Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2)
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 that she’s discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend’s behest, Verity attends a séance, where she encounters the man who still looms between her and Sidney—and a medium who channels a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service. Refusing to believe her former fellow spy is dead, Verity is determined to uncover the source of the spiritualist’s top secret revelation.Then the medium is murdered—and Verity’s investigation is suddenly thwarted. Even Secret Service agents she once trusted turn their backs on her. Undaunted, Verity heads to war-torn Belgium, with Sidney by her side. But as they draw ever closer to the danger, Verity wonders if she’s about to learn the true meaning of till death do us part . . .

Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2) Details

TitleTreacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
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GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2) Review

  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.Treacherous is the Night 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, This Side of Murder, 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 I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.Treacherous is the Night 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, This Side of Murder, 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 Treacherous is the Night.  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 – “ma compatriote, where are you?”- 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.You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance .
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    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!See my full review here
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  • Mystica
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: Verity Kent #2Publication Date: 9/25/18This is a captivating, suspenseful and beautifully written tale set in the aftermath of WWI. It moves quickly and is filled with twists and turns. There is so much rich period detail that is so well done that you feel as if you are there. This author does a lot of research and I always learn something new when I read her work. The characters are so well written that you would like to introduce yourself and make them your friend. I particularly like Series: Verity Kent #2Publication Date: 9/25/18This is a captivating, suspenseful and beautifully written tale set in the aftermath of WWI. It moves quickly and is filled with twists and turns. There is so much rich period detail that is so well done that you feel as if you are there. This author does a lot of research and I always learn something new when I read her work. The characters are so well written that you would like to introduce yourself and make them your friend. I particularly like Max and can’t wait for him to get his HEA. Once I began my read, I couldn’t put it down!If you read the first book in the series, This Side of Murder, you saw Verity’s reaction to a séance. So, just imagine her reaction when her best friend, Daphne, asks her to attend a séance with her. Verity did her best to decline the request, but Daphne is a very persuasive lady, and Verity ends up at the séance. Two big surprises await her there – (1) is the fact that Max is attending with his aunt and (2) the medium ‘channels’ one of Verity’s contacts from her days as an operative during the war. Verity doesn’t believe for a minute that the reading is true, but how could that medium possibly know about Emelie. Verity is very shaken when she leaves the séance – and even more shaken when she returns to the medium’s home the next morning to find the house burning and the medium dead.Verity immediately begins to dig into the matter and finds a trail of breadcrumbs. As she and Sidney follow them, the danger increases. They leave England and head across the channel to some of the more horrific scenes of the war – and to the areas where Verity spent a lot of time acting for the crown. The crumbs are sparse and it takes Verity a lot of effort to follow them and find the solution to the mystery – and the madman at the end of the journey.With the backdrop of the mystery and its solution, Verity and Sidney are still trying to figure out how to make their marriage work. Their fifth anniversary is approaching, but they’ve not spent more than a couple of months of that time together. Sidney was shipped off the war three days after they married and he had very few leaves where he could come home. Then, the unthinkable happened – Sidney died – and Verity went into deep, deep mourning for him. She didn’t care whether she lived or died and she took some big risks – some of them in her spying. She is keeping secrets from Sidney and until they clear the air, they’ll never come together. She’s afraid he’ll hate her if she tells him all. So, it is really nice to see them forgive each other and get back to that love you just knew they always had for each other. Although – I still think Sidney got off a bit easy for what he put her through. All in all, I loved the character development between Verity and Sidney and Verity’s struggle with reconciling her wartime work and settling into a normal life.I loved the mystery with Emelie because it was really well done and kept me guessing until the end. There are just so many things that I loved about this book that there is no way I can mention all of them here. I can say, however, if you want to be thoroughly entertained and learn something in the process, this book is for you! I can hardly wait for their next adventure!Please check out my reviews at:Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages...Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRevTwitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview"I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsIn 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 ThoughtsIn 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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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Strong second book in the Verity Kent series.In the last book, Verity discovered that her husband Sidney, whom she’d been told over a year earlier was dead, was still very much alive. After the ripples from that discovery and its associated investigation start dying down, Verity and Sidney are left to see if their marriage is salvagable. After only a few days as newlyweds, they were separated for nearly five years, with only sporadic visits and too many secrets between them. Both had been change Strong second book in the Verity Kent series.In the last book, Verity discovered that her husband Sidney, whom she’d been told over a year earlier was dead, was still very much alive. After the ripples from that discovery and its associated investigation start dying down, Verity and Sidney are left to see if their marriage is salvagable. After only a few days as newlyweds, they were separated for nearly five years, with only sporadic visits and too many secrets between them. Both had been changed by their respective roles in the war and they are unsure if their marriage would be able to weather those changes. When a strange “visitation” during a seance tells Verity that an old comrade from her days as a spy might be in trouble, she hares off to Belgium to save her old friend.Through Verity’s search, we learn much of her role during the war, something only lightly touched upon in the first book. The “mystery” itself was somewhat convoluted and much could have been avoided/solved by better communication and a bit of common sense. While I found that aspect of the book less than compelling, the strongest aspect of the story had to do with the personal interactions and growth of the characters. I look forward to reading more of Verity’s adventures with...you’ll need to read the book to find out.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the second book in Huber's Verity Kent series in which Verity Kent finds herself embroiled in an intrigue related to her time as a Secret Service agent during the war. Verity learns that a former contact may be in danger and that someone has been sharing secrets that should not have been made public, spurring Verity to make a trip to Belgium to discover more. Accompanying Verity is her husband, Sidney, who has recently returned to her after being thought dead for 15 months (read I really enjoyed the second book in Huber's Verity Kent series in which Verity Kent finds herself embroiled in an intrigue related to her time as a Secret Service agent during the war. Verity learns that a former contact may be in danger and that someone has been sharing secrets that should not have been made public, spurring Verity to make a trip to Belgium to discover more. Accompanying Verity is her husband, Sidney, who has recently returned to her after being thought dead for 15 months (read the first book for more on this). For Verity, this jaunt to Belgium is a way to deflect the problems that she and Sidney are having - they were only married for a short time before the war and that war has also changed both of them dramatically. The drama in their marriage was really well done and balanced nicely with the mystery element. Altogether, Treacherous Is the Night was a great instalment in this post-war mystery series. If you've read any of Simone St. James' historical novels, Huber's newest series will absolutely appeal. The post-war era is one that continually draws my attention, and I think Huber captures that tumultuous time exceedingly well. *Review copy provided by NetGalley.
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Calculated risks!Verity and Sidney Kent may be united but four years of thinking your husband dead means you led a different life. No longer the woman who had a husband to consider, rather a woman grieving and determined to live life, take chances and trying to bury the sorrow. So it's no wonder Verity and Sidney are experiencing alienation, confusion with seemingly no way of going forward.Add to this Verity being dragged to a seance where the medium exposes facts that are not to be revealed und Calculated risks!Verity and Sidney Kent may be united but four years of thinking your husband dead means you led a different life. No longer the woman who had a husband to consider, rather a woman grieving and determined to live life, take chances and trying to bury the sorrow. So it's no wonder Verity and Sidney are experiencing alienation, confusion with seemingly no way of going forward.Add to this Verity being dragged to a seance where the medium exposes facts that are not to be revealed under the Secrets Act and it seems something more sinister might be looming. This leads to Verity searching for a traitor, a spy.Verity and Sidney follow a convoluted trail to Belgium with mistrust and murder dogging their steps. Their journey ranges over sites between Germany and France that Verity knew as an undercover agent. The magnitude of Verity's role as a Secret Service agent working in Europe becomes clearer to Sidney. Not helped is the realization that his "death" drove Verity to such action.Their situation is made even more tense as two men attracted to Verity during her "widowed" years join them.Tighter writing than the first in the series, the various undercurrents between the characters and the situations present ramp up to a breaking point that resolves satisfactorily, with just the right British upper crust panache.A most worthy blend of mystery and spy craft with just the right dash of romance and darkness.A NetGalley ARC
