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Book Review: ‘Treacherous is the Night’

October 11, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick


A smart and savvy mystery period series is much sought-after in my reading repertoire — and while a large variety of such series’ exist, not all meet the standard I most enjoy. “Treacherous is the Night” by Anna Lee Huber, however, is the first in a historical mystery series that has become of my new favorites. 

The heroine is Verity Kent, a discerning lady spy, a driven woman and a widow of World War I England — that is, until she learns Sidney is actually very much alive and she is now merely estranged from a husband she cannot find. Kent goes undercover again. Investigation leads her to an unlikely and doubtful source — a medium. The medium channels and guides Kent towards Sidney, a fellow Secret Service spy. Despite her initial thoughts, Kent is suddenly hot on the trail to finding her husband.

Then, however, the medium is murdered. Kent and all her efforts are thwarted. Compounding her efforts even further, other Secret Service agents Kent once much trusted turn their backs on her. 

Kent refuses to be daunted. Headstrong, she goes into war-torn Belgium, where she’ll find Sidney. The trouble isn’t over, however. Kent and her husband are clearly destined to live a life outside of the ordinary.

This is the second book in the series. The first was more enjoyable than the second, though “Treacherous is the Night” does an excellent job of continuing Kent’s story, keeping up the sense of tension and continuing the saga with a plot that zigs and zags. This is a perfect series for anyone who loves whodunit mysteries as well as historical fiction. It is rich detail without being fussy, and has characters true to the era and circumstances.

“War makes the irrational rational,’ I replied simply and then sighed. ‘I know this isn’t war anymore, but ...’ His gaze met mine. ‘But it sure bloody feels like it.’” 

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