A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

A Treacherous Curse

Deanna Raybourn

Veronica Speedwell returns in an adventure filled with betrayal and deception from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries.

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Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy’s curse in this 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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I love Deanna Raybourn's books, especially her Lady Julia Grey series. A Treacherous Curse is a fun read about a mystery surrounding an Egyptian curse. I do recommend reading the first two books in the series as it will make this book less confusing with regard to relationships, particularly how Veronica is related to the Prince of Wales.

A Treacherous Curse (the third of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries) by Deanna Raybourn is an easy and enjoyable read. The book can stand alone but does carry forward the characters and relationships of the previous books in the series. A mystery. A budding romance. Strong, independent characters. These are the features running through both books in this series that I have read. I look forward to following them on Veronica and Stoker's next adventure, if only to see where the relationship goes. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/03/a-treacherous-curse.html. Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program

I love adventure stories and will pick up others in the series. Hoping to share them with my middle reader son as well when he grows into them.

Such a fun and adventurous read! I enjoyed all the intrigue and suspense. The banter between Veronica and Stoker was fun and funny. I can't wait to read the first book, and the rest in the series! I loved all the twists and historical facts. I highly recommend this book!

I knew when I read the opening chapter about phalluses that this book was going to be good! : ) I think, so far, it's the best one out of the series actually. I loved the Egyptology and archaeology storyline. It reminded me a little of one of my all-time favorite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Of course, Veronica was in rare form as usual. She cracks me up! She put several people in their well-deserved place, including Stoker. I wish they would just get together already. : ) After the suggestive ending, I'm dying to read the next book to see how their relationship plays out.

Another book that I was a bit lost in, due to not having read the first two books. I liked the Egyptian themes, and the relationship between Veronica and Stoker is interesting. The mystery was enough to keep me involved without having read the other books. I'm probably going to go back and pick up the other two books in the series.

This was the first Veronica Speedwell book I have read and I have wanted to read these for awhile. I am so glad I had the opportunity to do so! Veronica and Stoker make an amazing team and they are highly memorable. In this novel, they find themselves in the midst of a mystery regarding a missing man and a missing diadem following an expedition in Egypt. With quite a few twists and turns and some humorous moments, I really enjoyed reading this novel and will gladly pick up others in the series!

Ms. Raybourn does not disappoint! I'm a huge fan of her books, and this book, the latest in the Veronica Speedwell mysteries, was glorious as usual. Veronica is intelligent, independent, and not afraid to speak her mind - also, she doesn't suffer fools. Stoker is the perfect foil for her, and I laughed out loud several times at their witty banter. Of course, their relationship - or lack of it - is my favorite part, but the underlying mystery was also enthralling. I gobbled this book up and can't wait for the next!

Veronica Speedwell and her and her colleague Stoker, are always on the lookout for an interesting case to investigate. When word comes down that Stoker's ex-wife's new husband has stolen a diadem from an Egyptian excavation and disappeared, the pair knows they have to investigate. What follows is a complicated investigation that reveals truths, and digs up things from Stoker's past that are painful, but lead to discovery. This is the first book I've read in the Veronica Speedwell series, and I have to admit I'm angry at myself for waiting so long to pick up these books. I'd heard great things bout them and that praise was not misplaced. Ms. Raybourn weaves the story in such a way that if this is the first book in the series you pick up you will not be lost. The best part, for me, is that I have two stories before this one to go back and read. Veronica is a woman of the world, and is an independent character who sticks up for herself and is determined to get to the bottom of things, no matter what she uncovers in the process. She and Stoker are a perfect pair, and watching them play off each other made me laugh at times and cringe at other times. That made the characters realistic and kept me involved in the adventure. A Treacherous Curse is an adventurous tale that takes the reader on an incredible ride. I can't wait to go back and read the first two in the series. I received a copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program.

