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  • Pure Delight!

    My sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this delightful book in exchange for an honest review. The prologue details a war scene in 1918 France and the remainder of the book takes place in England in 1919, just after the war. Chapter 1, first paragraph, stole my heart! Verity and Sidney had both been involved in the war and they, along with other characters, lived with its horrors, nightmares, inner turmoil, remorse and despair. Resulting intricate threads permeate the book in all directions as the characters struggle to find normalcy and safety. Murder, theft and intrigue span the plot and subplots . I liked the historical aspect and atmosphere including castles, secrets and trying to determine which sides everyone was on. Most female characters are depicted as strong and independent which is refreshing. A few parts were comparatively slow but perhaps this was to create a balance as there was a lot of action as well. Murder mysteries/WWI era readers will absorb this like a sponge! All in all, a fascinating read, like others I've read by Anna Lee Huber.

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  • A missing maid and a murder mystery

    Verity and her husband Sidney are still trying to discover why the previous Lord Hyde was murdered, presumably on Lord Ardmore's orders and the connection to the smuggling of opium on the Zebrina during the war, with the help of the new Lord Hyde and Verity's old war secret service colleague Alec. However, Verity's father insists they visit his sister in Wiltshire to investigate various issues, including a missing maid. At first I found the split focus of this novel a bit distracting, one minute Verity is in Wiltshire comforting her very annoying aunt and her cousin Reg who was blinded in the war, the next minute she's careering around the countryside following a series of cryptic clues around Roman ruins. I am not a fan of the overarching Lord Ardmore plot, although I have a secret hope that he turns out to be a good guy working deep undercover to unmask traitors, and the treasure hunt that leads Verity and her gang around the country seemed a bit overblown - does anyone in real life go to the trouble of burying a series of cryptic clues all over the country? I also have issues with the way that all of Verity's investigations seem to be linked - is Lord Ardmore a one-man crimewave. And don't even get me started on Verity's use of slang, most of which seems to be either anachronistic and/or wrong for an uppercrust woman to use, or the use of the word 'elite' when it should be aristocracy. Okay, so that's a whole bunch of niggles but overall I really enjoy these amateur detective mysteries. I didn't guess the identity of the murderer, but the clues were there, which I really like - I am definitely not a fan of the detective story where no-one knows the clues. I also appreciate that this mystery did not get solved by Sidney talking to one of his acquaintances in order to get the clue that unlocks the mystery. And, despite myself, I am getting enthralled in the Ardmore mystery and the secret Verity uncovers about her war service. Now I can't wait for the next book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • Entertaining Mystery

    1919 October. Verify and her husband Sidney are asked by her father to visit her Aunt Ernestine and her cousin Baronet Reginald Popham, who was blinded in the war. Their home, Littlemote House, was requisitioned by the RAF during the war and was badly treated and she believes that they deserve compensation. Also Lady Lionel is convinced that some of the heirlooms have been stolen, and some forgeries replacing others. But then a body is discovered. But the Kents have other problems as Lord Ardmore and his schemes continue. As this story is the series arc, I would recommend reading the others in the series first. Another enjoyable mystery, a well-written story with its very likeable characters. A good addition to the series.

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  • Intrigue and mystery after WWI

    I am so enjoying this series. It is chronicling so many post Great War issues and giving the reader insight into the generation that experienced this tragedy. Such an intriguing time. Verity, who works undercover with the Secret Service, teams up with her husband (who she thought was killed but was not), to work on a case. She soon is tasked with helping her Aunt Ernestine with issues at Ardmore after soldiers were stationed there. Missing treasures, a murder, a sinister villain, so much to take in! The pace gets more frantic as the story evolves. The continuing thread about Lord Ardmore is perfect. I love the books that Ms. Huber writes. She does her homework about the time period and you can tell she’s taken lots of time to work out the mystery, leading all of her readers on a satisfying adventure! This is book 4 in the series and although it can be read as a standalone, I’d suggest reading the series in order.

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  • Well done!

    post WW-1, historical-fiction, historical-research, cosy-mystery, murder-investigation, espionage, survivor-s-guilt, suspense, blindness, England***** Sidney and Verity have been married for five years but spent most of the time apart because of the war, so those problems are a large part of the plot. Included in that aspect is, (1919, eleven months after the Armistice) that Verity spent much of that time working in the Intelligence Division. Enhanced her detective ability but made for some problems in home life considering the time as well as their post war issues. Verity and Sidney have been ordered off to her aunt's estate to resolve some problems that the aunt will not turn over to fully capable son who was blinded in the war. While there, a groundskeeper is murdered and some other oddities surface. As the police appear to be managing, the couple hare off to London to celebrate her birthday with friends but become embroiled in finding proof that another peer has been and still is a traitor. This is a very busy book going back and forth between complicated issues an might be a tad difficult for a reader who is coming to the series cold. I am not, so I thought it was really well done! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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