Penny for Your Secrets
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.”
“A splendid sequel. . . . Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama.”
“Masterful. . . . Just when you think the plot will zig, it zags. . . . Deeply enjoyable.”
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.