever as well, but when Mr. Gage uses up the last pages to deliver a glowing and enthusiastic cheerleader chant to working mothers, you know that what your gnawing suspicion has been telling you all along is true; you're in the wrong century! And the plot? It starts with a dead nun, or two, that I recollect quite clearly, but after that comes a very long, winding, unscenic and highly unmemorable route. It's all rather fuzzy to me now actually, all except the end where my jaw dropped and I said: "WHAT! Is this it?! After all this running back and forth (or carriage riding or whatever) comes this utter, uninspired, uninteresting... pointlessness?! Talk about a letdown! It's like that story we used to tell each other when we were kids, about a man who takes out a big, sharp knife and... cuts up a loaf of bread. Summary: When this series began I was royally bugged with the reluctant and trouble ridden love affair and the somewhat indecisive heroine, going from weak to strong, from strong to weak, always a victim of something or other. Little did I know that I would come to think of that period as the good old days. At least the first books were deeply soaked in atmosphere, while this one... This was as dull as drizzling rain. And the humorous spunk from the last installment, where did that one go? When lady Darby finally got her act together and delighted the pants off'a me? Just goes to show... When you think you're out of the woods - a big tree falls on your head. 2 stars. Grump, grump, grump, grump, grump... (Sorry 'bout the rant.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    TheWitchReads

    THE COVER! WE HAVE A COVER AND IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I CAN'T WAAAAAIIIITT! I need a time-traveling machine, seriously. THE COVER! WE HAVE A COVER AND IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I CAN'T WAAAAAIIIITT! I need a time-traveling machine, seriously.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars. This was definitely my least favourite of the series by far. The historical and religious aspect of this book was interesting, but it was not portrayed in a way that interested me. I'll probably go on and do some research on the topic on my own. Unfortunately, I found the mention of tension between the Catholics and Protestants a bit repetitive and boring. The mystery itself felt scattered. There were too many suspects, too many angles, and no gradual unfolding of the truth that I find 2.5 stars. This was definitely my least favourite of the series by far. The historical and religious aspect of this book was interesting, but it was not portrayed in a way that interested me. I'll probably go on and do some research on the topic on my own. Unfortunately, I found the mention of tension between the Catholics and Protestants a bit repetitive and boring. The mystery itself felt scattered. There were too many suspects, too many angles, and no gradual unfolding of the truth that I find so enjoyable in this genre. Instead it felt like the revelations (whether leading to the truth or red herrings) were just plopped into certain places in the story. Plop. First revelation. Gasp! Plop. Second revelation. Too bad it didn't lead anywhere. Aw. Plop. Third revelation. Hey! There Lady Darby goes scampering off somewhere after promising her husband she would do no such thing! Needless to say, I was a bit bored by the repetitiveness of that element of this story as well. The only thing that I really enjoyed about this story was the relationship developing between the MCs. They actually communicated and talked to one another. Some of the funny banter between the two was also pretty adorable. Overall, I'm going to continue on, but only for Kiera and Gage. They're both growing on me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    “Sometimes it was difficult to accept the terrible lengths people would go to for their beliefs, particularly when they fooled themselves into thinking they were acting in the Lord’s name or for the public’s good when they were truly reacting out of hatred and fear.” AS DEATH DRAWS NEAR As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber is the 5th book in the Lady Darby series. Sebastian Gage and Kiera Darby have finally wed and are enjoying their honeymoon. However, the honeymoon is put on pause when they get “Sometimes it was difficult to accept the terrible lengths people would go to for their beliefs, particularly when they fooled themselves into thinking they were acting in the Lord’s name or for the public’s good when they were truly reacting out of hatred and fear.” AS DEATH DRAWS NEAR As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber is the 5th book in the Lady Darby series. Sebastian Gage and Kiera Darby have finally wed and are enjoying their honeymoon. However, the honeymoon is put on pause when they get a notice from Sebastian’s father, Lord Gage. On the orders of Wellington himself, they are to head to Ireland to investigate the death of a nun. The country is still being torn apart by religious animosity. Could the death of this nun be religiously motivated and also politically motivated? One thing is for sure—this case is wrought with danger from all angles. I guess it is a relief that Kiera and Gage are finally wed but I do miss that tension that plagued them in the first books. They have amazing chemistry! However, their relationship is growing on a whole new level-now it is marriage and the possibility of starting a family. But they know they must continue with their investigative partnership. I love that Kiera and Gage are getting better at being more open and honest with each other especially as Kiera struggles with wanting to continue her portraits and investigate murders. But she worries that she is not going to be a good mother. This aspect can be so relatable to those who are becoming mothers. I did enjoy the religious and political backdrop. The author did a terrific job at showing the political gains to be had by those in charge but also how that affects the people. I LOVE this series! I hope it just keeps continuing on! Nothing is as it seems and keeps the readers guessing every single time! 5 out of 5 stars!