A Dangerous Collaboration Audiobook by Deanna Raybourn (Review)

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Review of: A Dangerous Collaboration
Deanna Raybourn

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On May 17, 2019
Last modified:May 16, 2019


A Dangerous Collaboration Audiobook

By: Deanna Raybourn

Narrated by: Angele Masters

Published by Recorded Books 3/12/2019

A dangerous Collaboration Audiobook

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Veronica Speedwell Mysteries #4

12 hrs and 33 mins

genre: Historical Mystery

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A Dangerous Collaboration Audiobook

4.0 Hearts

Veronica isn’t your average Victorian gentle lady just as Stoker can’t ever be described as the male counterpart. The pair met on a desperate adventure involving murder and a great state secret, formed an oil and water partnership, and have been a pair ever since. Veronica is a woman who knows what to say and do in every situation, but when faced her own emotions, she flounders like the next person and
does a duck and dodge. Then Stoker’s charming, but irascible elder brother tempts her with a remote Cornish island possessing a hard to find butterfly for her to study and an even more compelling mystery to solve. Surprisingly, Stoker ignored the non-invitation and follows Tiberius and Veronica to the atmospheric castle held by the Romily family where Tiberius’ friend hopes to resurrect the past and discover just what did happen to his fiancé who vanished on their wedding day.

A Dangerous Collaboration is the fourth mystery adventure for Veronica and Stoker. It definitely works best following the previous series installments in order.

I confess that this is a re-read/listen. I love the stories in this series so a second time through enjoying the voice of engaging narrator, Angele Masters, was far from a hardship. What drew me to the audio was my hope that I would enjoy my experience much better in this format (and in a different time and mood). When I read it, I struggled hard with Veronica and had the urge to bop her in the head and tell her to stop dithering around when it came to Stoker and stop provoking him to cover for her scary case of feelings. Listening to Angele Masters was exactly what I needed. I still had a twitch of impatience, but also felt some of my old amusement at their acrimonious dialogue and wit return.

Oh, and let’s not forget, the ‘cold case’, the delicious cast of suspects, and that gothic-feelingatmosphere  of a castle setting, a séance, and secret passages to round out the fun. I loved watching Veronica and Stoker work the case as they sifted through what was lie and what was truth and hunted for any clues that might still remain after all this time. The danger heightened when it became obvious that someone didn’t want them figuring out what happened to Malcolm’s bride. But, beyond the mystery, was getting a shocking reveal of Tiberius’ past and how it connected to this mystery. Some of why he is the way he is comes out and it was an eyeopener.

However, the big moment near the end when the story reached its peak had me breathless and then a very treasured swoonworthy moment for Veronica and Stoker. I might have listened to the scene twice.

For historical mystery fans who like eccentric and colorful characters, clever plots, good attention tosetting , and a mastery of slow-burn relationships, there is no need to look further than this series.

A Dangerous Collaboration Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

So, Angele Masters delivered another engaging story that tantalized and delivered on more than one level. She voiced the Cornish from the island, the guests, and of course, regulars like Veronica, Stoker, and Tiberius well. I think Stoker’s voice goes a tad rough, but I don’t dislike it. She definitely captured the rhythm, tone, and situations along with the nuances of the dialogues exceptionally.

Deanna RaybournNew York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including five RITAs, two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha, two Dilys Winns, a Last Laugh, and three du Mauriers. Her Lady Julia Grey novels are currently in development as a television series in the UK and she launched a new Victorian mystery series with the 2015 release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING, featuring intrepid butterfly-hunter and amateur sleuth, Veronica Speedwell. Veronica’s second adventure is A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING (January 2017), and book three, A TREACHEROUS CURSE, was published in January 2018. A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION will be released in March 2019. Further books in the Veronica Speedwell series are contracted through 2020.

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Angela MastersAngele Masters is a published narrator. A published credit of Angele Masters is Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen.

My thanks to Recorded Books for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. I need to read this one! I like the series 😀

  2. This is one of my most favorite series!! I’m so glad you are reading and loving it too!

  3. I only tried book 1 but I really enjoyed it so I’m curious to read the others too

  4. Great review Sophia. This is one of my favorite series ever. Each book more compelling than the last. I’ve only listened – but such a joy. I plan to re-listen to this one because – well… you know! 😉

  5. This series is on my list Sophia Rose and now that I’ve read your review I want it more

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