Monday, March 23, 2020

Review: A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

Publication Date: March 10th 2020 by Berkley Books
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Audible

About the book:

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 a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l'Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper--and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.

Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore's high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family--and it's up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it's too late for all of them.
My Thoughts:
Oh, I just loved this one! Since Veronica is being honest with her feelings for Stoker, and Stoker shows in every way that Veronica is it for him, I’m not stressing or feeling frustration over their romance. There was a sensual quality to one of the situations they find themselves in and the sexual tension between Stoker and Veronica was palpable at times! Loved it!

However, this one had me on the edge for different reasons. The situation Veronica and Stoker get into was dicey at times and I was worried at how they were going to get out of it! Thrills, suspense and a couple surprises.  I loved every minute! The murders by Jack the Ripper play a side part in the story and I enjoyed how Ms. Raybourn shone a light on the victims instead of making Jack the Ripper the focus as a majority of stories do.

I read this installment, but I’ve also listened to the audio versions in the past, and I have to say Angele Masters performance has been brilliant! She narrates this newest installment as well, so if you’re an audio lover you’re in for a treat!

4.5 Suns


  1. Ok I read nothing cos I NEED THIS BOOK

  2. I have heard so many good things about this series. Glad to see it is still growing strong at book 5. Impressive. I can feel the excitement you have for the book in your review. I think my heart even beat a little faster as I read it.

  3. I've only read the first two books in this series. Need to get cracking on the rest. :)

  4. I haven't read this one but it sounds like a good book.

  5. Everyone including Sophia love this series. I'll get to it. Someday.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. I thought that was neat how she focused on the victims, too. And yes!!! Loved that they were settled and resolved in their relationship. :)

  7. I received a copy of this for review, but haven't read the other books in the series! Do I need to read them in order, or can I skip around? You mentioned the audiobooks, so I might see if they're on Hoopla!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    1. You should read them in order. Every book has its own mystery that's resolved but the ongoing relationship/romance progresses with each book. Hope you love it, Lindsi! :)

  8. I love a sensual, suspenseful, and thrilling novel. This one sounds great with the way Veronica and Stoker interact with one another, as well as the few surprises. Great Review Rachel :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  9. Sounds like this one is progressing in a perfect way. :) And how awesome that the audios versions are done so well!

  10. I love the covers of this series! I keep telling myself I'll read the series one day as I quite like the sound of them even though they're very different from my usual thing. :)

  11. I received a copy of this book for review, but I guess I need to read the previous ones before starting this one. I need to get cracking. Great review.

  12. I did really enjoy the fact that there was a focus on Jack the Ripper's victims in this book. Veronica and Stoker were in some tight situations in this installment.

  13. I really like the sound of this one. I love that these characters are interacting with a world that seems familiar to me.

  14. love books with Historians. My dad was a big history buff. Thanks for sharing.