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    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 v 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This was an excellent mystery in spite of the "dis" and "dats" which were in my opinion unnecessary. This was an excellent mystery in spite of the "dis" and "dats" which were in my opinion unnecessary.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    A honeymoon idyll interrupted for an investigation into the death of a nun in an Irish convent and the danger of being caught in the middle of the Tithe tax conflicts. This latest installment in the series turns a corner in a relationship and solidifies this pair as an investigation team. As Death Draws Near is book five in the on going Lady Darby mysteries that can be read standalone, but work best in order. Kiera and Gage are enjoying exploring the joys of married life on a friend's estate when A honeymoon idyll interrupted for an investigation into the death of a nun in an Irish convent and the danger of being caught in the middle of the Tithe tax conflicts. This latest installment in the series turns a corner in a relationship and solidifies this pair as an investigation team. As Death Draws Near is book five in the on going Lady Darby mysteries that can be read standalone, but work best in order. Kiera and Gage are enjoying exploring the joys of married life on a friend's estate when a peremptory letter from Lord Gage orders them to Ireland to investigate the murder of the Duke of Wellington's cousin. In spite of the the wish to remain undisturbed and ignore his rude father, they decide that they owe it to this young murdered woman to find the truth. But, right away, things aren't easy and Lord Gage told them so little. The reverend mother shares what she knows and asks the same of her nuns, prospects, and the girls in the boarding school at the convent, but the village people are suspicious of English outsiders and caught up in their own troubles. The chief constable is focused on keeping the peace and bloodshed minimal between the Ribbonmen and the Orangemen in the county so leaves the full investigation to the Gages. Married life is an adjustment, but so is investigating as a married pair. Kiera is as fiery as ever and won't let Gage keep her tucked away from danger when she feels she has a job to do, but also slowly comes to realize that it is love and not dominance that drive his actions. But, watching the nuns go about their work with conviction and a sense of calling make her ponder if investigation is her calling and if it is, will it always be so when she and Gage start a family. The investigation seems stalled out with little solid evidence, conflicting witnesses and suspects, a confusion of motives so that they wonder if they'll ever get it untangled. A second murder and then secrets coming out about one who is close to them only compound the issues. But, Kiera is tenacious as is Gage to see their way through. I've come to really appreciate the spectacular writing talent that brings a lush historical backdrop, cunning mystery, complex relationships and characters, and that extra bit of atmosphere. While the setting left Scotland to Ireland, there was no loss and all the good elements were simply assembled with a new background. The careful weaving in of the historical, political, and social background of this Irish rural farming community along with the equally careful work in highlighting the Catholic convent there was fascinating and as engrossing as the characters and mystery. The mystery was clever with just enough hints that someone could arrive at the truth. I got bits, but was pretty lost until the reveal. There was some good surprise twists that I felt chagrined when they were made known because it was right there in front of me. Like previous books, the romance and working partnership of Kiera and Gage is as strong a pieces as the mystery. I love seeing them grow as individuals and as a couple while struggling with each new problem that comes at them. In this one, it was the potential for future family and a woman's place. Gage was patient and understanding letting Kiera work through what was on her mind even as the pair clashed over her rushes into danger. Though, in this one, she showed many moments of consideration and caution and didn't keep things back from him with only a few hair-raising moments that kept things exciting. All in all, it was splendid and left me eager for more from the series. Those who love historical mystery with a strong dose of romance should give this series a try.