A Pretty Deceit - Verity Kent, Bk 4 Author:Anna Lee Huber In the aftermath of the Great War, the line between friend and foe may be hard to discern, even for indomitable former Secret Service agent Verity Kent. — Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her father, Verity agrees to visit his sister in Wiltshire. Her o... more »nce prosperous aunt has fallen on difficult times and is considering selling their estate. But there are strange goings-on at the manor, including missing servants, possible heirloom forgeries, and suspicious rumors -- all leading to the discovery of a dead body on the grounds.
While Verity and her husband, Sidney, investigate this new mystery, they are also on the trail of an old adversary -- the shadowy and lethal Lord Ardmore. At every turn, the suspected traitor seems to be one step ahead of them. And even when their dear friend Max, the Earl of Ryde, stumbles upon a code hidden among his late father’s effects that may reveal the truth about Ardmore, Verity wonders if they are really the hunters -- or the hunted . .« less
Loyal Huber reader here, but I have several bones to pick with this Verity Kent installment.
Repetitive -- could have easily been trimmed by 30-40 pages.
No plucky gal pals -- Verity spends all her time with three men who are half or fully in love with her. After a while it's a yawn. Where are the interesting female characters?
Lord Ardmore -- I know it's the fashion for mystery series in print and onscreen to pit the main characters against a Big Bad, some mega-villain with vast resources and reach, inevitable intolerance for loose ends, no thought to ever being held to account. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't think THAT's interesting, either. Put Verity and Sidney into a fair fight with culprits on a comparable scale to them.