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  • Kate Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Verity Kent mystery series which follows six weeks after the conclusion of, "This Side of Murder". In the first book, the Great War has recently ended. Verity's stint in the British Secret Service has come to an end. Yet, those skills honed in service are vital to solving the riddles and mysteries found in book two. Without giving too much away, I must say that author Anna Lee Huber brings her characters to life so fully that one could easily imagine that these per This is the second book in the Verity Kent mystery series which follows six weeks after the conclusion of, "This Side of Murder". In the first book, the Great War has recently ended. Verity's stint in the British Secret Service has come to an end. Yet, those skills honed in service are vital to solving the riddles and mysteries found in book two. Without giving too much away, I must say that author Anna Lee Huber brings her characters to life so fully that one could easily imagine that these persons are very real. Each is replete with their own fears, sorrows, regrets, strengths, cleverness and devotion. Watching Sidney and Verity, each with their own war secrets, dance around one another and try to reconnect after 15 months of separation, appears much as any couple would do in a similar situation today. Each is hesitant to reveal to the other the brokenness, fear, deep sorrow and doubt coursing through their being. Watching the dance is heart-breaking and yet uplifting at times throughout the book. The writing in this book is exquisite; scene descriptions - painterly; and history - well researched. If you are a fan of good, solid historical fiction with a touch of sleuthing, then I highly commend this series to you. I am grateful to Netgalley for having provided a free ebook of this story. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.
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  • Melodie
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Ms. Huber's Lady Darby series, but had not read the first book in the Verity Kent series. I didn't feel lost at all reading this one. Though the immediate post-WWI time period is not one I tend to read, Ms. Huber has the ability to make anything interesting! In this story Verity agrees, grudgingly, to attend a seance with a friend. The medium "channels" a woman Verity worked with in the Secret Service during the war, but Verity isn't convinced the woman is dead. When the medium I am a big fan of Ms. Huber's Lady Darby series, but had not read the first book in the Verity Kent series. I didn't feel lost at all reading this one. Though the immediate post-WWI time period is not one I tend to read, Ms. Huber has the ability to make anything interesting! In this story Verity agrees, grudgingly, to attend a seance with a friend. The medium "channels" a woman Verity worked with in the Secret Service during the war, but Verity isn't convinced the woman is dead. When the medium turns up dead, Verity's investigation as to the whereabouts of her friend hit a brick wall. Agents she formerly worked with refuse to help her, so she heads to Belgium with her husband, Sidney, in tow. As they work together, they discover just how much each has changed, but as danger closes in they have to depend on each other. While I still give the edge to the Lady Darby series, this is beautifully written with very well drawn characters and I truly enjoyed it. Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one, all opinions are my own. Recommended!
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  • Mai
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! All opinions are my own.Treacherous Is The Night is the second book in the Verity Kent series and takes place in 1919 Enland after WWI. Verity Kent, a former Secret Service spy, has just discovered that her husband, Sidney is alive - though estranged after years of separation due to the war. Aside from her personal task to reconcile with Sidney, she soon is confronted with the murder of a séance medium - who channeled a woman she use I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! All opinions are my own.Treacherous Is The Night is the second book in the Verity Kent series and takes place in 1919 Enland after WWI. Verity Kent, a former Secret Service spy, has just discovered that her husband, Sidney is alive - though estranged after years of separation due to the war. Aside from her personal task to reconcile with Sidney, she soon is confronted with the murder of a séance medium - who channeled a woman she used to work with. Verity’s investigation begins.I haven’t read the first Verity Kent novel - but now I want to. Still, I was able to follow the plot and become familiar with the main characters, though it might have been even nicer to read both books in order. What really makes this murder mystery shine is how well-written and beautifully developed each and every character is. Very true to the setting, too. I definitely enjoyed the spy mystery plot and will follow this series for sure.