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    2.5 stars First of all, let me start out by saying how much I love this series. I love the chemistry between Gage and Kiera so much and each mystery reads very quickly. I’ve been binge reading the books since spring break so here we are with the fifth mystery which puts me officially caught up on the series. So this one started out promising for me……I liked the whole interrupted honeymoon and the new setting in Ireland. I also likes meeting Marsdale again in this book….he was colorful and interest 2.5 stars First of all, let me start out by saying how much I love this series. I love the chemistry between Gage and Kiera so much and each mystery reads very quickly. I’ve been binge reading the books since spring break so here we are with the fifth mystery which puts me officially caught up on the series. So this one started out promising for me……I liked the whole interrupted honeymoon and the new setting in Ireland. I also likes meeting Marsdale again in this book….he was colorful and interesting in the first book so I was happy to see him making an appearance in this one. But at some point after landing in Ireland, I started to lose interest. As a Catholic myself I was excited about the plot with the nun and a convent etc but something about it never really took hold for me. I think there were too many religious elements that bogged the story down for me. The whole Catholic/Protestant conflict was hard to sort through…..Irish/British and religious history has never really been an interest of mine and add in the whole Ribbon Men part of the story and I was completely lost. It was a lot for me to keep track of and I found myself losing interest in the politics and religion. It made it hard for me to even become invested in the mystery because I felt so lost in it all. As happy as I was to see Marsdale in this book, I started to wonder why he was even there in this book. I felt like his presence was unnecessary and didn’t really add anything to the story for me. However, I wonder if his reintroduction in this book means he will eventually become more important in the overall series? I think the one thing I was most disappointed in was I didn’t feel like Gage and Kiera’s relationship advanced at all. I felt like for a lot of the story they weren’t together. They seemed to be always going in opposite directions and didn’t seem to really be working ‘together’. It was more that they came together to exchange tidbits of information and then went the separate ways. For me, their chemistry makes the series and I was a little let down that they weren’t really ‘working together’ and progressing in their relationship. At the end there was a nice little hint of the same tenderness that I’ve come to expect between the two, but then that was it and the story was over. I just found myself wanting and expecting more of this book. When it comes to a series, it’s rare that every book is a five star rating or as amazing as the first book. Sometimes there are a couple of three or even two star books in the series, but for me that doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t wroth the read. When I started the Sookie Stackhouse books, the first 9 were great, but the subsequent ones were just not of the same caliber but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love her as a character or that the whole series was a bust, it just means that some were good and others were GREAT. That’s kid of what’s happening for me in this series. I love the series as a whole but a couple of the books were just ok, however I still love Kiera and Gage and I eagerly await the next book in the series! See my full review here

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals. This fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Darby is another well-constructed tale – one in which Keira and her new husband, inquiry agent Sebastian Gage, are asked to investigate the murder of an Irish nun. The newly-weds are on their honeymoon when an urgent letter from Sebastian’s father, Lord Gage, reaches them, informing them that a young woman –a relative of the Duke of Wellington I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals. This fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Darby is another well-constructed tale – one in which Keira and her new husband, inquiry agent Sebastian Gage, are asked to investigate the murder of an Irish nun. The newly-weds are on their honeymoon when an urgent letter from Sebastian’s father, Lord Gage, reaches them, informing them that a young woman –a relative of the Duke of Wellington – has been found dead on the grounds of Loretto Abbey near Rathfarnham where she was a postulant. Seeing as Gage and Keira are in the north of England and can more easily travel to Ireland, Lord Gage asks them to look into the matter in his stead. Gage’s relationship with his overbearing father is strained to say the least, and has become moreso since he refused to marry the debutante chosen for him and married Keira, a widow dogged by scandal (The Anatomist's Wife). They have half a mind to refuse the request, but fearing that Lord Gage would simply rush the inquiry and would more than likely not be impartial, they decide to go and do their best to obtain justice for the dead woman. You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

  18. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    kiera darby discovers religious intolerance...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rivka

    I think this one was my lease favorite in the series so far but still very good

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures. As Death Draws Near is the fifth outing in the Lady Darby historical mystery series. With this fifth book there is a bit of a change in the series now that Keira is married to inquiry agent Sebastian Gage. These two have come along way from the first book, when Gage suspected Keira of murder. At the start of the book, Keira and Gage are enjoying an idyllic honeymoon (for details about their wedding, check out the novella, A Pressing Engagement ). Unfo Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures. As Death Draws Near is the fifth outing in the Lady Darby historical mystery series. With this fifth book there is a bit of a change in the series now that Keira is married to inquiry agent Sebastian Gage. These two have come along way from the first book, when Gage suspected Keira of murder. At the start of the book, Keira and Gage are enjoying an idyllic