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A Dangerous Collaboration

(Veronica Speedwell #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  11,274 ratings  ·  1,363 reviews
Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée—much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes cle ...more
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Published March 12th 2019 by Berkley
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Jennifer I completely understand, I was ready to launch the book out of a window if SOMETHING didn't happen. So in short - yes, worth reading (and while it may…moreI completely understand, I was ready to launch the book out of a window if SOMETHING didn't happen. So in short - yes, worth reading (and while it may not be exactly what you would expect, do not give up hope - I ended this book with a smile on my face)(less)
Uluwehi Hopkins Stoker is the black sheep for two reasons. First, as his name Rebelstoke suggests, he was the rebel of the family. He was the only one of all four son…moreStoker is the black sheep for two reasons. First, as his name Rebelstoke suggests, he was the rebel of the family. He was the only one of all four sons to fight back against their father’s abuse. Second, he is technically legitimate, in that their father claimed him as his own, but Stoker’s real father was a painter (from Wales, I think). He noticeably looks different from his brothers, and everyone associated with the family has always known that he is not the elder Templeton-Vane’s son. (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Berkley Publishing Group
I'd say the first 50% of this book was a 3 star read, but then it picked up and the final 25% was an easy 5 stars for the veronica/stoker progression. I'll settle on a 3.5 rounded to 4 stars!

I was a bit nervous wading through the beginning of this one, because it was completely different from the rest of the previous novels in the series. Veronica and Stoker are indifferent towards each other, they spend 6 months apart with no contact, which is followed by a lack of cheeky banter/flirting. *gas
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars! Another engaging Veronica Speedwell mystery! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I’m a self-admitted unusual and irregular series reader. I have a hard time sticking with them and sometimes wait until multiple books are out so I can read them in a row. Not so with the Veronica Speedwell mysteries, or at least, partially not so. I started with the first book and devoured the second. Somehow I missed the third, but I was ecstatic for the opportunity to read the fourth, and here I am! Ah-may-zing, and there’s a r
I like this series although I have to suspend disbelief many times, mainly because women here seemt to be too modern in their believes. It has the right amount of mystery and humor to balance the romance which is not usually my cup of tea. The setting is Late Victorian London and the heroine is a very modern young woman, an adventuress, a hunter of butterflies and a murder investigator in her free time. Together with the noble, mysteries and obviously hot naturalist, Stoker, they get in all sort ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Another delightful addition to one of my favorite series.

This book follows our heroes and my low-key bias Tiberius on the journey to a small island off the coast of England. Malcolm, their host and Tiberius' long-time friend, brings them to the island with one goal in mind. To solve the mystery behind the disappearance of his bride years earlier.

As usual, nothing is as it seems. And everyone has a secret they wish to keep. But as the saying goes, nothing is a secret forever.

Stoker & Veronica
h o l l i s
I have been feeling a slump coming on.. so what better way to combat that terrible disease than by diving into a new instalment of favourite series, guaranteed to be a winner, a little earlier than planned? Well.. about that..

A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION is easily my least favourite of this series. Everything I loved about the mysteries, the characters, the potential for romance, the jokes, everything from the previous books, was either beat about like a dead horse, exaggerated, or put-off for very
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Okay, so apparently I never put this on Goodreads when I read it. Forgive me, father, for I have sinned.

This was a perfect book and I loved it and that's about all I have to say.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Omg YASSSSS THIS WHOLE STOKER SIBLINGS AND VERONICA SITUATION IS DAMN GOLD! I loved all the characters development Stoker's brother got in this book rather than just being an under development potential side piece. I snort laughed (as always) continuously throughout and I CANNOT WAIT until we get the fifth book. Now I gotta try her Lady Julia series soon ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

I am so in love with this series - the characters, the mysteries and the tension between the two MC's Veronica and Stoker. This is my ultimate 'will they, won' they' series and I love it so much!

"It was very easy to look down on someone with a nose that would have done a Roman emperor justice."


