A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3) by Deanna Raybourn

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3)

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. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate e...

Details A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3)

TitleA Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3)
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3)

  • Melisa
    Veronica Speedwell is back, the little spitfire!Deanna Raybourn can write authentic historical dialogue so beautifully. The language! It just gets me. And the characters she crafts are so wonderful. Veronica is truly going down as one of my all time favorites, she is such an atypical Victorian little saucy, feisty spitfire. Egyptology plays a large role in the story, it is something I knew to be popular during this time but didn’t know much abo...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    4.5 Stars!Sometimes it is easy to forget how much you love two characters until you are immersed back into their world and then all those old feelings and thoughts about them resurface and you remember why this is one of your most favorite series and some of your most favorite people.Veronica and Stoker are those people for me. This series is just so much fun with the Victorian old world London setting, mystery, and of course the adventures that ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Veronica Speedwell ranks at the top of my favorite female protagonist list with Maggie Hope and Ruby Proulx. Veronica is witty, brilliant, likeable and outspoken, and Stoker is the perfect sidekick for her. A Treacherous Curse focuses more on Stoker and his dark and mysterious past, and Veronica and Stoker tackle a mystery that is interesting but a little drawn out. While I really enjoyed A Treacherous Curse, my favorite in the series is still A ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Storywise do I think this is the strongest and most interesting one so far in this series. Not that the previous two books have been bad, more that I found this book mystery to be much more fascinating to read about, with a less obvious ending than the previous book. This is not a series that you have to read in order to enjoy, but it's a marvelous series so reading in order may be more fun would I think.Veronica Speedway is such a wonderful char...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Because there is no power on earth that could make me abandon our friendship. There is no deed you could confess so dark that it would make me forsake you. This book is well-paced, well-written and highly engaging. It keeps you guessing from start to finish, trying to put together all the pieces of a rather convoluted puzzle. Veronica Speedwell is undoubtedly one of my favorite heroines of all time. Intelligent, determined, confident, independent...
  • Dianne
    Fun, quirky and just shy of “evah-so-propah,” A TREACHEROUS CURSE by Deanna Raybourn is Victorian mystery and adventure at its most entertaining. An ancient mummy’s curse seems to be claiming the members of an Egyptian expedition and the plucky Veronica Speedwell is on the case. A man from Stoker’s past has gone missing, as has a priceless artifact from the tomb of an Egyptian princess. Is this part of the curse? Is Anubis actually walkin...
  • Ceki
    “Because there is no power on earth that could make me abandon our friendship. There is no deed you could confess so dark that it would make me forsake you. You said of us once that we were quicksilver and the rest of the world mud. We are alike, shaped by Nature in the same mold, and whatever that signifies, it means that to spurn each other would be to spit in the face of whatever deity has seen fit to bring us together. We are the same, and ...
  • Lady Wesley
    4.5 stars. Funny, moving, exciting, and deftly plotted -- until one twist toward the end struck me as too unlikely to be believed.If you enjoyed Julia and Brisbane in Deanna Raybourn's excellent Lady Julia series, you will probably like Veronica and Stoker, although they are a totally different couple. Both are mysteries with a touch of romance. I would recommend that you read the first two installments of Veronica Speedwell mysteries before tack...
  • Hollis
    Snuck this in pretty close to the wire to wrap up 2017. And what a way to go!"I won't kill a man on his knees.""There, you see? Stoker has standards."Right now my brain is just kind of an endless happy-pained shriek (ala the snapchat voice filter) because of that ending. I was sort've warned and I thought I could handle it but oh god I couldn't. I lost it. Raybourn is wicked, totally wicked, and I have to respect her for toying with the fangirls ...
  • Caz
    I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 starsDeanna Raybourn continues her series of late-Victorian historical mysteries featuring the intrepid lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell and her piratically handsome, enigmatic associate, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker) in A Treacherous Curse.  The big draw of this third instalment was the prospect of at last getting to know more about Stoker’s chequered – and sometimes heartbreaking...
  • Giedre
    4.5/5“What is it about the pair of you that you must be so contrary?”“What is it about the rest of the world that it cannot take us as we are?”This series is my new Victorian mystery crack. The dynamic between Veronica and Stoker? Looove it. Definitely my favourite thing about this series. I think I might read all three of them again later this year, because I can't wait for the fourth book to come out.
  • Marla
    Veronica and Stoker are some of my favorite characters. She's a spunky woman in the late 1800's who doesn't care what people think about her. She will go out in public in pants, will tell people what she thinks and will have sex outside of a marriage. this is another great murder mystery to the series. Lots of twists and guessing going on. Definitely recommend this entire series.
  • Melanie
    If you could bottle fun, it would end up being a Veronica Speedwell novel. I know this makes no sense but that's kind of the point, because it's similar to the books. Yes, there are many coincidences here that lead to the conclusion of the case, but quite frankly, I don't care because it's fun. I was sent this arc a few months ago and waited to read until it's a bit closer to the publication date in January and it was hard to wait. I loved the pr...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    Veronica Speedwell is one of my favorite characters. She is brazen, witty and a free thinker. The banter, and teasing she tortures Stoker with making them the ideal pair. While romantic notions are hinted at between them, the case takes front and center. Each book contains a new mystery, but I recommend starting at the beginning of the series for character development, relationships and because they are fantastic historical mysteries!A mummy cu...
