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A Certain Darkness by Anna Lee Huber
Series: Verity Kent Mystery #6
Published by Kensington Books on August 30, 2022
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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March 1920: Life has turned unsettlingly quiet for former British Intelligence agent Verity Kent and her husband, Sidney. But even that false calm is about to end. As threats remain, the French authorities soon request Sidney’s help with a suspect who claims to have proof of treason—shortly before she is assassinated. And Verity, too, is called to investigate a mystery.
The murder of a Belgian lawyer aboard a train seems at first to be a simple case of revenge. But the victim was connected to British Intelligence, and possessed papers detailing the sinking of a gold-laden German ship during the war.
As Verity and Sidney dig deeper, they discover their cases are intertwined—and a lethal adversary persists. Officially, the Great War may be over, but this is a battle of nerves and wits they cannot afford to lose…
Post WWI era intrigue and murder along with a slow build second chance marital romance are at the heart of the fabulous Verity Kent series. Each installment fills me with high anticipation when I pick up the latest release because I know I will devour the book and be left satisfied, but wanting more.
A Certain Darkness is the sixth in a series that must be read in order through the build of relationships, the series long suspense plot, and ongoing personal growth though yes, there are murder mysteries that wrap up in each book.
Still on the trail of the poisonous gas that is meant to be released in Ireland and the bringing down of an insidious powerful British mastermind behind the gas and other schemes of intrigue, Verity and Sidney agree to two separate missions back in the area of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands where they served during the war.
First, Sidney is contacted by the French police that they have a prisoner who will only share what she knows to Sidney and she happens to be an informant who played both sides during the war. Verity is contacted by her former spymaster boss to follow up on the murder of one of his agents and some volatile missing papers in the neutral ground of the Netherlands. The marital team do not separate, but help each other work their separate case and assignment only to find that someone- a few someones don’t want them finding answers and they discover the truth will be a game changer.
I love this series not just for the cunning murder mysteries and intrigue plotting, but for the sensational characters, their growth, and the relationship that is difficult though amazing between Verity and Sidney. And, let’s not forget the attention to historical setting and backdrop. Sidney is still dealing with the costs of war that haunt him and, in so doing, haunt their marriage while Verity is also dealing with the effect of working as a spy during the war and Sidney faking his death to get justice for his men and clear his name. They are getting there and it is precious to see them feel their marriage and love is worth the fight.
The mystery was twisting and got dangerous as they tracked the trail to discover the answer to murder and missing papers for two situations. I loved seeing some of their familiar opponents show up. The setting was mostly the Netherlands and I liked the change up, though the focus was the mystery and the cultural history was background while the war history was the focus.
All in all, that big reveal about their cases and the announcement of new trouble in Ireland at the end will make things interesting going forward and I am dying to see what comes next. Historical mystery fans who like a blend with spy thriller and second chance romance should definitely give these a try.
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