This was my first time reading a Veronica Speedwell mystery, and I really enjoyed it. I loved how unconventional Veronica's character was and the slow burn and witty banter between Stroker and her. I can't wait to see their relationship progress in the next book. Although I haven't read the previous books, I don't feel like I missed out on too much so it operates well as a stand-alone book. The writer did a good job dropping tidbits of both characters backstories. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

4.25 I love this series. Veronica and Stoker are a dynamic partnership, like a lot of the best ones they are very much alike with slight differences that give each of them something special. Stoker is in the spotlight! We learn so much more about him and his background. Veronica is sassy as ever and so protective of Stoker that you'll mumble to yourself, "get em!" The case was intriguing enough that it didn't get lost with the Veronica and Stoker show. The one thing I have pointed out in every book is that there is a lot of old English dialogue, so be prepared. I never really do this, but Veronica says such spectacular lines that I have to share some from the most badass smack down she gives at the end. 1. She is letting Stoker's ex know she is a B. "You rise from your bed every day on two strong legs and can think only to complain that someone once spoke harshly to you... Have you ever looked a starving beggar in the eye and thought that the privileges you enjoy are nothing more than a whim of the cosmos? " That shit should be printed on pillows! 2. The cherry on freaking top is when Stoker's ex tries to make Veronica feel like crap. Ex- "how can you stand to be near him now that you know he has taken a life?" Veronica- "Because, Mrs. De Morgan, I have taken two." If you don't get chills from that page or give a "yes, girl"... YOU ARE DEAD INSIDE!

"Because, there is no power on Earth that could make abandon our friendship, there is no deed you could confess so dark that it would make me forsake you." This is the 3rd installment of the Veronica Speedwell series, and it didn't disappoint. Veronica is a high-spirited, intelligent and adventurous heroine. Different from your typical Victorian woman. Stoker, her mystery solving partner as well as partner in cataloging a collection of art and artifacts. A mysterious past and piratey good looks. Can be read as a stand alone, but I think you would like it better if you read the first 2 books, before this one, it will give you more depth as you read. Veronica and Stoker, get drawn into the mysterious disappearance of none other than the husband of Stoker's ex-wife, believed to be behind the theft of a priceless Diadem , from a recent dig...involving Egyptian artifacts, a curse and conspiracies. They must ferret out the truth of what happened on a dig site in Egypt for in doing so not only will they find the man but they uncover a shocking conspiracy to sell faked artifacts. In this 3rd book, we learn so much more about why Stoker is a social pariah, withdrawn and generally as bad self-esteem. Veronica stands by his side to not only prove to others, but to prove to him that he is so much more than what he believes. Not only do we learn more about his past, but we seem him over come a few things and I just love it. Two of my favorite characters. Beautifully written, fast paced and witty dialogue, make this a must for your TBR. * I received a copy from the first to read program. All thoughts, opinions and fangirling are my own.

I love Veronica and Stoker. These stories wouldn’t be as good if Stoker was gone. Veronica must solve these conspiracies and threats against Stoker to save him. She must also figure out what happened to Stokers former partner in archeology. This has a few twists and turns and kept me reading to find out the culprits. I received a copy of this book through Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Deanna Raybourn is the queen of Victorian mysteries, as far as I'm concerned. I loved her Julia Grey series, and Victoria Speedwell does not disappoint! She's a quirky protagonist with vim and wit--a hallmark of Raybourn's writing--and the mystery is very well executed. This book is full of heart...and I'm already ready for the next one! Five stars!

I love the Veronica Speedwell novels! They’re full of all sorts of historical details and the repartee between Veronica and Stoker is witty and real at the same time. In this novel we get a closer look into another part of Stokers mysterious past ... I can’t wait to sit down and read it again!

3.5 stars As is normal for me with a Veronica Speedwell novel, I had a bit of trouble getting used to the writing style at the beginning of A Treacherous Curse. These are very verbose books and can get a little over the top, but the mystery and the relationship between Veronica and Stoker keep me going – and often have me speed-reading to get to something juicy. A Treacherous Curse was fun because it focuses on a mystery and possible curse from a dig in Egypt – bringing in very different characters and visuals than most Victorian stories. Other than the occasional “I’m not like other girls!” diatribe from Veronica, she’s such a fun character that I love reading about, and Stoker is the handsome, rugged love interest that must be protected at all costs. With more of Stoker’s past revealed in this book, we see the bond between him and Veronica continue to grow stronger as she strives to prove to everyone – especially Stoker – how he is better than rumor insists. Let me tell you though, that slow burn is REAL! Definitely looking forward to how this series progresses. Thanks to Penguin First to Read for sending me a digital ARC for an unbiased review!

Character development again make for slow traveling into this new adventure. However once that duty is begun the latest intrigue dashes right in! Both Stoker and Veronica have become favorite individuals to follow what they might get into next and this Treacherous Curse does not fail! Deanna Raybourn you have done it again, Thank You First to read for this opportunity to discover this series again.

I requested a copy of this book knowing that this was third in a series that I haven't read. I am really glad that I did, because the book was enjoyable anyway. This would a good mystery with characters that I actually liked. I will be going back to read the first two books, and looking forward to the fourth.

