FINAL DECISION: An exciting mystery and tons of romantic tension, this is an amazing addition to the Veronica Speedwell series.
THE STORY: Veronica agrees to travel to an island off Cornwall in the company of her colleague Stoker's older brother, Tiberius. And circumstances being what they are, Veronica agrees to pretend to be Tiberius's fiancee. But when they arrive on the island, it is clear that something is wrong. Those in attendance have varying connections to the disappearance of their host's wife three years ago. Veronica and Stoker are thus thrust into an investigation of ghostly appearances and the mystery of what happened three years ago.
OPINION: This might be my favorite of the series so far. I loved the interaction between Veronica and Stoker in this one. Angst filled and dramatic with a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I'm sure that there are plenty of people who read these books for the mysteries, but I will be honest and say that while I enjoy the mysteries, I primarily want to know more about the continuing character stories in the book.
This book managed to not disappoint in either account. The cast of characters involved in the mystery was intriguing. I really felt that each character was well defined and interesting. The setting felt like an Agatha Christie novel. It was atmospheric and almost Gothic in its flavor. The haunting by the missing bride had so many interesting aspects and questions. I really liked how personal the entire episode felt even though Veronica and Stoker were not directly involved in the mystery itself. Here, they operate more as the independent investigators, although their own views and prejudices are evident here.
The relationship between Veronica and Stoker is a favorite for me. The story is nuanced and based upon the events in the prior novel, the two are in a different place which is not always comfortable or happy. I loved how the two circle around one another here. The emotional tone is raised high. I continue to love Veronica who has walls and is difficult at times. Veronica and Stoker have a special relationship that is uneasy and yet the two make such a perfect pair.
We also get to know more about Stoker's brother, Tiberious. I also found him an interesting character and I liked seeing his interaction with Veronica and Stoker. He stirs up a lot with these characters and thus is a welcome addition. (I hope we get to see more of him in future books).
WORTH MENTIONING: Originally a five book series, the author has indicated that there might be more books contracted by the publisher. Yay!
CONNECTED BOOKS: A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION is the fourth book in the Veronica Speedwell series. Each book has a self-contained mystery and thus is a standalone. However, there are character developments and relationships which develop through the series and thus the books are better read in order.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.