Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

Title: A Dangerous Collaboration
Author: Deanna Raybourn 
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 12, 2019
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée--much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.

As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund..."

My Two Cents:

"A Dangerous Collaboration" is the fourth book in the wonderful Veronica Speedwell mystery series by Deanna Raybourn. This is such a fun series and this was another good entry. In this episode, Veronica must pose as Stoker's brother's fiance in order to sneak into the Romilly house where a host of mysteries awaits. There's nothing like a mysterious estate full of secrets to make for a good read.

While I have really enjoyed this series and have liked all of the books, you certainly don't need to have read all of the other books in order to pick this one up. You may miss out on the nuances of the relationships between some of the characters (the banter and relationship between Veronica and Stoker has been so charming). So while not necessary, I think you will appreciate the book more if you read the other few first.

Speaking of Veronica and Stoker, they really make this series tick. The back and forth between them is so funny and so full of chemistry. I love seeing how they bring out the best of each other and how they bounce ideas off of each other about the secrets throughout the book. They make a great team and truly made for an entertaining read.

This continues to be a great series and I am very excited to see what the next book has in store for Veronica and Stoker!



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