Lured by the promise of a rare and elusive butterfly, the intrepid Veronica Speedwell is persuaded by Lord Templeton-Vane, the brother of her colleague Stoker, to pose as his fiancee at a house party on a Cornish isle owned by his oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly.
But Veronica soon learns that one question hangs over the party- What happened to Rosamund? Three years ago, Malcolm Romilly's bride vanished on their wedding day, and no trace of her has ever been found. Now those who were closest to her have gathered, each a possible suspect in her disappearance.
From the poison garden kept by Malcolm's sister to the high towers of the family castle, the island's atmosphere is full of shadows, and danger lurks around every corner.
Determined to discover Rosamund's fate, Veronica and Stoker match wits with a murderer who has already struck once and will not hesitate to kill again.
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, currently in development for television, as well as the USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and several stand-alone works.
Praise for A Dangerous Collaboration "Deliciously gothic....A brooding castle, rain-lashed windows, hidden passages, and a seance all contribute to a delightfully creepy tale with twists that would make Daphne du Maurier proud."--Publishers Weekly
"Lively and adventurous...Positively excellent, or--as Veronica would say--'Excelsior!'"--Booklist (Starred Review)
Praise for the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries
"A ruthlessly intelligent heroine."--NPR
"I love this series! Veronica Speedwell is utterly unique."--Amanda Quick, New York Timesbestselling author of The Other Lady Vanishes
"Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction."--Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series
"A treat. 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
"Veronica Speedwell...triumphs over adversity and danger with wit, charm, and uncanny determination."--Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River series
"A fine combination of detective story and character study...sure to interest mystery lovers and Anglophiles alike."--The Historical Novels Review
"A smart, plucky, way-ahead-of-her time heroine."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Veronica Speedwell might just be one of the most endearing heroines in mysteries, period....She's smart, dashing, and entirely capable....Her sense of humor and chemistry with Stoker, her counterpart, just make this series even better."--Bustle
"Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing...Veronica Speedwell is a joy."--Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series
Praise for A Dangerous Collaboration "Deliciously gothic....A brooding castle, rain-lashed windows, hidden passages, and a s
A bride mysteriously disappears on her wedding day in this paperback reprint of the newest Veronica Speedwell adventure by the New York Time s bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.
This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof Copyright
Veronica Speedwell is a beloved protagonist with her hunger for adventure and her charming wit. Author Deanna Raybourn is an Edgar Award-nominated writer with a large (and growing) fanbase. Previous books in the series have been well reviewed in Booklist and Library Journal, amongst others. Will appeal to any reader who enjoys Victoriana and anyone who loves a great mystery.
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