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A Murderous Relation

(Veronica Speedwell #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,823 ratings  ·  963 reviews
Veronica Speedwell navigates a dark world of scandal and murder in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Berkley Publishing Group
As this is the fifth book in the series, I encourage any new readers to start at the beginning of Veronica Speedwell's story, in A Curious Beginning. After getting to know our titular character and her sidekick/love interest Revelstoke "Stoker" Templeton over the past 4 books, I've come to adore them as a team, and as individuals as well. This installment really digs into Veronica's murky heritage, while also focusing on Raybourn's fictional version of the Jack the Ripper murders. As always, thi ...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!



I read it...
I would like the sequel now. Thank you.
Cindy ✩☽♔
Let me start by saying, it is not bad. But this is one of the only historical/romance/mystery series I have followed religiously, so I was simply expecting more.

The characters, the setting, the mystery, I have always enjoyed the artful combination of it all. This book still technically has all those elements, but they feel uncharacteristically diminished. And if I am being honest, which I always strive to be in all my book reviews, the mystery/problem this time around is rather lackluster. The
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Veronica Speedwell and Stoker are back for a fun one! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

In A Murderous Relation, they are asked to help Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk (what a name!) to avoid a potential scandal with the monarchy.

The scandal? Prince Albert Victor visits a private club in London, the Club de l’Etoile, and the owner, Madame Aurora, has received a high dollar gift from none other than the prince. The assignment from Lady Wellie is for Veronica and Stoker to grab the jewel before the news breaks.

But at the s
h o l l i s
Listen, I already know I'm going to be an outlier on this one (again!) so you should just scroll right past this review before you get too sad about this rating.

For various reasons, the last two books in this much beloved series have just not done it for me. Book four because of what I felt were out-of-character behaviours for characters I had grown to love so much, and in book five, it's the mystery. This book had a lot of expectation riding on it because of where things ended in the previous i
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

This series is the first historical mystery series that I ever fell in love with, and that love will endure. Veronica and Stoker are the perfect will-they-won't-they, crime fighting Victorian couple out there!

"[...] you are clearly destined for adventure. And I am destined for you."
- Stoker


The Five: Earlier this year I read The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold about the fiv
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Before reading this review, please know this is one of my all time favorite series and I still highly recommend reading it. I love the characters deeply and I have high expectations for each book.

I wanted to give this at least 4 stars with every fiber of my being but this book was so disappointing. This was my least favorite by far. I waited so long for Veronica and Stoker to be together and I was really let down by how it came about. 🥺The mystery also seemed very similar to other books in the
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
after book 4, i had high high high high expectations for this book. not just because of what we (finally) get in book 4, but because the mystery in book 4 was very compelling and kept me on the edge of my seat. and also, yeah, because of what happens in book 4 okay.

so. this one. first off, i was like whyyy are you two being like that, you weirdos. secondly, it moved a bit slowly for me and the mystery wasn't *as* captivating. in fact, sometimes i was quite confused and am very thankful we get th
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This was a fantastic installment in a much-loved series! This is the fifth book in the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries series which is a series that is best read in order. I have been with Veronica since the beginning and am finding that I like this series more and more with each installment. I read this book in just a couple of days and found it to be incredibly entertaining. I really had a great time with this book.

I have grown to love
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It didn't take long for this series to win it's way into almost everyone who has read it's heart.

It is so entertaining, fun, enchanting, and filled with all the things historical, mystery, and romance lovers adore. It has just about everything one could ask for in a good read. From lovable characters, to a well written mystery, to the heart pounding, heart melting relationships and hint of romance. This series is a stand out series is any genre you want to put it.

And even better, the books jus
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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

I looks like the Royals are back to ask Veronica and Stoker for their help in stopping another potential scandal! Color me surprised.


While the dynamic duo are planning, plotting, bantering, and working on the exhibit- there is unrest in London due to the recent string of murders by a serial killer. (IE Jack the Ripper) While this is not the main focus of this book-the murders are a back drop for the political and personal stirrings of resentment around England.

With the thought of a scandal
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
4.5 Stars

My Thoughts:
Oh, I just loved this one! Since Veronica is being honest with her feelings for Stoker, and Stoker shows in every way that Veronica is it for him, I’m not stressing or feeling frustration over their romance. There was a sensual quality to one of the situations they find themselves in and the sexual tension between Stoker and Veronica was palpable at times! Loved it!

However, this one had me on the edge for different reasons. The situation Veronica and Stoker get into was dice
May 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The problem with having a series that is entirely carried by the will-they-won't-they quasi-relationship of the main characters is that by book 5 you've really built the eventual coming-together of the couple up to lofty heights in your mind. And in this particular case, you'll end up mightily disappointed.

Over the course of the series, everything about it hast just slowly lost its appeal to me. The mysteries are perfunctory and steeped in plot convenience that serves no larger purpose. There's
Lady Wesley
Here’s how good this book is: I read it through in about five hours without stopping. I truly could not put it down.

