Treacherous Is the Night

Treacherous Is the Night

In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. But it will take an all too earthbound intrigue to draw in the discerning heroine of Anna Lee Huber’s latest mystery . . . It’s not that Verity Kent doesn’t sympathize with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now t...

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Treacherous Is the Night Reviews

  • The Lit Bitch

    Full disclosure, I’ve been a huge fan of Anna Lee Huber for years. I absolutely love all of her books and I can’t get enough of the heroines, mysteries, and of course the covers! The Verity Kent series is no different.

    I read the first book in the Verity Kent series earlier this year and I loved it! It was an interesting start to a different type of heroine for Huber. I was eager to see what else was in store for Verity in this latest book in the series.

    In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great

    Full disclosure, I’ve been a huge fan of Anna Lee Huber for years. I absolutely love all of her books and I can’t get enough of the heroines, mysteries, and of course the covers! The Verity Kent series is no different.

    I read the first book in the Verity Kent series earlier this year and I loved it! It was an interesting start to a different type of heroine for Huber. I was eager to see what else was in store for Verity in this latest book in the series.

    In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. But it will take an all too earthbound intrigue to draw in the discerning heroine of Anna Lee Huber’s latest mystery.

    While I might have enjoyed Verity Kent the first time around, the second time around made me love her. In this book we really dive into the complex emotions that many of the characters had about post war life. For instance, in the first book I was not a fan of Sidney.

    I didn’t feel like I could trust him and I just felt that he was wrong for Verity. But as we get into the deeper nuances of their marriage and their post war life in this book, it becomes clear what Sidney’s intentions are. Personally I want to now know more about his life in hiding after the war and his war work. I hope that the next book is a little more about Sidney.

    What I absolutely loved about this book was exploring post war life. I think in a lot of books there is so much focus on the Great War and it’s effects on people but then the peace treaties were signed and boom it was over. I loved that this book went into the whole fall out from the peace treaties. I especially loved touring the Flemish countryside in this book. It’s easy to forget that it took decades for these small village to rebuild and flourish again after the devastation and I thought the author did a marvelous job depicting that.

    The whole time I was reading this book all I could think about was how I wanted to go and tour some of the old battlefields for my next vacation. She did such a marvelous job with her descriptions that I was dying to know more…..and I love the Great War history so I am partial to this time period but Huber’s writing made me love it so much more.

    The mystery in this one was a little more like solving a riddle and following bread crumbs rather than an a traditional murder mystery as the previous book in this series. I loved this approach. It made me be more of an active reader and think about possible connections or motives. This was a smart and well written mystery.

    This one would probably read ok as a stand alone mystery however why cheat yourself? Read the first one as well…..Verity is fun, mature, sassy, smart, and a different character than those of Huber’s other books. I highly recommend Verity Kent as well as all of Huber’s other works!

  • Susan

    5+ stars!!

    Ms. Huber has penned another fabulous mystery in this series. She has demonstrated great skill as she writes in a new setting that is roughly 90 years later than her popular Lady Darby series. Many authors are not able to adapt from one setting to another as successfully as she.

    With lyrical prose that appeals to the senses, Ms. Huber adeptly draws her readers into the setting of post-war Europe that is filled with danger and intrigue. The shadow of the Great War continues to haunt Ve

    5+ stars!!

    Ms. Huber has penned another fabulous mystery in this series. She has demonstrated great skill as she writes in a new setting that is roughly 90 years later than her popular Lady Darby series. Many authors are not able to adapt from one setting to another as successfully as she.

    With lyrical prose that appeals to the senses, Ms. Huber adeptly draws her readers into the setting of post-war Europe that is filled with danger and intrigue. The shadow of the Great War continues to haunt Verity and Sidney as they travel to Belgium to uncover secrets that threaten the lives of many who worked undercover for the British Secret Service and the Allies. After believing that Sidney was dead for 15 months, Verity finds that the years of the war have changed both of them. As they work together, Verity and Sidney find that the secrets they reveal not only have the power to uncover a murderer, the secrets of Verity's role in the war have the power to either destroy or strengthen their fragile relationship as well. Huber gives us a heroine that is compelling with her courage, strength and independence. But she is also fragile and endearing in her insecurities.

    This exquisite story will appeal to fans of historical fiction and mysteries alike, providing a lyrical tale filled with danger, intrigue, endearing characters and a little bit of romance to satisfy the reader's heart. I look forward to reading more of Verity's exploits in the future.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Betty

    Verity Kent attended a seance and the medium revealed items that occur during the time she was working for the Secret Service. Her efforts to talk with the medium were not successful. With her husband, Sidney at her side. They leave for war-torn Belgium. There she meets friends that help her in war. She feels her friend, the midwife, Emilie

    is in trouble and no one knows where she is now. Following the clues, they take a treasure hunt through Belgium seeing all the damage caused by the war but n

    Verity Kent attended a seance and the medium revealed items that occur during the time she was working for the Secret Service. Her efforts to talk with the medium were not successful. With her husband, Sidney at her side. They leave for war-torn Belgium. There she meets friends that help her in war. She feels her friend, the midwife, Emilie

    is in trouble and no one knows where she is now. Following the clues, they take a treasure hunt through Belgium seeing all the damage caused by the war but not finding Emilie Will Verify friend her before she becomes a victim of the war? I highly recommend this book and series.

