A Dangerous Collaboration

Narrated by: Angele Masters
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,613 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Veronica Speedwell returns in another adventure filled with secrets and betrayal from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times best-selling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries.

Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée - much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind. 

As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund....

©2019 Deanna Raybourn (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Least favorite of the series

It’s still a good book. Narration is amazing as usual. I just didn’t like the heavy heavy focus on the “romance” and less on the mystery. Veronica was off her game most of the book and nothing very exciting happened except in the end.

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Ideals v Reality

This was a pretty tight gothic mystery. I think Raybourne does best when the settings are mildly claustrophobic, and having this story set on a small island with tiny priest holes and impenetrable and unpredictable weather worked well to give it that sense of mild, uncertain creep. What sat less well with me was the narrative's tendency to build the missing bride, Rosamund, as some sort of tragic figure. Yes, she was sympathetic, but it is very clear that she was on the precipice of making everyone around her miserable. Had she not gone missing when she did, she would no doubt have become a bitter, spiteful woman that lorded power over the people that loved her, who would find ways to punish others for imagined slights or petty jealousies. I found the creepiest aspect of the story to be how thoroughly Rosamund still had complete power over the people she left behind, even after three years. And there was absolutely no desire in most of those people to be free of her control–no desire to cast aside the idea of a perfect woman for reality. In a way, Raybourne's decision to present Rosamund in this light is smart. In stark contrast to the reviving aspects of Veronica and Stokers' relationship, we see what can happen to people with distorted ideas of love. And it ain't pretty. On the other hand, Veronica seems to idealize Rosamund by the end of the story. Is this a message about the power of manipulation? Or are we supposed to walk away actually idolizing someone that did some pretty crappy things because life was just too cruel to her? I'm still unsure.

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Disappointing ending

Enjoyed pretty much all of the book, but was disappointed at the ending. Felt very cut off and unfinished.

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I love this series

This is a very entertaining series; the main characters, Veronica Speedwell and Stoker, are interesting as is their developing relationship. I didn' t like this story as much as the previous books in the series. As always the descriptions and the supporting characters interesting and the reader is excellent.

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Could be better

I liked this series when I first started it. However, it’s trended steadily downhill. The plot was predictable and poorly done. The writing is so lazy. Same flowery stock phrases, vague nonsense comparisons to butterfly hunting, and ogling of Stoker’s body every time. Not worth it.

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This series is better with each new book

I’ve been having fun with the Veronica Speedwell series, but I have to say these last two books (3 & 4) have been my favorite to date. I do love the mysteries, and the modern clever woman Veronica presents, but I love the last two because we are finally getting somewhere with the romance between Stoker and Veronica! In A Treacherous Curse (the previous book) Stroker’s tumultuous past is revealed and mostly settled. Veronica is still skittish about getting involved with Stoker, worried that he still carried feelings for his ex-wife, and sort of sabotage’s herself in the process. Fear not, Stoker seems to know Veronica better than she knows herself. Their relationship is the highlight for me! These two are close and united even when they’re in a bit of a snit with each other. There’s a begrudging possessiveness, they don’t want to feel jealous but can’t help it, even when there’s no serious competition. I love the obvious passion and intensity between them, their cheeky banter is a wicked delight! Cementing their connection is their shared zeal for science. I was over the moon with how things turned out by the end! There is a tragic romance within the current mystery (no, not Veronica and Stoker) and I have to say that while my heart broke for the injured male, I felt worse for the woman that bore the effects of his heartbreak more! It was a tragedy all around. I can’t wait for the next book, as a Jack the Ripper type seems to be the villain, and I’m eager to see how Veronica and Stoker will take on this evil as they settle into a new understanding. I alternatively read and listened to this book, and I can’t recommend the audio narration more! Angele Masters’ performance was perfection!

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not the best, figured out who done it too soon

I'd hoped I would have liked it but I just didn't. The plot was thin and I really did not like Veronica at all in this book, which really saddened me. She's always been headstrong and independent and I loved that about her but in this one, something was just off. I also figured out the plot and "who dunnit" right away. There were no twists and turns no second guessing at all. I was disappointed with the reading as well. I can usually distinguish who is talking but the men's voices sounded too much alike.

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Yet another gripping mystery

Yet another wonderful mystery! Veronica and Stoker are always a treat! I can’t wait to see where their next adventures lead them. You know a series is amazing when you reread each one in anticipation of the release date. I will be waiting with baited breath until the next novel. Excelsior!

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Entertaining if predictable

This is an entertaining story but more predictable than the previous ones in the series. The performance was well done but the voices of the brothers were too close to distinguish and stereotypically pretentious. Despite this, I would recommend this story for light listening and these criticisms will not keep me away from the next in the series when I want an undemanding mystery.

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Huh?

Couldn't follow this at all....An attempt at Series of Unfortunate Events combined with Charles Dickens and Jane Austin...What a hodgepodge....

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