A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries...
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....
“Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing...Veronica Speedwell is a joy—
unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful.”
—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series
“Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction.”
—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series
“A smart, plucky, way-ahead-of-her-time heroine…the ending left
me looking forward to Veronica’s next exploits.”
—Fort Worth Star Telegram
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.