Published: 3/10/2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 320

Book Description: 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.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say except that I loved this book. I have loved all the other books so it wasn’t a surprise that I did this one too. I am a huge Jack the Ripper story fan so the fact that this was involved in this story was great I loved that this played up the theory that the Prince could have maybe been the Ripper and it was Veronica and Stoker who had to solve it.

I really enjoy that each story you learn a little bit more about the background of Veronica and Stoker. Especially Veronica though since she is technically royalty but it is a secret and so in this book she finally meets one of her half-brothers and so you see that relationship grow. Also speaking of relationships you finally are seeing Veronica and Stoker stop trying to resist their feelings for one another and fully commit to something. Of course some funny scenes with them occur which they have great banter with each other so wouldn’t suspect anything different.

I like that the story progresses nicely and you are captivated from the beginning wondering what twist is coming next and how they are going to figure out the mystery in this one. I think the descriptions of the scenes are well done and it makes you feel like you are there. The supporting characters are well written and it is nice to meet new ones and learn more about the ones we have already met.

Also can I just say the cover art is AMAZING! Really all 5 of the books have beautiful cover art.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one and will be eagerly awaiting to see what adventure is next for Veronica and Stoker.

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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