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A dangerous collaboration, Deanna Raybourn

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A dangerous collaboration
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A dangerous collaboration
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Deanna Raybourn
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Lured by the promise of a rare and elusive butterfly, the intrepid Veronica Speedwell is persuaded by Lord Templeton-Vane, the brother of her colleague Stoker, to pose as his fiancée at a house party on a Cornish isle owned by his oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly. But Veronica soon learns that one question hangs over the party: What happened to Rosamund? Three years ago, Malcolm Romilly's bride vanished on their wedding day, and no trace of her has ever been found. Now those who were closest to her have gathered, each a possible suspect in her disappearance. From the poison garden kept by Malcolm's sister to the high towers of the family castle, the island's atmosphere is full of shadows, and danger lurks around every corner. Determined to discover Rosamund's fate, Veronica and Stoker match wits with a murderer who has already struck once and will not hesitate to kill again
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  • /* Starred Review */ As anyone familiar with Veronica Speedwell knows, the spirited lepidopterologist only indulges in romantic dalliances when she travels—and only with non-Englishmen. But lately, the sexual tension between Veronica and her colleague, Stoker, has become too much! To escape it, Veronica flees. When she returns six months later, she still finds Stoker irresistible, so she flees again—this time at the invitation of Stoker’s brother. In exchange for a rare specimen of butterfly, she agrees to pose as his fiancée when he visits an old friend, Malcolm Romilly. Stoker, uninvited, joins, and when they arrive, they realize Malcolm Romilly’s mansion is haunted by the three-year mystery of his bride, who went missing on their wedding night. Did she commit suicide? Is she in hiding? Was she murdered? Veronica decides to find out, exploring the mansion’s most intriguing secrets—hidden passageways, a poison garden, a salaciously illustrated harpsichord. Raybourn’s latest mystery is as lively and adventurous as the previous installment (A Treacherous Curse, 2018). Although Veronica’s clever, scientific instincts continue to help her decipher clues and read people’s motivations, she is more introspective as she sorts out her own feelings, adding vulnerability to an already dynamic heroine. Positively excellent, or—as Veronica would say—“Excelsior!” -- Biz Hyzy (Reviewed 1/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 9, p42)
  • In this fine addition to the series, Veronica Speedwell joins Stoker and his brother on an island off the British coast, attempting to solve a years-old mystery about the disappearance of a young woman on her wedding day. Recommended for fans of historical Victorian fiction, murder mysteries, and lepidoptery. -- Jill McKinney, Gunnison County Library, Gunnison, CO. (LibraryReads, March 2019)
  • In March 1888, Veronica Speedwell agrees to accompany Tiberius, Viscount Templeton-Vane, to a windswept Cornish isle, the home of a rare butterfly, in Raybourn’s deliciously gothic fourth mystery featuring the adventurous lepidopterist (after 2018’s A Treacherous Curse). Incidentally, Veronica hopes to sort out her disturbing feelings for Tiberius’s brother, Revelstoke “Stoker” Templeton-Vane—a plan that’s complicated when Stoker invites himself along. St. Maddern’s Isle is owned by Tiberius’s oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly, whose bride, Rosamund, disappeared three years earlier, on their wedding day. In order to finally discover what has become of Rosamund, Malcolm has gathered everyone who was present on the day she went missing: his estranged family, his long-time staff, and Tiberius, who harbored a secret passion for the mysterious Rosamund. Over several stormy days, Veronica and Stoker discover that everyone is concealing painful secrets and ulterior motives. A brooding castle, rain-lashed windows, hidden passages, and a séance all contribute to a delightfully creepy tale with twists that would make Daphne Du Maurier proud. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Assoc. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/07/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 1, p)
  • Posing as the fiancée of colleague Stoker's brother, who wants someone familiar by his side at Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell lands on an island off Cornwall. Sounds glam, but the party guests are all connected to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who vanished on their wedding day, and things soon get spooky. Fourth in a series after A Treacherous Curse; Raybourn also does the New York Times best-selling Lady Julia Grey series. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 10/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 16, p40)
  • An intrepid lepidopterist and her sometime lover are caught up in yet another extravagant adventure in 1888. Returning to London from Madeira, Veronica Speedwell gets the cold shoulder from her companion in mystery solving, Stoker Templeton-Vane (A Treacherous Curse, 2018, etc.), who's still furious that he was left out of the unexplained trip. He's not happy, either, that his elder brother, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, wants Veronica to accompany him to St. Maddern's Isle off the coast of Cornwall to visit the castle of his old friend Malcolm Romilly, who's promised to give Veronica some larvae of the Romilly Glasswing butterfly, thought to be extinct. What Tiberius doesn't tell Veronica—yet—is that she'll have to pose as his fiancee to gain the approval of their Catholic host, who wouldn't approve of an unchaperoned single woman. Upon their arrival in Cornwall, they find Stoker, refusing to be left out, waiting to join a group that includes Malcolm; his sister, Mertensia, a tireless gardener; his sister-in-law, Helen; her son, Caspian; and a crew of servants directed by longtime family retainer Mrs. Trengrouse. The island is large enough for farms and a village whose superstitious natives tell tales of piskies and mermaids. Stoker and his brother constantly snipe over Veronica, whom Tiberius works to seduce and Stoker secretly wants to marry. Although she loves Stoker, Veronica fears he's never gotten over the dreadful marriage that almost killed him and is so independent herself that she's afraid to commit to more than a physical relationship. Meanwhile, Malcolm's wife, Rosamund, vanished on their wedding day three years ago, and no one knows whether she's dead or alive. When Malcolm's discovery of Rosamund's traveling bag makes it all but certain that she's dead, he asks for Veronica and Stoker's help in finding out what happened to her. Slowly, secrets from the past are revealed, and the sleuths find themselves threatened by someone desperate to keep those secrets buried forever. The astute and unconventional Edwardian pair seem to have entered the pages of a gothic novel for an exhilarating new tale full of wild adventures and treacherous relationships. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2019)
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Raybourn, Deanna
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Veronica Speedwell novels
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0004
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  • Women private investigators
  • Missing persons
  • Great Britain
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A dangerous collaboration, Deanna Raybourn
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24 cm.
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328 pages
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9780451490711
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328 pages
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9780451490711
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rdamedia.
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