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A Perilous Undertaking

Written by: Deanna Raybourn
Narrated by: Angele Masters
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times best-selling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer - a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia's life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists' colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed.

©2017 Deanna Raybourn (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Very Enjoyable Victorian Mystery

I recommend this book as a pleasant dip into history. Love the idea of butterfly collecting. As a female occupation at the time. Very much enjoyed the male and female protagonists. Good reader.

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Excellent fun.

The story was highly entertaining and well narrated. Although it is technically historical fiction and well researched, it is primarily and adventurous mystery. The narrator reflected the tone of the story well.

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Enjoyable!

I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in the series! The period details are deftly woven into an excellent mystery plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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great character development narration okay mystery

Again Angele was wonderful as the narrator. the character development and backstory continues to grow. I love the introduction of lady wellingtonia. I appreciate that Deanna alludes to things in previous book with out going into all the details, so that you have a general idea but it entices you to read the previous books because the history isn't rehashed every book. Again it has stolen glances and one or two near kisses between various characters to add a little romance spice. as long time Agatha fan I felt pretty certain of who was my principal suspect. So while they try to place a few red herrings to suggest other characters that are probable, in the long run I wasn't surprised by who it was and why.

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  • KLR
  • 2017-01-14

An Intriguing Mystery

In this second installment of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries I find that I have come to like her character better than in the first book. I only have one complaint: it was a bit much that with every new acquaintance Veronica made she had to prove to them how unaffected she is by their lack of convention or morality, and try to one-up them with her own immoral views I find it hard to believe that everyone she meets would try to shock her and then admire her for not reacting. Other than that I really enjoyed the story. I loved seeing how Veronica and Stoker's friendship has grown and how they well they complement each other. I also like a book where I am not able to figure out the murderer right away. Now if only miss Angele Masters could narrate a female character, besides Veronica, that does not have a shrill voice . . .

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  • sonia
  • 2017-06-13

What sex? No where is anyone actually having sex.

What made the experience of listening to A Perilous Undertaking the most enjoyable?

Ms. Masters is pretty much spot on. She enunciates, pronounces words properly and has the perfect cadence to tell this type of story. I could tell the difference between characters. She reads very well and I enjoyed her. The story flows.

What other book might you compare A Perilous Undertaking to and why?

A Curious Beginning. To compare it to another author's story is not something I do. To me each author is a separate entity. Apples and oranges thing.

What does Angele Masters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The story isn't convoluted, simple relationship story with a bit of mystery, 19th century humor. Not sure, due to my Veteran PTSD, I cannot read a book anymore. So I can't give my opinion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

chasing butterflies up a camels butt!

Any additional comments?

I don't understand the reviews about too much sex. No where in the story does anyone have sex. It is talked about and with some explicit descriptions. If you can't handle limited descriptions of sex, not the book for you

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  • Denise
  • 2017-01-18

Can't get enough!!

Love this series!!! I have Deanna's Julia Grey book one in my wish list!

This series is best read in order.

Angele Masters narration is marvelous!!

Veronica and Stoker are wonderful together!! They have such a wonderful relationship. If you like a good mystery with great characters and a series that adds more history of the main characters each book. This is for you.

Good ending no cliff hanger (thank goodness). Still I cannot wait for the next book!!

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 2018-02-23

Enjoying Veronica and Stoker

BUT why is it that almost every "progressive" female in this genre must be at best promiscuous, if not amoral. These characters, these storylines, this dialogue would be even more enjoyable if all the sexual innuendo, activity, etc. were omitted. I stopped reading one author because her protagonist was forever jumping in someone's bed. I am going listen to book 3 and hope it manages to entertain without the superfluous debauchery.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2017-01-18

Another winner!

Veronica is my kind of hero! I love her attitude.

This second book in Raybourn's latest series continues the excitement and humor of the first. The dialogue between Veronica and Stoker is fabulous! Their interactions - whether in a mortuary or an opium den - make for an amazing adventure.

The narration was perfect. I hope Angele Masters remains the narrator for the following books. And I hope Deanna Raybourn is writing frantically.

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  • RiverGirl
  • 2017-10-07

Not as good as Book 1

This was a disappointment. I loved Book 1, but this one is not comparable. No action. A lot of sexual stuff -- not that anyone actually has sex, but they talk about it all the time. I got bored and gave up. The ending might have turned out to be great, but I didn't care enough to find out. Narrator is still wonderful, though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-05-05

Another entertaining tale from Deanna Raybourn

It would not surprise me to learn that this author read everything by Elizabeth Peters before she began writing. There is something of Ms. Peters' wit and character development in Ms. Raybourn's writing. It's pretty good, but not quite as unpredictably wonderful as Ms. Peters. As much as I enjoyed it, it really requires suspension of disbelief to give credence to the idea that t his heroine has done all of the very many things she claims to have done, at this particular era, with this particular set of social morays, and the difficulties of world travel in this period.
But I do suspend, pretty much willingly, because it's a lot of fun anyway. I will say the narrator is occasionally irritating as her pronunciation of things is not merely British English, but incorrect British English. Mostly she gets it right, but…. The next book comes out after the first of the year, and I will of course be waiting to read/listen!

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  • J
  • 2017-02-07

Much More Sexual Than the First

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book would be better with far less discussion of historic sex toys and orgies.

What does Angele Masters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Master is an impressive narrator. She reads male and female voices so distinctly that it is easy to tell the different characters from each other. Beautiful work.

Any additional comments?

This book is not one I would share with my young teenagers. It was gorier and more prurient than the first novel. This is a plus for some readers, just not my thing.

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  • Kelli Leigh
  • 2017-01-10

Enthralling Storyline and Intersting Characters.

Would you listen to A Perilous Undertaking again? Why?

I don't generally listen to them more than once since my queue is always full of books to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the characters, they are very eccentric and although the main character can be an overbearing and bratty sometimes, (it's true) I like that Raybourn went "all in" with her main characters, sometimes verging on absurd, but it works. The dilaogue/banter between the characters is delicious to listen to and to read.

What about Angele Masters’s performance did you like?

How she handled all of the often quick and witty (often with multiple voices and accents) dialogue--which is more challenging than paragraphs of prose. Very smoothe and clear. At first I wasn't sure how I fel about her gravelly Stoker, but after I got to know the character, it grew on me, and it fits. I look forward to the next book in the series, she really did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think some of the more tender moments when Veronica and Stoker both have their guards down, and we can see them forming a lasting connection. Especially since he's so rough and tumble it's nice to see his soft side. And for Veronica to be quiet for a moment. :)

Any additional comments?

Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite authors and I think the great performances by the readers really enhance the stories and have really done justice to the books. Highly recommend!

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  • Lynn
  • 2017-01-14

A Very Enjoyable Undertaking

I thoroughly enjoyed this production. First of all, the narration was some of the best I've heard. Ms. Masters was able to capture each character well and have unique voices for them. The story itself was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the first in the series, A Curious Beginning, but I definitely think this is a stronger book. The characters and their relationships and motivations are well-drawn, and the mystery itself is interesting. It's also a very funny book, making it the total package as far as I'm concerned.

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