Thursday, March 28, 2019

REVIEW for A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

ebook, 336 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Berkley

Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée--much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.

As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund... 

My Thoughts…

Veronica Speedwell and Stoker are at it again.   Being called away with the promise of an elusive butterfly, Veronica travels with Stoker’s brother and of course, Stoker refuses to be left behind.     They travel to an island with a widow who is looking for answers to what happened to his wife.  Never one to walk away from solving a mystery they work to find out what happened to her and in the course of solving the mystery they uncover many others mysteries of the Romilly Estate.  

I love the detail to the settings that Deanna Raybourne uses while writing her books.   I can picture the trains they took, the towns they passed through, and the castle that they stayed in.   Add to that the amazing characters with their fun and unique quirks and you have a winning story.   I enjoyed learning about the secondary characters and kept trying to picture them as the reason that Lord Malcolm's wife was missing, presumed dead. 

The first part of the story was slower but never did I not want to finish.   The closer to the end the faster the story went, they more action the characters saw, and the more the clues came together leading the reader down the right path to solve the mysteries.   I loved the undercurrents of romance coming between Stoker and Veronica.  

I am a fan of the Veronica Speedwell series and am always excited when a new book is being released.   This is part of a series.   The books can be read as stand alone but as with many series, they are fun to read in order.   

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