Anna Lee Huber, author of the Lady Darby mystery series, returns with book 2 of her WWI Verity Kent series (book 1’s review can be found here). Now reunited with the husband she once thought lost in the war, Verity Kent begins the monumental task of rebuilding her marriage and putting the war behind them for good. Both Sidney and Verity have secrets they’d rather not share of their time during the conflict – Sidney in the trenches on the front lines and Verity as a Secret Service agent – but deciding how much to share of their pasts so soon after their reunion makes for a rocky reconciliation. When a medium sends Verity a message from a former undercover colleague asking for help, Verity’s past becomes anything but forgotten. Verity returns to the medium’s home hoping for more answers, but finds the house engulfed in flames, the medium inside dead. Sidney and Verity must navigate through the ravages of post war Belgium, looking for the remnants of a top secret spy ring known as La Dame Blanche, and uncover the true meaning of the message before more lives are lost.
Emotionally complex, historically thorough, and completely absorbing, this series is a joy to read. Verity is the sort of flawed but deep character that truly anchors a series, and this book, which touches upon the real life La Dame Blanche spy network, is both informative and gripping. The mystery this time out is a bit convoluted, but Verity is the sort of character that you will follow anywhere, knowing the journey will be worth it.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is published on September 25th! Amazon link is here to pre-order.