Let's Talk: Veronica Speedwell Series

Hello, all!

There's nothing I love more than finding a new series to absolutely gush over. I recently stumbled across the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn, and I devoured them within a week. I completely fell in love with these books and the entire story, and especially the main characters, Veronica and Stoker. So far, there are three books in the series, and I'm counting down the days until March when the fourth comes out.

Pub Date: 7-12-16
Adult - Mystery - Historical Fiction
I initially picked up the first book, A Curious Beginning, from my local library because I really liked the cover art, but I was so pleased to find out it was a great story line as well. Set in 1887 London, orphan Veronica Speedwell has just buried her spinster aunt and is looking forward to resuming her world travels to study butterflies. What Veronica doesn't know, is that fate has another adventure in store for her. After thwarting her own abduction attempt with the help of a German baron, who offers her sanctuary and answers to her mysterious past, Veronica is whisked off to London where she is left in the care of Stoker, a reclusive bad-tempered natural historian. Before the baron can give her any answers to why there's now a plot against her, he is murdered and Veronica and Stoker must team up to find out who killed him and who is after her before it's too late.

Pub Date: 1-10-17
Adult - Mystery - Historical Fiction
I didn't even let myself breathe before jumping right into the second book, A Perilous Undertaking. This takes place shortly after the events in the first book, and Veronica finds herself yet again in the middle of a mystery and dragging a reluctant Stoker along for the ride. Now, Veronica is tasked by the shady Lady Sundridge with saving a high society art patron from execution for a crime he didn't commit. Time is of the essence and uncovering the true identity of Lady Sundridge is only the first of many secrets Veronica and Stoker stumble upon. This story sees the duo running all over London, from an artists' colony to an underground orgy grotto. This one was just as fast paced and entertaining as the first one, and I loved it.

Pub Date: 1-16-18
Adult - Mystery - Historical Fiction
The third in this series, called A Treacherous Curse, focused more on Stoker's background which I loved. After his former expedition partner disappeared from an Egyptian dig site with a priceless cursed diadem, Stoker and Veronica are swept up into a mystery of mythological proportions. The pair must battle rumors that a vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the London night. This one was full of conspiracies and enemies from Stoker's past, and Veronica must use her intellect to separate what's fact and fantasy before Stoker loses everything.

I've quickly become obsessed with this series, and now it's one of my favorites. It's such a fun mix of adventure, witty banter and mystery. Veronica is a feisty, intelligent, take-no-crap badass woman and I love it. She's such a strong, independent character and really holds her own during a time when women were expected to be meek and stand a few steps behind a man. She charges in and takes the reins on whatever situation her and Stoker find themselves in. I also really love the relationship between Veronica and Stoker and the way they play off one another. They treat each other as equals and you can really feel the respect they have for one another. And c'mon, I mean the slowest burn of a relationship ever, and it kills me but I love it at the same time. I need the fourth book, like, right now.

This is one series that I've told (alright, maybe harassed is a better term) everyone I know to read. If you're a fan of a fun, fast paced Victorian mystery series, I cannot recommend this one enough.


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