Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of A Murderous Relation! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!

Check out my review of A Dangerous Collaboration from last year.

About the Book:

Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with 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, known as the Club de l’Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper–and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.

Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore’s high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family–and it’s up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it’s too late for all of them.

My Thoughts:

Veronica Speedwell and Stoker are back for a fun one!

In A Murderous Relation, they are asked to help Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk (what a name!) to avoid a potential scandal with the monarchy.

The scandal? Prince Albert Victor visits a private club in London, the Club de l’Etoile, and the owner, Madame Aurora’s, has received a high dollar gift from none other than the prince. The assignment from Lady Wellie is for Veronica and Stoker to grab the jewel before the news breaks.

But at the same time, Jack the Ripper is about to change London forever. Lady Wellie thinks the hysteria surrounding the murders can also be traced back to the prince.

I loved the history in this one with the Jack the Ripper backdrop. I also just love Speedwell and Stoker. Their chemistry is amazing, and they balance each other out. Veronica is fleshed out even more in this installment, and I feel like I came to understand her much better.

Overall, I found A Murderous Relation to be another lighthearted and entertaining historical mystery from a series I adore.

I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including five RITAs, two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha, two Dilys Winns, a Last Laugh, and three du Mauriers. Her Lady Julia Grey novels are currently in development as a television series in the UK and she launched a new Victorian mystery series with the 2015 release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING, featuring intrepid butterfly-hunter and amateur sleuth, Veronica Speedwell. Veronica’s second adventure is A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING (January 2017), and book three, A TREACHEROUS CURSE, was published in January 2018. A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION will be released in March 2019. Further books in the Veronica Speedwell series are contracted through 2020.

***Book Giveaway***

For a chance to win a finished copy of A Murderous Relation, please visit my instagram page!  Giveaway generously sponsored by the publisher. 

Have you read A Murderous Relation, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR