A Treacherous Curse

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 archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This 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 as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything.

My Review

This is the third book in this series. The first book took me a bit to warm up to the characters and the story. Yet, with this book I was able to jump right in and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Speedwell and Stoker make a great team. They are different from each other but that is what makes them work well together. Stoker is a bit more formal and Speedwell is more adventurous. Again, this is where they balance each other out like ying and yang.

The history and mystery surrounding Egyptian history was fun. Kind of like the first Mummy movie with a dash of Scooby Do. When the gang found themselves tangling with a mummy. Yet, this book is more studious and not as light hearted as Scooby Do. What I will say is that the adventure and pace did not pick up until about a third of the way into the story but then it was smooth reading all the way until the ending.


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