Review: A Perilous Undertaking

Title: A Perilous Undertaking (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery #2)
Publisher: Berkley
Published: January 10, 2017
Hardcover, 338 Pages
ISBN: 9780451476159
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Source: Publisher


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....

My Thoughts

Smart, witty, and fun, A Perilous Undertaking is sure to be one of your favorite reads for 2017. After reading the first book in the series, A Curious Beginning, I couldn't wait to see what Raybourn had in store for my new favorite heroine. Full of mystery and mayhem, she didn't disappoint.

In A Curious Beginning we left Veronica Speedwell and Stoker after they learned the reason Veronica was being hunted. Still reeling from that revelation, the duo get involved in another murder mystery involving London's artistic scene. Trouble begins before the investigation gets underway.

Deanna Raybourn makes her living creating memorable characters and story lines. Veronica and Stoker have the best chemistry. Their dialog is full of zingers and undertones. I wanted to shout at the pages, "Just kiss already!" I won't tell you if they do, but I will tell you I can't wait until the third book comes out. This series is just too good to miss!