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Treacherous Is the Night (A Verity Kent Mystery) Paperback – September 25, 2018
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"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. Regardless of how well-versed you may be in the genre, you’ll be hard-pressed to predict this climax….Deeply enjoyable…just the thing if you’re looking for relatable heroines, meatier drama, and smart characters with rich inner lives.” —Criminal Element
"Huber is an excellent historical mystery writer, and Verity is her best heroine. Sidney and Verity are a formidable couple when they work together, but they are also very real. They don’t leap straight back into life before the war but instead face many obstacles and struggles as they readjust to married life and post-war life. Nonetheless, the love between Sidney and Verity is real and true, and the way that Huber creates their re-blossoming love is genuine. Topped off with a gripping mystery, this will not disappoint." --Historical Novel Society
Praise for Anna Lee Huber’s previous Verity Kent mystery, This Side of Murder:
“Engrossing...Evocative historical details complement the well-drawn characters. The intricate plot builds to a surprising conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
“A richly detailed period mystery, This Side of Murder is sure to turn you into a true Verity Kent fan (if you aren't one already.)” —Bustle.com
“Huber paints a compelling portrait of the aftermath of World War I, and show the readers how devastating the war was for everyone in England…I am looking forward to reading many more of Verity Kent’s adventures.” —Historical Novel Society
"I loved This Side of Murder, a richly textured mystery filled with period detail and social mores, whose plot twists and character revelations kept me up way past my bedtime. Can’t wait for the next Verity Kent adventure!" —Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach at Painters’ Cove and Ask Me No Questions.
“A smashing and engrossing tale of deceit, murder and betrayal set just after World War I. . . . Anna Lee Huber has crafted a truly captivating mystery here.”
—All About Romance
“The new Verity Kent Mystery series is rich in detail without being overwhelming and is abundant with murder, mystery, and a bit of romance. The plot is fast-moving with twists and turns aplenty. Huber knows what it takes to write a great mystery.” —RT Book Reviews
“A captivating murder mystery told with flair and panache!” —Fresh Fiction
“Suspenseful, atmospheric, and beautifully written.” —Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames Mysteries
“My favorite new mystery series!” —Alyssa Maxwell, USA Today bestselling author
“Sure to please fans of classic whodunits and lovers of historical fiction alike.” —Jessica Estevao, author of Whispers Beyond the Veil
About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1496713179
- Dimensions : 5.45 x 0.86 x 8.24 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1496713176
- Publisher : Kensington (September 25, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing is so s-l-o-w paced it makes me want to sleep. No, I don't want constant action, but as a reader I do want to feel a sense of urgency, suspense, curiosity and so on. I'm just half way through and I am struggling to care whether the difficulties she's facing will ever be resolved. I'm not sure what the mystery is all about. If a reader is half way through and having this kind of difficulty with the central point of the story, ummm, not good.
Also, when you NOTICE a phrase repeatedly, enough to actually stop and say 'not AGAIN' that's too much. The phrase is "she arched her brow" or he "cocked his brow" or "her brow arched". Good lord, enough already. Way too much arching and cocking of brows! It immediately takes you out of the story and into wondering why the writer doesn't work harder to express mannerisms in a more effective less repetitious way.
I don't think I'll be reading any more of Anna Huber's work.
Update: I'm still struggling to get through this. Now not only is the MC Verity arching her brow every couple of pages, but her husband is too. I'm sorry, but this is just too distracting. Why can't the characters have another facial tic/expression that conveys their feelings? I'm done. I RARELY do not finish a book but I think that's what I'm going to do. I'm busy and don't have nearly enough time to read as it is; I don't want to be irritated with the book I'm reading like I am with this one. Moving on. . . .
**SPOILER ALERT** The next part will give away some key plot points so please don't read till you've finished the book.
I loved that Sidney thinks they're destined to live lives out of the ordinary and I find myself wondering how Ms Huber will introduce these new mysteries into their lives. Certainly they can't all be related to Verity's war work so how will these cases come about? I also imagine the marriage will have growing pains as these two "new" people come together and all of this has me eagerly awaiting the 3rd book in the series.
Anna Lee Huber has created a thrilling second installment in her Verity Kent series. Verity is such a fun heroine for the series. She is spunky, resourceful, and smart, but she is also vulnerable. Since the book picked up a month after the first one ended, she is still reeling from the aftermath of what has happened and finding her footing. When she is unexpectedly faced with this new challenge, we learn more about what she did during the war as part of the Secret Service while she travels through war torn Belgium in search of answers. One of the things I've really enjoyed about this series is the World War I setting. It's interesting to get more insight into the war and how it affected so many lives. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Top reviews from other countries
Another intriguing post-World War I mystery by the ever talented Anna Lee Huber and book 2 in the Verity Kent mystery series. I strongly recommend you read book 1, 'This Side of Murder', as the mystery and story behind her dead husband, Sidney, is revealed in that book.
I eagerly anticipated reading 'Treacherous is the Night', as I wanted to, not only be back in the life of Verity Kent, but I wanted to know if Ms. Huber could bring me round to liking Sidney Kent! I must say she succeeded. It wasn't an immediate action that did it but the gradual unfolding of the story.
"My chest tightened with the knowledge that if we were ever to repair this rift between us, then one of us had to take that first step. And yet, I didn't want it to be me." (quote from the book)
Both Verity and Sidney have secrets they are afraid to reveal let alone face. Each are not the same person they were when they married before the war. Each are damaged in their own way by the conflict and their part in it. Now someone wants Verity dead and will stop at nothing to get it done. However, Verity is no longer part of the Secret Service, she has to use her contacts to help find her former fellow spy before she too is killed. She has to reveal her past to Sidney.
This is as much an emotional journey for Verity and Sidney as it is for the historical impact that affected those during and after the Great War.
"For all that they shared in our grief, the older generations couldn't understand what it was like to have one's youth ripped apart by the war...To watch our friends, brothers, fiances, and husbands march off to battle, and return shadows of their former selves - broken in body and mind. Or worse, never to return at all. Leaving gaping holes in our lives where our loved ones should have been." (quote from the book)
Ms. Huber has done her research and has conveyed the magnitude of loss and the resilience of those left behind to pick up the pieces. I did find it slow in the build up, but I still highly recommend this thought-provoking series.