Raybourn, Deanna. A Perilous Undertaking. New York: Berkley, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-451-47615-9. Print List Price: $26.00.
The second Veronica Speedwell book is enjoyable, but the mystery itself doesn’t hold as much surprises this time around. The culprits in the murder are pretty much exactly who you would expect, given the motives that are presented, and it did not have the same deeper conspiracy aspect as the first book.
But while the mystery itself is predictable, the character development makes up for it. We get to see how Veronica and Stoker’s relationship as friends and colleagues, with the potential for more, develops, even if they don’t always see eye-to-eye in the romance department. One of the things that grated on me is that Veronica pestered Stoker about the fact that he needed to relieve his sexual urges with a housemaid or something, and he (very rightly) got upset with her about it. I know that she meant to be a modern woman in her attitudes on sex, but if she were really modern, she would respect that people have the ability to make their own choices, and control their desires. It also indicates (along with the fact that there are two more books planned after next year’s release) that we’ll have a lot more of the “will-they-or-won’t-they” in the future.