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In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle... Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle... Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome distraction in the form of a mysterious gold necklace. The Celtic torc, thought missing for decades, was directly involved in a recent investigation. Now, Kiera feels compelled to uncover the truth behind its sudden reappearance. But with an overwhelming flock of wedding guests, a muddled cat, an unpaid favor, and a ferocious storm throwing things into disarray, it’s anyone’s guess whether Kiera and Gage will actually make it to the altar... Includes an exclusive preview of the next Lady Darby Mystery, As Death Draws Near Praise for the Lady Darby Mysteries “[A] fascinating heroine…A thoroughly enjoyable read!”—Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author “[A] clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection.”—Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author “[A] must read…One of those rare books that will both shock and please readers.”—Fresh Fiction


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In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle... Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle... Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome distraction in the form of a mysterious gold necklace. The Celtic torc, thought missing for decades, was directly involved in a recent investigation. Now, Kiera feels compelled to uncover the truth behind its sudden reappearance. But with an overwhelming flock of wedding guests, a muddled cat, an unpaid favor, and a ferocious storm throwing things into disarray, it’s anyone’s guess whether Kiera and Gage will actually make it to the altar... Includes an exclusive preview of the next Lady Darby Mystery, As Death Draws Near Praise for the Lady Darby Mysteries “[A] fascinating heroine…A thoroughly enjoyable read!”—Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author “[A] clever heroine with a shocking past and a talent for detection.”—Carol K. Carr, national bestselling author “[A] must read…One of those rare books that will both shock and please readers.”—Fresh Fiction

30 review for A Pressing Engagement

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    So much fun and I couldn't picture their wedding and all the events that led up to it, any other way!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Misfit

    Lol! I hadn't realized when I started this it was a novella - wondered why my Kindle's reading progress went up a percent every time I turned a page. Nice quick read and I suspect a little preparation for the next in the series? And yes, Gage is still the yummiest man in a book. Or at least pretty high up there.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nidofito

    Reread rating: 3/5 One thing that’s bothered me about Kiera is that she always scoffs at anything to do with party planning but she’s not above enjoying them. Does she realize that eventually she’ll need to host parties herself? I don’t like how she considers it silly or inferior only on the basis that she has on interest i.e. has no talent in it. Rating: 3.5/5 A nice, little filler story dedicated to the fans of the series and as a set up for the next instalment. Although the mystery wasn't all th Reread rating: 3/5 One thing that’s bothered me about Kiera is that she always scoffs at anything to do with party planning but she’s not above enjoying them. Does she realize that eventually she’ll need to host parties herself? I don’t like how she considers it silly or inferior only on the basis that she has on interest i.e. has no talent in it. Rating: 3.5/5 A nice, little filler story dedicated to the fans of the series and as a set up for the next instalment. Although the mystery wasn't all that interesting, I really enjoyed reacquainting myself with the characters and the interactions of Keira especially with her sister (they have a nice heart-to-heart towards the end), the various relatives, and of course Gage (whom I still have the biggest crush on). I'm glad Huber decided to show us their wedding though everyone felt so stuffy back in the 19th century.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    I wouldn't skip this novella. Can't miss Gage and Kiera's wedding! And all the little mysteries they solve on the fly the day before are fun and tie into the previous books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Thanks to the Meridian Library for a copy. This is a novella that covers the time before Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage marriage. Lady Darby receives a Golden torch as a wedding gift and decides to look into its background. Bonnie Brock wants a favor from Lady Darby and looks into it so she will be even as her marriage begins. Will Gage's Father, Lord Gage come to the evening supper and the ceremony? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures. 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 Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures. 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 .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    As I work my way through the Lady Darby historical mystery series, I didn't want to miss a single moment with Kiera and Gage so I didn't skip this quick novella. The entire story takes place in a forty-eight hour period and packed in a little mystery, a little romance, and some personal and family wedding dynamics. Kiera tries to conceal her dismay at how Alana has elaborated on her wish for a simple wedding ceremony and each bit of wedding dress trim, each mention of dinner menu, flowers, guests As I work my way through the Lady Darby historical mystery series, I didn't want to miss a single moment with Kiera and Gage so I didn't skip this quick novella. The entire story takes place in a forty-eight hour period and packed in a little mystery, a little romance, and some personal and family wedding dynamics. Kiera tries to conceal her dismay at how Alana has elaborated on her wish for a simple wedding ceremony and each bit of wedding dress trim, each mention of dinner menu, flowers, guests, and more stresses her even further so when her cousin Jock accidentally presents her with a mystery, Bonnie Brock calls in his favor, and a bit of a theft problem turns up in the house, she and Gage rush to work through it all in the time surrounding their engagement dinner and their wedding the next day. It was a fun and fast read. Everything gets worked out and I loved that front row seat at the wedding. A Pressing Engagement tucks in between books four and five. It doesn't standalone as it is a long coda to the previous book, but series reader do have the luxury of skipping it if they wish- though, don't!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    3.5 stars Fans of Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries have followed the adventures of the unusual and talented Keira Darby and her fellow investigator, the gorgeous Sebastian Gage through four books, now, in which the couple has gone from an initial mistrust and animosity to grudging respect, liking, the stirrings of attraction and, finally, love. At the end of the third book, A Grave Matter Gage proposed and in the fourth, A Study in Death, they were an engaged couple, working alongside ea 3.5 stars Fans of Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries have followed the adventures of the unusual and talented Keira Darby and her fellow investigator, the gorgeous Sebastian Gage through four books, now, in which the couple has gone from an initial mistrust and animosity to grudging respect, liking, the stirrings of attraction and, finally, love. At the end of the third book, A Grave Matter Gage proposed and in the fourth, A Study in Death, they were an engaged couple, working alongside each other to solve a mystery involving a case of poisoning and the misplacement of some valuable artefacts. In the next book, As Death Draws Near, we will finally see them as a married couple continuing their already established strong and complementary working relationship as they adjust to marriage, but before that release in July, comes A Pressing Engagement an eighty-three page novella which takes place on the day before (and day of) the wedding, as a nice little teaser to whet our appetites for the release of the next book in July. From the previous book, we already know that Keira was being driven round the bend by her sister Alana’s enthusiasm about the wedding preparations and her wishing to ensure it is a spectacular occasion. Deep down, Keira doesn’t want all the fuss – she’d happily marry Gage over the anvil – but at that time, Alana, heavily pregnant, needed something to stop her brooding about the impending birth, so Keira allowed her to fuss and fret while she and Gage pursued their latest enquiry. Even though she gave birth just weeks ago, Alana is up and running around making sure things are organised and double-organised, and Keira finds it hard to summon up an interest in how many flounces are on her dress or how many flower arrangements there should be… so when her cousin Jock arrives bearing a gift which she and Gage suspect may be linked to their previous investigation, there is only one thing to be done. They must find out the truth, but have only the day in which to do it. I should say first off that anyone who hasn’t read at least a couple of the books in the series, especially the last one, is likely to be completely adrift reading this story, as it doesn’t work as a standalone. Apart from the central couple, there are several recurring characters making an appearance, and the continuance of the various familial relationships that have already been established. Truth to tell, the mystery aspect of the plot is a little flimsy and isn’t really what interested me; I was in it for the wedding and to watch Keira and Gage working together again. The relationship between Keira and her sister is very well-done, and there is a nicely poignant conversation between them towards the end, in which Keira is brought to admit that perhaps she has been a little selfish in her disinterest in the wedding preparations. I loved how she confronted Gage’s father and put her foot down, and most of all, how well she and Gage work together and complement each other. A Pressing Engagement is a welcome bit of filler for those of us eagerly awaiting the next book, but anyone who likes the sound of it but hasn’t read the other books should go back to the beginning and start with The Anatomist's Wife. If you’ve enjoyed Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia mysteries or Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily books, you won’t be disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    he called her mrs gage im dead

