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Murder Most Fair–grief

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Murder Most Fair

by Anna Lee Huber

What is the best way to grieve? Murder Most Fair weaves that theme throughout a captivating mystery by Anna Lee Huber. This novel has its basis in the spy and undercover operations of the Great War (WWI). The espionage secrets of that period are held close by those involved because of the Official Secrets Act which binds them through honor and legalities. It is in this atmosphere that Verity Kent, a spy, and her husband Sidney Kent, a war hero also engaged in undercover work, pursue what appears to be the frivolous, carefree lifestyle of the young rich.

In reality, like so many of that period, Verity and Sidney are working through grief—for Verity, the personal loss of her beloved brother Rob and for both of them, the witnessing of many soldiers and civilians killed or maimed in the conflicts. The couple is also struggling to avoid the clutches of the evil Lord Ardmore in a different type of war fallout. Meanwhile, we get a first hand view of the hatred many in England felt for all Germans. Verity’s great-aunt Ilse manages to obtain legal entry to Great Britain along with her German maid. Ilse is but a shell of her former self after surviving the war in a country where even if you had money, there was nothing to buy. Malnutrition and starvation were rampant.

The mystery becomes deadly as it progresses. Sidney and Verity are asked to investigate on the side as the local law officer has never handled a murder case. Verity’s relationship with her family is highly stressed as she has not been home in five years, including for her brother’s funeral. Her absence was quite painful for her mother.

Huber’s descriptions are outstanding, evoking a visual and emotional picture. She places the reader in the middle of the setting along with the characters. Her plot is intricately crafted with threads that seem to go nowhere…until they do. This is a good historical novel with suspense to keep you turning pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Notes: #5 in the Verity Kent Mystery Series. I haven’t read all the books in this series, but Huber provides needed background information, so this book could be read as a standalone.

Publication: August 3, 2021—Kensington

Memorable Lines:

I wrapped my juniper-green woolen jumper tighter around me and breathed deeply of the air tinted with the smoke from the hearths burning inside, the earthy aroma of autumn decay, and a faint tinge of saltiness from the sea a short distance away. The breeze sawed gently through the trees overhead, rustling the leaves like castanets…

“Well, the Jerries weren’t happy to sit in their mudholes and cesspits any more than we were. We were both just cogs caught up in the higher-ups’ wheels of madness.”

Most of the war dead, of course, had not been repatriated, instead being buried in France, Belgium, Gallipoli, Palestine, and other far-flung places on the globe. But nonetheless I could feel their absence like the missing notes of a song or the lost verse of a poem.


  1. WendyW says:

    I like those quotes you added. I don’t read much in the WWI time period, this looks good.

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  2. I have read many WW11 historical novels, but not WW1, and should read this one to expand my understanding of this difficult period. Thanks Linda~

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  3. Gretchen says:

    I just picked up the first book in this series from the library. I’m looking forward to getting started on it. The WW1 setting is unique and I always like to learn more about that time.

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  4. Carla says:

    I am not familiar with this book or series, but it sounds interesting.I have also not read many books set during WW1, but this sounds like one I would like. Nice review, Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thank you, Carla. Your comment brought up a memory for me. It was Betty Louise in Idaho who first recommended this series to me. She loved it! I have fond memories of her; she was quite a lady, reader, and reviewer.

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      • Carla says:

        I was just thinking about Betty Louise the other day as well. She was definitely quite a reader and reviewer. I was wondering how her husband was doing without her. 💖🙏

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      • lghiggins says:

        That is such a good question. I really had not thought about Bob since she passed away. I doubt if there is any way to find out, but I can certainly pray for him and am embarrassed that I had not thought of him since she passed.


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