Synopsis and Details:
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.
Series: Veronica Speedwell #5 | Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery | Release Date: March 10, 2020 | Publisher: Berkley | Pages: 320 | ISBN: 978-0451490742 | ASIN: B07T51QLH8 | Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Review with Rating:
A Murderous Relation is the fifth book in the Veronica Speedwell series and this story is a game changer in many ways. At the start, Veronica and Stoker are once again brought into the confidences of those who, otherwise, choose to ignore Veronica’s existence at the best of times but, at the worst of times, have no issues asking her for the impossible. Although this time, Veronica has a little more steel to her spine, a little more acceptance for her worth, and things do not go as others had expected. With this change there is also another unexpected event that takes place and this was not one that Veronica or Stoker could ignore. For their own reasons they decide to launch an investigation into the feasibility of a heist which leads them into a world that Veronica was none too familiar with but all to ready to explore, that saucy minx. With each revelation they uncover, they are brought further into a web of deceit and treachery where their well-being is most definitely not assured.
“He was not another half, for I was whole unto myself. But he was my mirror, and in him I saw reflected all that I liked best in me. I saw honesty and pride, loyalty, and a willingness to stand, however difficult, in service of one’s principles.”
After the ending of A Dangerous Collaboration, I was not sure what to expect, relationship wise, between Veronica and Stoker. They had both finally accepted that they were drawn to each other in more than a partnership capacity and I was eager to see how that unfolded in A Murderous Relation. Even in their acceptance, there was complexity and simplicity woven with insecurities. What did take place was adorable, frustrating, and in the end, swoon worthy. Both Veronica and Stoker were deeply passionate characters who were also deeply emotionally scarred and there was an element of vulnerability that needed to be addressed internally before any progress could be made. I loved the emotional journey! Focusing on the mystery, there is very little sleuthing, not exactly a whodunit. Expect more along the lines of political machinations and surprising betrayal. I will say that I did enjoy the nods to the Whitechapel murders, along with the characters introduced from that quarter. They were impactful in their brief time in this story. Overall, A Murderous Relation was a delightful historical mystery with witty banter and plenty of escapades and exploits that kept this story moving at a fast clip.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of A Murderous Relation*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, currently in development for television, as well as the USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award nominated Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and several standalone works.