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….
I got the chance to win this book from Penguin Random House and Im so glad I did! This book was so fun to read and reminded me of a female sherlock Holmes! Mystery and thrillers are so much fun to read! I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I felt that the plot developed very well and the romance was witty.
You read as if you’re on the journey with Veronica and Stoker, which keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time! What I loved is you get to see some of the pasts of the characters which is always fun if written the right way. This book perfectly captures lives of someone who lived in the 1800’s. The descriptions of everything gives you the ability to perfectly picture the streets of London.
If you’re into Sherlock Holmes, Wishbone, or a mystery murder tv show, this book is for you!
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