Friday, February 3, 2017

A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) by Deanna Raybourn

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Berkley Books

Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries... 

London, 1887
 . . Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week s time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. 

But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime.

From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed....

My Thoughts…

The mystery in this one intrigued me.    Stoker and Veronica work together and go beyond the “normal” to find out the truth of who the murderer is.    They are not typical detectives, they are scientists first and detectives second.      I follow the same path they do and had many guesses as to who the murdered would be but until the end I was kept guessing.   
Holy sexual tension.     The tensions between Veronica and Stoker is building.   You can feel it; you want them to act on it, but love that they haven’t yet.      There is not a doubt to be had that these two are attracted to each other.   I love that Deanna Raybourn is pulling this part of her story out, she is not giving these characters what the reader knows they want.    She started the attraction in book one and it has continued into book two.   

While this is the second book in the Veronica Speedwell series, each book stands alone.   Each book has a completed story.   There is a mystery to be solved and it is solved.   I recommend reading both A Perilous Undertaking and A Curious Beginning.    
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See my thoughts on A Curious Beginning here 

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn continues with the adventures of her
spirited and resourceful new heroine, Veronica Speedwell

“Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing...Veronica Speedwell is a joy—
unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful.”
Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series

“Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction.”
—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series

“A smart, plucky, way-ahead-of-her-time heroine…the ending left
me looking forward to Veronica’s next exploits.”
Fort Worth Star Telegram

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