Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday Memes: A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber

Happy Friday everybody!
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If there had been any doubts I was visiting a ducal estate, the trumpeting buglers would have clarified the matter.
Friday 56:
"Is that what that was?" I murmured dryly. But with Gage gazing at me with such adorable insistence, my mouth was helpless not to twitch upward. I sighed in mock aggravation. "Oh, very well. You're far too charming for your own good, you know."
This week I am spotlighting A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber which is the 8th in the Lady Darby Historical Mystery series. Here is the description from Amazon:
Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are looking forward to celebrating with new friends at an exciting yearly soiree, but they soon learn that murder never takes a holiday in the latest riveting installment in this national bestselling series.

January 1832. After enjoying a delightful few weeks with her family, expectant mother Kiera and Sebastian Gage have been invited to the Duchess of Bowmontʼs Twelfth Night party in Traquair, Scotland. Though she normally avoids such fashionable, rambunctious events, Kiera is ready to join in the festive merrymaking. But upon their arrival at the opulent estate, it becomes obvious that all is not merry in their hostess’s home. The family appears to be under a great strain, and someone seems determined to cause mayhem among the guests with a series of forged notes.

Matters swiftly turn from irksome to downright deadly when the partygoers stumble upon a decomposing body in the castleʼs crypt. The corpse is thought to be the duchessʼs son-in-law who had purportedly traveled to Paris more than a month earlier. It is evident the man met with foul play, and Kiera and Gage soon realize that a ruthless murderer walks among them—and may well be a member of the duchessʼs own family. And when the investigation takes a treacherous turn, Kiera discovers just how deep the killer is willing to dig to keep their secrets from ever seeing the light of day.


  1. Engaging quotes, and the blurb is appealing. I've not read this author before.

  2. Murder never takes a holiday. Oh my. I hope it does now with all of us stuck at home. Are you doing okay, safely in your home? My Friday quotes and a review

  3. I already like the dynamic between Kiera and Gage. Enjoy your current read!

  4. I like the snarky 56!! Happy weekend, stay safe!

  5. The premise sounds good. Hope you enjoy your new historical mystery!

  6. That sounds interesting - I might have to start the series. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. I seem to only be able to read books set in the past, so this might be one for me.


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