    Disclosure: Many thanks to Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Gail C.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advance digital copy of Treacherous Is the Night by Anna Lee Huber in exchange for an unbiased review. The second in a series featuring former Secret Service Agent Verity Kent in the time immediately following World War I. this books stands alone. Although there are a few references to the first book in the series, having not read it in no way lessened the enjoyment of this novel.

    As the book opens, Verity gives the reader a gl

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advance digital copy of Treacherous Is the Night by Anna Lee Huber in exchange for an unbiased review. The second in a series featuring former Secret Service Agent Verity Kent in the time immediately following World War I. this books stands alone. Although there are a few references to the first book in the series, having not read it in no way lessened the enjoyment of this novel.

    As the book opens, Verity gives the reader a glimpse into some of the struggles she is experiencing, including attempts to repair her marriage which was almost torn apart by WWI, her drinking, which she feels may make her husband more critical of her, and several secrets she is holding that may drive the couple further apart. In spite of these concerns, her time and attention are quickly captured by an experience she has while attending a seance at the insistence of a close friend. It becomes apparent almost immediately that her presence has been manipulated and there is a message for her from Emilie, a former colleague and fellow agent from Belgium which leads to a need to find the woman whom Verity believes is in peril.

    In response to her deductions regarding information received, Verity decides it is imperative to travel to Belgium to try and find her compatriot, even though it puts additional stress on her marriage and may cause it to break. While her relationship with her husband is an active storyline in the book, it is by no means the chief focus and as a result this book remains exactly what it purports to be, a historical mystery featuring intrigue and espionage. There are some wonderful descriptions that allow the reader brief glimpses into the result of a land ravaged by war, even though again, this is not the main focus of the book.

    The pacing of the book is excellent as the reader is swept along a tide of cryptic occurrences and clues in which Verity seeks to learn the whereabouts of her colleague. At the same time she is trying to discover who has learned of their efforts during the war and what form of reckoning they now seek. Is it only a personal vendetta or does it go beyond that to one of more far-reaching destruction toward one or more of the Allied Countries.

    Throughout the book, the reader gets glimpses of the period in terms of behavior, dress, and attitudes, although it is all woven skillfully into the plot line of intrigue. The reader is pulled through the book at a steady pace, one that encourages continued reading for “just one more chapter” or “just another half hour”. There is enough tension to create additional interest which creates a perfect pitch for reading and enjoyment.

    If you like strong female protagonists, historical settings, and interesting secondary and tertiary plot lines, this may be the perfect book for you. There is just enough history to allow the reader to feel a part of the time while enjoying a well plotted and detailed story.

  • Caz

    is the second book in Anna Lee Huber’s latest series of post-WW1 historical mysteries featuring former secret service agent Verity Kent.  The events of this story unfold just a few weeks after those of the previous book,

    , and if you’ve not read that, look away now, because there is a massive spoiler for the twist in that story in the next paragraph of this review.

    For fifteen months, Verity believed hers

    is the second book in Anna Lee Huber’s latest series of post-WW1 historical mysteries featuring former secret service agent Verity Kent.  The events of this story unfold just a few weeks after those of the previous book,

    , and if you’ve not read that, look away now, because there is a massive spoiler for the twist in that story in the next paragraph of this review.

    For fifteen months, Verity believed herself to be a widow, the husband she’d married on the eve of the war having been killed in action in 1918. But during her investigation into the murders of some of Sidney’s former comrades, she made a game-changing discovery; namely that Sidney wasn’t dead at all, but had allowed everyone to believe him to be while he pursued an investigation of his own to uncover the identity of the traitor among the officers of his battalion.

    After Sidney finally revealed the truth, Verity was – and still is - is a mass of conflicting emotions; relief that he isn’t dead; fury that he’d allowed her to mourn for so many months; guilt at some of things she’d kept from him during their brief reunions during the war –and their relationship is still in a state of flux when we rejoin them at the beginning of

    .  They have decided to work at their marriage to see if they can make a go of it, but it’s not going to be easy for either of them.

