A Perilous Undertaking

A Perilous Undertaking

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 S...

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Title:A Perilous Undertaking
Author:Deanna Raybourn
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ISBN:0451476158
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:338 pages

A Perilous Undertaking Reviews

  • Anne
    Sep 14, 2015

    Wait a minute....release date 2017?! That was scheduled for September

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    Oh, did you ever see such a lovely cover? GAAAAAAAH.

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    I cannot wait to read this sequel! I got an ARC of the first one (

    ) and I am

    ! Can we at least see a cover?

    Soon?

    Please?

  • Ella
    Sep 16, 2015

    JUST KISS GODDAMMIT!!

  • Magdalena
    Jan 04, 2017

    A Perilous Undertaking is a sequel to A Curious Beginning, but this book can read as a stand-alone. Though I do think it could be practical to read the first book to really get to know the characters since Veronica Speedwell, well she has an interesting family situation.

    In this book, we get a deeper insight into both Veronica and Stoker's families. And, we finally learn why Stoker doesn't want to have anything to do with his family. Veronica meets a relative. However, she knows that the one pers

    A Perilous Undertaking is a sequel to A Curious Beginning, but this book can read as a stand-alone. Though I do think it could be practical to read the first book to really get to know the characters since Veronica Speedwell, well she has an interesting family situation.

    In this book, we get a deeper insight into both Veronica and Stoker's families. And, we finally learn why Stoker doesn't want to have anything to do with his family. Veronica meets a relative. However, she knows that the one person she really wants to see can she never met. I do hope that one day they will be able to meet, to be honest.

    The case was interesting, however, the conclusion felt a bit like a letdown. I guess I just wanted a more shocking conclusion to the case. This felt like a very "proper" case ending. If the ending had been a bit more intriguing and intense would I perhaps have enjoyed it better. However, I did enjoy the progress of the book, the investigation into who murdered Artemisia. Veronica and Stoker are a great team and it will be interesting to see how this "relationship" will progress.

    There are so many funny scenes in this book that left me smiling. Veronica may now and then seem a bit too modern for the setting, but I can't help but to adore her. She is refreshingly frank. And of course, stoker as well, especially when he gets embarrassed.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Jan 22, 2017

    Or my title

    Historical Detective stories aren’t my normal reading but I ran into Veronica Speedwell last year and found her scientific examination of the world fascinating and funny at times. Plus there was Stoker a very broody and broken man reminiscent of Pirate with eye patch and tattoos, a cast out of friendly society after his adventures abroad. The two of them together teamed up for a fun adventure in a

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    Or my title

    Historical Detective stories aren’t my normal reading but I ran into Veronica Speedwell last year and found her scientific examination of the world fascinating and funny at times. Plus there was Stoker a very broody and broken man reminiscent of Pirate with eye patch and tattoos, a cast out of friendly society after his adventures abroad. The two of them together teamed up for a fun adventure in a

    .

    The first book of this series was a lot of fun. Veronica is definitely a character and she is incredibly funny and frustrating to certain people at times. In this book we get to delve deeper into both her family background and Stokers. In a lot of ways they have much in common on that front along with their scientific predilections you can see why they work together so well.

    I found the sexual tension between them a little delicious but I’m hoping that it doesn’t take too many more books for it to blossom into more as I think they are perfect for each other even if it would break Veronica’s rules if she were to sleep with an Englishman especially while in England.

    I also enjoyed some fun side characters in the form of a little old Lady Wellington that has come to stay with their Lord Benefactor. She is hilarious and says what she wants when she wants. I loved her immediately.

    Oh, I desperately want them to hook up and fall in love. But alas I think there are some books to go on that even if there was some extremely funny situational comedy involving dildos and a ‘love chair’ at the historical equivalent of a sex club. Reading Stoker blush at such a place while Veronica was all semi-innocent scientific curiosity was hilarious.

    Poor guy, I’m pretty sure his trousers got a little tight watching Veronica with all of those objects of pleasure around.

    The mystery of who killed Artemisia was a pretty good one. I liked the process of eliminating the possible suspects and I did guess who the real killer was kind of early on but not the how and why of it. Even thinking I knew did not detract from my enjoyment of the rest of the story.

    The banter between Veronica and Stoker is also just a good time. They are truly perfect together and know each other for exactly who they are. Right now they are best friends and you can tell that at all times. Veronica does have quite the soft spot for him even when she is tormenting him.

    This was a pretty good second story to a series and I did enjoy most of it. I’m hoping that this isn’t like a TV detective series where it takes the couple seven episodes to hook up *cough*Bones*cough*Castle*cough*. I enjoy this little diversion into the past with an amateur Lady Detective and her accomplice a lot and so I’ll continue with the series gladly to see what other trouble they can conjure up.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Oct 24, 2016

    4.5 Stars!

    The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries, likes it predecessor The Lady Julia Gray Series, has quickly become a favorite. It has absolutely everything I loved about Raybourn's Lady Julia series except for all of the March's themselves but Veronica and Stoker are quite a match for Julia and Nicholas.

