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A Pretty Deceit - By Anna Lee Huber

A Pretty Deceit

Verity Kent Book 4
Available Oct 6, 2020

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, in award-winning author Anna Lee Huber's thrilling mystery series.

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 once 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 . . .


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Praise For A Pretty Deceit

A thrilling and touching amalgam of wartime suffering, high crimes, and deadly secrets.
- Kirkus Reviews

The ongoing story line involving Ardmore will intrigue series readers. Fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd will appreciate the psychological and social issues affecting the British after World War I.
- Library Journal

Lush historical details bring 1919 England to bold life, and the romantic heat between our newly reunited couple adds to the fullness of the tale. Espionage and murder investigation are deftly interwoven for a compelling story that leaves me, once again, clamoring for more. In Huber's A PRETTY DECEIT, spy-turned-investigator Verity Kent adeptly juggles a murder mystery while battling against an English traitor's machinations.
- Fresh Fiction

A historical mystery to delight fans of Agatha Christie or Daphne du Maurier.
- BookPage

A Pretty Deceit is the most suspenseful and action-packed entry [in the series] thus far... Huber proves she's an author with staying power, as each novel further develops a winning bunch of characters and makes us more and more invested in their search for the truth—and personal peace. A Pretty Deceit will more than satisfy established fans and is a riveting introduction for newcomers.
- Criminal Element








The Deadly Hours


The Deadly Hours

An Anthology
Coming September 1, 2020

A stellar line-up of historical mystery novelists weaves the tale of a priceless and cursed gold watch as it passes through time wreaking havoc from one owner to another. The characters are irrevocably linked by fate, each playing a key role in breaking the curse and destroying the watch once and for all.

From 1733 Italy to Edinburgh in 1831 to a series of chilling murders in 1870 London, and a lethal game of revenge decades later, the watch touches lives with misfortune, until it comes into the reach of one young woman who might be able to stop it for good.


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Praise For The Deadly Hours

Intriguing, full of suspense, and deliciously satisfying, The Deadly Hours is a fantastic read. I've long adored each of these authors' individual work; together, they're an unstoppable force.
- Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author

A charming book. Four interconnected visits to a world of danger, wit, beauty and genuine romance. Treat yourself. Emerge refreshed, and smiling! I did.
- Anne Perry, International Bestselling Author

What a treat! Everyone loves a good "curse" story, and here are four of them, all together in one very clever bundle. I was wishing the curse could go on for another decade or two, just so I could read another story about it!
- Victoria Thompson, USA Today Bestselling author of MURDER ON PLEASANT AVENUE

A gold watch rumored to be cursed links the plots of the four novellas in this superior anthology.
- Publishers Weekly

A diverting weaving of historical mystery, intrigue, and superstition, creating a pleasing whole.
- Fresh Fiction

Readers will enjoy puzzling along with the protagonists... Fans of historical mystery will happily travel through time to follow Kearsley, Harris, Huber and Trent and the cursed watch they've invented.
- Shelf Awareness








A Stroke of Malice - By Anna Lee Huber


A Stroke of Malice

Lady Darby Book 8
Available April 7, 2020

Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are looking forward to celebrating with new friends at an exciting yearly soiree, but they soon learn that murder never takes a holiday in the latest riveting installment in this national bestselling series.

January 1832. After enjoying a delightful few weeks with her family, expectant mother Kiera and Sebastian Gage have been invited to the Duchess of Bowmont's Twelfth Night party in Traquair, Scotland. Though she normally avoids such fashionable, rambunctious events, Kiera is ready to join in the festive merrymaking. But upon their arrival at the opulent estate, it becomes obvious that all is not merry in their hostess's home. The family appears to be under a great strain, and someone seems determined to cause mayhem among the guests with a series of forged notes.

Matters swiftly turn from irksome to downright deadly when the partygoers stumble upon a decomposing body in the castle's crypt. The corpse is thought to be the duchess's son-in-law who had purportedly traveled to Paris more than a month earlier. It is evident the man met with foul play, and Kiera and Gage soon realize that a ruthless murderer walks among them—and may well be a member of the duchess's own family. And when the investigation takes a treacherous turn, Kiera discovers just how deep the killer is willing to dig to keep their secrets from ever seeing the light of day.

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Praise For A Stroke of Malice

Huber makes the most of her creepy setting and never strains credulity during the course of the investigation or at the ultimate reveal.
- Publishers Weekly

Romance, suspense, mystery, and bawdy historical customs add up to a fine read.
- Kirkus

Huber is an expert at crafting strong characters and then throwing them into mazes of intrigue, and Malice is one of her wildest puzzles to date. Just when everything seems obvious, we find ourselves facing a blind alley and are forced to reexamine our conclusions. Take nothing for granted here; the truth is always more shocking than you assume... Whether you're already a Lady Darby fan, or just love historical mysteries starring clever, stubborn women, A Stroke of Malice is a must-read.
- Criminal Element

In a break-glass-for-emergency-comfort-read scenario, this book fits the bill.
- Smart B*tiches Trashy Books

Huber once again provides an engaging mystery surrounded by all the gratifying historical details that any historical Anglophile craves.
- Fresh Fiction

Huber continues to deliver intriguing whodunits...this may be the best book of the series so far!
- All About Romance

Details of dress and decor add interest to this eighth in the Lady Darby series, which furthers the loving relationship between Kiera and Gage. A romantic mystery and a rich period piece.
- Booklist







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