Wednesday, April 10, 2019

An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber

She thought she had left her past behind her.  She's married, expecting a baby, and enjoying her new relationship.  Her previous husband had been abusive and controlling.  He'd also been involved with body snatchers.  Not all the victims brought in for dissecting were dead before meeting the body snatchers.  Some got that way after meeting them.  It's a despicable practice but it pays pretty well.  Now there is another body, here where she is living now, and her past is being gossiped about...

Berkley Prime Crime sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.

It had taken Lady Darby a long time to develop friends here and now she will find out who are her real friends and who is not.  That's a little hard for her because she still feels guilty over what her husband made her do.  She was illustrating an anatomy book for him.  He made her look at the dead bodies and examine the parts he wanted illustrations on.

Her husband tries to reassure her but it doesn't work.  He finally yells at her and tells her she needs to hold her head high and fight back.  She wasn't the one acquiring or killing the victims.

The killings start with young Italian boys.  Then sons of moneyed families start being killed, all in the same manner.

She and Sebastian Gage (her husband) decide to see if they can figure out who the killer is.  His father doesn't like his wife.  He thinks his son could have done better.  But before this story is over, he begins to understand just what she went through and is trying to make amends.

I was surprised by the identity of the killer.  I saw no direct connection to victims.  It takes a lot of questioning and smart minds to make all the connections.

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