I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
Published by Berkley Books on March 12, 2019
Also by this author: A Curious Beginning, A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2), A Treacherous Curse, A Murderous Relation, An Unexpected Peril
Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée--much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.
As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund...
It’s that time again for a buddy read review. We chose are favorite series and this one sort of had us a bit aggravated at times but at least it ended well! Once you read my review go on over to Barb’s blog Booker T’s Farm and see what she thought.
Here is what I thought
This was a most anticipated read and I couldn’t wait to read it but once I got into it I was beginning to think that the author was really trying to either torture me or make me real mad!
This one starts off not to long after the third book and Veronica and Stoker have some things to work through but Veronica is being hard headed and doesn’t want to deal with feelings so they are at a rough patch. Then Stoker’s brother Tiberius comes and offers Veronica a trip to get some rare butterflies and doesn’t invite Stoker which of course just fumes him.
Through a lot of the beginning of this book I was so wanting to kill Tiberius but I don’t want to say why as I don’t want to give a lot of way. Since this is the fourth book and there is some storyline threads that you just need to read to find out. Then I started getting mad at Veronica because she was being stupid and then there is the mystery of why they are on the island.
It seems that Malcolm has invited those to the island who was there the day he got married and his wife disappeared as it has haunted him and he wants to know what happened. Though Tiberius wasn’t there he wanted him there for another reason, but then Tiberius brings along Veronica and of course Stoker (read and find out what happens there). They end up trying to figure out what happened to Malcolm’s wife and we get a little more into Veronica and Stoker’s relationship.
I would have to say this one is my least favorite out of the series much of it because of wanting to kill Tiberius and sometimes Veronica at different points in the story. The best chapter was when Stoker gets a little revenge and he was the only one I didn’t want to kill. 🙂 I still like Veronica but she just made me mad at times. Stoker will always be my favorite character.
It’s a good thing the author resolved some things towards the end or I might have really disliked this one but now I am looking forward to book 5! Give me now! 🙂