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Penny for Your Secrets

(Verity Kent #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  116 reviews
England, 1919. In Anna Lee Huber’s latest mystery, former Secret Service agent Verity Kent is finding that life after wartime offers its own share of danger . . .

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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Kensington
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Rachel McMillan
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anna Lee Huber is a freaking genius and here is why: this series is not just a murder mystery series ( though there is a murder and a mystery), nor is it just a plot with an espionage twist ( though Verity's work in the secret service in the Great War still plays a major role in the third instalment). This is a keen and brilliantly exploited historical look at the shift of human nature in the years following a war that changed the world and its habitants forever. Like so many, Verity and Sidney ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Penny for Your Secrets is the third installment in the historical murder mystery series, Verity Kent by Anna Lee Huber. I enjoyed the first two books and this one was no exception. In this book, Verity investigates not one but two seemingly unconnected murders. The first murder is of Lord Rockham, the husband of Verity's friend, Ada. Ada is the suspect because their marriage was on the rocks, and she was heard making a joke about killing her husband during a dinner party. The second murder is of ...more
Gail C.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Take a little murder, add a suspicious member of some unnamed secret service, throw in an old grudge from a former collegue and you’ve got the makings of the latest novel in the Verity Kent mystery series which features Verity and her husband Sydney who is still struggling with all he saw and did during the “Great War”. This is the third book in the series, although it is a complete mystery of it’s own and can be read as a stand alone. There are some secondary characters who first appeared in ea ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1919, an Verity Kent and her husband Sidney are residing in London. Shortly after they attend a dinner party, the host is murdered. Is Verity's friend, Ada, the widow, somehow involved? When there are two other murders, Verity wonders if they could be related to some people in power trying to cover up a deadly secret. I have enjoyed all of Anna Lee Huber's historical mysteries, and this one is a real page-turner. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Glad I stuck with this series. The first book was weaker, but books two and three made up for it. Recommended for fans of historical mysteries, WWI/post-WWI in particular, and capable lady sleuths.
Post-WWI, flappers, gin rickeys, jazz clubs, and a party atmosphere covers over dark deeds and silent suffering in the quiet hours. None more than Verity and Sydney Kent understand as they pick up the pieces to their lives and try to make their way far from the trenches for him and espionage work for her in a marriage teetering on the brink. Just when Verity wonders what they can do with themselves now, they are confronted by two separate friends' pleas for help with murder. I love diving right ...more
Cara Putman
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very satisfying mystery. Rich with time period and history. Ends with a twist that leaves me wanting more.
Judy Lesley
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this novel through the Amazon Vine Voices program.

At first glance I would have expected this historical mystery to be just the kind of book I find so fascinating and enjoy reading. It took me a while to notice how I was reacting and what the causes might be. The story was okay while I was reading it, but when I had to put the book down I then had to urge myself to pick it up again. I think I probably read four or five other books during the time I should have bee
1919 Intrigue with a capital 'I'!

Attending a dinner party and having the host murdered is shocking! For Verity Kent and Sidney we might be forgiven in thinking it's naught but small change for them after all they've encountered other the past years. It's not! Ada, Lady Rockman is an old friend of Verity's and due to a totally dramatic moment between the hosts at the dinner table, it seems Ada is about to be charged with murder.
Ada appeals to Verity for help. To find out who rea
The Lit Bitch
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
As many of you know, I have been a long time fan of Anna Lee Huber’s novels. She’s an exceptional writer and one that is perpetually on auto-buy for me!

Her latest series, Verity Kent, has been no exception. It’s an interesting time period—set immediately following WWI—and both the heroine and her husband are different characters than she’s written before which I find exciting.

This book is the third book in this series, and I would recommend reading the series beginning to
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Historical mysteries are a favorite reading genre for me. I'm familiar with Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby series which takes place in Regency times, so I decided to branch out to this new post Great War series with former British Secret Service agent Verity Kent and her former soldier husband Sidney.

This is the third book in the series but the first one I had read. It was easy enough to catch on to the story arc which began in the first book of the series. In that book Verity had belie
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 stars

As the third book in the Verity Kent Mystery Series, it picks up right where the second book, TREACHEROUS IS THE NIGHT, leaves off in 1919. Back home in London, Verity and her husband Sidney find themselves caught up in another murder investigation when Verity’s friend Ada is suspected of killing her husband. One of Verity’s former Secret Service coworkers also reaches out to Verity to look into her half-sister Esther’s death. The mo
I wish I had read Anna Lee Huber's first two Verity Kent mysteries, but it can't be helped. Penny for Your Secrets, the third in the series, caught my attention. I'll be watching for future books featuring Verity Kent and her husband, Sydney.

