Title: A Treacherous Curse
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #3
“To investigate one murder is a curiosity. To investigate two is a habit.”
Well this one was a lot of fun! After struggling with the previous books I was very surprised that I couldn’t seem to put this one down. In this one, Veronica and Stoker are investigating an expedition from Egypt and the mysterious disappearances and deaths that surrounded it.
Like I said, I really enjoyed this one. This investigation leads Stoker to facing his past and his marriage. I liked that we finally learned the truth about Stoker’s marriage and why she claimed abuse to get a divorce. Stoker’s history was sad and depressing but I was glad to see him finally face it and realize how much he has grown from the experience. Also, I loved that he almost admitted he had feelings for Veronica. Veronica was a pillar of strength for Stoker in this one. I loved that she stood up for him and kept him from reverting to the broken man she found in book one. And as always, I really loved the banter between these two. It’s always so fun and unexpected.
“She regarded him and counted only the damage; I saw only the places where he had stitched himself back together. What repelled her was to me the greatest part of him. Every mark that his suffering had left upon him was a mute monument to his strength, the inhuman courage that had caused him to reject death and degradation and every evil with which he had consoled himself on the long journey back from his destruction. He had walked through hellfire and back again and she saw only the scorch marks whilst I saw the phoenix.”
The mystery in this one was fun and unexpected. They are investigating a mummy’s curse and disappearance of Stoker’s former friend and wife stealer. I wasn’t expecting some of the revelations in this mystery, which is always a good thing. Overall, this was my favorite so far of the series. I really hope the rest is just as good.
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