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A Treacherous Curse
By (author): Deanna Raybourn
9780451476173 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical Jan 16, 2018
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.38 x 9.31 x 1.1 in 320 pages Berkley
Veronica Speedwell returns in an adventure filled with betrayal and deception from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries.

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly-discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. The disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed.

Soon Veronica also has to contend with sordid details and malevolent enemies that have emerged from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats, Veronica must unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything…

Story Locale: Victorian England

Series Overview: Historical mystery series set in Victorian England, featuring intrepid adventuress and sleuth Veronica Speedwell.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: The popular Lady Julia Grey mystery series hit the New York Times bestseller list

THIRD BOOK IN ACCLAIMED SERIES: The first book in this series, A Curious Beginning, received rave quotes from New York Times bestselling authors Robyn Carr, Alan Bradley, Rhys Bowen, Susan Elia MacNeal, among others, as well as glowing reviews and blog coverage

LADY JULIA GREY SERIES OPTIONED: Deanna Raybourn’s previous series is currently in development for a television series

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Silent in the Grave, the first book in the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, won a RITA Award from Romance Writers of America for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery

MANY NOMINATIONS: Numerous Lady Julia Grey novels were nominated for RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Romantic Times, and Agatha awards

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, currently in development for television, the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries—A Perilous Undertaking and A Curious Beginning—and several stand-alone novels.

Author Residence: Williamsburg, VA

Marketing: 5-city author tour including Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area

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Praise for the Veronica Speedwell novels

“Veronica Speedwell might just be one of the most endearing heroines in mysteries, period….[a] woman ahead of her Victorian times. She’s smart, dashing, and entirely capable….Her sense of humor and chemistry with Stoker, her counterpart, just make this series even better.”—

“Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing…Veronica Speedwell is a joy—unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful.”—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author

“Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction.”—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author

“A treat. Deanna is one of the few writers who can make history feel immediate and exciting without losing a grasp of the period.”—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness series

“A smart, plucky, way-ahead-of-her-time heroine…the ending left me looking forward to Veronica’s next exploits.”—Fort Worth Star Telegram

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