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  • Margaret Sankey
    January 1, 1970
    Huber sets this series not during WWI, where her heroine undertook dangerous missions for British intelligence in Belgium, but in the aftermath--as disgruntled refugees blame the British for their destroyed villages and prison time, badly behaved tourists flock to grim battlefields, demobilized soldiers and agents attempt to adjust to civilian life and the heroine and her veteran husband find that a desire to return to normalcy clashes badly with the way in which they and society changed over th Huber sets this series not during WWI, where her heroine undertook dangerous missions for British intelligence in Belgium, but in the aftermath--as disgruntled refugees blame the British for their destroyed villages and prison time, badly behaved tourists flock to grim battlefields, demobilized soldiers and agents attempt to adjust to civilian life and the heroine and her veteran husband find that a desire to return to normalcy clashes badly with the way in which they and society changed over the course of the war.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Note: This is my very first copy of a book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I did not read the first book in the series nor was I familiar with the author. But I will definitely read it now. And read more of Anna Lee Huber’s works. I saw reviews who recommend you read the first one to understand this book. I disagree as I was able to follow the story and put the main characters in perspective very early on.To be honest, I could not put the book down and finished in one day. It was w Note: This is my very first copy of a book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I did not read the first book in the series nor was I familiar with the author. But I will definitely read it now. And read more of Anna Lee Huber’s works. I saw reviews who recommend you read the first one to understand this book. I disagree as I was able to follow the story and put the main characters in perspective very early on.To be honest, I could not put the book down and finished in one day. It was well-written and the characters were well developed and seemed like real people rather than characters in a book. The descriptions of the ravages of war in Belgium and the anguish off all survivors across Europe are extremely vivid. I honestly felt like I was on the journey with them, trying to sort the clues and unravel the mystery. I did not guess who the perpetrator was.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Treacherous In The Night is the second book in the Verity Kent Mystery series.I find this historical mystery to be a very enjoyable, well researched and written series. Ms. Huber gives the reader an interesting look at post-WWI Europe.The story begins a few months after the conclusion of This Side Of Murder. Verity and Sidney are still walking on egg-shells around each other. Verity hasn’t completely forgiven Sidney for letting her believe he was dead for 15 months. She wants to make their marri Treacherous In The Night is the second book in the Verity Kent Mystery series.I find this historical mystery to be a very enjoyable, well researched and written series. Ms. Huber gives the reader an interesting look at post-WWI Europe.The story begins a few months after the conclusion of This Side Of Murder. Verity and Sidney are still walking on egg-shells around each other. Verity hasn’t completely forgiven Sidney for letting her believe he was dead for 15 months. She wants to make their marriage work, but at the same knows that Sidney is also carrying the scars of war.Verity reluctantly agrees to attend a seance with Daphne Merrick, a friend, and former co-worker at the War Office. Verity feels that these seances are a sham, but as it proceeds, she is singled out by Madame Zozza who has a message from Emilie. Emilie had been a member of La Dame Blanche, an intelligent-gathering network and had served as a courier for Verity during the war. First, Verity does not believe that Emilie is dead since she never knew Verity’ s real name and if she did there was a breach of security somewhere in the War Office. Verity meets with some of her former colleagues at the War Office and with Max Westfield, the Earl of Ryde. The War Office isn’t willing to help very much, so Verity and Sydney set off for Flanders to begin a search for what happened to or where she might be.I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to see what adventures Verity and Sydney are off on.
