Review: A Murderous Relation

A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell #5)
by Deanna Raybourn
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Berkley Books
ISBN13: 9780451490742


Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l'Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper--and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.

Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore's high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family--and it's up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it's too late for all of them.

My Thoughts

Reminiscence with me, dear reader, back to A Curious Beginning. Back to when I was just a girl who didn't count down the days and hours  and minutes until the next Veronica Speedwell mystery was to be released. And here I am today, sitting here, writing to you, to tell you about A Murderous Relation while in my heart I'm pacing back and forth waiting impatiently for Veronica Speedwell #6 to be released. So, if you're like me and need a VS fix, then read on. If not, then I don't know, try origami or something like that.  

So now it's just me and you, or is it you and me? Either way, here we are. Have you read books 1-4 yet? If not, do it now. I'll wait. Wow. That didn't take you long at all! I must confess I found it hard to put the books down myself. Which character did you like most? Veronica? Me too. Deanna Raybourn really knows how to write kickass heroines! And Stoker? Holy hotness, Batman! How do you like their slow-burn relationship? I can't get enough of it either. 

I think Deanna Raybourn should have named this book And You Thought Your Family had Problems. I love how Veronica keeps getting dragged back in to take care of the royal family's dirty business. I absolutely loved  Club de l'Etoile. It's definitely a place I'd like to visit. Are you shocked? Don't be so prudish. I also loved the creepy element of Jack the Ripper. It added to the suspense of the novel. But what makes these novels so good is the characters. Every single one is so well written. I mean the story line is good, but without these characters, I'm not sure how well it would work. Thankfully, we don't have to. 

If I'm completely honest with you, dear reader, what I love the best is the chemistry between Stoker and Veronica. So much has happened to these two characters since the first novel, and to watch these characters evolve over the last five novels has been delicious. An absolute pleasure. Like eating chocolate cake for dinner. Without giving too much away, I think fans will be pleased with the ending. But just like the other books, Raybourn will keep her readers dangling just a bit, ever salivating for more.

Now go read A Murderous Relation, and then you can join me in my countdown for book #6.

*Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a review copy of this book. My opinions are my own.