  • Betty
    This is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell series and I am delighted to share my review. We learned more about Stroker, her partner. A past colleague has returned to England from an Egyptian expedition and has disappeared. Since Stroker is known to dislike him, it is fear that his past will examine in the papers and bring to light his connection with Veronica. Veronica feels she must explore his connection to this colleague and his wife. Wi...
  • Mimi
    Still consistently good, still a lot of fun. This is easily becoming one of my favorite series.
  • Amy Leigh
    This is a fantastic Victorian England mystery steeped with murder, intrigue and tension. I have not read the first two books in this series. I didn't know it was a part of a series when I requested it from NetGalley- I just loved the description! It was so well written and had me guessing who the bad guy was til the very end. The two main characters are amazing and you wish you could meet them in real life. Veronica and Stoker are cataloging a pr...
  • Kira
    3.5 starsMy favorite book in the series so far. Someone from Stoker's past disappeared. There were implications that he may have been involved. To keep his name from being tarnished again, he and Veronica set out to discover what really happened. The case was strongly tied to Stoker's past. All of the details of his heartbreak and his ruination in the eyes of society were explained. These were the things that made Stoker into the man he is. Final...
  • The Lit Bitch
    I’ve had my eye on this book since before it even had a title! I finished the second book and immediately started counting the days until this one was going to be released.Fortunately I had the good luck to be approved for an ARC in Oct, because I literally don’t think I could have waited for the release in Jan 2018!I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel somewhat disappointed in this book, and for one reason only–the relationship b...
  • Teresa
    When I first read the blurb for this book, I was so excited I got an early copy and had very high hopes. And it lived up to all of my hopes. As far as the mystery aspect of the story went, this was the best one so far. But all the personal connections to Stoker and learning more about his past is what made this book one of my favorites of the year. And it solidified Veronica as one of my absolute favorite heroines. She killed it in this book. Her...
  • Christina
    4.5 starsThese are quickly becoming some of my favorite books! Full review to come.
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    A Treacherous Curse is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series and I am very happy that it won’t be the last! Especially with how this book ended! In this story both Veronica and Stoker have come to terms, for the most part, with their disappointment that their scheduled expedition was cancelled due to the Earl of Rosemorran having hurt himself when he tripped over his tortoise. Even though they weren’t leaving the country in ...
  • Amy Yingling
    Like many fans of Deanna Raybourn and her Veronica Speedwell series, I have been patiently waiting to read this one since the second I finished book number two in this historical mystery series. I was not disappointed (which is sometimes a common occurrence when you have to wait to read a book for so long) at all because from start to finish I was lost in the deceit, the suspense, the danger, and of course the sexual tension between Stoker and Sp...
  • Meigan
    Fast-paced, witty, and brimming with tension, this third installment in the Veronica Speedwell series is Raybourne at her finest. In this installment, Stoker and Veronica are tasked with solving the disappearance of John de Morgan and a certain Egyptian relic which may or may not be directly related to John’s disappearance. At the center of this case is Caroline de Morgan, and subsequently Stoker himself, as Caroline is the woman who broke his ...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    Words really can't adequately sum up how much I love this series. In fact, Raybourn cannot produce these books quickly enough to keep me happy. Once again Veronica and Stoker find themselves in the middle of a mystery, but this one comes closer to home. Mr. and Mrs. Tiverton were on an archaeological dig in Egypt when they discover the sarcophagus of an ancient Egyptian Princess. Shortly afterwards, a mystical Anubis appears and people start to d...
  • Blackjack
    4.5 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed this third edition to the Veronica Speedwell series. This one features a good old-fashioned mummy curse as the mystery that drives much of the plot. The mystery itself is fun, though I did guess the culprit pretty early. However, the main pull of this book, and all of the Veronica Speedwell books, is the ever deepening relationship between the main characters. Veronica and Stoker deepen their affection, loyalty and...
  • Darque Dreamer
    Curses, and conspiracies, and Egyptian gods, oh my! A Treacherous Curse will keep you on your toes with new adventures and threats. Veronica and Stoker are at it again with solving an Egyptian mystery on London soil! This one is striking, intriguing, and thrilling until the end!Let me start off by saying that I have just devoured these first 3 books in a matter of four days! That’s right. These books have been insanely entertaining, full of hum...
  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    Ahhhh!!! Where do I begin?! Let me just say that I love Raybourn's writing. She is from Texas and you would never know she wasn't from England! I love how her writing can make me feel the feelings the characters are feeling. There was one particular argument that Veronica and Stoker have that just hurts you to the core! Her writing is such a treat!I thought the character development was by far the best in this book! Veronica and Stoker are starti...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Veronica is a hoot! LOL. It opens with her unboxing things for their collection and then she and Stoker has a discussion about the phallus she finds. She is so NOT a proper Victorian lady. While Stoke is SO the proper gentleman who blushes as such things.So yes Veronica is not your average kind of woman. She collects butterflies, has written about them and been published, been around the world, and slept with men and is not afraid to talk about i...