A Treacherous Curse

A Treacherous Curse London 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

  • Title: A Treacherous Curse
  • Author: Deanna Raybourn
  • ISBN: 9780451476173
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 princLondon, 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 events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker s past Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything

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  • Deanna Raybourn

    A sixth generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.


  • 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 about. It was definitely interesting to learn more ab [...]

  • 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 always await these two. Not to mention the chemist [...]

  • 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 Perilous Undertakling. The series is a ton of fun, [...]

  • A Treacherous Curse is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell series. I absolutely love the main character in this series. Veronica is intelligent, outspoken and strong. Readers looking for a series featuring a strong, female main character will love this series! This third book focuses on Stoker Templeton-Vane. His former partner has disappeared from a dig site along with a priceless artifact from the tomb. Unfortunately, the item is allegedly cursed, causing Anubis himself to appear in Londo [...]

  • 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 character, not always bound to the traditional female [...]

  • 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, self-reflective and stubborn, she goes against a [...]

  • 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 walking the streets of London on a mission of revenge?Ve [...]

  • “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 to leave you would be to leave myself.”Doesn't t [...]

  • 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 tackling this one. Since it doesn't come out until nex [...]

  • 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 the way she is. "They disrobed you?""They stripped [...]

  • 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 – past and what exactly happened to turn him i [...]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "I have seen evil, and it wears a smiling face."This third installment of the Veronica Speedwell and Stoker (Revelstoke Templeton-Vane) series is set in London, 1888, and has the pair investigating the untimely disappearance of Stoker's former best friend (who incidentally married his ex wife). Sure, there's bad blood between the two men, but Veronica and Stoker can't resist becoming involved with the circumstances surrounding John de Morgan and the former Caroline Templeton-Vane. He vanished du [...]

  • 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 previous two books and I loved this one. Full of ban [...]

  • 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 curse, a missing Egyptian artifact, an ex-wife and m [...]

  • 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. Will Veronica find the answer before her past become [...]

  • 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 private collection set to be public when they hear o [...]

  • 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. Finally after knowing all of the sordid details, Stoker [...]

  • 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 between Stoker and Veronica. I loved the mystery an [...]

  • I knew when I read the opening chapter about phalluses that this book was going to be good! Lol : ) I think it's the best out of the three actually. I loved the Egyptology and archaeology storyline. It reminded me a little of one of my all-time favorite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Oh how I miss you E.P.Of course, Veronica was in rare form as usual. She cracks me up! She put several people in their well-deserved place, including Stoker. I wish they would just get togeth [...]

  • I will save you the time and not rave on again about this book or the series. I will simply say, if you enjoy adventure, mystery, humor, fabulous characters, and a historical setting, then FOR THE LOVE OF GOD READ THESE BOOKS.There. That wasn't so bad, was it?

  • 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 innate strength and fierceness makes those rare m [...]

  • 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 search of unfound treasures, they have found a way [...]

  • 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 Speedwell. This one was an all-night marathon read f [...]

  • 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 heart and John is his former best friend who stole [...]

  • 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 die or go missing. In fact, one of the missing peop [...]

  • 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 respect for each other in each book. Their bicker [...]

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