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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

BLOG TOUR & Review: A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn @berkleypub @deannaraybourn

A Murderous Relation 
by Deanna Raybourn

Thank you to Berkley Pub for this gifted copy and stop on the blog tour.

Publisher: Berkley Pub
Publish Date: March 10, 2020
320 Pages
Series: Veronica Speedwell #5
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery

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.

My Review:

Ahhhhh.. back to the goodness that is the partnership of one Veronica Speedwell and Stoker, her absolute match.  In the fifth installment of this series, they are back together and off for another journey.  Brothels, Jack the Ripper and my favorite historical duo? YES PLEASE.

I absolutely adore Veronica and Stoker - both as a duo and individually.  These characters have grown over the course of this series.  It is nice to see them finally come together in a variety of ways *wink* while showing a bit of their more insecure/sensitive side for once.  In this particular installment, we get more into the background of Veronica and her heritage.  Place all of this within an expensive brothel and Raybourn's ficitional account of Jack the Ripper - well, you're just hitting all the notes for me with this book.  

While I do think these can be read as standalones, I do think it's imperative to read them in order.  This way you get the full backstory of all the relationships.  More so for appreciating where everything comes together, as I think you'll get those moments where you gasp and where your heart sings for these characters.

All I can say is: BRING ME MORE.


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