A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration

Deanna Raybourn

Three years ago, Malcolm Romilly’s bride vanished on their wedding day, and no trace of her has ever been found. Now those who were closest to her have gathered, each a possible suspect in her disappearance.

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A bride mysteriously disappears on her wedding day in the newest Veronica Speedwell adventure by the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series.

Lured by the promise of a rare and elusive butterfly, the intrepid Veronica Speedwell is persuaded by Lord Templeton-Vane, the brother of her colleague Stoker, to pose as his fiancée at a house party on a Cornish isle owned by his oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly.

But Veronica soon learns that one question hangs over the party: What happened to Rosamund? Three years ago, Malcolm Romilly’s bride vanished on their wedding day, and no trace of her has ever been found. Now those who were closest to her have gathered, each a possible suspect in her disappearance. 

From the poison garden kept by Malcolm’s sister to the high towers of the family castle, the island’s atmosphere is full of shadows, and danger lurks around every corner. 

Determined to discover Rosamund’s fate, Veronica and Stoker match wits with a murderer who has already struck once and will not hesitate to kill again.…

Advance Galley Reviews

Thanks go to Penguin's first to read program for a advance reading copy in exchange for a honest review. Deanna Raybourne outshines her other books with this Veronica Speedwell novel. If you are looking for the best of the best historical fiction then go no further than her books. I love the chemistry between Veronica and Stoker. This one has many surprises, twists, and a awesome cliffhanger.

I adore Veronica Speedwell!! Author Deanna Raybourne is a goddess- writing amazing period mysteries with scintillating sexual tension and darling characters. It’s a shame that Penguin provided a substandard ARC with numerous missing pages. This First to Read program has been fraught with issues.

Continuing the adventures of a charming duo, Deanna Raybourn has written yet another fun and delightful addition to this series. A Dangerous Collaboration, not only boasts the same magnetic characters, Veronica Speedwell and Stoker Templeton-Vane, but also an incredibly alluring and atmospheric setting—a gathering at a castle on a Cornish isle. For A Dangerous Collaboration, Raybourn has taken the duo to a setting that gives off some serious Agatha Christie vibes, with not too large a dash of Daphne du Maurier and a pinch of Charles Dickens. The fictitious Cornish isle created in the story seems to be based off of St. Michael's Mount, at the least. Based on the pictures I've seen it matches pretty well to what was happening in my head while reading about Raybourn's isle. Honestly, I read these stories for the characters. The wit, the tension, the all-around anachronistic but wonderfully believable attitudes from the two main characters, never fails to make for an enjoyable and diverting read. Though they are the same in essence, the pair of Veronica and Stoker have changed in little and wonderfully lifelike ways. The growth in the relationship is just right for this story, and I'm already looking forward to reading about them again in the fifth book.

I really enjoy this series and this one has quite the payoff for long time readers. Veronica has been off on a solo adventure leaving things with Stoker tense after the near closeness they shared in the last entry. When Stoker's brother invites Veronica to go with him to a secluded isle to be given a rare butterfly, Stoker is not best pleased. But things aren't what they seem. The owner is an old friend as has a missing bride - years ago on their wedding day she vanished. Stoker has of course tagged along just as his brother intended. Stoker and Veronica once again work together to solve the mystery of the missing bride and other things along the way. Working together they overcome the hurt and confusion they've been avoiding since the last book and oh my. Can't wait for the next book.

The Veronica Speedwell novels have managed to walk a line between historical romance and cozy mystery incredibly well, and this book was no exception. Perhaps the thing that has the most appeal in the Veronica novels is Veronica herself. She is not the most realistic character, but she is enjoyable to read. Veronica is a relatively modern woman with modern sensibilities, in a historical setting and it is that which makes her so relatable. Veronica's goals and ambitions are related to her academic work, and while she does take pains to appeal to society's rules when it suits her, she just as often ignores them. The book is full of the same snappy banter from the previous Veronica Speedwell books, and similar authors in the historical romance genre, such as Tessa Dare. While some of the backstory of Stoker's brother was overly melodramatic; it can be forgiven because, finally, after four books, there is development between Stoker and Veronica's relationship. Three books of slow-burn romance and finally something happens between them. Looking for a historical romance without the smutty bits? This series is a good choice. There is ample tension between the leads and the slow-burn is hot.

