CBR14BINGO: Font Square (BINGO! Shadow to Font)
(I’m not sure what the fonts are, but they grace the cover of every Veronica Speedwell novel along with that unmistakable silhouette cover art situation. I can spot it on a crowded bookshelf a mile away and it always makes me happy.)
Somehow I managed not to snatch this up as soon as it came out. Usually, I put myself on the library wait list before the next book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series is published. Raybourn is a favorite of mine, and I have read nearly everything she has written, but this series is the best. Could get spoiler-y as this is book 7. Do yourself a favor and go grab book 1 if you haven’t already and don’t read any further.
Per usual, Veronica and Stoker barely make it home and through a pile of sandwiches and hot tea from the sarcophagus sideboard before they are off on another mystery. Under the guise of examining some items for Lord Rosemorran’s museum, Veronica must verify the identity of a man claiming to be someone from her past. A man who was presumed dead in the eruption of Krakatoa has now reappeared after his younger brother has become the heir of the family fortune. While Stoker nerds out over the chance to examine a taxidermied Tasmanian Tiger, Veronica struggles with a part of her history that she has withheld from him.
As usual, multiple shenanigans ensue but this time in a whirlwind of astronomy, rare jewels, spectacularly creepy children, and bogs that can swallow a person hole. It’s a damn delight, as always, and the perfect cozy read for chilly weather with, of course, cups of steaming tea.