By September 1919, England is returning to normal after the Great War, or, at least as close to normal as a country can get after losing half the men. Verity, who had worked undercover for Special Services, is no longer working for them, and her
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller, aar, arc
I've given this a B at AAR, so 4 stars.

Note: This title is part of an ongoing series featuring the same characters, so there will be spoilers for the previous books in this review.

This third book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of mysteries featuring the intrepid Verity Kent sees our eponymous heroine and her recently returned husband Sidney investigating not one but two murders.  Penny for Your Secrets takes place just a few months following the events of book two, I've given this a B at AAR, so 4 stars.

Note: This title is part of an ongoing series featuring the same characters, so there will be spoilers for the previous books in this review.

This third book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of mysteries featuring the intrepid Verity Kent sees our eponymous heroine and her recently returned husband Sidney investigating not one but two murders.  Penny for Your Secrets takes place just a few months following the events of book two, 
Treacherous Is the Night, and although Verity and Sidney are on more of an even keel now than they were in that book, it’s clear that things between them are still delicately balanced . Neither of them is the same person who got married in 1914 after a whirlwind courtship, and the murder mystery storyline is underscored by the continuing exploration of Verity and Sidney’s marriage as they relearn each other and get to know they people they have become.  But their progress is impeded somewhat by the fact that both of them are still struggling to adapt to the world post-war as individuals;  Sidney with survivor’s guilt and PTSD while he tries to find his place in the world he’s come back to; Verity because she’s without a sense of purpose for the first time in years and because she’s still keeping secrets about the missions she undertook for the Secret Service.

The book opens with Verity and Sidney attending a dinner party hosted by the Marquess and Marchioness of Rockham, at which it is quickly obvious that all is not well between the couple.  Ada (the marchioness) – a friend of Verity’s – is Rockham’s second wife and was previously his mistress; they were in love when they married, but now things have soured. Rockham is rumoured to have another mistress and Ada makes no secret of her affair with Lord Ardmore, whom Verity believes holds some sort of hush-hush position within Naval Intelligence and whom Sidney pronounces “a bounder.”

After an uncomfortable dinner – at which Ada makes a very distasteful joke about shooting her husband – Verity and Sidney excuse themselves as soon as it’s polite to do so and make their way home, only to be woken in the early hours of the morning by a telephone call from an almost hysterical Ada, who tells them that Rockham is dead from a shot to the temple. The police are already on the scene and are clearly looking at Ada as their prime suspect, and while Verity believes her friend to have been guilty of poor judgment in her behaviour of late, she can’t believe her to be capable of murder, so she agrees to Ada’s request for help proving her innocence.

Just a day or so later, Verity is surprised by a visit from Irene Shaw, a former MI5 employee whom she met during the war.  Irene is desperate to find out more about the death of her half-sister Esther, who was killed during what seemed to be a burglary-gone-wrong a couple of weeks earlier.  But despite the fact that Esther’s room had been tossed, nothing was taken, which makes Irene suspect that perhaps the killer had an ulterior motive related to Esther’s wartime job in the censorship department of the Royal Mail.

You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance .
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Verity Kent and husband Sidney attend a party at the home of the Marquess of Rockham. There is clearly tension between Lord Rockham and his wife, Ada but when she pulls out a gun at the dinner table and makes a joke about killing her husband Verity knows there could be trouble ahead. When she receives a frantic call from Ada saying the Lord was dead, Verity fears her friend followed through on her statement.

Verity is also called on by a woman she met working with
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Learning to trust and know one another once more after years apart and war, Verity and Sidney are called to the aid of Ada. Former mistress to the Marquess of Rockham, Ada has risen to the ranks of the aristocracy by marrying the man but she certainly does not behave in a way befitting the role and the marriage is no longer a happy one. So after making an off-color joke about her husband during a dinner party and he is found murdered in his study, she is the prime suspect.

Working alo
Criminal Element
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Each installment in the Verity Kent series has vibrated with tension; Penny, though not quite as action-packed as the previous two mysteries, still has plenty to unease the reader. While the Kents have survived traitors and madmen bombers, their newest threat may be the most dangerous of all. In Lord Ardmore, Verity has met her own Moriarty: a high-placed, wealthy politician with eyes and ears everywhere, a criminal mastermind adept at manipulation and covering his tracks, whose reach is vast an ...more
4.5 stars, this series just keeps getting better! The Verity Kent series is darker and angstier than some of my other favorite historical series (e.g. Royal Spyness and Amory Ames), and the depth of emotion here is a welcome contrast to the bantery antics of Bright Young Things, although I certainly enjoy those as well. More than just murder mysteries and espionage, these books explore the aftereffects of war and how two people damaged by it connect (or, sometimes, don't). The mystery in this on ...more
3 1/2 stars. This is the third book in the Verity Kent mystery series and I don’t know if I either A: I had too high of an expectation and excitement of reading this story or B: it just wasn’t living up to the first two books in the series. Even though the writing was good, midway through the book it didn’t hold my attention. There seemed to be less page turning mystery and more grasping at straws, interviewing possible suspects, going down different avenues or guessing at who was responsible fo ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley.

