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 Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Published by Berkley on January 16th 2018
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Also by this author: A Curious Beginning, A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2)
Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy's curse in a thrilling Veronica Speedwell novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.
As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London. But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .
Opps I accidently posted this early as it was Barb and I’s buddy read. So you might think you seen it twice and you would be right. 🙂 So go on over to Barb’s blog at Booker T’s Farm and check out how much she loved this book too! 🙂
“I assure you, I am perfectly capable of identifying a phallus when I see one,” Stoker informed me, clipping the words sharply. “And that is no such thing.”
Here is what I thought
I have loved the first two books in this series and this one is just as fun, though I do think the author likes to torture us with Veronica and Stoker’s almost romance but not quite, yet. I am holding out hope they are one couple I really want to see together as they have such great chemistry!
In the previous two books we have gotten a little bit about Caroline and her relationship with Stoker. We know she broke his heart and he doesn’t talk about it. In this book we finally get to know exactly what happened and why Stoker acts the way he does when it comes to relationships.
The Tiverton’s were on an expedition in Egypt and made a great fine, but then everyone thinks it was cursed as one man dies and then their photographer disappears. Veronica has enjoyed reading about in the paper then they get summoned to Sir Hugo who is under the weather. He just wants to warn them that things could get bad for Stoker. The photographer who went missing is the man who married Caroline, and Stoker and him have a past.
So Veronica and Stoker set out to figure out what happened so they can prove that Stoker didn’t have anything to do with it, alone the way they have to talk to Caroline. Oh my, is she deplorable!!! I don’t think I have hated a character so much in a long time! I felt so bad for Stoker!
As in any mystery involving Veronica and Stoker there are several misadventures as they almost get killed a few times and love to torment each other with their fun and witty banter which is my favorite part. I love how Veronica loves to embarrass Stoker with her talking about things he doesn’t think a lady should talk about.
If you love the first two then you are going to really enjoy this one and if you haven’t tried this series yet then what are you waiting for! I so can’t wait for the next one, the only bad reason about reading these series when it comes out as that is a mighty long wait! *sigh*
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