A Treacherous Curse

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As an avid collector and reader of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries by Deanna Raybourn, it was with great trepidation that I picked up her Veronica Speedwell Mystery series. How could she possibly create a character as engaging and likable as Lady Julia Grey? It has been my unfortunate experience that when an author has a successful character/series, they are unlikely to create another that can as fully capture the same interest as the first for me. I have never been so happy to be proven so spectacularly wrong! The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries are every bit as well written and intriguing, from her first adventure in A Curious Beginning where the death of her spinster aunt allows her to travel the world furthering her study of science; to her second, A Perilous Undertaking, in which she must save a man unfairly accused of murder from the hangman’s noose; to her third, A Treacherous Curse.

This time Veronica, along with her natural-scientist colleague, and slow-burning love interest, Stoker, are investigating the disappearance of his former expedition partner who was last seen with a priceless diadem from the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess. The dig is surrounded by (predictable) rumors of curses, and a shadowy figure of Anubis has been showing up on the streets of London, terrifying townspeople. Add to this the tangled web of hidden pasts and conspiracies brought to life, and you have a rousing mystery and a first-rate, if slow-moving, not-at-all-sappy romance novel.
To say this reader looks forward to the fourth book in this series is a major understatement. Well done, Ms. Raybourn!

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Author Deanna Raybourn
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Berkley 
Publish Date 2018-Jan-16
ISBN 9780451476173
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Issue January 2019
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller


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