    The first book was so much fun and I knew I had found a new love in the series, spin off or not and with this second book, it just proves that I was not wrong in the slightest.

    Full of all the thin

    4.5 Stars!

    The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries, likes it predecessor The Lady Julia Gray Series, has quickly become a favorite. It has absolutely everything I loved about Raybourn's Lady Julia series except for all of the March's themselves but Veronica and Stoker are quite a match for Julia and Nicholas.

    The first book was so much fun and I knew I had found a new love in the series, spin off or not and with this second book, it just proves that I was not wrong in the slightest.

    Full of all the things I loved about the first book, this truly was so much fun. Filled with intrigue, danger, a mystery that kept me on my toes, and Raybourn's wonderful prose and feisty women, I couldn't help but be enchanted.

    This series is truly is vastly becoming a favorite and one I look forward to each new release.

    *ARC copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Liz
    Feb 13, 2017

    This is one of those books that you can just settle right into and enjoy every page.

    is the second in Raybourn’s latest series which follows Veronica Speedwell and her scientific partner/friend Stoker.

    Lovable characters with depths yet unexplored. Many hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments. Snappy dialogue. Well constructed mystery with an array of interesting suspects.

    Veronica: Intelligent. Determined. Imperious. Sharp-tongued. Funny. Caring.

    This is one of those books that you can just settle right into and enjoy every page.

    is the second in Raybourn’s latest series which follows Veronica Speedwell and her scientific partner/friend Stoker.

    Lovable characters with depths yet unexplored. Many hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments. Snappy dialogue. Well constructed mystery with an array of interesting suspects.

    Veronica: Intelligent. Determined. Imperious. Sharp-tongued. Funny. Caring.

    Stoker: Smart. Moody. Loyal. Compassionate.

    When these two butt their stubborn heads, it’s supremely entertaining. Theirs is not a romantic relationship, although there’s room for that down the road. Raybourn writes brilliant 19th century female leads, bent on not submitting to the narrow strictures society has placed on them. Stoker is the perfect partner in her escapades, each taking turns leading the charge and backing the other up as required.

    Just good fun!

  • Mei
    Feb 03, 2017

    I liked this second book less than the first. Not because if was bad, but because I was expecting much more!

    Anythow, the book is interesting, sometimes fun and not at all TSTL moments in it!

    I liked the characters too, most of all Lady Wellingtonia! WOW, what a dragon-lady!

    There're a ton of hints of a case of lust/attraction between Stoker and Veronica, but nothing really comes out of it

    I liked this second book less than the first. Not because if was bad, but because I was expecting much more!

    Anythow, the book is interesting, sometimes fun and not at all TSTL moments in it!

    I liked the characters too, most of all Lady Wellingtonia! WOW, what a dragon-lady!

    There're a ton of hints of a case of lust/attraction between Stoker and Veronica, but nothing really comes out of it

    .

    The mistery is interesing and convoluted. It starts slowly, with little clues, but, as the story progresses, it becomes more and more intriguing! The culprit is a realy surprise!

    Also in this book, both Veronica and Stoker keep their secrets, but we find out more about Stoker's than Veronica's, even if her biggest one came out in the last book! And she still resents her natual father's whole family for not acknowledging her in any way, but at the same time she knows that that's a really impossibility!

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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Dec 20, 2016

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    I enjoyed this book but I didn't think it quite lived up to the first book in the series. I had a really hard time getting into the book at first but once the story got moving, I found myself really enjoying it. I think that the characters in this series are amazing and this book lets us get to know them just a little better than before. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.

    Veronica Speedwell is such a fun character. She is extremely intel

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    I enjoyed this book but I didn't think it quite lived up to the first book in the series. I had a really hard time getting into the book at first but once the story got moving, I found myself really enjoying it. I think that the characters in this series are amazing and this book lets us get to know them just a little better than before. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.

    Veronica Speedwell is such a fun character. She is extremely intelligent and not afraid to live by her own rules instead of bending to society's dictates. She is called upon by a member of royalty to look into the murder of an artist. The man that has been accused is scheduled to hang very soon even though some believe he is innocent. Veronica enlists the help of her friend, Stoker, to help her discover the truth about the death.

    I really enjoyed the fact that Veronica and Stoker are not the average pair of detectives. Veronica is an expert on butterflies and Stoker is a remarkable taxidermist. They are both intelligent and inquisitve and well suited to solving the puzzle of the murder. They have wonderful chemistry together and truly make a great pair. This isn't a romance although they both seem to have feelings for the other that they seem to be supressing.

    This was a smart book with a really complicated puzzle to be solved. It is nice how the reader gets to be with Veronica and Stoker at every step during the process to solve the murder. I loved the way that there were quite a few funny moments to keep the book nicely balanced. Veronica and Stoker both have complicated backgrounds which added some depth to their characters and gave me something to think about and helped explain some of their motivations.