    The story opens when Verity’s good friend and former War Office colleague, Daphne Merrick, asks Verity to attend a séance with her.  Spiritualism saw a huge increase in popularity after the First World War as devastated relatives and friends of the fallen sought comfort in the idea of being able to speak to their loved ones one last time.  Verity is sceptical of the whole thing – even more so after a cruel trick that was played on her at the house party she attended in the previous book – but she knows Daphne is desperate to contact her brother, Gil, who lost his life in the early days of the war, and reluctantly agrees to accompany Daphne to the session at Madame Zozza’s.

    When they arrive, Verity is surprised to see Max Westfield, the Earl of Ryde also in attendance.  They exchange friendly greetings during which Verity recalls their unexplored – interrupted – burgeoning attraction, and then Max goes on to explain that he has accompanied his aunt, Lady Swaffham to the séance.  When the proceedings get underway, things go mostly as Verity had expected – until the medium greets Verity – “

    and tells her that she is the spirit of Emilie, a spy and courier with whom Verity had worked on several occasions on her various missions into France and Belgium during the war.

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  • Milena

    Treacherous Is the Night is the second book in Verity Kent series by Anna Lee Huber. In this book Verity travels to Belgium and France with Sydney to investigate a mystery concerning one of La Dame Blanche (Belgian underground intelligence) agents with whom she worked during WW1 and whom she considers a friend. It appears that this friend is now in peril and may need Verity's help.

    In the first book we didn't know a lot about Verity's role with Secret Service during the war but in this book we fi

    Treacherous Is the Night is the second book in Verity Kent series by Anna Lee Huber. In this book Verity travels to Belgium and France with Sydney to investigate a mystery concerning one of La Dame Blanche (Belgian underground intelligence) agents with whom she worked during WW1 and whom she considers a friend. It appears that this friend is now in peril and may need Verity's help.

    In the first book we didn't know a lot about Verity's role with Secret Service during the war but in this book we finally learn about many of her assignments and some of her secrets. We also get to know Sydney much better. The one character I was missing desperately is Max, the Earl of Ryde. He had such a big presence in the first book but in this book he is relegated to the sidelines with only a small part in the story. This was really disappointing because he was my favorite character in This Side of Murder.

    Regardless, I did enjoy Treacherous Is the Night and am looking forward to the next installment. And I do hope that we'll get a lot more of Max in the third book!

    *ARC provided by the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mystica

    Though it is 1919 and despite the horrendous war and the after effects of it, the position of women seemed roughly unchanged. They took up the challenge,motor to every known occupation available, filled in all the gaps admirably but when the war was over they were expected to go back to their routine lives of home and family.

    To those like Verity who worked behind the scenes and without anyone's knowledge in extremely desperate circumstances all for the good of the country, this must have been a

    Though it is 1919 and despite the horrendous war and the after effects of it, the position of women seemed roughly unchanged. They took up the challenge,motor to every known occupation available, filled in all the gaps admirably but when the war was over they were expected to go back to their routine lives of home and family.

    To those like Verity who worked behind the scenes and without anyone's knowledge in extremely desperate circumstances all for the good of the country, this must have been a hard act to follow. In her husband however she had a stalwart supporter. Right now however Verity is in a precarious position also with her husband. He was presumed dead for a long time and his sudden resurrection was a planned one by him, verity cannot forgive him easily for the heartbreak of fifteen months when she thought she was a widow.

    Now her history has come back with a vengeance because there seems to be someone following up on a very clandestine operation that very few knew about. No one even knew the names of the operators and so when a spiritualist in London makes a few strange remarks to verity, which she disbelievers, but which is followed by the gruesome murder of the spiritualist, Verity knows that she has to be careful and that she must try to reach out to Emilie her contact in Belgium in order to know that she is safe and well.

    The journey to Brussels and trying to find Emilie is a hazardous one - but it also shows Verity and Sydney that someone is on their trail with an intent to kill. But who and why is the problem and the story unravels slowly.

    Despite the slow unraveling the story is far from boring. Romance, history, espionage and a lot of mystery entwine he selves in this very well presented book.

  • Sophia

    After my intro to Verity and her Post WWI world in This Side of Murder, I was eager to press forward with the next installment in this complex and intriguing though exceptionally engaging historical murder mystery series.

    Treacherous is the Night is book two and follows closely on the heels of book one. It builds from the previous events and doesn't make a good one to grab out of order.

    In fact, this book's very blurb provides a spoiler for book one that can't be helped, dear readers, so just kno

    After my intro to Verity and her Post WWI world in This Side of Murder, I was eager to press forward with the next installment in this complex and intriguing though exceptionally engaging historical murder mystery series.

    Treacherous is the Night is book two and follows closely on the heels of book one. It builds from the previous events and doesn't make a good one to grab out of order.

    In fact, this book's very blurb provides a spoiler for book one that can't be helped, dear readers, so just know that going forward if you choose to keep reading or investigating this book.

