Review of A Perilous Perspective
During a wedding party, artist Kiera Gage discovers forgeries in the collection belonging to the groom’s great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck. As Kiera and Sebastian begin to look into the matter, a young woman is found murdered in the gallery. Are the two things connected? Readers of the Lady Darby series probably know the answer to that. For anyone new to the series, you will have to read the book to figure that out.
The mystery in A Perilous Perspective is tied up in a half-century relationship between the Marquess and his neighbor who he was once engaged to. Some good, but mostly bad feelings between them have been complicated by things like forgeries and siblings. Kiera and Sebastian will have to dig through all the unsavory family history to root out the forgers and killers. Doing so will inevitably put Kiera in one or more precarious situations.
As a long-time fan of the series, I have grown to appreciate the give and take between Kiera and Sebastian as they work all the angles. I am also familiar with several of the secondary characters such as Charlotte and Rye (bride and groom) and Sebastian’s brother Henry. In this book, Henry is overcoming the challenge of becoming part of a family that did not know he existed until recently. I look forward to Sebastian and Henry becoming closer. The Gage’s new baby girl brings a delightfulness to what can become a dire situation.
If you are new to the series, know that this book can easily be read as a standalone. A Perilous Perspective is for mystery readers who want to step back in time, soak up the 1800’s Scottish countryside and test their wits solving a mystery.
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About A Perilous Perspective by Anna Lee Huber
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.
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