Each week in my Book Spotlight piece I will be bringing you an upcoming release. These books are ones I am excited about whether they be from a new or an established author. This week we have an upcoming release from one of my favorites!
Expected publication: January 16th, 2018
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.
I absolutely adore the cover for this book. It is a color we don’t see very often, first of all. Have you noticed that most covers seem to be black, white, or red? I love that this one took a jump off of that trend with this beautiful gold. There are also some hieroglyphics worked into the background which is a lovely touch.
I have made it no secret that I am completely in love with Raybourn’s books. Just here on Literary Weaponry I have reviewed five of them! Now, one of my favorite authors is incorporating one of my favorite topics: Ancient Egypt. To say I am over the moon would be an understatement. In the previous two books in this series, A Curious Beginning and A Perilous Undertaking, we have been given hints and peaks at Stoker’s past but nothing in much detail. From the sounds of things Raybourn will be giving us a great deal more information about him. Hopefully it will also include more scenes with Stoker’s oldest brother who is easily one of my favorite secondary characters in any series. Period. I am absolutely itching to pre-order this one!
Deanna Raybourn. A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter. – from Goodreads
Before her Veronica Speedwell mysteries, Raybourn wrote the Lady Julia Grey series which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries.
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