Veronica and Stoker!: I was falling so hard in love with the development in Veronica and Stoker's relationship, I really cannot wait for
Jacob Proffitt
This is fourth in a series that builds character arcs over time. So I definitely recommend reading in order.

I really hated the beginning of this one. It starts with a reset of the relationship between Veronica and Stoker, walking back all the progress made in the previous book. Plus, author manipulation to prevent Veronica from making an important declaration by drawing it out irrationally for no reason (bearing in mind that Veronica isn't a ditherer by nature, it was particularly out of charact
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a fabulous time with this book! I can't even tell you which book from this series is my favorite because they have all be consistently good. I think that my favorite just ends up being whichever book I am reading at the time or just finished. After finishing the previous book in the series, I was pretty eager to get started with this installment and I was not disappointed. The book grabbed me from the beginning and held me unti
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Is there truly anything better than a tantalizing mystery and a slow burn romance all set in England during the 19th century?

Maybe but you would be hard pressed to find it!

The Veronical Speedwell series is just so much fun. It has been a favorite of mine since the very first book and the stories, the mysteries, the characters and the romance aspect, just keep getting better and better.

Raybourn is an amazing writer with the ability to create a heroine that rivals any era but her headstrong, smar
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

Like many a fan of Deanna Raybourn’s series of Victorian-set historical mysteries starring the intrepid lady lepidopterist, Veronica Speedwell, I’m as much drawn to the complicated relationship established between Veronica and her delicious partner-in-crime, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker), as I am to the mysteries the pair is called upon to solve in each book.  We’ve watched the couple circle around each other in what has sometimes been a most
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's always a bittersweet reader's dilemma to want to race through a book to get to the end and to want to prolong such a good book for as long as possible. This fourth installment in the Veronica Speedwell series is a winner for me from start to finish, but now the wait begins for the fifth (and final?) book in the series in 2020. Right now, that seems terribly far away.

A Dangerous Collaboration picks right up where A Treacherous Curse ends with Veronica and Stoker pondering their possible futu
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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That said, I love both Veronica and Stoker, but sometimes I also want to slap Veronica!

Yes, yes, we DO know that she's an emancipated woman, but she exaggerates!

Yes, yes, we DO know that she will not be a doormat for anyone!

But, for God's sake, loose it a little!!!

Their banter is fa
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Veronica Speedwell is back in a new adventure where she has to solve the mystery of a bride that disappeared after the wedding. Together with her colleague Stoker and his brother are they guests on a remote island off the tip of Cornwall. And, all the other guests on the island where there when the bride disappeared three years before. Could it be that one of the guests is a killer or did she disappear of her free will? If so why?

Cindy Burnett
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

Veronica Speedwell is one of my very favorite heroines, and her adventures in A Dangerous Collaboration do not disappoint. The witty dialogue between Veronica and Stoker always entertains, and this installment is set on a remote island adding a gothic element to the tale. Each guest has been invited to the island under false pretenses, and as ghosts begin appearing and mysterious events start happening, Veronica and Stoker work to discover what happened to the host’s wife years ago and
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
For most people, a potentially murderous viscount, a missing host, and a vengeful ghost might seem out of the realm of petty irritations. But then, most people have not led my life.

Our plucky heroine, and her dear Stoker travel to a private castle located on an island. Sounds romantic, but their host has ulterior motives for inviting them to his private paradise. It turns out, he wants the pair to investigate a long-ago disappearance. On the plus side, it seems that Veronica has definitely found
The Delight:

At the close of the last book, things were left in an interesting place for Veronica and Stoker. I was eager to proceed and see what came of them next as they faced another exciting murder adventure together while exchanging acrimonious quips. A Dangerous Collaboration took them away from London to the atmospheric Cornish coast where they must solve a cold case mystery and perhaps discover something more.

A Dangerous Collaboration is the fourth Veronica Speedwell mystery, but i
Amy Imogene Reads
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
6/5 stars. 115% fantastic. I will never, ever have my fill of these characters and their adventures. May Ms Veronica Speedwell continue on for a long time to come
Lady Wesley
Review of the Audible Audio edition.