When I chose this book, I did not realize it was a part of a series, and I had a harder time getting into it because of that. Overall, from what I did read, it was well written, entertaining, and funny, but it did have a hard time keeping me engaged because of me not having read the other books. I'm sure I would love it even more, though, if I were to read the first ones, because it did have good moments. I might try again to read it, but I will definitely be starting from the beginning so I do not miss anything!

I love this series. I've read each of the books in this series and love them all. Veronica is an excellent protagonist, and is one of my favorite characters in a series I've read recently. I'd recommend this to everyone that loves mysteries with a slightly romantic tinge. I can't wait for the next one.

Totally delightful! This is the third in the Veronica Speedwell series and they just get better as they go along. Veronica is my kind of heroine: smart, resourceful, funny, and broad-minded. I love the cast of characters she and Stoker encounter on their amateur sleuthing missions, not to mention the unresolved sexual tension between the two of them. I can't wait for #4!

This series -- so well paced, funny, sexy and smart -- just gets better with every installment. Keep them coming!

A Treacherous Curse is a very entertaining combination of a smart, very unconventional, sassy heroine, a brooding partner and is set in Victorian times. It’s a fun, quirky novel with an Egyptian curse, an archeological mystery and an interesting mix of characters and twists. I really enjoy the romantic tension between Veronica and Stoker and really look forward to reading more about their slowly developing relationship and their next mystery. Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read program for letting me read an early copy.

I love this series and can't wait for the next one. Veronica and Stoker are a perfect pair, and I think their interactions are the best part of the series. The mystery of his missing ex partner and the missing diadem were interesting, but for me the main reason I read any Deanna Raybourn book is for the characters. All of her books have fun and witty characters, and this one is no exception.

Another fun mystery adventure with Veronica Speedwell and Stoker. This time, we get a look into Stoker's past, some more teasing about a possible relationship between the partners (this needs to get some kind of resolution next book, or I'll have hit my "will they, won't they" limit), and some eldritch horrors lurking. Stoker and Speedwell don't really believe in the mummy's curse, but they do have to admit there's been a lot of death around the tomb. If it isn't a curse, it's something a lot more human--and they'll have to find the source before more bodies pile up. And they'll have to hurry, because Stoker's already damaged reputation can't take another hit--and he has ties to one of the corpses that will cast suspicion on him, when the gossip gets a hold of it. A satisfying conclusion, leaving plenty of room for the next book, and hopefully more character development. Stoker and Speedwell make a good pair, with plenty of witty banter, exasperated exchanges, and smart solutions. A fun read for fans of Victorian mystery, and Sherlockian detectives.

I read the first book in this series but missed the second one. I felt alittle out of the loop because of that and maybe that’s why I had a hard time getting into this book. It just wasn’t keeping my interest

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review via First to Read. This quirky cozy mystery does not disappoint. Throughout the trail of clues it maintains a positive, upbeat tone and a sense of humor. The characters are good and the end will catch you by surprise!

I enjoyed this book very much. It is the first book I have read by Deanna Rayburn but it will not be the last.

I've long been a fan of Deanna Raybourn's Julia Grey series, so I was eager to try out this new one, even though it is not the first book in the series. I was not disappointed. Like the author's other books, this one features a strong female protagonist with a fascinating backstory (the illegitimate daughter of the Prince of Wales), an intriguing leading man with a mysterious past and a cast of well-drawn supporting characters. The mystery plot was satisfying and with plenty of twists and suspense. The title alone would have had me picking up this book even had I not known the author's previous work. I am looking forward to reading the earlier books in the series and hope there will be many more to come.

I loved the first book in the series and didn’t read the second. I started this book several times and for whatever reason, I was unable to connect with it. My tastes have changed over the past couple of years and I think that has much to do with it. I’m just not the right reader for this book.