honeymoon (for details about their wedding, check out the novella, A Pressing Engagement ). Unfortunately, Kiera and Gage's well deserved vacation is interrupted when Gage's father sends a request for both of them to investigate the murder in an abbey in Ireland. Not wanting to risk the local investigators forming biases based on the existing religious tensions in Ireland, Kiera and Gage set sail for Ireland. With the investigation underway, Kiera and Gage delve into local politics and the tense atmosphere of the region, which is only exacerbated when a second nun is found murdered. As Death Draws Near is another fantastic addition to the Lady Darby series. If you're looking for a character-driven historical mystery series look no further. Kiera is a wonderful character; she's quiet and full of her own insecurities. And, in those insecurities readers are treated to a fully fleshed out character. In this book in particular Kiera is struggling with her own desire to participate in these inquiries with Gage. While Gage has always given Kiera his support, she is only now realizing how her involvement in these investigations could impact their married life. What I like about how the author navigates this personal turmoil is that Kiera has to work this out herself. There is no indication that Gage has any qualms about Kiera participating in inquiries in their married life. Rather, the obstacles that Kiera sees are more self-imposed than anything. That's not to say that the challenges aren't real, they certainly are, but it's Kiera's own personality that causes her to develop anxieties. I love this level of detail in Kiera's character development and I'm happy to say that it's still evolving over the course of five books. The historical aspect of As Death Draws Near is another great element of the book. The tension between religions in Ireland at this time are at a boiling point, and it is those tensions that directly impact the murders that Kiera and Gage are investigating. While I did have some awareness about this turmoil, I appreciated the level of detail that the author provided in explaining the historical context of the period. As usual, the historical atmosphere presented by the author is authentic and compelling. As Death Draws Near is a stellar addition to the Lady Darby series that gives readers further insight into Huber's heroine Kiera. With each book, Kiera has grown as an individual, finding strength after the abuses of her past. It is the evolution of this character that keeps me coming back - the mystery element is simply an added bonus for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    This is Anna Lee Huber's 5th full length 'Lady Darby Mystery', with one novella in the bunch. This one is just as good as the ones that went before. I first read 'The Anatomist's Wife' last year, discovered them later, so I had the pleasure of reading one right after the other. I've only had to wait for the novella and this latest one. Lady Kiera Darby is an artist, who has had some setbacks in her life, but has an eye and definite talent for solving crimes in mid 19th century Scotland, and now, This is Anna Lee Huber's 5th full length 'Lady Darby Mystery', with one novella in the bunch. This one is just as good as the ones that went before. I first read 'The Anatomist's Wife' last year, discovered them later, so I had the pleasure of reading one right after the other. I've only had to wait for the novella and this latest one. Lady Kiera Darby is an artist, who has had some setbacks in her life, but has an eye and definite talent for solving crimes in mid 19th century Scotland, and now, in this book, Ireland. She is accompanied on her crime solving escapades by Sebastian Gage, inquiry agent, and now, her devoted husband. Together, they can give Mr. Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. In my opinion, they are better than that esteemed sleuth. This book delves more deeply into Lady Darby's emotions, too, a turn that I enjoyed very much. A nun has turned up murdered at a convent in Dublin and Gage's father, the arrogant and hateful Lord Gage, has sent them a letter, interrupting their honeymoon, no less, and all but ordered Kiera and Gage to Ireland to investigate the murder. Not long after their arrival, strange things begin happening, including another nun's murder, and Kiera suspects that some of the girls at the abbey are hiding sinister secrets from them. The townspeople want nothing to do with the investigation, no desire to help at all. Political unrest is also brewing and the Gages wonder if this mystery will ever be solved. Anna Lee Huber has yet another winner with As Death Draws Near. Her writing is exquisite, her description of locales and events superb! She deposits the reader into each scene and her characters are awesome! There is one scene between the Mother Superior and Lady Darby that is tremendous, one I kept going back and reading several times. I enjoyed it thoroughly and there is a bit of a teaser at the last paragraph of what the next book will bring. I only wish it didn't have to be so long before I get to read the new book! I highly recommend this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andree

