Genre: Historical mystery, romance
Publication: March 14, 2020
Length: 308 pages
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mysteries
Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l’Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.
Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper–and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.
Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore’s high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family–and it’s up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it’s too late for all of them. (Goodreads)
First of all, I absolutely love this series. Raybourn has crafted some of the best historical mysteries I have had the pleasure to read.
The lead character, Veronica Speedwell, is a brilliant and determined woman set on leading her life exactly as she chooses despite societal norms during the Victorian period. It is complete joy to read along with Veronica’s exploits and I find myself glued to the page rooting for her without fail.
Her counterpart, Mr. Stoker, is a delightful character himself. Stoker is surly, also highly intelligent, and has a very colorful past which only makes him more endearing.
I have read the first four books of this series twice and I never get tired of them. I have yet to figure out the big mystery prior to the reveal and the slow burn romance is just magic.
If you enjoy historical fiction, intelligent and interesting characters, fantastic banter, and a slow burn romance that keeps you up at night then you will love this series. I cannot recommend these books enough!
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