Monday, August 29, 2022

A Certain Darkness - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads: A Certain Darkness (A Verity Kent Mystery #6) by Anna Lee Huber

Rating: Really Liked It! (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  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…

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  This is a favorite series.

My Impression: This isn't a typical mystery.  Yes, there's a dead body and Verity and Sidney do figure out who killed him but the murder isn't nearly as important as the information that the dead man was carrying.  The focus of this book and this series in general is more on dealing with the aftermath of World War I.  While the war is over there are still secrets lurking in the shadows and emotions are still running high.

I really like how much this series focuses on World War I which is not something I know a huge amount about.  Spending time with Verity and Sidney as they searched through Belgium and viewed the aftermath of the war as well as dealing with their own memories was really interesting.   I feel like Verity and Sidney are both growing quite a lot as characters and a couple which is really good to see.  

This is not a series that you can jump in at whatever book.  While the basic mystery is standalone the story arc that has been running through the bulk of the series connects to most aspects of the mystery and the characters involved.  

I really enjoy this series and Verity and Sidney.  There is some setup for the next book at the end of this book and I'm so excited for it.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  I really enjoy this series and everything else I've read by this author.

Would I Recommend this Book? While I don't recommend starting with this book I highly recommend this series.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I have not read this author or series but glad you are enjoying it. I read so many WWI and WWII books last year that I am still burned out and trying to avoid them for a while. Lovely review!

  2. I love Huber's Lady Darby series, but I haven't read any of her Verity Kent books yet. They do sound good though.

  3. I really want to read this series.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. Sounds like such a wonderful series. I love the time period.

  5. I haven't read this series yet but it does look good.

  6. Totally agree, a series that has to start at the beginning. This was a nail biting ride I thought.

  7. This series sounds really interesting! I cannot think of many books that I can remember reading that were set during this time period.