Thank you Berkley and Edelweiss for this advance copy. And thank you Deanna Raybourn for writing my first favorite book of 2020.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: published-2020
Maybe this fifth book in the Veronica Speedwell series had too much pressure on it given the previous book's cliffhanger. I know that I, for one, began it with much anticipation: would Veronica and Stoker finally become a sexual couple after many books of dancing around their undeniable attraction? If so, would the couple become a truly romantic detective duo? What role would Jack the Ripper play in a brand new mystery? And, would this new installment live up to previous ones? This book answers ...more
Kate Baxter
4.5 / 5.0 stars

Ooh! Such a delicious addition to the Veronica Speedwell mystery series from the pen of gifted and imaginative writer, Deanna Raybourn. The year is 1888; the setting - an anxious London, as Jack the Ripper runs unchecked through its streets. Our derring-do protagonist, Veronica, along with her protective and magnificent specimen of the male species, Stoker, have been called back to London by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerc, after their recent harrowing adventure down in Cornwall. Lady
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book 4&1/2 stars if I could. Another great adventure for Veronica and Stoker with ever present danger. As usual everything starts out smoothly enough but very quickly deteriorates into chaos and is sometimes hilarious with all the secondary characters and Veronica and Stoker bickering. This book went in a different direction mystery-wise than I expected. It was fast-paced and eventually all is resolved and revealed. The ending is very satisfying and earned the book that extra h ...more
After the last harrowing adventure and moment of truth in their relationship, Veronica and Stoker are back at the earl’s residence cataloguing his family collection for the museum, squabbling as usual, and feeling the littlest bit unsure of how to move things to the next level in the relationship. But, a secret royal summons, a naïve prince, and a dastardly killer in the East End known as the Ripper land them in their next deadly adventure and a case that gets personally swiftly enough for Veron ...more
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
The latest addition to the Veronica Speedwell series brings much the same that I've come to expect: smart characters, all with their own motivations, hidden or otherwise, a tangled and intriguing mystery, a sense of atmosphere, and the ever hilarious and touching friendship - and perhaps more - between Veronica and Stoker.

I'll admit. When Jack the Ripper was first mentioned, I had to roll my eyes and sigh because his rep is seriously overblown. Thankfully, the story only used that as a jumping
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah! The tension of it all!

Oh My! That unresolved attraction between Veronica and Stoker. I can hardly bear the tension. Veronica shares that. Moments of seething awareness has appeared between them constantly, only to be shelved as something or someone rudely interrupts. Even here Veronica complains to herself at a key moment, "This was not the time for erotic pursuits, I told myself severely. We had a mystery to solve and would need all of our wits about us. There would be ample opportunity la
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Lisa Wolf
Five books in, the Veronica Speedwell mystery series remains delightfully fun, with intrigue, arch dialogue, and an undeniable sexual chemistry between the main characters.

Veronica and Stoker have been through all sorts of hair-raising escapades by this point. They’re each strong, opinionated, and stubborn, but also fiercely devoted to one another and to helping those in need. Being highly intelligent natural scientists is just icing on the cake.

The story in book #5 picks up a couple of weeks af
I hate to say that this was overall my least favorite of the Speedwell series thus far. The greatest character addition was Eddie. I loved the den of inequity for a location for a large chunk of the book. The majority of the book after leaving this den of sin was rather boorish for me, unfortunately.

I did enjoy the relationship between Eddie and Veronica, and I could even get down with the tension between Veronica and Stoker. Still, with having already admitted feeling and the almost five entir
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth Veronica Speedwell novel, and while each involves a mystery to be solved and sorted, there are enough series ARCs from a romantic build to threats, and secrets that the series is best enjoyed in the order of its release.

Jack the Ripper, the Prince, scandal and kidnapping, oh my! Raybourn certainly kept us busy with this engaging murder-mystery.

Veronica and Stoker are asked to retrieve an item and politely refuse, that is until Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk falls ill and they lear
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I never know what to say about this series. Putting aside that it's the fifth in the series and I don't want to potentially spoil anyone, I think I just adore Veronica and Stoker too much, so it would just end up being a cringeworthy praise fest. (Well, that and the fact that I'm lazy and cannot be bothered most of the time.) And to be honest, I've long since stopped pretending I'm capable of being objective about these books. Objectively speaking, I know they're not perfect (they are pret
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The unsinkable Veronica Speedwell is back with her handsome sidekick of the heart, Stoker and this time out, they go undercover in an attempt to retrieve a priceless gift and ferret out if a wayward royal could be the infamous monster, Jack the Ripper. Meanwhile, bodies begin dropping like flies and Veronica finds herself neck deep in another deadly mystery, a close encounter with a royal relative and, once again, the owner of many secrets!

Deanna Raybourn’s A MURDEROUS RELATION is filled with th
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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 can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scan ...more
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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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