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A Murderous Relation

(Veronica Speedwell #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Berkley
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  • A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn
    A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell, #5)
    Release date: Mar 10, 2020
    Veronica Speedwell navigates a dark world of scandal and murder in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author ...more

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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Veronica and Stoker are back for a new thrilling adventure to face their old demon Jack the Ripper. Are you ready for another smart, entertaining, sexy, twisty ride with this fantastic couple to witness how their abilities, intelligence to solve the crimes, bringing the criminals to the justice and also reading their sizzling, undeniably growing chemistry? ( They’re historical version of Castle and Beckett, David and Maddie and less weird, more lovely version of Scully and Mulder) You know what, ...more
    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard


    SIDE NOTE: I feel Veronica become proud of me everytime I convince someone to read the book and OMG I've gotten so many people into it! Ga!
    Dec 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    want it need it can't wait


    2020 is much too far away, surely we won't have to wait *that* long will we??
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    It feels like I've been waiting forever for this book, especially since it's been over a year since I read the previous book, but now the publication date is close to being in sight!
    Finally! A title and synopsis to my favorite and truthfully only non-YA mystery/historical fiction series I follow. Can't wait to be reunited with my precious crime-solving duo =D
    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I've struggled quite badly with a reading slump the last couple of months and there are a lot of books I've started to read and abandoned and plenty of times have I abandoned books half-way through (if I even get that far). So, I'm not always sure it's me or the book that's the problem. Although, I have read a couple of really good books during the autumn/winter...

    Anyhow, this is a favorite series of mine, I was quite looking forward to reading it and I loved to once again step into Veronica and
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    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Initial Thoughts
    I loved this book! I think that this series just keeps getting better and better. The characters are so well done and I love the chemistry between Veronica and Stoker. I thought the mystery in this book was quite good and I liked that the story touched on the crimes of Jack the Ripper.

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Full review to be posted soon.
    Lady Wesley
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc-edelweiss
    Here’s how good this book is: I read it through in about five hours without stopping. I truly could not put it down.

    I will write a proper review closer to the March 10, 2020 publication date. Thank you Berkley and Edelweiss for this advance copy. And thank you Deanna Raybourn for writing my first favorite book of 2020.
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh. My. Freaking. Stars.! A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn is outstanding! It is engaging and entertaining and it was so difficult to put down! As usual, Veronica’s trademark wit and feisty spirit combined with kidnapping, secret scandals, murder and the shadowy presence of Jack the Ripper made this a page-turner for me!

    First off, I want to start with how much I sincerely love Veronica and Stoker; their slow-burn romance has had me on edge for 4 books! To say that this is a couple who
    Cindy Burnett
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A Murderous Relation is a fabulous and highly entertaining addition to Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series. Cleverly written and chock full of witty dialogue, A Murderous Relation may be my new favorite book in this series. Raybourn delves into Veronica’s personal life and familial issues having her meet a few of her royal relatives and make some important discoveries about both them and herself. The story is full of smart twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat until I had turned ...more
    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Loved! Review to come closer to release date.
    Kari Ann Sweeney
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Did I ignore my kids to survive on cereal, junk food, YouTube and Minecraft last weekend so I could inhale this book? Yes. Yes I did. Do I feel guilty about it? Nope. Not at all. Not even a smidge because I am a total Speedwell/Stoker super fan.

    My husband said to me, "You know Kari- you may want to savor it since you'll have to wait a long time until the next book is published. And, well . . . I love you, but patience really isn't your strong suit." Well- listening to him wasn't my strong suit
    Jul 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
    May 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: gimme-つ-_-つ
    This series is such a pleasure to read. The plots are always engaging, the heroine can be counted on to deliver her delightful brand of smart Victorian sass, and the writing is as beautifully eloquent as ever, flowing like a dream. Seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever read writing that was more suited to its genre. My oNLy gripe, and this has stuck with me since the first book, is the progression of the romance. Raybourn ... CAN YOU KICK IT UP A NOTCH PLEASE. I’m pretty sure your entire reading ...more
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I LOVE THIS SERIES. Based on my own self-imposed metrics, this was a true 4-star read for me, but I’m so enamored with this world and these characters that my heart tells me it’s a five. So do with that what you will.

