• A Pretty Deceit

  • Verity Kent, Book 4
  • By: Anna Lee Huber
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2020 Anna Aycock (P)2020 Tantor

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less boring than last one

Well we've made it through four books in this series. It started out with a bang in book one and I was all excited but the succeeding books have not really captured my attention. This book almost succeeded in bringing back the intensity of the first book. The addition of Verity's disagreeable aunt and blind cousin went a long way in helping this book. Oversll the book is well written and I always enjoy the Historical tidbits added in. I will continue with the series and hope the spark and intensity of the first book returns.

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Snobby accent does story no favors

"Toffee-nosed aristocracy" is how my brother would describe this narrator, whose incredibly annoying accent would make one dislike the heroine, if one had not already read the first 3 books. Plus, her approach to reading has every sentence following the same pitch-arc, which gets tedious. Will probably buy the next one in regular book-form, rather than subject myself to more of this narrator, because I do like the heroine and the stories.

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great addition

Loved it, great addition to the series, enjoyed having all the main characters together. Also excited to see the next chapter of thier story. Loved the progression of Sidney and Veritys story.

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Too complex for less than a great narrator

There are a number of issues with this book. It is a continuation of an earlier book, and the story is extremely complex. Some of that can be alleviated by a really great narrator, but unfortunately, this narrator had a continuous issue with the music or rhythm of her speech. Every line was delivered in the same rhythm, with the voice going up at the end of each. Ta-tum, ta-tum, ta-tum, ta-taah. Whether there was excitement, description, seduction, or mayhem going on, always the same. It put me to sleep more than once. It’s a shame really because she did seem to have a reasonably good grasp of the characters but this is a bad vocal pattern that someone needs to address.
If the story had been less complicated, perhaps it would’ve mattered less, but there were lots of layers of good guys and bad guys here, and the narrator just made it harder to keep things straight. IMHO. I might check out the next in the series but probably not if it’s the same narrator. (Or, I will likely wait a couple of years until I’ve forgotten how frustrating she is and pick it up.)

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Best one yet!

Most twisting storyline and all out engaging of the series. Illustrates the horrors and suffering of wars' unsung heroes, the women "left behind", as they struggle to keep it all together and Carry On while they clean up after yet another mess made by men.

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A very enjoyable read

A pretty story. lots of twists and turns with a surprise at the end. Well written and narrated.

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An enjoyable series

This is the 4th book of the series. I have enjoyed them all. The narrator does a great job. I like the way she does not attempt to speak the male parts in an artificial low voice - somehow the dialogue flows as evenly as the descriptive parts. I hope the next book in the series completes the challenges presented by the villain. That story line needs to draw to a close. The author writes creatively, the characters are well developed and allowed to evolve. I highly recommend this series for good escapist literature, so appreciated during these Covid days.

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Excellent Series

This is one of the most exciting series I have listened to in quite some time and I have listened to over 500 audibles – most mysteries / thrillers.

This is a dynamic series with each book building upon the last. We get to know the main characters in more depth and the author does an excellent job portraying the survivor guilt and PSTD of post WWI soldiers. Also, the anger felt by women who are ‘forced’ to return to pre-war society expectations. The war allowed women to show their potential in a working environment; after the war women were expected to return to their roles as mothers and housewives.

The story line will is thrilling and engaging and I can not wait for the next book in the series. I like the narrator and she is the reason I stumbled across this series. I enjoyed her readings of the Lady Darby Mystery series

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Perfection all around!!

My new favorite series and writer!! I also ** love ** the narrator—- perfect for the class and time!!

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Another entertaining installment

The Verity Kent series continues to be a hit for me! Set in England, Post WWI, it’s a fascinating time where the country is trying to recover from the devastations Great War inflicted. It’s best to read the series in order to appreciate the relationships, connections, and the continuing story arc of Lord Ardmore and his conspiracy during the war.

Verity and Sidney were married right before the war, and it took a toll on their marriage, and even though they are deeply, and passionately in love there’s still lingering hurts over what happened. I love them together and appreciate the realistic way the author is presenting their relationship.

There’s a double mystery here that somehow comes together in the end. Verity and Sidney continue to pursue evidence against Lord Ardmore for crimes he’s committed during the war, but he seems to be one step ahead of them at every turn. Still, they are getting closer to the truth which puts them as well as Max, and Xavier in danger. There were a couple of close calls for Verity here! Verity and Sidney are also dragged into her aunt’s troubles: thefts of artwork and other valuable as well as damage to her aunt’s home when the Air Force took over the estate as a base for their flyboys during the war.

I alternately listened to the audio version and read an e-copy. Heather Wilds performance is wonderful! Her English accent is perfect for Verity and her male voices are really good, too. Looking forward to the next installment!