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A delightful read! If you're reading the series, don't skip this novella.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Primrose Jess

    A fun mini mystery novella involving the much anticipated wedding for Gage and Kiera fans. (Seriously. We have waited for awhile for this wedding.) Kiera is struggling with the her inner demon memories of her first marriage. Nerves and anxieties have her looking for any excuse to leave the house and the twentieth dress fitting. When her cousin Jock presents her with the Celtic torc; the one with the history we were introduced to in previous books, she must find resolution to the mystery and own A fun mini mystery novella involving the much anticipated wedding for Gage and Kiera fans. (Seriously. We have waited for awhile for this wedding.) Kiera is struggling with the her inner demon memories of her first marriage. Nerves and anxieties have her looking for any excuse to leave the house and the twentieth dress fitting. When her cousin Jock presents her with the Celtic torc; the one with the history we were introduced to in previous books, she must find resolution to the mystery and ownership. Combined with a debt owed to Bonnie Brock and Earl Grey (the cat) having his own issue; Kiera has her hands full to get her inquiries solved before she walks down the aisle and says "I do" to Sebastian Gage. This is the perfect hold you over till the release of As Death Draws Near: A Lady Darby Mystery on July 1st. I highly recommend. Thank you to the author, Anna Lee Huber, and her publisher, Berkley & NAL, Penguin Random House for allowing me to read this novella in exchange for my honest review. It was a pure pleasure!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lady Wesley