Veronica Speedwell returns in Deanna Raybourn’s third novel in a series that is suspenseful yet offers moments of humor. Veronica and her fellow scientist Stoker have developed a relationship that is frequently comfortable with occasional displays of physical attraction but one that also becomes volatile at times. The current investigation involves the disappearance of John de Morgan, the photographer on an Egyptian archeological expedition who recently returned to England. Stoker has a history with de Morgan, who left him for dead on a previous expedition and married his ex-wife. With their history, Stoker May become a person of interest to the police unless they can find him. They must contend with Stoker’s uncooperative ex-wife, the head of the Egyptian expedition and his family, the sporadic appearance of an Egyptian god and a curse that was released with the discovery of a tomb. Raybourn’s first book in the series revealed Veronica’s hidden connection to the royal family. While the second book introduced members of Stoker’s family, this entry in the series reveals more of his past that he has always been reluctant to address. Veronica not only stands by him, but the revelations give her a better understanding of what torments him and draws them closer. I am eagerly looking forward to reading further adventures in this series and finding where Deanna Raybourn takes their relationship. I would like to thank First to Read for providing a copy of this book for review.

I love this series! Veronica and Stoker are such a great match and I can't be the only one impatiently waiting for when they finally get together!! They bring out the best in each other. I really liked the focus on Stoker's past and his struggles. The mystery was neat and I was surprised at ever turn! Can't wait for the next one!

I enjoyed reading the book since I love both historical fiction and detective stories, and this book falls into the historical mystery genre. The mystery revolves around an ill-fated Egyptian exploration, a supposed curse, and a missing man who may or may not have stolen a valuable artifact. The missing man was Stoker's former best friend and is married to Stoker's ex-wife, which makes Stoker a main suspect. By solving the mystery, Veronica and Stoker can clear Stoker's name. The main characters are well-developed and complex, and there is an interesting cast of supporting characters. Veronica and Stoker are natural historians and explorers, and mysteries tend to fall into their laps, so they get plenty of chances to use their skills and analytical minds. There is plenty of banter and chemistry between the two, and the series is full of action and humor, though this book was a bit more serious in tone than the previous one as they both have to deal more with Stoker's past. The ending made it clear that there is more tale to tell, so I will have to look for the next book. It was a fairly fast read and would be an enjoyable escape for those who like historical fiction and/or mysteries. I've enjoyed the series and will continue to follow it as new books come out.

Veronica and Stoker are some of my favorite characters. She's a spunky woman in the late 1800's who doesn't care what people think about her. She will go out in public in pants, will tell people what she thinks and will have sex outside of a marriage. this is another great murder mystery to the series. Lots of twists and guessing going on. Deanna Raybourn does a great job with the characters and she knows how to entertain the reader. Definitely recommend this entire series.

I have been following Deanna Raybourn's series since the Julia Grey series. When I was given the opportunity to read an ARC of this, I felt like I had won the lottery. I enjoy the way Ms. Raybourn creates her world and that even secondary characters are flushed out. The Victorian setting is done so well you can almost feel the fog and the cold of a February London night. As it's a series I enjoy that we get more of Stoker's back story. I like how Veronica and Stoker's relationship is developing and how the characters are changing. The Egyptian background was fun and the ending of the story really wasn't a huge surprise but it was so well written I didn't care. I am going to buy a paper copy for my library. Thanks to First to Read for providing the ARC and for assisting when I had issues with my ereader.

I went into the Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn without expectation. I’m new to the series, and my interest stems from the praise I’ve heard about the characters and mysteries from A Curious Beginning and A Perilous Undertaking—books 1 and 2 of the series. This book is hard to rate because there were elements I loved, and others I wasn’t necessarily a fan of. For the most part, the story was good and I absolutely loved the two main characters, Veronica and Stoker. Veronica was my favorite aspect of this book due to her distinctive personality. She was smart, witty, and fiercely protective of her friends. She was almost like a female version of Sherlock Holmes. My main problem with A Treacherous Curse was the very beginning, and some of the off-handed comments that came up later in the story—especially concerning the history of one of the characters. Without those things, I would have enjoyed the story more. That being said, there were a lot of things I liked about this book including the writing, characters, and the mystery surrounding the curse and disappearance. I would read more books by this author. A big thank you to First to Read for the chance to read an ARC of this book.

I received an ARC of 'A Treacherous Curse’ by Deanna Raybourn from First to Read for an honest review. While I had not read any of the other books in this series or by this author, I was delighted to find that it did not matter. This book easily stands alone. I found the characters to be enjoyable with an excellently written tension between Veronica and Stoker which drives their characters complexity. Rarely does a story or the characters grab me as this one, before writing this review I read/listened to the other two books in the series then reread 'A Treacherous Curse'. There are similarities with Sherlock Holmes, Stoker and Watson both being medical professionals and with King's Mary Russell but Veronica's and Stoker's character development takes some very different directions. This story fills in a large number of 'blanks' in Stoker's life but I admire the way that Raybourn manages in a smooth understated flow with the rest of the story. As one would expect, the previous books in the series add depth which help. Having now read all three recently, 'A Treacherous Curse' is quite probably the best of the three with her first novel in the series running a very close second. I would give this five stars and highly recommend it as a fun read. I also look forward to the next book in the series.

