Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “A Murderous Relation” by Deanna Raybourn, Berkley, March 10, 2020, on tour with Berkley
Deanna Raybourn, author of “A Murderous Relation” has written an intense, captivating, suspenseful, and witty novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Mystery, Suspenseful, Historical Fiction, and Romance. This is the fifth book in the series, and I think that reading the other books would be helpful. This is the only book in the series that I have read, and at times I found it difficult to understand the characters. The story takes place mostly in London, and the timeline for this story is around 1888 and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her colorful cast as characters as complex, complicated, and quirky. There are betrayals and strange and dangerous things going on.
This is the era of the notorious Jack the Ripper, which is causing a panic. Veronica Speedwell and her colleague Stoker are called in by Lady Wellie to investigate some situations that cause political problems. It seems that Prince Albert Victor has given a special expensive gift to a lady who is the owner of a special house of ill repute. The gift identifies the Prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve this item from this establishment.
This is a dangerous assignment. Somehow, Veronica Speedwell’s background is discussed in this book, and there are people who actually would use Veronica for their own political venues. Meanwhile, in the establishment that Veronica and Stoker visit, they are in costumes, as are other people. Not only is there risk and danger, but there is also murder. I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy a mysterious and suspenseful novel.