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  • Crittermom
    January 1, 1970
    Treacherous is the Night is an amazing piece of historical fiction.  Not only does it provide insight into the changing role of women after WWI, it doesn’t shy from discussing the effects of time in the trenches on soldiers or from portraying the callous “patriotism” of those not directly involved in the war.  The effects of war play a central roles in this espionage/mystery. On the one hand, there is the strain on Verity and Sidney’s marriage. (Verity had believed Sidney dead until only recentl Treacherous is the Night is an amazing piece of historical fiction.  Not only does it provide insight into the changing role of women after WWI, it doesn’t shy from discussing the effects of time in the trenches on soldiers or from portraying the callous “patriotism” of those not directly involved in the war.  The effects of war play a central roles in this espionage/mystery. On the one hand, there is the strain on Verity and Sidney’s marriage. (Verity had believed Sidney dead until only recently, and he was unaware of her work for the secret service). On the other hand is the more complex and compelling mystery- the disappearance of one of Verity’s former associates.  Anna Lee Huber’s characters are complex, flawed, and affected realistically by their experiences. She is balanced in her portrayals, clearly understanding why some individuals collaborated or had relationships with German soldiers, as well as reminding the reader not every German was evil. Anna Lee Huber also has an eye for detail that comes through in her descriptions of the Belgian post WWI landscape, the cities slowly coming back to life, the roads and villages demolished, now slowly being rebuilt, the people doing better but still suffering from shortages and privation.  It is her attention to detail in both character and setting that brings Treacherous is the Night to life in such an impressive manner.The novel begins with a seance. Spiritualism was very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Verity doesn’t believe, but she allows herself to be convinced to accompany her friend Daphne. Madame Zozza has a message purportedly from an associate of Verity’s.  It is clear the message is a fake, but the secrets within are real and classified. Before Verity can question Madame Zozza, the woman is killed in a fire. With her husband by her side, Verity travels to Belgium, intent on finding her former ally, and discovering the meaning behind the strange message.Treacherous is the Night is an exceptional post WWI historical thriller.  I look forward to reading more of Anna Lee Huber’s work.5 / 5I received a copy of Treacherous is the Night from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.— Crittermom
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    It is 1919, and the shadows of World War I still loom in this superb second installment in the Verity Kent Mystery Series. TREACHEROUS IS THE NIGHT follows Verity and her “resurrected” husband Sydney as they face ghosts from the war in an attempt to save their marriage and decipher the message that one of Verity’s friends from her time in the Secret Service is trying to send. Readers follow along on the pair’s complex quest to find Emile, survive the dangers presented, and solve a murder mystery It is 1919, and the shadows of World War I still loom in this superb second installment in the Verity Kent Mystery Series. TREACHEROUS IS THE NIGHT follows Verity and her “resurrected” husband Sydney as they face ghosts from the war in an attempt to save their marriage and decipher the message that one of Verity’s friends from her time in the Secret Service is trying to send. Readers follow along on the pair’s complex quest to find Emile, survive the dangers presented, and solve a murder mystery while they’re at it.Verity is not the woman she was five years ago, and she fears that time and experiences have taken a toll on her marriage to Sydney. Though she is a strong, self-sufficient woman, her insecurities about her war service and indiscretion weigh heavily on her, and she fears that she and Sydney cannot get past them. Of course, Sydney is on rocky ground himself having to face the repercussions of his actions during the war. Not having spent much time together during the war, they do not know each other well, and one wonders if they can ever trust each other and move on. Should they not, Max Westfield is standing in the wings ready to explore the attraction he and Verity felt in THIS SIDE OF MURDER. There is a lot of character development and growth within these pages. These are relatively heavy circumstances to circumvent, but Huber seamlessly weaves the domestic plot thread with intrigue, history, and murder mystery. The author’s eloquent and elegant prose and vivid descriptions of the landscape, people, and thoughts paint striking images of a post-WWI world that drew me into the story. The history is obviously well researched, and I can always count on learning something from reading Huber’s books. There is plenty of peril and tension, with twists, turns, and clues, to keep me reading past my bedtime. All of the various threads come together to make a most satisfying read.TREACHEROUS IS THE NIGHT is one of my best reads of the year. I highly recommend this intelligent historical mystery to any reader.I received an ARC of this title from the author and publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.After the miraculous return of Verity’s husband, Sidney, from the dead, the two of them are working - not all that successfully - on revitalizing and repairing their marriage. When one of her friends invites her to a seance, Verity reluctantly attends, only to leave furious and puzzled when the medium conjures the ‘spirit’ of a fellow spy that Verity worked with during the war. When her mission to question the med Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.After