    As far as the actual murder plot goes, I don’t think this one could live up to #4 for me (my favorite), but the overarching story being told had my heart. This one meandered a little more and I ultimately felt like it had a harder time coming together, but come together it still
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    10 Stars!

    Loved it so much! But I have a sneaking suspicion this might be the last book in the series because of those last paragraphs in the book (knock on wood I'm wrong).

    Veronica and Stoker. What more can I say that hasn't been said about these two?

    Their relationship has been developing for four books, now five. After the ending of book four, we know what they're ready for. We already know they loved each other, but they're also the most stubborn people we've met.

    But the time isn't right to
    The cover is just beautiful. Can't wait to see it in hardcover in person.
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Veronica Speedwell and Stoker are such a fun duo! It's always entertaining to read about their exploits. I never tire of them and plan to keep reading this series until it dies.

    That being said, A MURDEROUS RELATION isn't my favorite installment in the series (I could have done very well without all the brothel scenes, thank you very much), but it's still a compelling novel that is exciting, funny, and enjoyable. If you've liked the series so far, you will like this one as well - just be warned
    Thanks to Netgalley for a free review in exchange for an honest review

    I tend to not like the story line revolving around the royal family. Its more than I can suspend disbelief of. However, I didn't hate this as much as with the second book.
    I actually came to like Eddy.

    I am very happy about the progress with their relationship although it still a long time to get to. Honestly after the harrowing events of the fourth book I really wanted to see more of the relationship blossom and possibly more
    Jocelyn Cook
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    ARC received from the publisher through a goodreads giveaway

    I absolutely loved this book. It's one of my 2020 most anticipated. The relationship balance between Stoker and Veronica is good as ever. This is my second fav of the veronica speedwell series, I think I expected a little bit more from the Jack the Ripper side and that's the only reason it's not a 5.
    Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I can't wait till 2020!!! I binged read all of the Veronica Speedwell books. I NEED to read the new book especially if it will finally get Veronica to do the horizontal tango with Stoker. On top of it all JACK THE RIPPER !!! OMG I am going to hyperventilate again....
    Dec 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of March 10, 2020.
    Melissa Joulwan
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    Veronica and Stoker are always a delight — this is the grandest and most moving adventure yet. LOVED it.
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow, another fantastic book, loved this adventure, it was such a great read! I really enjoyed the new characters that we met, and I have no idea if we're getting more books or not, it ends on a good note but I would love more time with these characters!
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    I love Veronica and Stoker. I do. And this book was satisfyingly complex and interesting.
    I just...didn't love it like I have loved previous Speedwell books. I still haven't figured out why.
    No Apology Book Reviews
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I adore this series

    My profuse thanks to Deanna Raybourn, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    No major spoilers, but I might have let a few minor ones slip through.

    This book was awesome. If I hadn’t had a prior commitment last night, I’d have inhaled this book in one day. After reading the very first line—“‘What in the name of flaming Hades do you mean his lordship wants me to officiate at the wedding of a tortoise?’”—honest
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    A Murderous Relation (releases March 20)
    By Deanna Raybourn
    Berkley/Penguin Random House, 320 pages

    Gardeners know that veronica–also known as speedwell or gypsyweed–is a splashy, spiky perennial. Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell is also colorful and spiky, if by the second term we mean opinionated, edgy, and unconventional. Those who have followed the adventures of Miss Speedwell also know that she is the half-sister of Prince Albert Victor, heir to the English throne. A Murderous Relation is
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    I received an ARC of this book.
    Veronica Speedwell investigating Jack the Ripper and the possible royal connections to the crimes? That sounded incredibly interesting to me, and despite the fact that I haven't been a huge fan of this series in the past, I was eager to read this book. Veronica and her faithful "partner" Stoker are drawn into helping her half-brother Eddy out of a royal scandal with ties to the Ripper murders that have been rocking London. There is a masquerade at a questionable
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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 five RITAs, two RT Reviewers’ Choice ...more

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