A Sinister Revenge
Series: Veronica Speedwell #8
by Deanna Raybourn
Publication Date March 7, 2023
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths, Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Reading Challenges: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author Deanna Raybourn.
Veronica’s natural-historian beau, Stoker, has been away in Bavaria for months and their relationship is at an impasse. But when Veronica shows up before him with his brother, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, he is lured back home by an intriguing job offer: preparing an iguanodon for a very special dinner party.
Tiberius has received a cryptic message—along with the obituaries of two recently deceased members of his old group of friends, the Seven Sinners—that he too should get his affairs in order. Realizing he is in grave danger but not knowing why, he plans a reunion party for the remaining Sinners at his family estate to lure the killer out while Veronica and Stoker investigate.
As the guests arrive and settle in, the evening’s events turn deadly. More clues come to light, leading Veronica, Stoker, and Tiberius to uncover a shared past among the Sinners that has led to the fatal present. But the truth might be far more sinister than what they were prepared for.
A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn is the eighth book in her popular Veronica Speedwell series, this can be read as a standalone. However, reading the series in order will give a better character background that would increase your enjoyment of the story.
Veronica must help her friend, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, find a murderer before he becomes the target. Tiberius is the brother of Veronica’s partner, Stoker. But before she investigates the murder, she must find her partner, Stoker, who has been working in Bavaria since their romantic relationship came to an impasse.
Tiberius invites all remaining members of his old group of friends, The Seven Sinners to his home, to try and flush out the murder. Veronica and Stoker are on hand to aid the investigation. Someone is trying to kill off the members of the Seven Sinners and they need to find out who it is before Tiberius becomes one of the victims.
I always enjoy going back into Veronica’s world, and Sinister Revenge is no exception. I missed Veronica’s and Stoker’s interactions at the beginning of the book as they weren’t speaking to each other much, but that was rectified later in the book, as we got back to their delightful banter.
I loved seeing Tiberius again, and I like that he knows exactly how to push his brother’s buttons! The three of them together make for some terrific banter and humor.
The mystery was interesting, and I didn’t figure it out until Veronica did. I enjoyed getting to know more of Stoker’s family too.
I highly recommend A Sinister Revenge to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
A Sinister Revenge counts towards my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023.
Have you read A Sinister Revenge? Or any books in the Veronica Speedwell series?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023
The covers on this series always grab my attention, but I can’t decide if they are up my usual reading alley or not. It does sound like it was a good book, and a good series! Great review!
I’m glad you liked it. I like this series a lot and I’m looking forward to reading this book too.
This was such a good read! I do love the interaction between the brothers – I think it was my favorite part of this book!
I’m currently reading and enjoying this one so nice to see you did too!
I haven’t read anything by this autho. I’m impressed you’re already up to Book 8 in this series though. Glad you enjoy it!
I love this series too and share my review later this week. I am glad to see you enjoyed it as well!
This sounds like a fun series, Wendy. I have not read any in this series, but have read and enjoyed others by Deanna Raybourn. I may try it one of these days.
This is one of those authors I hope to try someday.
I think I would appreciate the quirky humor in this book. Enticed back to cook an iguanodon? 😂
Great review Wendy! I love the sound of this book. Nothing beats a good mystery!
This sounds like a fun series. I’ll have to check it out sometime.
Great review. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! I’m posting my review tomorrow bc I have 3 arcs and TTT… too much for one day~ haha. I was really glad to see Tiberius back!! I did miss a lot of the Veronica and Stoker banter to but I get it. I did think the mystery wasn’t as dangerous/thrilling as past books. It was really enjoyable though!
I need to try this series.
I want to try these books.
I think I would enjoy this series. How many books are in it so far? Now, to just find the time. Excellent review!
Excellent review Wendt! Sounds like you really loved it!🤗📚💜
A wonderful review of this book Wendy! I’m glad that you enjoyed it.
I keep hearing about this series and I definitely need to give it a try!
It’s so much fun.
The cover is really beautiful! 😍 I love a good murder mystery so this book sounds really good to me. I think I’d love to jump into this series sometime. I’ll have to check out the other books. Thanks for sharing, Wendy!
It’s such a fun series!
Well done for adding another one to you lr historical reading challenge, great review 😊
Thank you, Jenny!
It’s great that you continue to enjoy all of the books in this series. They sound like so much fun. Lovely review!
Thank you, Rae
I’m glad that the series continues to be good although I have a few books to read before I reach this one.
I had to skip 2 books in the series so I could get to this one, but it was worth it.
I need to start this series as I too have this book but haven’t read any previous books. I might start next month and read one of the series every month. I hope I can find someone to buddy read with. Amazing review!
I love this story so much. I haven’t read all the previous books, but I did read the first 4 books.
Glad you enjoyed this one.
Thank you, Rosie