I really like Veronica's modern take on Victorian London without any regard for conventions or other people's opinions. Quite possibly the most entertaining lady detective I've read since the Honorable Phryne Fisher.

This is my favorite Deanna Raybourn book since the Julia Grey series concluded. She seems to have found the right groove with two very complex characters and their unconventional exploits (Book 1 was entertaining but lacked the right spark, and Book 2 was a tedious DNF for me). A Treacherous Curse blends in some Amelia Peabody-like adventures with the story focusing on a supposed curse that has followed an Egyptian archaeology team back to England. We learn more about Stoker’s mysterious past and see some breaks of vulnerability in Veronica’s typically impervious outlook. Their dynamic and the tension between them are very entertaining to read. I’m excited to read more in the series now (and may even give Book 2 another try to fill in some interesting developments that I missed). Thank you to the Penguin First to Read program for providing an ARC for review!

Fun, fast-paced, well written, and a pleasure to read. This is one of the very rare instances in which the heroine being completely out of time doesn't matter because of how well handled it is. Victoria is a strong heroine, open-minded and willing to take on any challenge. She drives the story forward with entertaining banter and asides. Even parts of the plot that might drag were fun because of her commentary. The case is related to the craze of the era with Egypt and finding it's treasures; there's a murder, a theft, and a blast from the past that male lead, Stoker, has to face. It all combines to create a multi-faceted plot that keeps the reader in suspense with compelling twists and turns. I came into this series with this book (#3), but I had no trouble figuring out who's who and understanding where each characters stands. That's strong writing and always appreciated.

A mysterious disappearance is ensconced within an Egyptian mummy's curse, leaving a strange string of clues for a witty and clever woman and her partner to solve in A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn. Unfortunate and mysterious events, including a figure of Anubis wandering around, surround those recently returned to London who were involved in a recent Egyptian expedition to unearth artifacts. This news captures the attention of Veronica Speedwell due to the nature of the events and their connection to her investigative partner Stoker. As Stoker's former best friend John de Morgan went missing along with the precious diadem that the archaeological dig uncovered, the pair investigate the circumstances of de Morgan's disappearance and through keen observation and deductive skills unearth some leads to solve the mysterious events while simultaneously trying to prevent Stoker from being considered as a primary suspect for de Morgan's fate due to their rocky recent history.  An entertaining mystery with an intelligent and spirited female protagonist, this narrative moves swiftly as it builds the case from mysterious events and unravels the clues as a satisfying pace befitting the developed suspense. Though there are many coincidences that take place to progress the story, it's kept rather light and fun, which makes it easier to accept the coincidences and enjoy the ride the story provides. As the first installment of this series that I've read, the narrative does a good job of providing readers with enough details of previous exploits as they are mentioned throughout the text so as to not leave anyone behind while also successfully navigating the difficult line between providing enough and too much information.  Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Great book. I couldn't put it down. I will be checking out the first two books in the series. The characters are very likeable. It keeps you wondering until the end.

5 STARS Even though there's still a month left, I am declaring now that Veronica Speedwell is my favorite new series of 2017. I will be forever grateful to the librarian who spotlighted this series as a recommend read. I have spent the last month and three books slowly becoming obsessed with Lady Speedwell and brooding sidekick, Stoker. This third installment brings the series to a higher level in the mystery aspect, and it's easily my favorite thus far. Veronica is as brilliant and sassy ever. However, I loved seeing a more vulnerable and caring side to her character. She and Stoker continue to have the best banter and slow burning chemistry. I cannot believe it's going to an entire year before I see them again. I cannot recommend this series enough to anyone who enjoys strong heroines, even if you don't typically read this genre.

I have not read the first two books in this series, but when this book came up as one that I could receive an advanced galley of, it was one of my top choices. And now that I've read it, I lined up the first two books of the series to read next! I loved it, and that's coming from someone who doesn't really read mysteries. I was immediately pulled in by the theme of Egyptology but found myself interested in other aspects of the happenings as well. Veronica and Stoker also stood out to me as characters who really had some issues that they were working through, not people who were just doing this for fun or because they were bored. Again, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the start of the series!

