Books by Deanna Raybourn

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An Unexpected Peril

As an avid reader of romance I’d be hard-pressed to pick one hero to spend a lifetime with, but it might well be Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, better known as the hunky, clever, and oh so sensitive and poetic Stoker! You are not among the good that has happened to me. You are the best of all that I ...

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A Murderous Relation

Take Veronica and Stoker’s steamy attraction, add an engrossing mystery, and you’ve got another hit in the Veronica Speedwell series. A Murderous Relation starts off where A Dangerous Collaboration ends - right after Stoker has uttered the words “Veronica Speedwell, I meant it then and I m ...

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A Dangerous Collaboration

Like many a fan of Deanna Raybourn’s series of Victorian-set historical mysteries starring the intrepid lady lepidopterist, Veronica Speedwell, I’m as much drawn to the complicated relationship established between Veronica and her delicious partner-in-crime, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker), a ...

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A Treacherous Curse

Deanna Raybourn continues her series of late-Victorian historical mysteries featuring the intrepid lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell and her piratically handsome, enigmatic associate, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker)  in A Treacherous Curse.  The big draw of this third instalment was th ...

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Silent in the Grave

Silent in the Grave is the book that introduced readers to Lady Julia Grey. While it has its romantic moments, I wouldn't say it's strictly romance. It's more a historical mystery with strong romantic elements - and rather a good one. The book opens as Lady Julia becomes a widow following events tha ...

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A Perilous Undertaking

In A Perilous Undertaking, the second book in Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series, Veronica and Stoker are called upon to investigate the murder of an artist. Having just read and loved A Curious Beginning, the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to see what the pair were going to ...

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A Curious Beginning

I admit it. When I saw that Deanna Raybourn was going to be writing another series of mysteries set in the Victorian era featuring an independently-minded female protagonist, my initial thought was – “how are these books going to be different to the Lady Julia ones?” But I enjoyed both those a ...

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Night of a Thousand Stars

You know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book, and not only does it hook you immediately, but you can just tell it’s going to be a great read? Well, Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books. It opens with Penelope Hammond, step-daughter of a rich American industrialis ...

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A Spear of Summer Grass

Historical romances set in Africa are quite rare, and if they are written by such a skilled writer as Deanna Raybourn, who has won great acclaim with her Lady Julia mysteries, expectations are high. So I was very excited about reading A Spear of Summer Grass. When I closed it, I was still very pleas ...

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Silent Night

Narrated by Ellen Archer I normally avoid novellas; they’re just too short for me. I like to learn more about the characters than is revealed in a novella. But in the case of a well-loved series I’ll make an exception. I’m a major fan of the Lady Julia series and have enjoyed Ellen Archer ...