Penny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3) by Anna Lee Huber

Penny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3)

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 Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to na...

Details Penny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3)

TitlePenny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3)
Release DateOct 29th, 2019
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Penny for Your Secrets (Verity Kent, #3)

  • Rachel McMillan
    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 h...
  • Milena
    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 husb...
  • Gail C.
    Take a little murder, add a suspicious member of some unnamed secret service, throw in an old grudge from a former collegue and youve 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 its own and can be read as a stand alone. There are some...
  • Linden
    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 ...
  • G.
    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.
  • Sophia
    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...
  • Judy Lesley
    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 b...
  • Mara Pemberton
    I love this series. Heather Wilds is one of my favorite narrators. She's also is also on my top 20 list. I'd listen to her read the phone book. It always amazes me how much research is done for our favorite historical mysteries and historical romance books for it to come together.
  • Cara Putman
    A very satisfying mystery. Rich with time period and history. Ends with a twist that leaves me wanting more.
  • The Lit Bitch
    As many of you know, I have been a long time fan of Anna Lee Hubers novels. Shes an exceptional writer and one that is perpetually on auto-buy for me!Her latest series, Verity Kent, has been no exception. Its an interesting time periodset immediately following WWIand both the heroine and her husband are different characters than shes written before which I find exciting.This book is the third book in this series, and I would recommend reading the...
  • eyes.2c
    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 Veri...
  • Caz
    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 Hubers 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 ev...
  • Kate Baxter
    This third installment in the Verity Kent Mystery series is complex, twisting, emotionally charged, somewhat dark and is a thoroughly rewarding read. Author Anna Lee Huber writes exquisitely with a tremendous understanding of the pulse of English society, circa 1919. She has gone to great lengths to display the emotional undercurrent playing out among the various characters. Tensions are high and everyone's walking on eggshells.The Great War has ...
  • Sarah
    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...
  • writer...
    Completed this next in series. Steady pacing, twists and descriptives of Verity and Sidney as theypursue post war espionage and adventures together.
  • Lauren
    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 ...
  • OLT
    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...
  • Daniele
    4.5 starsPENNY FOR YOUR SECRETS is marvelous!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 Veritys friend Ada is suspected of killing her husband. One of Veritys former Secret Service coworkers also reaches out to Verity to look into her half...
  • Lesa
    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, i...
  • Lynn
    3 1/2 stars. This is the third book in the Verity Kent mystery series and I dont know if I either A: I had too high of an expectation and excitement of reading this story or B: it just wasnt living up to the first two books in the series. Even though the writing was good, midway through the book it didnt hold my attention. There seemed to be less page turning mystery and more grasping at straws, interviewing possible suspects, going down differen...
  • LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
    Dollycass 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 calle...
  • Lorena
    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 tryi...
  • Criminal Element
    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 manipulati...
  • Sarah
    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 conn...
  • Renee
    Loved it! Sparkling heroine, spanking good mystery, spot on narration, and unexpected depth provided by the poignant ex-soldiersincluding Veritys husbandstruggling to forge new lives in the aftermath of WWI. Cant wait for the next adventure! Loved it! Sparkling heroine, spanking good mystery, spot on narration, and unexpected depth provided by the poignant ex-soldiers—including Verity’s husband—struggling to forge new lives in the afterma...
  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    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 c...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Verity Kent #3Publication Date: 10/29/19Number of Pages: 336The 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 le...
  • Annie
    Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader. Penny for Your Secrets is the third Verity Kent mystery by Anna Lee Huber. Released 29th Oct 2019 by Kensington, it's 336 pages and available in a library edition, paperback, audio, and ebook formats.This is a really enjoyable period (interwar England, 1919) cozy murder mystery series and this book in particular highlighted the difficulties of communication and trust building between main character...
  • Carole (in Canada)
    My Rating: 4.5*The book opens with an intriguing quote by Benjamin Franklin that sets the tone for this novel quite well: "Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." And it doesn't take long before murder rears its ugly head. This is book three of the Verity Kent series and one I loved being back in. I strongly recommend you start with book one, "This Side of Murder", as each book builds on the previous.The Great War has ended, but life f...
  • Susan
    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 throug...