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn 5 stars This installment of the adventures of Veronica Speedwell is terrific and deserving of every accolade showered upon it. Although each book is a standalone story to get the most out of it you really need to read the entire series in order. If you don't, some of the comments made by certain characters will lack that something extra that long time readers will enjoy greatly. In this book we not only get Veronica, we also get both Templeton-Vane brothers. I won't spoil the mystery, but we will see sibling rivalry, an isolated estate, a garden full of poisonous plants, and a family of eccentrics. What I loved the best about this book was the dance between Veronica and Stoker. In some scenes it reminded me of one of those nature specials where the male birds strut their stuff for the female. The tension is palpable and Stoker knows exactly what he is doing. The action in the end is a grand declaration of his feelings, but what really got me was the mouse. At the end Veronica gets a telegram that mentions Whitechapel. JTR anyone. I can't wait for the next adventure. Thank you First to Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC.

I love this series. Veronica is a woman who defies convention and does things her own way. If you love historical mysteries then you'll enjoy this book. I like how Veronica doesn't do things because society dictates how she is to live her life, she has her own mind and isn't afraid to speak it.

I loved this book. It was almost impossible to put down. I hadn't read any other books in the series but I plan on fixing that right away. It's a mystery about a missing bride and leaves you guessing on not only if she is dead but who could have killed her if she is. Full of mystery and suspense there is also plenty of interaction between the characters that build their relationships and make you root for everyone at some point. I received an e-arc from First to Read for an honest review.

I like this series more and more with each book. The mystery at the center of A Dangerous Collaboration - Malcolm Romilly's missing bride - was fascinating, and it really kept me guessing right up until the reveal. There were quite a few characters with a strong motive to cause Rosamund harm, and the author does a great job of balancing the clues and suspense without giving anything away too early. I also really loved the interactions between Veronica and Stoker in this installment. Their friendship/relationship has been steadily progressing from the first book, and I've just loved seeing them grow closer together in each new volume. I also really liked getting a deeper peek into Tiberius in this book. I just remember him from the past titles as Stoker's elder brother who's kind of rude, but in A Dangerous Collaboration we get a deep dive into his character and motivations. He becomes much more sympathetic throughout this story. All in all, this was another fantastic addition to the Veronica Speedwell series and I can't wait to see where her story goes next.

I guess you could say A Dangerous Collaboration was a story about secrets—some old, some new; some about strong emotions or actions; and some about the past and others about the present. So many secrets packed into one story! But given how isolated the setting was made out to be and in the context of the mystery surrounding the reason why Veronica and the others were called to the Romilly residence, it made sense. And no, it wasn’t only about the butterflies. A Dangerous Collaboration was an all-around interesting story. It was a relatively quick read that wasn’t too action-packed but when there was danger involved, the stakes were typically high. There was an almost foreboding atmosphere which only deepened when more details came to light. So, I liked the mystery as well as the historical time period the book took place in. As I mentioned above, the setting was fairly isolated: centered on an island owned by the Romilly family, accessible only by boat. It was a challenging place with many secret passageways, and it remained at the mercy of the weather—often storms—as well as the water because of the shifts in the tide and currents. Raybourn made good use of the location, which served as a perfect backdrop to the mystery at hand. One of the things I most enjoy about this book is the main character Veronica Speedwell. She’s witty and smart and her passion about butterflies lends to some simple yet well written moments of quiet tranquility between her and other characters. I personally found the bits about the butterflies incredibly interesting in how well they were described—even the made up Romilly Glasswing butterfly (Oleria romillia), whose real life inspiration/counterparts are just as fascinating as their fictional version. I also enjoyed the banter between Veronica and Stocker and—once again—how well they worked together as a team to try and solve the mystery behind Rosamund’s disappearance. With a cast of characters that had motivations as equally differing as their personalities, A Dangerous Collaboration was a fantastic installment to the Veronica Speedwell series.... A big thank you to First to Read for an eARC of this book!

This was a rollicking, rousing, romantic adventure with a hint of homage to a previous series by Elizabeth Peters. Almost as soon as I started reading this book I was reminded of Amelia Peabody and her beloved Emerson. Then about a quarter of the way in, Veronica referred to Stoker’s “sapphirine gaze” and that clinched it. Peabody often refers to Emerson’s blue eyes as sapphirine orbs. Veronica even has a similar scandalous wardrobe and a hatpin stiletto. I love it. Since Elizabeth Peters can no longer regale us with new tales of the Amelia Peabody series, this will do as as a substitute. I plan to go back and read the earlier books.