    I would recommend this book to others. It is the second book in the Veronica Speedwell series but I do think it would work as a stand alone. I look forward to future books featuring Veronica and Stoker!

  • The Lit Bitch
    Aug 24, 2016

    4.5 stars

    So as many of you might have noticed, I have been on a Deanna Raybourn book binge read!

    I first discovered Raybourn’s books a few years ago when I read Night of a Thousand Stars, which I thought was pretty good as a stand alone book.

    It wasn’t until last year that I rediscovered Raybourn and picked up the first Veronica Speedwell book and absolutely fell in love with the series.

    Needless to say, I’ve been waiting a long time for this book to come out…..I literally couldn’t wait until Janu

    4.5 stars

    So as many of you might have noticed, I have been on a Deanna Raybourn book binge read!

    I first discovered Raybourn’s books a few years ago when I read Night of a Thousand Stars, which I thought was pretty good as a stand alone book.

    It wasn’t until last year that I rediscovered Raybourn and picked up the first Veronica Speedwell book and absolutely fell in love with the series.

    Needless to say, I’ve been waiting a long time for this book to come out…..I literally couldn’t wait until January for it to come out, fortunately for me I got my hands on an ARC of the next book!

    One thing that distinguished Raybourn’s stories from many others are the eccentricities of the characters. In this series I love that Veronica isn’t the quintessential ‘lady detective’. She’s a lepidopterist (someone who studies butterflies) and Stoker is a naturalist/taxidermist…..so they aren’t the typical amateur detective and lady sidekick duo that solve crimes.

    They basically just rely on their scientific minds and form hypothesis like the scientists that they are. I love how unique that is. While they are not the typical detectives, they are still able to solve the mysteries using methods they use in science…..it’s just not the typical approach and I love that Raybourn strays from tradition and explores different approaches to mysteries.

    The other thing that I love about her books is she does a brilliant job creating sexual tension between her characters but spreads it out over the books rather than wrapping it up neatly in one. In this book, Veronica and Stoker continue to figure their attraction to one another. It’s evident that Veronica feels and attraction to Stoker and he reciprocates her feelings but there are ghosts between them that must be resolved before their relationship can grow into something more. I love how there are still loose ends to resolve in future books. The tension and attraction between the two is palpable and intense….I simply love them together and hope the sexual and romantic tension continues to build in future books. I can’t wait to see how their relationship evolves.

    My only complaint with this book was it took a little bit to get into the actual mystery. The mystery didn’t really start until quite a few chapters in so I kind of felt like the beginning was slow for me however once the mystery started there were a ton of little tidbits to keep me engaged and interested.

    I felt like there was a lot of plot building that wasn’t necessary, not only that but there wasn’t a lot of recap from the previous book. I personally had forgotten some details from the first book and I think I would have appreciated this book more had there been some cues to remind me of the previous story. Besides those two things, the book was absolutely wonderful. Veronica is a heroine that has completely grown on me and I absolutely love her sass and brashness. She is a heroine for the ages and if you love your lady detectives ‘sassy’ and unique then I highly recommend picking up this series. There are tons of things to love about this one!

  • Cindy Burnett
    Dec 11, 2016

    A Perilous Undertaking is one of the best books I have read recently. I loved everything about it: the cover, the characters, the setting, and the plot. Veronica Speedwell and Stoker Templeton Vane make the perfect pair, sleuthing and otherwise, and are truly entertaining; they are both forward thinking, eccentric, unusual, and highly intelligent. I have not read the first in the series, but I had no trouble leaping right into this installment.

    Veronica Speedwell, a Victorian-era lepidopterist (

    A Perilous Undertaking is one of the best books I have read recently. I loved everything about it: the cover, the characters, the setting, and the plot. Veronica Speedwell and Stoker Templeton Vane make the perfect pair, sleuthing and otherwise, and are truly entertaining; they are both forward thinking, eccentric, unusual, and highly intelligent. I have not read the first in the series, but I had no trouble leaping right into this installment.

    Veronica Speedwell, a Victorian-era lepidopterist (an expert on butterflies), is summoned to the Curiosity Club, an all-female club for intelligent and inquiring women. She is introduced to Lady Sundridge who engages Veronica to solve the murder of a local artist, Artemisia. Artemisia was the mistress of Miles Ramsforth, who has been accused and tried for her murder and will hang in seven days. Lady Sundridge wants Ramsforth freed and the true murdered brought to justice. Speedwell and Stoker take the case which leads them down some very winding paths including a grotto with an interesting past. Even though I predicted the murderer long before the mystery was solved, I truly enjoyed both the mystery and the resolution. A Perilous Undertaking is such a fun read.

    Raybourn vividly and wittily creates each and every character. I enjoyed immensely spending time with them all and cannot wait for the next installment. She also depicts the setting so descriptively that I felt like I was in 1870’s England. That always add to my enjoyment of a book.

    I loved A Perilous Undertaking and highly recommend it. Thanks to First to Read for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.