Official Synopsis from Goodreads: In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. But it will take an all too earthbound intrigue to draw in the discerning heroine of Anna Lee Huber’s latest mystery . . .
It’s not that Verity Kent doesn’t sympathize with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now that she’s discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend’s behest, Verity attends a séance, where she encounters the man who still looms between her and Sidney—and a medium who channels a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service. Refusing to believe her former fellow spy is dead, Verity is determined to uncover the source of the spiritualist’s top secret revelation.
Then the medium is murdered—and Verity’s investigation is suddenly thwarted. Even Secret Service agents she once trusted turn their backs on her. Undaunted, Verity heads to war-torn Belgium, with Sidney by her side. But as they draw ever closer to the danger, Verity wonders if she’s about to learn the true meaning of till death do us part . . .
Genre: Historical Mystery
Setting: 1919 London and Belgium
***I received an eARC copy of Treacherous Is the Night from the publisher, Kensington, via NetGalley***
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***this post contains spoilers for book one of the series, This Side of Murder***
Review: A bit far-fetched and confusing for me. Treacherous Is the Night by Anna Lee Huber is the second entry in the Verity Kent mystery series that is set in London right after WWI. Verity is a likeable heroine, she’s tough and in control, and always seems to know what to do or say in any given situation. I like her and am always ready to listen to her put someone in his or her place or take someone by surprise. Because I like the character of Verity so much, I struggled a lot with my opinions about this book. I found the mystery here to be too confusing and complicated. Verity attends a séance and then embarks on a journey to find a spy with that she worked with during WWI. The journey takes her to Belgium, where we spend the majority of the book. The setting of Belgium after WWI was fascinating to me. I haven’t read anything about Belgium before, and I found the descriptions of the cities and towns, and also the destruction quite interesting to read about.
While the setting was interesting, sadly, the characters, besides Verity, I couldn’t connect to. I’m not a huge fan of Verity’s husband, Sidney, and this book was very Sidney-centric, and while I honestly don’t think the book could’ve gone (or even should’ve gone) in a different direction in regards to their relationship at this point, I still just can’t get behind the Verity-Sidney pairing. There’s something holding me back from embracing Sidney’s character, and I can’t figure out what that is. He’s strong and caring, but he also let Verity think he was dead for over a year before he came out of the shadows in book one, This Side of Murder. But, while I’m not overly fond of Sidney, Verity sure is and they make a good team as they think similarly and bring out each others strengths.
Besides Verity and Sidney, there are other characters tied to the mystery, and there were so many captains and lieutenants and majors with no distinguishing characteristics, and I couldn’t tell any of them apart! And as such, quickly got lost in all of the shuffle of the mystery and the who-why-what-when. Once I finally decided to stop trying to figure out who anyone was and just go with it, I ended up enjoying the story much more!
Besides the confusing characters, we also have a far-fetched plot with a séance in London sending our sleuths to Belgium to find a spy in hiding. The spy in hiding leaves clues along the way to her whereabouts, and while the clues were clever, Verity and Sidney would solve them instantly, and the whole plotline felt too unrealistic and stretching. So for me, this one was a bit of a miss, but I’m torn on this series because I loved book one, I enjoy the character of Verity and look forward to what comes next for her.
Bottom Line: Too confusing and far-fetched, but the character of Verity is a lot of fun.