A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

January 15th, 2018 Kimberly Review 23 Comments

15th Jan
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
A Treacherous Curse
by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #3
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy's curse in a thrilling Veronica Speedwell novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.

London, 1888. 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. . . .

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A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn is the third novel in the Veronica Speedwell series. Set in London, 1888 it shares Victorian mysteries and the friendship and antics of Veronica, the bastard daughter of the Prince of Wales and the troubled Stoker Revelstoke Templeton-Vane. In this installment, Stoker’s former best friend is missing as well as an Egyptian artifact. Throw in an ex-wife, an Egyptian God, and Veronica’s tenacious need to investigate, and you’ve got an addictive read that will entertain as you work to solve the case.

Veronica Speedwell is one of my favorite characters. She is brazen, witty and a free thinker. The banter, and teasing she tortures Stoker with making them the ideal pair. While romantic notions are hinted at between them, the case takes front and center. Each book contains a new mystery, but I recommend starting at the beginning of the series for character development, relationships and because they are fantastic historical mysteries!

A mummy curse, a missing Egyptian artifact, an ex-wife and missing ex-best friend soon have Stoker and Veronica investigating. A physical altercation between Stoker and Morgan, our missing ex-friend make him a suspect in his disappearance. What a fun, original case, complete with an Egyptian curse. From richly developed and quirky characters we had ample suspects. The story was well-paced with climatic scenes, danger, and twists.

Raybourn sheds light on Stoker, as we learn about his short marriage, the damage to his reputations and the scars he carries. I must say Mrs. Morgan made our Veronica quite persnickety. Veronica continues to amuse me and is one of my favorite historical female characters. The things that come out of her mouth are hilarious, and she speaks so matter of factly it is pure joy. The sexual tension between her and Stoker continues to build, and  I want to lock them in the Butterfly atrium until they give in.

If you love historical mysteries and intelligent, complex characters with a slow-building romance you’ll want to read A Treacherous Curse and the Veronica Speedwell series.

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About Deanna Raybourn

Deanna Raybourn

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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23 Responses to “A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn”

  1. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I love these covers so much I just want to pet them. I suppose I want to read them too. 😉 It really does sound like a great series that people seem to love.

  2. Silvia

    I love that cover and the sound of the story! Also, you know me, intelligent, complex characters are just what I like 😉 I’ll definitely have to try this series!

  3. RO

    Covers on books are really evolving, and this one is fantastic. I love a good mystery that keeps me on the edge of my sea, and this one sounds like it fits the bill.. I don’t how you manage to get in such prolific reviews being as sick as you are. You’re pretty amazing! I sure hope you feel much better soon! Hugs…RO

    • Kimberly

      You are wonderful, but I am not as amazing as you think I am. Reviews posting this week and for all of January in fact, were read and scheduled in November and December. Organized I am, wizard I am not.

  4. Nick

    I’ve heard such good things about this series! I love the sound of the banter here, but the cases sound even more interesting.
    Great review!

  5. Nina

    Another genre I haven’t read lots of lots from. A mummy curse? That’s enough, need it.

  6. lisa thomson

    I’ve added this series to my TBR shelf, Kim. She is a new to me author and one I’m sure I’ll enjoy! Thanks for the review 🙂

  7. Nise'

    Loved this one too and really look forward to seeing what happens next for Stoker and Veronica.

  8. Fran

    Mystery novels are not my cup of tea, but the cover looks intriguing and the blurb catchy, so I may end up giving it a go. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kimberly!

  9. Stefanie

    The cover of this book just sucks me in. I read the first book in the series. Veronica cracked me up when she was blunt with the pastor/vicar and his wife. I made sure to put book two on my series-to-continue list.
    And thank you for sharing your First Book of the Year. I have book one on my list.

  10. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I have 40 pages left in this one and will finish it tonight. Stormi and I buddy read it. It’s one of my favorite series and I am full behind the locking them in the butterfly atrium. I don’t really do “book boyfrieds” when asked but if I did – not contest, it would be Stoker. I always read these when the first come out but then I have to wait so long for the next one!

  11. Daniela Ark

    This is one book I’ve been so curious about! I’m a sucker for anything Egyptian (ancient) especially mysteries! I’ll have to read it!