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....
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.
I know this one says that it can be read as a stand alone. You really miss out on the events of book one. This book takes us deeper into her family life as well as the lives of the Stokers and I just couldn't put it down. I really love Veronica as a character she is funny and was joy to read. The mystery in this one will keep you on your toes. And well the sexual tension between Veronica and Stoker was fabulous although I hope that they get together in the next book before its to late or something. It felt a little dragged out but still fun. I do wish the ending reveal would have been more shocking. It was a slight let down but still ok. I can't wait for the next book and Ill be rooting for Stoker and Veronica while I wait. If your looking for a great detective story with passion then look no further!
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