Marriage & Mystery in “A Pressing Engagement”


A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber
InterMix: May 17, 2016
Genre: Historical Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

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I’ve been a fan of Anna Lee Huber since the first Lady Darby mystery. A Pressing Engagement is a short novella that whets readers appetites for the fifth book’s release this July.

A Pressing Engagement takes place just days before Kiera’s marriage to inquiry agent, Sebastian Gage. For those that have been following the series, you will recognize the fact that these days are fraught with anxieties for Kiera due to the ghosts of her horrible first marriage. Happily, Kiera has a mystery to distract herself from the impending special day and of course Gage tags along for the adventure.  The foundation for the mystery is a Celtic torc given to Kiera as a wedding present. From a previous investigation Kiera recognizes the torc as stolen goods and is determined to find out how the torc ended up in a shop for purchase. With her wedding only a day away, Kiera makes time to investigate, much to the chagrin of her sister.

Admittedly, I didn’t find the mystery in A Pressing Engagement to be particularly compelling, especially in comparison to the full length books in the series. That said, for this novella I wasn’t particularly interested in the mystery, I was reading for the wedding. Fans of the series have been patiently waiting for Kiera and Gage to make their relationship official and that is what the draw will be for this novella. Kiera finally puts to bed some of her biggest fears when it comes to marriage and finally gets her well-deserved happily ever after. Readers will enjoy the lovely moments between Kiera and Gage are they get ready for their wedding as well as Kiera’s moments with her family. A Pressing Engagement is all about the characters in the series and I really enjoyed this sneak peak into the series before the fifth book comes out this summer.

A Pressing Engagement is a must-read for fans of Lady Darby. This novella marks a big shift for the investigative duo of Kiera and Gage and I can’t wait to see how this will play out in As Death Draws Near.

Similar Reads

For those that have enjoyed the slow burn of Kiera and Gage’s romance, give Darcie Wild’s A Useful Woman a try. This first book in a proposed series promises a romance as well as mystery similar to those explored in Lady Darby. See my full review of A Useful Woman here.

A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)


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