A castle on a secluded island off Cornwall. Hidden tunnels and priest holes. A poison garden. The vanished bride. And one of my favorite tropes—the house party where every guest has a secret.

I totally enjoyed this book, and while I may agree with some of my friends’ criticisms, I’m still giving it five stars.

My only complaint is about the narrator’s voice, because all the men sound alike—pompous, gruff, and posh.
4.5 Stars

I’ve been having fun with the Veronica Speedwell series, but I have to say these last two books (3 & 4) have been my favorite to date. I do love the mysteries, and the modern clever woman Veronica presents, but I love the last two because we are finally getting somewhere with the romance between Stoker and Veronica!

In A Treacherous Curse (the previous book) Stroker’s tumultuous past is revealed and mostly settled. Veronica is still skittish about getting involved with Stoker, worried t
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiberius, Stoker's brother invites Veronica to a house party on a remote island off the tip of Cornwall. He promises her larva from a rare butterfly and the temptation is too great. Well, that and the chance to ruffle Stoker's feathers. Stoker of course isn't invited. To keep up appearances, Tiberius introduces Veronica as his fiance' and I couldn't help but grin when Stoker appeared!
Lord Malcolm Romilly, has invited everyone who had a connection with Rosamund, his bride. On their wedding day sh
Lisa Wolf
The house party with a twist is such a trope in old-timey feeling mysteries... and with good reason. Take a remote location, preferably in a house with some grandeur or mystique, add in a motley assortment of house guests, all invited for a variety of reasons, most of which end up being pretenses, maybe mix in some gothic family secrets... and bam! You're all set up for a slightly claustrophobic, atmospheric whodunnit.

In the case of A Dangerous Collaboration, while the set-up is reminiscent of A
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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There is no better way to start 2019 than a review for one of my favorite series. This is the fourth installment of Veronica Speedwell, and I went in with higher than average expectations. For the most part, I enjoyed the book. Four stars is not a negative rating, it is difficult to love each book in a series with equal fierceness. There is a plethora of banter and sexual chemistry that makes Veronica/Stoker a super couple.

"Don't be understanding and accommodating. It is upsetting."

I admit to
rachel ☾
#1) A Curious Beginning ★★★★★
#2) A Perilous Undertaking ★★★★☆
#3) A Treacherous Curse ★★★★★

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Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The positives first: This was definitely an improvement upon the previous two books in this series. The mystery was engaging, complex and very personal for many of the main characters. There were finally developments in Veronica and Stoker's relationship and I definitely enjoyed my overall reading experience. Tiberius' character is also great and I definitely want to see more of him in the future.

However, this book has also made the pacing issues of this overall series glaringly obvious
4.25 stars.

Ah, Veronica Speedwell, I am always so glad to get to spend time with you. And Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker) as well. Rarely are the two of them apart, until this book, where it looks like Tiberius Templeton-Vane may lure Veronica away from Stoker’s side. Or that Veronica and Stoker may bugger up their semi-comfortable relationship.

This is Deanna Raybourn channeling Victoria Holt’s Lord of the Far Island. Secret passages, boats that have holes packed with sugar (so you’ll be out
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Templton-Vane has taken over! This story is all about his secret past, his sins, his pain.

Beyond the wit and sexual tension the series is known for the murder mystery was particularly good.

I look forward to the next adventure featuring the infamous murders in Whitechapel and finding out what (who) happened to Lady C.
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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 two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha ...more

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“Stoker’s smile was slow and terrible. ‘You think that is love, brother? That I should kill for her?’ He shook his head, his eyes locked with mine. ‘You are the fool, Tiberius, because you still do not understand. I do not love her enough to kill for her.’ He stepped to the edge of the rock. ‘I love her enough to die for her.’

And without another word, he disappeared over the edge of the rock and into the blackness of the sea.”
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