Monday, January 23, 2017

A Perilous Undertaking

by Deanna Raybourn

Love the cover!  This is the second installment in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series.  I read the ARC for book one, A Curious Beginning, and was thoroughly delighted with it.  You can read my review HERE

I didn't enjoy A Perilous Undertaking as much.  Veronica is a high-spirited, free-thinking young woman that doesn't mind discussing her dalliances and her feelings about "physical congress."   Here's a quote from Veronica, "Whilst I was perfectly forthright about such matters, Stoker possessed a charming reticence to discuss his baser urges."  I thought there was too much of Veronica's forthrightness and it grew wearisome.   Add to Veronica's coarseness a courtly, elderly woman, Lady Wellingtonia, who was every bit as salacious.  

A few days before starting this book I had added Veronica to a list of favorite characters.  I don't think that highly of her anymore and she is not someone I want to identify with as I tend to do with the main female character.

It's interesting to me that I was put-off by Veronica's crassness, but not bothered by the debauchery of a group of people involved with the accused murderer.  Perhaps it is because I didn't become personally attached as I did to the main character.  

Raybourn's writing style, idioms, and vocabulary seemed to fit the late 1800s, though I'm not an expert.  It just felt like I was reading in that time period.  I highlighted many words that I wouldn't know their meaning if they had not been in context.  I like picking up new words and idioms.

 Would I recommend this book?  Not readily and certainly not without conditions.  There are so many books that entertain, enlighten, and enrich - why waste time of less than satisfying reads?

1 comment:

Kailana said...

An author I have always meant to read, but just have not got around to. One day!