Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Book Review for A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn


A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn

Genre:  Mystery, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery

320 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication March 7, 2023


Taken from Goodreads:  Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

Veronica’s natural-historian beau, Stoker, has been away in Bavaria for months and their relationship is at an impasse. But when Veronica shows up before him with his brother, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, he is lured back home by an intriguing job offer: preparing an iguanodon for a very special dinner party.

Tiberius has received a cryptic message—along with the obituaries of two recently deceased members of his old group of friends, the Seven Sinners—that he too should get his affairs in order. Realizing he is in grave danger but not knowing why, he plans a reunion party for the remaining Sinners at his family estate to lure the killer out while Veronica and Stoker investigate.

As the guests arrive and settle in, the evening’s events turn deadly. More clues come to light, leading Veronica, Stoker, and Tiberius to uncover a shared past among the Sinners that has led to the fatal present. But the truth might be far more sinister than what they were prepared for.


My Thoughts:  I have read all the Veronica Speedwell series and love each one.  This is the 8th book in the series but can be read as a standalone.  The characters travel from book to book solving a new mystery, a new crime, and having a new adventure.  There is a little bit of romance, which I like because it just adds to the depth of the characters.


Sinister Revenge is Veronica’s personal journal.  It tells of her feelings towards Stoker, the twist that has pushed them apart, and how much she wants to be with him.  It shares her thoughts on the mystery of who wants Stoker’s brother, Tiberius, dead and why.   I enjoyed reading the story from her point of view.


A Sinister Revenge is a great addition to a wonderful series and I look forward to more.


Thank you Berkley for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


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Meet Deanna Raybourn:
  New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha, two Dilys Winns, a Last Laugh, three du Mauriers, and most recently the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She launched a new Victorian mystery series with the 2015 release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING, featuring intrepid butterfly-hunter and amateur sleuth, Veronica Speedwell. Veronica has returned in several more adventures, most recently AN IMPOSSIBLE IMPOSTOR, book seven, which released in early 2022. Deanna's first contemporary novel, KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE, about four female assassins on the cusp of retirement publishes in September 2022. 

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