Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times best-selling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.
Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer - a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia's life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists' colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed.
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Veronica is my kind of hero! I love her attitude.
This second book in Raybourn's latest series continues the excitement and humor of the first. The dialogue between Veronica and Stoker is fabulous! Their interactions - whether in a mortuary or an opium den - make for an amazing adventure.
The narration was perfect. I hope Angele Masters remains the narrator for the following books. And I hope Deanna Raybourn is writing frantically.
I love these characters, and loved the first book of the series. I even went so far as to preorder this sequel, something I have never done before. But I was sorely disappointed. The author, it seems, was absolutely consumed with a single topic while writing this episode: sex. The plot and subplots are about sex, in every imaginable form and several, quite frankly, better unimagined. This is not just the jealous-lover-turned murderer kind of sex. This book is obsessed with intercourse. While we hear about all these goings-on from our heroine in her adorably stilted and downright clinical perspective, still it all boils down to: sex. Lame.
This book would be better with far less discussion of historic sex toys and orgies.
Master is an impressive narrator. She reads male and female voices so distinctly that it is easy to tell the different characters from each other. Beautiful work.
This book is not one I would share with my young teenagers. It was gorier and more prurient than the first novel. This is a plus for some readers, just not my thing.
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
Love this series!!! I have Deanna's Julia Grey book one in my wish list!
This series is best read in order.
Angele Masters narration is marvelous!!
Veronica and Stoker are wonderful together!! They have such a wonderful relationship. If you like a good mystery with great characters and a series that adds more history of the main characters each book. This is for you.
Good ending no cliff hanger (thank goodness). Still I cannot wait for the next book!!
I don't generally listen to them more than once since my queue is always full of books to listen to.
I like the characters, they are very eccentric and although the main character can be an overbearing and bratty sometimes, (it's true) I like that Raybourn went "all in" with her main characters, sometimes verging on absurd, but it works. The dilaogue/banter between the characters is delicious to listen to and to read.
How she handled all of the often quick and witty (often with multiple voices and accents) dialogue--which is more challenging than paragraphs of prose. Very smoothe and clear. At first I wasn't sure how I fel about her gravelly Stoker, but after I got to know the character, it grew on me, and it fits. I look forward to the next book in the series, she really did a great job.
I think some of the more tender moments when Veronica and Stoker both have their guards down, and we can see them forming a lasting connection. Especially since he's so rough and tumble it's nice to see his soft side. And for Veronica to be quiet for a moment. :)
Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite authors and I think the great performances by the readers really enhance the stories and have really done justice to the books. Highly recommend!
In this second installment of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries I find that I have come to like her character better than in the first book. I only have one complaint: it was a bit much that with every new acquaintance Veronica made she had to prove to them how unaffected she is by their lack of convention or morality, and try to one-up them with her own immoral views I find it hard to believe that everyone she meets would try to shock her and then admire her for not reacting. Other than that I really enjoyed the story. I loved seeing how Veronica and Stoker's friendship has grown and how they well they complement each other. I also like a book where I am not able to figure out the murderer right away. Now if only miss Angele Masters could narrate a female character, besides Veronica, that does not have a shrill voice . . .
I thoroughly enjoyed this production. First of all, the narration was some of the best I've heard. Ms. Masters was able to capture each character well and have unique voices for them. The story itself was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the first in the series, A Curious Beginning, but I definitely think this is a stronger book. The characters and their relationships and motivations are well-drawn, and the mystery itself is interesting. It's also a very funny book, making it the total package as far as I'm concerned.
The relationship between Speedwell and Stoker and all that it entails is incredibly delightful and entertaining. The story line is equally as engaging. This series is a must read. But do yourself a favor and start at the beginning.
Loved this second book in series. Great characters and enough intrigue to keep it interesting. The two main characters and their relationship and observations make this way better than usual. The reader does an excellent job. I eagerly await a third in this oh so enjoyable series.
I loved everything about this book - the story, the characters, the narrator. When I'm eager to get in the car for the commute, and sad to see it end, you know it's a good book. Can't wait for Stoker and Veronica's next adventure!!!
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