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A Murderous Relation

(Veronica Speedwell #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,650 ratings  ·  334 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? ( Theyre 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, ...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 lEtoile, 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 same
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
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
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
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
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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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
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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
After the last harrowing adventure and moment of truth in their relationship, Veronica and Stoker are back at the earls 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 ...more
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
Lady Wesley
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
Heres 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.
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. Theyre 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
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
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 Raybourns A MURDEROUS RELATION is filled with
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
So it's no real secret how I feel about this series. Needless to say, whenever I hear a new one is being published, I count the hours until it pops up on Netgalley, and then count the hours to see if I'm approved. I adore Veronica and Stoker and after the way A Dangerous Collaboration ended, I had really high hopes for this one. That being said, I may have set myself up for some frustration and disappointment. But don't get me wrong, A Murderous Relation is still a wonderful book, the series is ...more
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, Veronicas 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  ·  review of another edition
A Murderous Relation is a fabulous and highly entertaining addition to Raybourns 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 Veronicas 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 the ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Veronica Speedwell #5
Publication Date: 3/10/20
Number of Pages: 336

I am enjoying this fun, thrilling, intense, and even romantic series so very much. The writing is intelligent, the plots are excellently done, and the romantic tension between the two main characters will leave you panting for breath. I have to admit, I couldnt put the book down and inhaled it from beginning to end in one sitting. I mean honestly when the first line in a book is What in the name of flaming Hades do you
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He was not another half, for I was whole unto myself, but he was my mirror and in him I saw reflected all I liked best in me.

These stories are the best of historical fiction! Deanna Raybourn combines sympathetically researched history, adventurous plots, and compelling romance. Im going to need to read book one... again.
Kari Ann Sweeney
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
The Lit Bitch
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deanna Raybourn is one of my go to authors when I am looking for a solid historical murder mystery. I fell in love with the Veronica Speedwell books form the very beginning and have loved watching this series evolve.

I actually read this one way back in November when my ARC arrived. Like the day after it arrived. I couldnt wait to get my hands on it and start reading.

I have heard that the author has signed on to do another three I believe and I actually kind of wondered if the author found this
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
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*Genre* Historical / Mystery
*Rating* 4.0


A Murderous Relation is the 5th installment in author Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell series. London, Autumn of 1888; Upon returning from Cornwall, at the urging of Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk, lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell, along with natural historian, explorer, and taxidermist Revelstoke "Stoker" Templeton-Vane, are swept up in a mystery involving crowned Prince Albert Victor. Lady Wellie, who believes it is her duty
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, read-2020
I think if I'd read this when I wasn't going through what I'm currently going through atm I might feel differently about it or not loved it *as* much but for me right now at this moment it was perfect and I adored every single word. It was nuts, the plot was through the roof, the story zigzagged so much it made me feel dizzy, but there were so many little things and fires, funny dialogue, emotional moments that have been building up since the very first book in this series and it all came ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning I felt little affection for Veronica. And Stoker is just a bizarre hero, but I was totally pulled in and I am now in for the long haul. This series is one of the more interesting historical mysteries and this fifth book was worth the wait. DR did an excellent job riding the fine line between historical accuracy and fiction and wrote a credible and creative tale involving probably the most notorious criminal ever, Jack the Ripper. It was brilliant reasoning to skirt the actual ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Ahhhhh.. back to the goodness that is the partnership of one Veronica Speedwell and Stoker, her absolute match. In the fifth installment of this series, they are back together and off for another journey. Brothels, Jack the Ripper and my favorite historical duo? YES PLEASE.

I absolutely adore Veronica and Stoker - both as a duo and individually. These characters have grown over the course of this series. It is nice to see them finally come together in a variety of ways *wink* while showing a bit
Dec 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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, Veronicas 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
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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 awards, ...more

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