All is far from quiet on the home front in USA Today bestselling author Anna Lee Huber’s captivating mystery series, in which former Secret Service agent Verity Kent receives a visitor—who is being trailed by a killer . . .
November 1919.A relaxing few weeks by the seaside with her husband, Sidney, could almost convince Verity Kent that life has returned to the pleasant rhythm of pre-war days. Then Verity’s beloved Great-Aunt Ilse lands on their doorstep. After years in war-ravaged Germany, Ilse has returned to England to repair her fragile health—and to escape trouble. Someone has been sending her anonymous threats, and Verity’s Secret Service contacts can only provide unsettling answers.
Even deep in the Yorkshire Dales, where she joins Verity’s family for the holidays, Ilse encounters difficulties. Normally peaceful neighbors are hostile, seeking someone to blame for the losses they’ve endured. When Ilse’s maid is found dead, Verity must uncover whether this is anti-German sentiment taken to murderous lengths, or whether there is a more personal motive at work. Could Verity’s shadowy nemesis, Lord Ardmore, be involved? And if so, how much closer to home will the blow land when he inevitably strikes again?
“…A treat for WWI buffs and the legion of fans who have grown fond of Verity.”
Praise for Anna Lee Huber’s Penny for Your Secrets
“A historical mystery to delight fans of Agatha Christie or Daphne du Maurier.”
“Stellar mystery . . . a great read for fans of the series and all who enjoyDownton Abbey-era fiction.”
It's November 1919 in Huber's convincing if initially slow-moving fifth mystery featuring British spy Verity Kent (after 2020's A Pretty Deceit) when Verity's German great-aunt, Ilse Vischering, arrives with her maid at the door of Verity's parents' home in the Yorkshire Dales. Ilse has fled Germany after receiving threatening letters that suggest she collaborated with the British during WWI. Verity and Sidney, her dashing war hero husband, attempt to discover the truth behind the threats. Extensive backstories of everyone who sets foot near Verity fill up the pages, along with ruminations on Verity and Sidney's wartime experiences and musings on nationalism, until finally someone close to the family is murdered and the action picks up. This entry will be a treat for WWI buffs and the legion of fans who have grown fond of Verity, who must keep her daring activities secret from her family, especially her censorious mother, but some readers will feel such issues as the perils of unbridled nationalism overshadow the crime solving. This is not the place to start for those new to the series.
Historical Mystery Thriller Fiction
Murder Most Fair by Anna Lee Huber is Historical Mystery Thriller Fiction in November 1919. This book is part 5 of the exciting Verity Kent series with murder, mystery, and lingering espionage. Unsettling troubles with family, neighbors and staff just when Verity and Sidney begin to feel on solid ground again. I love the characters with their well defined personalities, emotions and relationships throughout the series. What do all these problems stem from the Great War or a more sinister cause? Could it be an old enemy and will the secret service help her? This book will keep you on the edge and wanting more. This book can be read alone or enjoy it even more by reading the entire series.Well done!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars
Good but a little slow
I love the characters in this book but it was not as good as the others in the series. I am still looking forward to her next book.
Based on a couple dozen introductory pages this is NOT good writing.