A Perilous Undertaking

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A Perilous Undertaking

A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, #2

I know “A Perilous Undertaking” says that it can be read as a standalone. But if you don’t read book one you really miss out on the events of book one. This second book takes us deeper into Veronica Speedwell’s family life as well as the lives of the Stokers. I just couldn't put it down. I really love Veronica as a character. She is funny and was a joy to read. The mystery in this book will keep you on your toes. And well the sexual tension between Veronica and Stoker was fabulous, although I hope that they get together in the next book before it’s too late or something. It felt a little dragged out but still fun. I do wish the ending reveal would have been more shocking. It was a slight let down but still OK. I can't wait for the next book and I’ll be rooting for Stoker and Veronica while I wait. If you’re looking for a great detective story, with passion, then look no further!

Book Blurb for A Perilous Undertaking

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....

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 4.50