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...
Oh, this book was so fantastic! I loved the first one, and this one was just as great! Loved being with these characters again and they worked this new case, gathered some pretty interested clues and yeah, dealt with a variety of situations!
Veronica is an awesome character! She's a woman who is beyond her times, and she doesn't totally hide it (like publishing under her name, but as V. Speedwell, so people make assumptions) and she doesn't flaunt it, but she is who she is. And I loved reading about her!
This mystery was different from the first-it wasn't itself personal. The motivations behind investigating it were, since it was brought to her attention by Lady Sundridge-and who she really is is a big part of the motivation. And yeah, I loved watching her and Stoker investigate!
We learned more about the both of them, we met more of his brothers, which was pretty funny. Like one called her basically a whore, while another flirted with her. Yeah, there was that, and so much more! I loved it!
Loved this book, loved how everything worked out, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #2
Read: August 27th, 2016
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a Historical Fiction 2016 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley Books
Expected Publication: January 10th 2017