    Alright, so that warning given, let me share my thoughts on this one. The time is just following the harrowing and startling events of the previous suspenseful adventure and Verity is just coming off that high and faced with the reality of the new twist her life has taken. The author does her home work and presents a historical world and setting that shows what it was like just following the Great War for Brits and for those who are rebuilding and attempting to get on with life after German occupation in Belgium and France.

    This was an excruciatingly emotional book on a few levels, but mostly as it tackles the after effects of Verity's new marital circumstances. There are no simple answers. Both have blame and both are prickly. But, love is still there though it is ready to flicker out if they can't find a way.

    Verity didn't do well when she thought her husband dead. She drank heavy, lived wildly, lived dangerously and she rose to the challenge of work in the Secret Service that altered her forever. Now, she can't stuff herself back into the persona of her early years as Sydney's wife- that is no longer she. She can only guess that Sydney doesn't know what to do with who and what she is now. She is still simmers with anger that he allowed her to think him dead and is resentful that now she feels guilty for the secrets she now keeps from him.

    Meanwhile, Sydney is something of a closed book with secrets and shadows of his own from those years. He, and other returning war vets like him, are no longer the same. Verity is caught up in her own issues, but slowly realizes that she is not the only stranger in this relationship who needs to be understood and accepted. It seems that neither are willing to cross the great gulf yawning between them and both are willing to figuratively and sometimes literally run from the big issues they need to confront. Like I said, this was a hard fought path this pair is on, but this battle did need to be waged.

    The mystery is a breath of fresh air and almost light compared to the anguish of their marriage trouble. I was glad to see Verity and Sydney, Max and some new faces on the hunt figuring out the odd and mysterious meaning behind a medium's message about Verity's Secret Service work and then the woman's death. The mystery carries them into danger and a trail back to their past during the war years in Belgium. I found it a nice blend of tension and steady clue hunting. The suspense was not as shocking or atmospheric as the previous book, but it was by no means boring, either.

    All in all, this will exhaust readers emotionally and maybe even not be their thing if they are only looking for a mystery in a historical setting, but for those who need to connect with the lives of the characters, this will certain do that and there is resolution here and excitement for what is to come from the rest of the series.

    I rec'd this book from Kensington through Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    In this follow up to This Side of Murder, Ex-Secret Service Agent Verity Kent is doing her best to reconnect with the husband she believed was killed in the war. His surprising return happened in the last book just as she started to have feelings for another man. It is difficult to curb those new feelings when the man seems to pop up everywhere as he did to a séance her friend had dragged her too.

    In This Side of Murder a Quija board upset Verity greatly and this time a séance

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    In this follow up to This Side of Murder, Ex-Secret Service Agent Verity Kent is doing her best to reconnect with the husband she believed was killed in the war. His surprising return happened in the last book just as she started to have feelings for another man. It is difficult to curb those new feelings when the man seems to pop up everywhere as he did to a séance her friend had dragged her too.

    In This Side of Murder a Quija board upset Verity greatly and this time a séance sends her into a tizzy when the medium singles her out and reveals secret information about one of the other agents Verity has worked with. Before Verity has a chance to question the medium is suspiciously killed. Unsure who she can trust Verity starts her own investigation and she and her husband Sidney travel to Belgium. They know they have been followed but she needs to find the truth no matter how dangerous her mission seems.

    Verity Kent is a complex woman who has had quite a life for her young years. Working as a Secret Service Agent during the war took her to dangerous places and put her in dangerous situations. Her husband quickly sees this is not the same woman he left behind when he went into battle. She has become confident and almost fearless. It makes him see his own service in a different light too. Their relationship had become stunted because they both held everything in. While he wants to escape to the country she can’t back away from the search for her compatriot. This could be the final straw that breaks their marriage.

    In addition to the relationship struggles of our protagonist, the author delivers an excellent mystery. Verity’s quest to find her cohort takes us deeply into La Dame Blanche (Belgian underground intelligence). She knows her friend needs her help and the path we follow with her is absolutely captivating and at times scary. Each twist, each turn, a breadcrumb here, a breadcrumb there, she doesn’t give up. As a reader, I enjoyed following this strong, smart. woman wherever she went.

    Anna Lee Huber gives us a look at England and beyond after World War I in rich detail. She describes the places and the people so vividly. This author knows how to build a story that is full of intrigue. She has done her research and I always feel like I learn something while reading her books. The detail while great did slow down the pace just a bit in places, but when the pace picked up I was glued to the pages to the very end.

    The book leaves me with a bit of a conundrum. I really like Max, the other man in Verity’s life, but I should want her to be with her husband, right. Sidney may have had his reasons for what he did, but it just toasts me that he just thinks Verity should welcome him with open arms. I am very interested to see what the author has planned for Verity.

    This book can be read all on its own, but I recommend reading them in order to fully understand Verity and the situations that occur within this story.

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