This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #2
Also in this series:A Curious Beginning
Also by this author: A Curious Beginning
Genres: Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Format: ARC, E-book
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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....
It can never be denied that author Deanna Raybourn knows how to write a great mystery. I absolutely love reading a book that carries a mystery until the bitter end with plenty of twists and turns on the way. This newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series delivered just that.
In this installment I find that some of the criticisms I had for the first book have been resolved but some of my hopes have also been dashed. What was my biggest criticism in the previous book you ask? It was the heroine Veronica, I felt that she was entirely too pragmatic and had very little in the way of personality. At the start of this story she is still the same entirely too pragmatic character and some of that does carry through until the end but during the story she develops! I was very happy to see that she was starting to let her feelings for friends and Stoker affect her. She was beginning to develop her friendships and letting her guard down a bit. I felt that it was a needed character improvement.
What was my greatest disappointment? I loved the character Stoker and in this story he was there but I felt he was a muted shade of grey compared to how he was previously written. More of a stoic background character that added to the development of the main character but was nonetheless static. That made me so sad, lol, I loved his character and wanted more!
As far as the smoldering romance that was there in the first book, sigh, in the end it was a fizzle for me. In fact there was a point where my hopes were all up that finally there was going to be some movement in the relationship from friendship to more than friends but then Stoker had to go and do something that was so from left field that I wish I could have punched him in the face myself. Did not see that one coming! There is still hope of course but I will just have to wait and see.
Overall, there was an excellent plot with sub plots that were tied together nicely. New characters were introduced and developed. They are intriguing and a nice addition. I enjoy the fact that there is still a team Veronica and Stoker at the end of this story and I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of A Perilous Undertaking*