    A wonderful novella about the wedding of Kiera and Gage, who are almost too busy investigating to make it to their own wedding. As with all of the Lady Darby books, these are not stand-alone and best read in order.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    ALL THE STARS and heart eyes! What a sweet, perfect novella to show Kiera and Gage's big event, complete with an appearance by a criminal lord, family cameos, and the hilarious antics of Earl Grey the cat!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    Lady Kiera Darby is finally about to tie the knot with Sebastian Gage. It's the day before their wedding and there are a few loose ends requiring their professional investigation services. Kiera's sister, Alanna is beside herself that the bride, a key ingredient to the pending nuptials, is AWOL and causing her a fair amount of grief. Will the bride show up in time? Will the wedding still take place? And by the way, who's the cleptomaniac resident in Kiera's sister's townhouse? This is yet another Lady Kiera Darby is finally about to tie the knot with Sebastian Gage. It's the day before their wedding and there are a few loose ends requiring their professional investigation services. Kiera's sister, Alanna is beside herself that the bride, a key ingredient to the pending nuptials, is AWOL and causing her a fair amount of grief. Will the bride show up in time? Will the wedding still take place? And by the way, who's the cleptomaniac resident in Kiera's sister's townhouse? This is yet another charming addition to the Lady Darby mystery series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Of course no days before the wedding would be complete without a mystery or two for Kiera and Gage to solve! Mini mysteries if you will. And in the words of the banner heading of my most favorite Phantom comic when Diana Palmer and the Phantom tie the knot, in this issue of our bestest regency investigative couple, they are Married at Last!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

    Lovely, but nothing special.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    A nice little amuse-bouche of a novella set just before the wedding of Gage and Kiera. Kiera's sister is throwing her a big ass ol' wedding and Kiera isn't feeling it. But she wants to make her sister happy and doesn't their whole family deserve some sort of celebration after all the crap? So Kiera grins and bears it... but in the meantime she lets herself solve just one or two leetle little mysteries just before the wedding in the form of a retrieving a diary for our favorite outlaw, Bonnie Bro A nice little amuse-bouche of a novella set just before the wedding of Gage and Kiera. Kiera's sister is throwing her a big ass ol' wedding and Kiera isn't feeling it. But she wants to make her sister happy and doesn't their whole family deserve some sort of celebration after all the crap? So Kiera grins and bears it... but in the meantime she lets herself solve just one or two leetle little mysteries just before the wedding in the form of a retrieving a diary for our favorite outlaw, Bonnie Brock, and discovering the provenance of a mysterious necklace. Nice little snack before the next full Lady Darby mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    A New Beginning ! I almost skipped A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber in order to read Ms. Hubert's next novel, but my intuition said,"No!". I am very pleased I did read it. This is a great story of the engaged couple and characters they met previously, events that take place during their engagement and preparation for the wedding, their wedding, and their new beginning. Well done!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carole (in Canada)

    What an absolute delight this novella was! Not only do we have an anxious bride, a Celtic torc as a wedding gift and Bonnie Brock calling in his favour, but we have Earl Grey acting strange! Add in some wild weather, Lord Gage and champagne and you have a delicious mix of mood, menace and humour. This was the perfect build up to Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage's wedding day!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novella. Reading about Gage and Kiera's little adventure before their wedding was a lot of fun. I also loved the interaction between the two. Reading about each blush and each affectionate touch was so sweet! Now I can't wait until July for the next release!

  21. 4 out of 5

    TheWitchReads

    I WANT THIS NOW!!! >.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass

    Leave it to Kiera and Gage to get involved into two mysteries the day before their wedding. Good little novella but it's not their normal murder. P.S. I had to buy the e-book and listen to text to speech. I get irked that authors don't put novella's in audio format. I wish more authors were like Sherri Cobb Smith; she tends to add the novella's to the end of the preceding book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    This was a fun and clever interlude just before Lady Darby and Gage become man and wife. True to form, Huber has tucked a couple of mysteries - easily solved - into the pre-wedding excitement. And this was a great prelude to the next book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    It's 1831, and even in the midst of wedding plans, Kiera and Gage manage to investigate a few matters. This novella fills in all of the wedding details for those reading the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Lynx

    A fast fun short story

  26. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    Such a great story about the day before their wedding! I enjoyed the mystery with the torc from A Grave Matter! Such a great read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    A mini mystery in the series to showcase the wedding of Gage and Lady Darby. I really liked it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Bagel

    It was good. May I have more please?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Baker

    A Pressing Engagement was a novella I wanted to get to before starting the newest Lady Darby, As Death Draws Near. It covers the day before Kiera's marriage to Sebastian Gage, and the wedding itself. This is a series that has grown on me as I wasn't all that fond of the first of the books. Kiera and Sebastian are dealing with just one last investigation before the wedding. It concerns an antique torque (necklace) that was given to Kiera as a wedding gift. The investigating pair have been told of A Pressing Engagement was a novella I wanted to get to before starting the newest Lady Darby, As Death Draws Near. It covers the day before Kiera's marriage to Sebastian Gage, and the wedding itself. This is a series that has grown on me as I wasn't all that fond of the first of the books. Kiera and Sebastian are dealing with just one last investigation before the wedding. It concerns an antique torque (necklace) that was given to Kiera as a wedding gift. The investigating pair have been told of a missing similar torque, but elected not to take it on. Now that it is in their possession, they need to find out how it landed in an Edinburgh pawn shop. Not to mention that they want to get away from frantic wedding preparations. Fun and fast-paced.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This novella takes place on the day before and the day of the wedding between Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage, so there's some fun for fans of the series to see the wedding preparations and actual day. Of course, there is a quick inquiry to take care of on the day before the wedding and we get a revisit by Bonnie Brock Kincaid who wants to cash in his favor from the previous novel. Another fine tale that will delight fans.

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