A Perilous Undertaking

A Perilous Undertaking

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Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries... London, 1887. Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task--saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer--a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia's life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists' colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed....show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 150 x 231 x 33mm | 544g
  • Berkley Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0451476158
  • 9780451476159
  • 374,302

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Praise for Deanna Raybourn and "A Curious Beginning" Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing...Veronica Speedwell is a joy unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful. Susan Elia MacNeal, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction. Alan Bradley, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series The eccentricities of Victorian England receive a rousing look in the highly entertaining "A Curious Beginning..".Energetic storytelling. "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" Creating strong character pairings, placing the action in unexpectedly unusual but actual historical settings, and folding it all into a clever mystery are hallmarks of this author s magical, signature style...This new series starts off with a bang. "Library Journal "(starred review) I love this book! Brings us the powerful Veronica Speedwell, who triumphs over adversity and danger with wit, charm, and uncanny determination. A real find. Robyn Carr, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of the Virgin River series"show more

About Deanna Raybourn

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, which has been optioned for television, and several standalone novels. She lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.show more

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2,394 ratings
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2 2% (49)
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