The Great War may be over, but for many, there are still obstacles on the home front. Reconciling with her estranged husband makes Verity sympathetic to her friend Ada’s marital difficulties. Bourgeois-bred Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to navigate the ways of the aristocracy. And when Lord Rockham is discovered shot through the heart with a bullet from Ada’s revolver, Verity fears her friend has made a fatal blunder.
While striving to prove Ada’s innocence, Verity is called upon for another favor. The sister of a former Secret Service colleague has been killed in what authorities believe was a home invasion gone wrong. The victim’s war work—censoring letters sent by soldiers from the front—exposed her to sensitive, disturbing material. Verity begins to suspect these two unlikely cases may be linked. But as the connections deepen, the consequences—not just for Verity, but for Britain—grow more menacing than she could have imagined.
Review of Penny for Your Secrets
Two deaths, a missing ship, British intelligence work, and possible rebellion close to home have Verity and Sidney Kent digging up clues, history and connections in order to find the truth. The constant flow of facts can be overwhelming, but the constant conjecture by Verity and Sidney have the reader following along with bated breath.
While mysteries are being investigated, Penny for Your Secrets shows us the developing relationship between the Verity and her husband Sidney, the returned war hero. They are, at times, very close and in sync and at other times, emotionally separated due to their own war experiences. This intriguing couple will continue to grow and make the series more than just a mystery series.
I dare you to read Penny for Your Secrets and not come away with a renewed understanding of that time in history. Like any of Ms. Huber’s historical mysteries, the details are meticulously researched and beautifully drawn in her depiction of post-World War I England. The post-war atmosphere is both carefree and tense. As a reader, it is easy to see how the Great War changed society forever.
You can read the books in this series as a standalones, but the experience is enhanced by starting at the beginning. The Verity Kent Mystery series includes This Side of Murder, Treacherous is the Night and Penny for your Secrets. If you are a fan of historical mysteries, I recommend all three books!
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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