Today I am sharing a historical mystery set in England. Publication date: January 16, 2018


London, 1888 “I assure you, I am perfectly capable of identifying a phallus when see one,” Stoker informed me, clipping the words sharply. “And that is no such thing.”

My review

This is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell series and I am delighted to share my review. We learned more about Stroker, her partner. A past colleague has returned to England from an Egyptian expedition and has disappeared. Since Stroker is known to dislike him, it is fear that his past will be examine in the papers and bring to light his connection with Veronica. Veronica feels she must explore his connection to this colleague and his wife. Will Veronica find the answer before her past becomes fodder for the tabloid press? I highly recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review.I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 60 years. We have a Bengal Cat, Kato. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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24 Responses to FIRST LINES FRIDAY – JANUARY 12, 2018

  1. Happy Friday!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading later this month, The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane….

    I was born twice. The first time was on July 9 to Paul and Mimi Haas in Cleveland, Ohio. My mother died six years later.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  2. Beth Erin says:

    What a lovely cover! I’m diving into Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse today!
    A sleepy purple twilight wrapped around the farmhouse, its tall windows glowing with warmth from somewhere inside.

  3. Becky says:

    This looks great!

    I’m sharing A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd on my blog today, but I’m currently reading Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews so I’ll share that here.

    732 BCE (Spring)
    Judean Wilderness

    My friend Yaira said to be brave – but why? Brave or scared, we kept marching. She told me to be a big girl, not to cry, but I’m only five and I’ve seen big men crying.

    Happy Weekend!

  4. Suzie says:

    Happy Friday! This cover is gorgeous!

    I’ll share the first line from the next book on my TBR list: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke: Lightning crackled, splitting the night sky over Paris, illuminating letters painted on the bookstore window across the street: La Maison des Amis des Livre.

  5. carylkane says:

    Stunning cover!


    Night crept over the hills, smothering the landscape in a cocoon of darkness that would hide him in a few minutes. – Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

  6. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!!!!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from the novel The Gift of the Inn by Golden Keyes Parsons. So here I will leave the first line from the book I am starting next, Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren.

    Chapter 1
    “Sierra should have brought marshmallows.”

  7. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Oooh a naughty one Betty LOL Happy Friday!

  8. Intriguing cover. Sounds like a very interesting story too.

    • Itvis! The first book let’s you in on Veronica background leaves you wondering The next book I haven’t read (I was lucky to get the ARC). I suspected you learned more why Verconia life is a problem. Reading between the lines she appears to be an illegitimate daughter of the Crown Prince. She meets her Father in this one.

      • Juicer and juicier. I’ll go look them up.

      • I got curious about the second book, A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING and just checked Amazon. I ended up buying it and two other books Amazon tease me with the covers are outstanding and I don’t know when I can even read them. both are dog books and the Corgi is cute. As I have two more ARC’s to read before January 30.

      • It’s so addictive this book buying business. I hope you get through your ARCs and at least some of your new ones.

      • Amazon keeps hitting you with books you likr. I still have bunch to read from a week ago when NetGalley approve for 4 books due out January 30. I requested them a what seems like a long time ago and thought I wasn’t going to get them. I do have most of my February ARC’s read and review With all the medical and caregiver problems occurring right now and unable to hear on the phone. I may just loose myself in the books. We need to make a major change in our lifestyle. Thanks for books

      • Thank goodness for books indeed. I hope you can transition into your changes with minimal upset. Books are a great distraction.

  9. hjsnyder28 says:

    What a beautiful cover! I will have to check this series out. Happy Friday!

  10. She was a new author to me when I got the first book in the series. A CURIOUS BEGINNING. I don’t read many romance but I understand she well known in the field. She writes the Lady Grey series which I have not read. Good Reading!

  11. lghiggins says:

    That opening line was a surprise! I think it was clever of you to combine your First Line Friday with a review. That saves you time, something you seem to be short on right now. Transitions are tough; I’m sorry you are at the place of having to consider one. May the coming week bring you good caregivers and your husband’s release from the hospital.

    • I have been linking my comment to a site of FLF blogs. It is not my idea. Most of the responses have a review added. A few even add another line later in the book. I am getting a number of good ideas and followers from my participation. I want to do others but haven’t had the time.
      My husband is home. His heart is out of sync. He is probably going to have five up driving which will be a major change in our life. I haven’t driven for a number years as my eyes have been too bad to drive. We will have to depend on others. Getting old is no fun. Thanks for the good wishes.

  12. I like the embossed appearance of the cover. I’m not a big suspense reader, although I do pick them up from time to time. I know I’ve heard the Veronica Speedwell series mentioned in a positive light on at least a handful of blogs. I may need to make this one of my suspense choices for the year. Is it important to read this series in order?

    • In this case I would read the first one before the others. If I had not read it, I would have been lost about the backgrounds of the characters. I haven’t read the second one but I have questions I would like to know. I did but it and will read it as soon as I can find time. I understand the author writes the Lady Grey series which I know nothing about. From the reviews I conclude it a very popular series.

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