    After finally making it through the fourth in this series, I essentially powered through the next three This one is definitely my least favourite in the series. I like the setting (a Catholic religious order run by nuns). It touches on some interesting historical isseus (the Catholic/Protestant conflict in Ireland, the English/Irish conflict), etc. I continue to enjoy Kiera and Gage learning how to be married. They're also separated from most of society, which is kind of nice (less pressure on the After finally making it through the fourth in this series, I essentially powered through the next three This one is definitely my least favourite in the series. I like the setting (a Catholic religious order run by nuns). It touches on some interesting historical isseus (the Catholic/Protestant conflict in Ireland, the English/Irish conflict), etc. I continue to enjoy Kiera and Gage learning how to be married. They're also separated from most of society, which is kind of nice (less pressure on them, also his father continues to be the worst in this one). Marsdale was an unexpectedly pleasant addition. I do like how this series deals with it's secondary (tertiary?) characters. Wasn't expecting him to crop up, but I liked him in this. That said, I docked a star. Because the Irish accent is written out. And writing out accents is a hard needle to thread. My particular problem here was that d's in place of 'th'. While the constant "dey" and "dem" may have been reasonably accurate, it also unfortunately was too much, and almost gave the impression that the Irish characters were a bit simple or stupid (I assume this was very unintentional). Either way, it grated.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Another delightful Lady Darby mystery. This time the location is outside of the borderlands. In this novel, I particularly enjoyed the history of Catholics and Protestants and the struggles between the two. I look forward to the next novel in this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linaria

    Kiera and Gage investigate a murder that takes place in an Abbey. The book takes place in Ireland, in a time when there was a lot of tension between the Catholic and the Anglican churches. Amidst a backdrop of protests, they try to determine why nuns keep dying. It was nice to see Kiera and Sebastian now that their relationship is established. The book is still light on the romance, but it's nice that the author isn't introducing unnecessary drama between them. I still maintain that everyone in t Kiera and Gage investigate a murder that takes place in an Abbey. The book takes place in Ireland, in a time when there was a lot of tension between the Catholic and the Anglican churches. Amidst a backdrop of protests, they try to determine why nuns keep dying. It was nice to see Kiera and Sebastian now that their relationship is established. The book is still light on the romance, but it's nice that the author isn't introducing unnecessary drama between them. I still maintain that everyone in these books is incredibly dense. Plus they whole (view spoiler)[she's a spy plot point was so obvious I wanted to scream. (hide spoiler)] If you like the book series, it's really just more of the same. It's perfect for when I want to unwind and listen to a well-narrated audiobook.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    South of Dublin, 1831 Married now, Kiera and Gage set out on a trip to Ireland to solve the murder of a nun who was related to the Duke of Wellington. What a complicated and wonderful plot! Loved it. Although this isn’t specifically Christian fiction, I loved that Bible verses are used, and advice on God's will and grace are added when Kiera was questioning how God might view a wife (and someday mother) assisting with gruesome investigations like this. Well done. As with all the other audiobooks in South of Dublin, 1831 Married now, Kiera and Gage set out on a trip to Ireland to solve the murder of a nun who was related to the Duke of Wellington. What a complicated and wonderful plot! Loved it. Although this isn’t specifically Christian fiction, I loved that Bible verses are used, and advice on God's will and grace are added when Kiera was questioning how God might view a wife (and someday mother) assisting with gruesome investigations like this. Well done. As with all the other audiobooks in this series, Heather Wilds is a terrific narrator!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Kiera and Gage are recently wed and find the idyllic bliss of their honeymoon in Keswick interrupted by a letter from Gage's father requesting their help with an inquiry. The couple's strained relationship with Gage's father makes this request all the more surprising. The Duke of Wellington's distant cousin has been murdered. To further add a layer of oddness to the murder is that she was a young postulate close to taking her vows as nun. Though a papist, this murder cannot be left alone and it Kiera and Gage are recently wed and find the idyllic bliss of their honeymoon in Keswick interrupted by a letter from Gage's father requesting their help with an inquiry. The couple's strained relationship with Gage's father makes this request all the more surprising. The Duke of Wellington's distant cousin has been murdered. To further add a layer of oddness to the murder is that she was a young postulate close to taking her vows as nun. Though a papist, this murder cannot be left alone and it requires Gage's skills to solve it. Keira and Gage go to Ireland. When they arrive, they find their preconceptions and stereotypes challenged by the Irish farmers, nuns, land owners, and even from their own staff. The friction between the Catholics and Protestants is growing and compounded by the issue of tithing. A murder of a postulate begins to be the tip of a far deeper purpose brewing in Ireland. One that involves religion and countries. Gage and Keira are never anyone or any entity's pawns. They resolve to make right by the dead girl and the rest can be dealt with at a later date. My ratings are always consistent with any book Anna Lee Huber writes. I love her tidy mysteries that are character driven and has a strong focus on the development of the main characters through each of the series' books. The Keira in As Death Draws Near: A Lady Darby Mystery is not