“Instead he was offering up his own tragedies to spare mine. It was an act of true generosity.”
A Perilous Undertaking (Book two of the Veronica Speedwell series)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
My Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
London, 1887. At the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task–saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Ramsforth, accused of the brutal murder of his mistress, Artemisia, will face the hangman’s noose in a week’s time if the real killer is not found.
But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural-historian colleague, Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer. 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….
Unique. Plucky. Victorian. Mysterious. Strong Heroine / Hero duo.
Y’all, I am in love with this series. No joke. I find it to be a refreshing fun read that keeps you up at night because you just want to keep reading! Raybourn continues to excite in book two. We start out with Veronica and Stoker exasperated with each other while he is trying to teach her to throw knives. Their chemistry is to die for. She mainly messes with him because he is very attractive while angry. But alas, she does not dally with English men. Too close to home. But oh, how I want them together. And they want it too. The tension is real. I need these characters together!
Okay moving on from romance schmo-mance. (Just kidding. You know you love it.) Let’s talk character development. Raybourn did an excellent job digging more into each characters pasts without giving away all of their secrets. I’m still dying to know what exactly happened to Stoker in the Amazon and I’m dying to know more about a certain thing Veronica talked about towards the end of the book. This author does an excellent job keeping me on my toes about the characters. Not necessarily the mystery.
Don’t get me wrong, the mystery is fun, but it’s very light hearted. It’s not any deep twisted thing or even a surprise where you have a “gasp!” moment. It’s more like an, “oh, that makes sense,” type of thing. There are plenty of suspects, but the mystery is more in the details. Ex: Veronica and Stoker get threats and it’s hard to guess where they come from. Or at one point they get a mysterious key and you really don’t know who that’s from until the end of the book. I actually think it’s brilliant and fun!
If you like victorian mysteries, and strong, mouthy heroines, you will freaking love these books. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times and squealing whenever the characters had a moment. I truly enjoy this series and am very happy that, so far, each book is different, while still being one cohesive story.
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