Published by Berkley on January 16th 2018
Genres: Historical Mystery
Source: Penguin FirstToRead
London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .
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I LOVED THIS BOOK! Just loved it! Such an engaging heroine our Miss Veronica Speedwell! A strong, bold, fiercely independent, sassy, feminine lead character and so atypical of the time period – which I loved!! A mystery to solve along the way and oodles of tension and of course the potential of romance blossoming between Veronica and Stoker in future books is just so exciting!
I really really really wish I had read this series in order!!! I feel like I would have enjoyed it even more and given the book a seven-star rating haha You will still enjoy the book without a doubt if you haven’t read the previous two…but I would strongly recommend reading the series in order. I haven’t read the first two books at all and really wish I had for maximum impact of the storyline and the relationship development between Veronica and Stoker.
Miss Veronica Speedwell – lepidopterist (someone who studies butterflies and moths), adventuress and mystery solver is intrigued by the latest mystery involving her partner in crime and colleague, Stoker.
A priceless diadem has been stolen from a major archaeological find from an Egyptian princess’s tomb and Stoker’s former expedition partner has disappeared. A string of mysterious happenings around London and Egypt, strongly challenge Stoker’s reputation and Veronica and Stoker must work together to prove his innocence and solve the mystery that is plaguing London!
Should I say I LOVED this book again? I loved Veronica and Stoker! They are the epitome of a perfect couple….They have a strong friendship base, they work together as a team, they point out each other’s flaws and make them acknowledge them, they are fiercely protective of each other and have each other’s backs! #couplegoals seriously! And they aren’t even a couple yet! Can you imagine the tension and leadup to their ackowledgement of their potential love for each other? I cannot wait! So I have focused on their relationship first because as a romance reader, that’s what jumps out to me the most. Deanna Raybourn’s period writing is amazing….it’s just an immersive experience reading this novel and I was definitely back in Victorian England and did not want to leave….well maybe to revisit Veronica and Stoker in their first two adventures together!
This is my first novel by Deanna Raybourn and I have heard very very good things about her Lady Julia Grey mysteries which are instantly going on my TBR and of course the first two books from this series too! I loved this read and know you will too!Because there is no power on earth that could make me abandon our friendship. There is no deed you could confess so dark that it would make me forsake you. You said of us once that we were quicksilver and the rest of the world mud. We are alike, shaped by Nature in the same mold, and whatever that signifies, it means that to spurn each other would be to spit in the face of whatever deity has seen fit to bring us together. We are the same, and to leave you would be to leave myself.
Veronica Speedwell (A Treacherous Curse #3) by Deanna Raybourn
*Thank-you Deanna Raybourn, First to Read & Berkley Books for the ARC.