"Because there is no power on earth that could make me abandon our friendship. There is no deed you could confess so dark that it would make me forsake you." This book is well-paced, well-written and highly engaging. It keeps you guessing from start to finish, trying to put all the pieces of a rather convoluted puzzle. Veronica Speedwell is undoubtedly one of my favorite heroines of all time. Intelligent, determined, confident, independent, self-reflective and stubborn, she goes against almost all of societies expectations of her and completely unapologetic about. Veronica knows what she wants and she both skillful and patient enough to achieve it. No challenge is insurmountable, no mystery unsolvable. She uses her wits to find a solution to nearly every problem that comes her way. As with her previous adventures, Veronica once again partners with her colleague and friend Stoker, this time to solve the mystery of missing man from Stoker's past along with debunking the rumors of Egyptian curse arriving, along with a sarcophagus, to London. We delve further into Stoker's dark and emotionally charged past, as new a heartwrenching revelations come to light. With old friends, uncertain allies and new enemies Veronica and Stoker certainty had their work cut out for them. And I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed seeing it all unfold. If you like historical fiction, mystery and some romance, then my dear I do believe this is for you.

I was looking forward to reading this as the summary intrigued me. The mystery, while well written and satisfying, didn't make up for the rest of the novel. It read to me as a mystery of "the beautiful people" no matter how hard Veronica tries to remove herself from her lineage (a very unremarkable lineage and overused plot device I might add). There was so much purple prose that it got to the point where I think my eyes got a workout from the amount of times that I rolled them after reading certain paragraphs. I want to call Veronica a Mary Sue (and she is in terms of the men. Who doesn't want to get into her skirts/trousers/whatever she's wearing at the time?), but I would need to examine events again in order to make a solid decision. It's a fine enough story, but it's not for me. I appreciate the opportunity to read it.

When I first read the blurb for this book, I was so excited I got an early copy and had very high hopes. And it lived up to all of my hopes. As far as the mystery aspect of the story went, this was the best one so far. But all the personal connections to Stoker and learning more about his past is what made this book one of my favorites of the year. And it solidified Veronica as one of my absolute favorite heroines. She killed it in this book. Her innate strength and fierceness makes those rare moments of vulnerability so powerful. I am now utterly bereft over having no more books of this series. I am absolutely addicted!

I just recently started reading this series and I love it! I enjoyed the newest installment very much! Can't wait for the next book - wonderful series!

I was very grateful to get an advanced copy of this book, as I have been a fan of Deanna Raybourne for quite some time. While both about strong female characters, Raybourne makes Veronica Speedwell stand far out from Lady Julia Grey in all the right, enjoyable ways. This third foray into the series proved itself to be pleasing and intriguing - a romp into the British obsession into Ancient Egypt - which as a lover of Elizabeth Peters I am very familiar with. It's amazing how much you think you know about a narrator and they prove you differently time and time again. I am already looking forward to the next book.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are excellent and well-written, and the mystery was exciting, interesting, and not at all predictable. This can definitely be read as a standalone (this is the first book I have read in the series) but some of the comments from various characters made me want to read the previous books as well! This was a great book and I highly recommend it.

Like many fans of Deanna Raybourn and her Veronica Speedwell series, I have been patiently waiting to read this one since the second I finished book number two in this historical mystery series. I was not disappointed (which is sometimes a common occurrence when you have to wait to read a book for so long) at all because from start to finish I was lost in the deceit, the suspense, the danger, and of course the sexual tension between Stoker and Speedwell. This one was an all-night marathon read for me because I always get sucked into well written historical mysteries and the fact that the book also contains a mummy's curse released after an Egyptian expedition unearths an Egyptian Princess's sarcophagus made it even better for me (yes, I love the Amelia Peabody series) since anything ancient Egypt always holds those great hints of mystery and suspense. Normally I wouldn't say the end was my favorite part because I normally don't want the book to end, but I have made an exception for this one because finally a little more hope is seen in the possible advancement of a more intimate relationship between Stoker and Speedwell. Definite must read for those that love a good historical mystery or if you're a fan of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series I think you'll also enjoy this series too.

I couldn't get into this book. I don't know if it's because I didn't read the others. It was a well-written story and I hope to go back and read the others.

I loved the first 2 books in this series so of course, I was ecstatic when I was able to read this book early. Veronica is just as intelligent and spirited as she has always been and we learn more of Stoker's history in this new edition to the series. Very interesting mystery while staying true to the characters personalities and the time period. Loved it and I look forward to the next book in the series.


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