Lady Darby #1
The Anatomist’s Wife is a murder mystery that takes places around 1830. Lady Darby is a young widow with a scandalous past: she used to draw anatomical drawings for her husband and when it got out after his death she felt the full backlash from society (it wasn’t considered something proper for well-bred ladies to do, naturally). Although the attitudes felt genuine, some of the details still seemed a bit much. Anyway, disaster strikes when a lady is brutally murdered at Lady Darby’s sister’s houseparty, and popular opinion among the guests blames Lady Darby.
The murder was interesting and I liked Lady Darby, but some parts concerning the romantic interest fell a little flat for me. I guess I’ll have to see how things turn out in the following books.
Overall, a solid start to a mystery series.