Review of A Perilous Undertaking

February 16, 2017 Book Reviews 5

Review of A Perilous Undertaking

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 Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2) by Deanna Raybourn
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Published by Berkley Books Pages: 352
on January 10th 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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....

Also by this author: A Curious Beginning

 

First Line

For the love of all that is holy, Veronica, the object is to maim or kill, not tickle,” Stoker informed me, clipping the words sharply as he handed me a knife. “Do it again.”

Here is what I thought

I loved the first one, so I was pretty sure I would love this one too and it doesn’t disappoint. I really love this series.

Veronica is sort of tricked into going to a ladies meeting where she meets Princess Louise, who wants her to look into a matter for her. Though Veronica is no real detective she knows that she has some skills from how she handle things from book one, can’t tell you…lol.

A friend of Princess Louise is going to hang for killing a woman if Veronica can’t prove him innocent and the man will not give his alibi and is silently going to his death. Veronica enlists the help her friend Stoker and the adventure begins.

I love Veronica, she is very unconventional for the time period and is a scientist who studies butterflies. Stoker is a naturalist who is a taxidermist and they make a strange but fun team. Because of their science skills, it gives them a unique look at crime solving for the era. The banter between the two crack me up and is by far my favorite part of the book.

The mystery is really good, at times I thought it was who it was and then I wasn’t sure and thought it was someone else but always in the back of my mind I thought it was who it ended up being, but there are lots of good suspects.

If you love historical mysteries with a lot of fun humor then you really need to try this series. I would recommend starting with book one A Curious Beginning.

Recommend if you like

Unconventional females in a historical setting, humor, mystery and just overall a fun read.

Author Bio

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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5 Responses to “Review of A Perilous Undertaking”

  1. Greg

    This is a series I’m seriously thinking of trying. I haven’t been reading as many historical mysteries lately but if I get back into them these are definitely on the list.
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