Format: E-Book, 352 pages
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Genre: Mystery & Detective / Historical
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.
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. The 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.
Soon Veronica also has to contend with sordid details and malevolent enemies that have emerged from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats, Veronica must unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything…
Set in 1888 Victorian Era England, A Treacherous Curse is the third installment author Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell Mystery series. Protagonist Veronica Speedwell is a natural historian with a specialty in butterflies. Basically it means that she's a butterfly hunter who travels the world looking for exotic new species. She's known to have the occasional dalliances with foreign men, while avoiding her fellow Englishmen, and the idea that all women should be married and take care of their spouses above all else.
Veronica and her partner Revelstoke Templeton-Vale have been involved in two different murder investigations since this series began. Make this number three. They say to investigate one murder is a curiosity. To investigate two is a habit. But, after reading about a curious curse that hit a group of Egyptologists, and the death of Stoker's one time friend, adventurer, and expedition photographer, Veronica and Stoker are all in. This time they must solve the curiosity of the curse, whether or not Anubis has actually risen, the murder of a former friend, while also dealing with the woman who destroyed Stoker's life and his reputation.
Veronica and Stoker are perfectly fit for each other both personality wise and otherwise. They are able to be themselves when they are around each other, rather than fit in to any societal norms that are expected of them, especially from their families. One could say that family is also one of the aspects that brings the two together since both of them are outcasts in their own ways. Veronica has what appears to be an unwelcome connection to the royal family, while Stoker's reputation and his own family has left him out in the cold, as it were. Although, one of Stoker's brothers apparently hasn't given up at romancing Veronica.
To be perfectly honest, they don't have to have a romantic connection for me to enjoy these two. It is mostly Veronica who keeps the duo together. She is not afraid to look Stoker in the eye and call him out for his bullshit and his self pity issues that often times see him become someone else. Veronica is a character who I really love. She's independent, has a mind of her own, and is often outspoken on subjects ranging from sex between men and women, to her unwelcome connection to the royal family who continue to ignore her, but keeps her under observation so she doesn't embarrass the royal family.
This story does a good job of finally revealing what happened to Stoker. The mystery behind his fall is directly correlated to one particular nasty woman, and no I don't mean Madonna. After meeting Veronica, I dare say that miss nasty pants brought a butter knife to a gun fight. You don't mess around with Veronica Speedwell.