A Perilous Undertaking is a fantastic follow-up to the first Veronica Speedwell book, A Curious Beginning. I got the first during an Audible sale in the fall (my review here)- I was amazed at how good it is and surprised that it hadn't come up in a recommendation for me somewhere online.
This series features Veronica, a spinster lepidopterist in her mid-twenties, and Stoker, the black sheep in a noble family. Literally. In this book they are approached by a member of the royal family to solve a murder in which the accused will be hanging in one week but is believed by some to be innocent. Since their planned expedition was cancelled due to their benefactor tripping over his giant tortoise and being injured, Veronica accepts the case and eventually convinces Stoker to do the same.
This book had the same laugh-out-loud humor that the first one did and I can't think of any other book that has ever made me laugh as much as these.
I half held my breath while reading in the hopes that Veronica and Stoker admitted their love for each other, and you'll just have to read to find out if it happens or not. Their developing relationship (largely based on friendship) is one of the great qualities of this book. I can't wait for the next in the series!
A Perilous Undertaking will be out on January 10th, 2017.
I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.