the miraculous return of Verity’s husband, Sidney, from the dead, the two of them are working - not all that successfully - on revitalizing and repairing their marriage. When one of her friends invites her to a seance, Verity reluctantly attends, only to leave furious and puzzled when the medium conjures the ‘spirit’ of a fellow spy that Verity worked with during the war. When her mission to question the medium goes awry, and events continue escalating on their own, Verity’s insistence on pursuing the events of the seance to Belgium add more strain, and the truth she has been hiding from Sidney begs to be set free. The war is over, but not for everyone, and the danger only grows, making Verity the target of a madman, one she may not escape.I loved this book, honestly. It started off slow for me but then I got so wrapped up in it that I could barely put it down. Huber as always does a remarkable job with the setting; her writing is very descriptive, so much so that as a reader I always feel truly a part of the story, easily able to visualize everything. The character development was nuanced and very well done, and not overwrought at all. Every conflict had a purpose, every remark added to the story. So often with romances and historical fiction that is not the case, but Huber handles it deftly, a great plus for any reader. We delve more in this volume of Verity Kent’s mysteries to her work as a spy, and the people she worked with during the war. This sort of adventure is always very compelling and interesting, and I loved getting insight into what Verity did, how she worked with the resistance, what sorts of missions she went on during the war, and how she got on with the people she knew. Alec Xavier was a particularly interesting addition, which I will leave at that, but I do so hope we see more of him, and of Max, the Earl of Ryde, Verity’s almost flame from her first book.The relationship between Sidney and Verity was another huge draw for me with this book. I really enjoyed seeing them work through their differences and the gulf that lay between them after Sidney’s return. It was a delight watching them discover each other again. For me, their relationship is a focal point of the series, and I want to see Huber continue to work with that. I’m eager to read the next book in the series, not only for whatever adventure Verity stumbles into but also to see where the relationship between her and Sidney goes, and how it grows. How they grow with each other.I had such fun with this book, and I would definitely recommend it to others.Treacherous Is the Night is set to be released on September 25, 2018.
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  • Carmina Valdizán
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book of the Verity Kent Mystery Saga. Being a post WWI book deals with the aftermath of The Great War and gives tribute to the silent fighters, those who worked in intelligence services for the allies. Most novels that I have come across about WWI emphasized much on the carnage of the trenches and the psychological effects. This book addresses those topics in a more subtle way without resting importance to the horrors lived by those who were lucky enough to survive, and how th This is the second book of the Verity Kent Mystery Saga. Being a post WWI book deals with the aftermath of The Great War and gives tribute to the silent fighters, those who worked in intelligence services for the allies. Most novels that I have come across about WWI emphasized much on the carnage of the trenches and the psychological effects. This book addresses those topics in a more subtle way without resting importance to the horrors lived by those who were lucky enough to survive, and how they either come to terms with what they lived and go on with their lives, or succumb into hatred, depression and despair. This book is about honor and forgiveness, loyalty and friendship while exploring the human side of a conflict. Verity and Sidney learn about their lives during their time apart and how those years shape them. They must forgive, reconcile and love the person they have become and accept their relationship in this new terms. Here are some quotes from the book:“...you will not be forced to sacrifice your honor in the quest for what is right.”“What I want is for you to stop assuming that absolute forgiveness happens overnight. It's a process.”“Too quick a reconciliation would have seemed false.”“I was not so narrow-minded as to not recognize that many of the enemy were good men caught up in the same cog of war that had entrapped us all."Highly recommend this book! I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many Thanks Kensington Books, Anna Lee Huber and Netgalley for the opportunity.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher, Thank you! All opinions expressed are mine. This is Book #2 of Verity Kent, she discovers her husband, Sydney is alive, after 15 months of thinking he was dead!! After being newlyweds only a few days & then having 5 years apart they are working their way back to each other as very much changed individuals. More of Verity’s exploits with the Secret Service are discovered during this book. Her fears for a contact, that also became a friend during the war, I received an ARC from the publisher, Thank you! All opinions expressed are mine. This is Book #2 of Verity Kent, she discovers her husband, Sydney is alive, after 15 months of thinking he was dead!! After being newlyweds only a few days & then having 5 years apart they are working their way back to each other as very much changed individuals. More of Verity’s exploits with the Secret Service are discovered during this book. Her fears for a contact, that also became a friend during the war, are very real. Follow the exploits of Verity & Sydney finding this contact, who was exposed during a seance, who was killed afterward before Verity could question her...... enjoy!