A good mystery. Can't wait for the next one!

5 stars. I have enjoyed this entire series but felt that in the last couple, Veronica's quirks were overdone. This one, though, was perfect. I read it in almost one sitting and was giddy by the end. Fans of this series are going to love this one!

I have loved all the books in this series so far and this one is no exception!! Can’t wait for the next book!

I read this series for the characters, but the setting in this one was outstanding. Having read Deanna's books for a few years, I feel like I've been able to see how much she gets better with each book. The descriptions for the setting and atmosphere in A Dangerous Collaboration were exactly what "getting lost in a book" means to me. I never wanted to put it down. Veronica and Stoker had their moments of banter, but they were actually much more serious and intense in this one, and I loved it. The chemistry... off the charts. And I loved the character development for Stoker's brother, Tiberius, as well. Honestly, I would probably read a spin-off about him after all the things we learned in this one. That ending... I'm so excited for the possibilities of the next book!

I loved the first three books in this series and I was anxiously waiting to read A Dangerous Collaboration. It lived up to my expectations and more. I would highly recommend this delightful book/series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, humor, mystery and suspense with a dash of romance. I suggest starting with the first book in the series, A Curious Beginning, and then playing catch up to A Dangerous Collaboration. I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed. And now the wait for the next book begins....

Once again Deanna Raybourn pulls you into a fun read that you just don't want to put down. A Dangerous Collaboration is the 4th in the Veronica Speedwell Series by Deanna Raybourn. The series is set in England in the 1880's. The main character is a lepidopterist but falls into sleuthing by accident. Each book can stand alone, but there are continuing story lines to the characters. A Dangerous Collaboration is set in a castle on an island off the coast of Cornwall. Three years ago a bride disappeared just after taking her vows. Did she run away? Was she murdered? No one knows, she simply vanished. Enter Veronica, Stoker, and his brother Tiberius. Along with the mystery is the relationship between Veronica and Stoker, are they just friends, will they be more? This entire series is a fun read. They are well written with obvious research on different subjects from history, lepidoptery, horticulture and many other areas. I would highly recommend the entire series.

This is the fourth Veronica Speedwell mystery. Veronica and Stoker have been working as colleagues preparing exhibits for Lord Rosemorran's museum from the many collections his family has amassed. But this story story begins with Veronica taking Lady Cordelia and heading off to Madeira for six months. Veronica uses some of her time while she is gone thinking about her relationship with Stoker. She is happy with her friendship with him but doesn't know what happens next. She definitely doesn't want to marry, but believes she's falling in love with him and fearful that declaring it would ruin their friendship and collaboration. After six months of not hearing from him, Veronica is back in London to a changed Stoker. There is a coldness to him that wasn't present before she left. Before she can do something to bring about a thaw, Lord Templeton-Vane, Stoker's eldest brother Tiberius, comes to Veronica with a proposal. He would like her to accompany him to the Cornish island which is the home of his eldest friend. He seduces her with promises of a rare butterfly that she can add to the vivarium she is creating for Lord Rosemorran. He also says that Stoker is not invited. As they arrive, Tiberius indicates that he has told his old friend Malcolm Romilly that Veronica is his affianced wife telling her that it is because of Malcolm's religious beliefs. To no one's great surprise, Stoker is waiting for them as they disembark from the train having invited himself along. When they arrive at the island, Stoker and Veronica discover a mystery. Three years earlier Malcolm's new bride disappears on her wedding day. No one has seen Rosamund since. Veronica is curious to know what happened to the missing bride and begins her investigation. There are quite an assortment of suspects. From Malcolm's sister Mertensia who is a devoted gardener who takes special pride in her poison garden to Malcolm's brother's widow and son to the devoted housekeeper who raised them all to Lord Templeton-Vane himself, suspects abound and so do motives. And, while the investigation proceeds, Veronica is still dealing with her relationship with Stoker. I loved the setting of this story - an isolated island steeped in history and the stories of mermaids and piskies and all manner of creature. I love Veronica's personality. She is a Victorian free spirit who doesn't care about her reputation and the social mores of the day. She is bright, abrasive, and particularly guarded in her emotions. Stoker is also a wonderful character and a perfect partner for her. I liked getting to know Tiberius better as we learn more about his past and the choices that have formed him. This was a wonderful addition to an excellent series. I can't wait for more adventures.


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