A Murderous Relation
Veronica Speedwell Mysteries: Book #5
“In A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn (the Lady Julia Grey mysteries), Veronica Speedwell - a thoroughly independent woman who sells butterflies to collectors to fund her expeditions and follows a strict set of rules for the gentlemen she takes to her bed while abroad (Rule #1: No Englishmen) - teams up yet again with her partner-in-crime, Stoker - Lord Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, a former Navy doctor who was scarred physically and romantically on his adventures abroad and who wrestles with the demons of being recognized as legitimate but not biologically a Templeton-Vane - to solve a mystery that weaves throughout London society, from the most titled to those most at risk. In this fifth installment of their escapades, the orphaned adventuress has some surprisingly royal family connections call upon her to retrieve a foolhardy gift given to someone who could use it to bring scandal to the monarchy. Many behind-the-scenes machinations, both helpful and threatening, provide direction and impediments as the lepidopterist and the taxidermist use their powers of observation, their fighting skills, and their insatiable curiosity to prove whether or not a member of the royal family is actually Jack the Ripper.”BrocheAroe, River Dog Book Co.
A royal scandals connection to a brutal serial killer threatens London in this new Veronica Speedwell adventure from New York Times bestselling and Edgar® Awardnominated author Deanna Raybourn. Autumn 1888. Veronica Speedwell and her colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to stop a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, and the proprietress, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve it from the club before scandal can break. Worse yet, London is being terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripperand Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible. Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore's high-class brothel, where a body soon turns up. Secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal familyand it is up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it is too late for all of them.
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