the same Keira that we met in The Anatomist's Wife. She has definitely grown and I always appreciate the self introspections she does. One aspect of this book that really stood out to me was the beautiful details of the Irish countryside, towns, and people. Huber's research into the the turmoil between the Catholics and Protestants was thorough, I had no idea about the tithing issue and also need for people to hide their Catholic religion in order to keep their employment. Fans of Keira and Gage won't be disappointed either... I'll leave it at that. If you haven't met Keira and Gage, it is best to start at this book The Anatomist's Wife as this is a the newest in a series and not really a stand a lone. My many thanks to the author and to Penguin House-Berkley Prime Crime for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review. I now am eagerly waiting for the next installment in the series which was cleverly hinted at in the end of this book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts It seems Kiera and Gage can’t even have a honeymoon. Lord Gage sends them a message to travel to Dublin to investigate a nun that has been killed at an Abbey. He provides no details so the newly married couple find transport and get to Ireland as quickly as possible. The people of the surrounding area are not quick to provide much more information, even the other nuns at the abbey and the local Constable seems to holding back. Kiera and Gage have their work cut out for them to Dollycas’s Thoughts It seems Kiera and Gage can’t even have a honeymoon. Lord Gage sends them a message to travel to Dublin to investigate a nun that has been killed at an Abbey. He provides no details so the newly married couple find transport and get to Ireland as quickly as possible. The people of the surrounding area are not quick to provide much more information, even the other nuns at the abbey and the local Constable seems to holding back. Kiera and Gage have their work cut out for them to solve this case. It also tests their new married life as these two very independent people learn to trust their place now as man and wife. Kiera has grown so much since this series began, much of the thanks to Gage, but now that she is his wife will he fall into the ways of most men in this time and curtail her independence and freedom when it comes to their investigations. The author has shown us both sides and not everything is resolved by the end of this book. Huber’s stories are very character driven. Servants Anderley and Bree also play major roles in this mystery. Kiera has always been extremely close to Bree and we see Gage and Anderley are very close and trusting as well. We are also introduced to a wide variety of characters and a character from a past story reappears, much to Lady Darby’s dismay. This mystery includes a lot of history and the murder takes a very interesting turn as we learn more about how that history impacts the nun’s death. I felt it was pretty complex and just a little hard to keep straight at times. There were so many players, secondary and minor characters that all played a part. As I have come to expect from this author she paints amazing pictures with her words. The areas around the Abbey formed immediately in my mind. The portion of the story that takes place on the ship almost had me weaving with the motion of the waves. As I have said in previous reviews to get the most out of these series the stories should be read from the start but this one does read well as a stand alone as the author gives us plenty of background. I love that as the 5th book in this series that characters are fresh and engaging and the mystery is excellent. The author gives us a little tease for book number six and that made me so happy. I really want to go on more adventures with Mr. & Mrs. Gage.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    I love this series and I loved this book! :) A lovely writing and very good pacing. You can feel the surrounding, the feelings of the characters! The mistery is also interesting and complicated as usual! I loved it! I enjoy when they're chasing some really complicated plot, but the real reason for the crime is something very simple! I loved how Kiera and Gage work together! After their complicated courting, they finally got married and they really, really work well as a couple and as a detectives! I love this series and I loved this book! :) A lovely writing and very good pacing. You can feel the surrounding, the feelings of the characters! The mistery is also interesting and complicated as usual! I loved it! I enjoy when they're chasing some really complicated plot, but the real reason for the crime is something very simple! I loved how Kiera and Gage work together! After their complicated courting, they finally got married and they really, really work well as a couple and as a detectives! They work so well that sometimes I've got the feeling that they could read each others thoughts! I'm so looking forward to the next one! :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I liked this installment but it wasn't a series favorite. I enjoyed seeing Bree more active in the investigations and hope it continues in future books. Gage is the best hero; love him to pieces! (view spoiler)[ I admire Kiera but after 5 books, her constant insecurities with Gage is starting to grate on my nerves. (hide spoiler)] I liked this installment but it wasn't a series favorite. I enjoyed seeing Bree more active in the investigations and hope it continues in future books. Gage is the best hero; love him to pieces! (view spoiler)[ I admire Kiera but after 5 books, her constant insecurities with Gage is starting to grate on my nerves. (hide spoiler)]

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