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Penny for Your Secrets
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Penny for Your Secrets
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England, 1919. In Anna Lee Huber's latest mystery, former Secret Service agent Verity Kent is finding that life after wartime offers its own share of danger . . .

The Great War may be over, but for many, there are still obstacles on the home front. Reconciling with her estranged husband makes Verity sympathetic to her friend Ada's marital difficulties. Bourgeois-bred Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to navigate the ways of the aristocracy. And when Lord Rockham is discovered shot through the heart with a bullet from Ada's revolver, Verity fears her friend has made a fatal blunder.

While striving to prove Ada's innocence, Verity is called upon for another favor. The sister of a former Secret Service colleague has been killed in what authorities believe was a home invasion gone wrong. The victim's war work—censoring letters sent by soldiers from the front—exposed her to sensitive, disturbing material. Verity begins to suspect these two unlikely cases may be linked. But as the connections deepen, the consequences—not just for Verity, but for Britain—grow more menacing than she could have imagined.

Praise for Anna Lee Huber's Treacherous is the Night

"A thrilling mystery that supplies its gutsy heroine with plenty of angst-ridden romance."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A splendid sequel. . . . Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama."
—Publishers Weekly

"Masterful. . . . Just when you think the plot will zig, it zags. . . . Deeply enjoyable."
Criminal Element
England, 1919. In Anna Lee Huber's latest mystery, former Secret Service agent Verity Kent is finding that life after wartime offers its own share of danger . . .

The Great War may be over, but for many, there are still obstacles on the home front. Reconciling with her estranged husband makes Verity sympathetic to her friend Ada's marital difficulties. Bourgeois-bred Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to navigate the ways of the aristocracy. And when Lord Rockham is discovered shot through the heart with a bullet from Ada's revolver, Verity fears her friend has made a fatal blunder.

While striving to prove Ada's innocence, Verity is called upon for another favor. The sister of a former Secret Service colleague has been killed in what authorities believe was a home invasion gone wrong. The victim's war work—censoring letters sent by soldiers from the front—exposed her to sensitive, disturbing material. Verity begins to suspect these two unlikely cases may be linked. But as the connections deepen, the consequences—not just for Verity, but for Britain—grow more menacing than she could have imagined.

Praise for Anna Lee Huber's Treacherous is the Night

"A thrilling mystery that supplies its gutsy heroine with plenty of angst-ridden romance."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A splendid sequel. . . . Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama."
—Publishers Weekly

"Masterful. . . . Just when you think the plot will zig, it zags. . . . Deeply enjoyable."
Criminal Element
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  • Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries and the Verity Kent Mysteries. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.annaleehuber.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 2, 2019
    In Huber’s action-filled third Verity Kent mystery (after 2018’s Treacherous Is the Night), former British Secret Service agent Verity is still adjusting to her post-WWI life and trying to rebuild her marriage to Sidney after a three-year separation. At a London dinner party, the Kents are shocked by the reckless behavior of Verity’s friend Ada, Lady Rockham, who finds a pistol on her chair and jokes that she might as well shoot her husband with it. Her joke backfires when Lord Rockham is shot to death that very night. Meanwhile, an ex-MI5 colleague of Verity’s, Irene Shaw, asks Verity to look into the death of her half-sister, Esther. The police say Esther’s murder was a robbery gone wrong, but the only things missing are letters from French cousins. Verity comes upon a clue in Esther’s journal that links the two unrelated deaths together by the most unlikely event—a wartime shipwreck in which the entire crew disappeared without a trace. Huber offers a well-researched historical and a fascinating look at the lingering aftermath of war. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from November 1, 2019

    By September 1919, Verity Kent is no longer an agent for the Special Service, and her husband, Sydney, has been demobilized. The young couple is still trying to find their footing after five years apart. Parties, jazz, dancing, and drinking help people in their social class forget their memories of war, but Verity is bored after her service years of adventure. When Lord Rockham is found dead after his wife, Ada, threatened him with a gun at a dinner party, Verity investigates. The Kents are heroes after capturing spies, so Scotland Yard works with them. They're on their own when a friend asks them to look into the suicide of her sister. Soon, Verity suspects the two deaths might be related in a larger scheme involving British politics. VERDICT In the follow-up to Treacherous Is the Night, Huber focuses on characters who are struggling with postwar memories, depicting the upper-class life more typical of Downton Abbey than books by Charles Todd or Jacqueline Winspear. Readers looking for atmospheric mystery set in the period following the Great War will savor the intricate plotting and captivating details of the era.--Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from October 15, 2019
    No sooner are Verity Kent and her dashing but troubled husband, Sidney, back from solving a mystery in Belgium (Treacherous Is the Night, 2018) than they are confronted with one at home in London. Verity's flighty friend Ada is accused of doing in her husband, and no wonder, as she threatened to kill him in full view of a society dinner party earlier that evening. Ada doesn't appreciate it when, instead of dropping everything to help her, Verity and Sidney also probe the disappearance of a young woman of lesser circumstances. The two situations turn out to be linked?both by the people involved and by the unending sense of despair that drags at post-WWI London and that haunts Sidney, a guilt-ridden former army officer. Touching details of the Kents' struggle to overcome Sidney's anguish add to the stellar mystery here, making this a great read for fans of the series and for all who enjoy Downton Abbey-era fiction, a timely read-alike right now, with the Downton movie in theaters.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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