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. . . .
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Berkley
Four and a half stars: This series keeps getting better and better. Love the characters, the suspense, the chemistry and the era.
Veronica and Stoker are busy working on their restoration project, after their last case. Unfortunately, their quiet reprieve is quickly ruined when a mystery is dumped on their doorstep. A dig in Egypt is rumored to be cursed. Furthermore, one of Stoker’s old friends and colleagues was on that expedition, and he is now missing along with a priceless diadem. If Veronica and Stoker don’t act, Stoker’s name could get dragged through the mud again. Things get even worse when someone from Stoker’s past resurfaces. Veronica refuses to let harm come to Stoker, even if that means she has to unsheathe her claws. Can Veronica solve the mystery of the curse?
What I Liked:
- The Veronica Speedwell series is truly a series that I think is getting better and better with each and every installment. I love the quirky characters, the chemistry between Veronica and Stoker, the era, and especially the pluck and determination of Veronica Speedwell. She is not a well mannered Victorian lady that’s for sure. If you like historical mysteries, this is absolutely a series you need to be reading!
- I cannot tell you how much I love Veronica and Stoker. I especially like the role reversals. Veronica is wild, daring and even promiscuous, which is not what you would expect from a proper Victorian lady. Stoker, on the other hand, tends to be more modest, less brash and he is much more cautious. Together they are dynamite. I love these unconventional characters.
- The mystery in this installment was the strongest yet. I liked that it featured Egyptian artifacts, a supposed mummy curse and that there was lots of intrigue as well as plenty of suspects and motives. I was constantly guessing as to who was behind the crimes, and when all the cards were laid out, I was wrong. I liked the way it all pieced together. The author crafted a terrific mystery. I especially like the way little details and clues that seem small and unimportant pop back up later. This one will keep you on your toes.
- The author does an excellent job with the era. I can tell she has gone to great lengths to research the time period to make sure she gets the details right.
- The romance, or lack thereof if you will, is what keeps me reading this series. I absolutely adore the relationship between Stoker and Veronica. The chemistry is off the charts, but it isn’t what you think. This is a relationship that is based on solid trust, friendship, and yes attraction. So much is said in a touch or a look, and it drives me nuts, but I keep coming back for more. After all the revelations about Stoker’s past, I was absolutely on the edge of my seat waiting.... waiting.... waiting.... I will not tell if I got what I wanted.
- The ending was superb. The mystery was solved, all the answers were laid out neatly, and all ends well, except for that moment in the butterfly garden....
And The Not So Much:
- My one hesitation with this series is that it isn’t a series that I would recommend reading without an ereader unless you keep a dictionary close by. In order to make sure the book comes across as authentic to the time period, the author uses a lot of vocabulary words that are outdated. I spend a great deal of time looking up words that I am unfamiliar with, which is fine, but if I didn’t have an ereader, it would be a hassle.
- I felt this one dragged just a tad in the middle section. Thankfully, it concluded with a fantastic ending, so well worth the effort.
- Argh.... the romance is killing me!!!!
A Treacherous Curse is the best book to date in this series. I love the mystery, the suspense, the characters, and most of all the electric relationship between Stoker and Veronica. If you want a well plotted historical mystery with unconventional characters, this is the series to read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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