A London séance sets a lady spy on a deadly mission across Europe in this post-WWI Era mystery by the Daphne Award-winning author of This Side of Murder.
Verity Kent can sympathize with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now that she’s discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend’s behest, Verity attends a séance with a medium claiming to channel sensitive information from a surprising source: a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service.
Refusing to believe her former colleague is dead—let alone divulging secrets—Verity is determined to uncover the source of the medium’s top-secret revelation. But her investigation is thwarted when the spiritualist is murdered. As once-trusted Secret Service agents turn their backs on her, Verity heads to war-torn Belgium, with Sidney by her side. But as they draw ever closer to danger, Verity wonders if she’s about to learn the true meaning of till death do us part.
“Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama.”—Publishers Weekly
Set in July 1919, Huber's splendid sequel to 2017's This Side of Murder finds Verity Kent, who has been reunited with her husband, Sidney, erroneously reported killed in action, eager for distraction. To this end, she accompanies a friend to a high-society s ance in London. Madame Zozza seems like one of the many frauds preying on a nation's grief until she addresses Verity directly. Claiming to be Emilie, a Belgian operative with whom Verity worked as a Secret Service agent during WWI, Madame Zozza begs her to "unearth my secrets." Whether or not Emilie is dead, Verity is sure the medium's knowledge of their missions together has a human source with access to classified information. When Madame Zozza later dies in a suspicious fire, Verity feels compelled to seek answers and news of Emilie's fate in Belgium. Sidney joins her on the increasingly dangerous hunt for clues, but the couple's encounter with two of the men attracted to Verity during her "widowhood" sparks a marital crisis. Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama.