A Treacherous Curse: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery (Book 3)
by Deanna Raybourn
“London, 1888. 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, just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition. In London, rumours abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets.
Sordid details emerge from Stoker’s past, and caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats, Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything…”
After reading A Curious Beginning and A Perilous Undertaking, I just had to have more Veronica and Stoker. I would highly recommend reading the first two books, although each is a standalone story in a sense there is a main story that flows through all the books.
Veronica and Stoker have settled into live at the Belvedere, constantly unpacking and curating items from generous donors from across England. Veronica ends up reading about the cursed expedition and drags Stoker into investigating the disappearance of one of it’s team members when she finds out that it is Stoker’s ex-wife’s new husband.
I loved diving back into the world of Stoker and Veronica, I read A Treacherous Curse in a day as I just had to know what happened to Veronica and what she uncovered. I went through a lot of emotions, including one or two parts where I was terrified about what was going to happen.
My favourite characters are Veronica and Stoker, along with Tiberius who has grown on me a lot more than I thought he would. Also, Montgomerie and Mornaday are growing on me, but they are still ‘the enemy’ at the same time. I still love Veronica and Stoker’s relationship and cannot wait to see more of them, I have spoken about them a couple of times on Instagram and more people than I thought adore them.
I think my favourite part has to be all of it, I honestly cannot pick one bit over the rest. I enjoyed seeing into Egyptology during the Victorian period, it has always intrigued me and to get a book that explores it while not being the main focus is lovely. I love everytime we get to know more about Stoker’s past, he is just very stubborn about opening up, also when we learn a bit more about Veronica.
A Treacherous Curse does finish on a cliffhanger of sorts, the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series continues in A Dangerous Collaboration which is due out next year.
While reading this book, I described it as an investigation into the curse of a mummy. I would recommend it to older teenagers and adults. 4 out of 5.