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  • Beth Perry
    January 1, 1970
    While Treacherous is the Night is essentially a mystery it also delves into the effect the war has had on the protagonists. The characters were interesting and I look forward to seeing their story continue in future books.
  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    My thoughts while reading the book of this National Bestselling Author:Verity and her husband have a slightly awkward conversation. Immediately afterwards the narration spends to pages on explaining how her relationship has changed because of what they saw in the war and what happened after the war. That their relationship will never be the same as it was before. That they both still have to work through all those issues but that both have problems opening up to the other because they feel they My thoughts while reading the book of this National Bestselling Author:Verity and her husband have a slightly awkward conversation. Immediately afterwards the narration spends to pages on explaining how her relationship has changed because of what they saw in the war and what happened after the war. That their relationship will never be the same as it was before. That they both still have to work through all those issues but that both have problems opening up to the other because they feel they don’t really know the other person anymore.When Verity’s friend asks her to accompany her to the seance and that she hopes to contact her brother we are told in great detail how close that friend and her brother were, how hard it was for her when he fell and a detailed run-down of the friend’s other family members (and friends) and why it would be a bad idea when they accompanied her.This happens again and again. And when we aren’t told what the characters feel, we get plain infodumps about the war, Verity’s work in the secret service, Belgian architecture and a lot of other things we don’t need to know in that much detail.All this already made me almost quit the book a few chapters in because while I understand that sometimes an author just has to dump some stuff on the reader unceremoniously (especially in a case like this where they want the reader to be able to start reading a series at any point without getting confused by vague allusions to past events) this was just too much. But the mystery was quite intriguing so I read on.That was a bad idea.Because it quickly turned out that Verity’s husband is a horrible human being.You see, Sidney wasn’t just missing presumed dead and turned up again. He deliberately faked his own death to draw out some traitors. Verity though he was dead for 15 months before he appeared again and demanded her help in his plot.Verity now has some issues. They had a whirlwind romance anyway and quickly after they married he went to war so they didn’t really get to know each other. Then he died and she grieved for him (FOR 15 MONTHS) and then he just pops up again. And he is a different man now because war changes people. It has also changed Verity and now they are essentially a married couple that barely know each other. And that is somehow Verity’s fault as far as Sidney is concerned. When Verity is reluctant to share her own experiences he is all hurt. He shouts at his wife, who he let believe he was dead for 15 months because she can’t bring herself to share intimate details with him.After one of these confrontations she points out the whole You-made-me-think-you-were-dead thing and he yells “So this is all my fault?”Yes, Sidney. It is. It might have been unavoidable to fake your own death. It might have even been unavoidable to not tell her in advance because the grief had to be genuine. But you could have considered telling her quicker than those 15 months. And if that wasn’t possible then you have to fucking deal with it. Deal with the fact that you can’t pick up exactly where you left off.But of course, Verity doesn’t tell him that. She assures him that it isn’t his fault. (Which I guess means it is her fault. Stupid womenfolk).That placates him until he finds out that she slept with another man. While she thought he was dead, grieved for him and was probably not exactly emotionally stable. But of course, Sidney is angry that after learning he was dead, his wife did not lock herself in, had no contact with anybody and just dealt with her grief just by sobbing uncontrollably.When they encounter Verity’s one-night-stand again Sidney punches him. Because that’s an emotionally mature reaction and doesn’t at all suggest that he will again react with violence when he doesn’t like something.But men getting violent because of something you did is so romantic, right?But despite all that, they reconcile and have sex. And after that, he asks “I hope you don’t mind that I didn’t take precautions?” Because hey! It’s always better to ask for forgiveness than permission!In all that it felt like the mystery was just a backdrop to Verity’s and Sidney’s relationship issues (which I felt weren’t handled well…as you can probably tell). It wasn’t bad (yes there were some convenient coincidences but that’s the case in most mysteries) but it would have needed to be fleshed more out in some parts to work really well. But that space was needed to convince us what a great guy Sidney is…ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Piepie
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book! I loved all the intricacies of secrets and codes post-war. I liked how Verity was a great heroine in her own right, while her husband, Sidney, seemed to me more like her sidekick. I even liked how their marital issues were a conflict in this book. I will be happy to read more about Verity!
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, another thrilling adventure for Verity. I loved all the intrigue and suspense. It was an exciting historical escape. Loved every page!
  • GG
    January 1, 1970
    Anna Lee Huber's latest Verity Kent mystery “Treacherous Is the Night” is a dark and wondrous tale. It has a little bit of everything – mysterious clues, secret rooms, strangers you can't trust, lovers you can't love. Not to mention breadcrumbs. Verity is every bit as tenacious and loyal as she was in her first book “This Side of Murder,” maybe more so. The deeper I read into the book, the harder it was to put down. So I didn't. Verity puts her life and her future on hold till she works through Anna Lee Huber's latest Verity Kent mystery “Treacherous Is the Night” is a dark and wondrous tale. It has a little bit of everything – mysterious clues, secret rooms, strangers you can't trust, lovers you can't love. Not to mention breadcrumbs. Verity is every bit as tenacious and loyal as she was in her first book “This Side of Murder,” maybe more so. The deeper I read into the book, the harder it was to put down. So I didn't. Verity puts her life and her future on hold till she works through this mystery, and it was work, fiery work. Of course Sidney is there with her. Although I wanted to kick him every time he walked out. It does have a happy solution, but leaves it very open-ended, plenty of room for sequels. (Please please please) I would love to say more, a lot more, but that would be spoilers. You gotta read it for yourself. Ok, I will say two more things, maybe 3:Max. Earl of Ryde. He deserves much more than bookends. (I'm not even going to mention Alec.)My favorite line in the entire book: “Because for the first time since his return from the grave, there was nothing between us but the sweat of our own skin.” (Nice Anna!)One thing that I personally would like would be a small map showing the towns mentioned, and devastated, during this war and the telling of this story. I received this book free as an ARC reviewer in exchange for a true and honest review. And so it has been.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    First, thank you Anna Lee Huber for the Advance Reader’s Edition of Treacherous is the Night, the second Verity Kent Mystery. The story picks up shortly after the events in This Side of Murder. Verity and Sydney are trying to reconnect and repair their marriage. Verity, at a friend’s request, attends a seance, and the medium, Madame Zozza, channels a woman from Belgium that Verity worked undercover with during the War. Subsequent events take Verity, Sydney and Max to Belgium to uncover the meani First, thank you Anna Lee Huber for the Advance Reader’s Edition of Treacherous is the Night, the second Verity Kent Mystery. The story picks up shortly after the events in This Side of Murder. Verity and Sydney are trying to reconnect and repair their marriage. Verity, at a friend’s request, attends a seance, and the medium, Madame Zozza, channels a woman from Belgium that Verity worked undercover with during the War. Subsequent events take Verity, Sydney and Max to Belgium to uncover the meaning of the medium’s warning. What a wonderful book! The descriptions of war torn Belgium are vivid as both Verity and Sydney travel through the post war country and back through time to conquer their own personal demons. Anna Lee Huber has captured the anguish of survivors who utilized mediums and battlefield tours to try to deal with the grief of losing loved ones. I highly recommend this book. (And, I’m warming to Sydney, although I still prefer Max.) Looking forward to reading more of Verity’s adventures!
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