The latest in the Verity Kent series, featuring a heroine who was a spy for Britain during WWI, now navigating life as a private investigator in the Roaring 20s, along with her returned-from-the-presumed-dead husband. In this book, Verity is investigating the murder of a friend's husband, but there are plenty of other things on her plate, including her husband's survivor's guilt and PTSD, and trying to come to terms with planning for
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I'm not sure if Huber is stretched too thin writing two books (or more) a year, but her last few books have lost the spark that I enjoyed earlier in both the Verity Kent and Lady Darby series. The first 60% of Penny for Your Secrets was a chore to get through. It felt like Verity was going through the motions of investigating the dual murders of her friend's/former informant's husband and her former co-worker's sister as she conducted a never-ending series of interviews to gather info ...more
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fascinating story in the post-WWI series featuring former spy Verity and her battle-scarred husband Sidney. This aristocratic couple has developed an investigative reputation in the society press from their past adventures. Verity and Sidney, however glamorous they seem to the public, are more of a weary, damaged, and thoughtful Nick and Nora Charles than Dashiell Hammett's sprightly, cocktail-imbibing figures, though they do share some characteristics. Huber gives readers quite a bit of ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Verity Kent #3
Publication Date: 10/29/19
Number of Pages: 336

The period just after World War I is a frenetic time. Everybody seemed to be struggling with survivors guilt and deep, deep sorrow – they all probably knew more people who had died than who had lived. The times were stressful with the soldiers returning home and trying to resurrect some semblance of a normal life and the women who had flocked into the workforce to fill the gaps left by the men being force
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is fast becoming one of my favorite mystery series ever!

I have always loved mysteries and historical fiction, so when I first started reading historical mysteries about ten years ago, I eagerly read as much as time allowed. Huber's impeccable attention to detail, a gripping mystery of murder and espionage with a dose of romance that sizzles make for a very satisfying read.

What I love most about Ms. Huber's books is her character arcs throughout a series. Verity and Sidney's inn
Linda Baker
The Great War may be over but not for everyone. For Verity Kent and husband, Sidney, it has been difficult to repair their marriage after Sidney allowed her to think that he had been killed in the war. His reason was noble, that of exposing a nest of traitors, but Verity is still struggling with the after-effects. Verity, of course, had her own secrets. She had worked with the Secret Service as an agent, sending her behind enemy lines. Verity's troubles make her sympathetic to those of a friend, ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Verity and Sydney Kent are a formidable pair and when they team up in solving a mystery, there are no holds barred and you do know that the end result will be exciting (apart from being solved of course).

1919 WWI is over but dangers abound and the Secret Service is still alive and kicking with political intrigue everywhere. Mystery and murder seem to follow Verity and when her friend Ada's husband is found shot dead in his own house, after a strange dinner party where his wife points
Dawn Michelle
This would have been a 5 star read had it not had a partial cliffhanger at the end - HOW annoying.
Other than that, this was a very, very, good read. I really like this series [how funny it seems now that I just wasn't sure about it with the first book] and am now looking forward to each new one and I will admit that I am sad that I will have to wait probably a whole year for another one.

This was a good reflection on just how tough it is to recover from the ravages of war - whether it be the m
The first thing to know is that the author has done an excellent job of filling the reader in on the relevant past, so you never feel like you've missed something important (but it did make me hunt up the earlier books because I really liked the characters!).
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
After receiving an ARC from Kensington Publishers, I couldn’t wait find out what Verity and Sidney Kent had involved themselves in. 3 murders and more war time intrigue kept the couple occupied. The author highlights how difficult it was to adjust to life after WWI, not only for men who served but women also.
It was mentioned that many women lost their lives, put reputations on the line ,
stepped up to fight the enemy but later were ill treated by many of their male superiors and not given
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a giveaway in return for an honest review.

Verity Kent is getting used to her new life with her husband Sidney, dancing and drinking and staying out all hours of the night, celebrating the life so many during the war thought would be lost. When one of Verity’s friends is suspected of murder, they ask Verity for help, and so begins the long and treacherous road toward the truth. Sidney assists Verity with her inquiry, and
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Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the forthcoming anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at ...more

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