MYSTERY

Penny for Your Secrets

Kensington. (Verity Kent, Bk. 3). Nov. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781496713193. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496713209. M
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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.

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