• An Impossible Impostor

  • A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (776 ratings)

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While investigating a man claiming to be the long-lost heir to a noble family, Veronica Speedwell gets the surprise of her life in this new adventure from the New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

London, 1889. Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian beau Stoker are summoned by Sir Hugo Montgomerie, head of Special Branch. He has a personal request on behalf of his goddaughter, Euphemia Hathaway. After years of traveling the world, her eldest brother, Jonathan, heir to Hathaway Hall, was believed to have been killed in the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa a few years before.

But now a man matching Jonathan’s description and carrying his possessions has arrived at Hathaway Hall with no memory of his identity or where he has been. Could this man truly be Jonathan, back from the dead? Or is he a devious impostor, determined to gain ownership over the family's most valuable possessions - a legendary parure of priceless Rajasthani jewels? It's a delicate situation, and Veronica is Sir Hugo's only hope.

Veronica and Stoker agree to go to Hathaway Hall to covertly investigate the mysterious amnesiac. Veronica is soon shocked to find herself face-to-face with a ghost from her past. To help Sir Hugo discover the truth, she must open doors to her own history that she long believed to be shut for good.

©2022 Deanna Raybourn (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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A Return to Form

This installment was a great return to form for the Veronica Speedwell series. I must admit I did not care for the last installment and was nervous that the series had run its course. I will say that the first chapters of this book had me worried, but once everything is in motion it really takes off. The books are best when they tie in mystery and personal drama between the two main characters and that is what Raybourn has done once again. I loved the twists and turns and how we left off at the end. I am looking forward to the next installment and I hope that this one takes us outside of England for a nice change of pace. I am also looking forward to the return of my favorite
character, Tiberious!

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Simply one of the best!

Truly sorry every time I finish one. I love the characters, places, narration & emotion in the storylines. I also appreciate that there's just enough sexual tension to sew it all up without the bodice ripping tendencies of other "romance" series. Can't wait for the next one!!!!

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What is happening with this narration?

I suffered through this book hoping I’d adjust to the narrator because I do enjoy the series, but dear ones, this narration is terrible. Stoker - imagine the voice you use when reading the part of the giant to your kids, “fee, fie, foe, fum…” Veronica- shrill! shrill! shrill! I thought my ears might start to bleed.
It was so poorly narrated and thus distracting, I can’t really comment on the story. I’ll need to read the book; no more Audible for this series.

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Fun!

Just as good as the rest of the series. They are all fun and witty.

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Excellent

Another wonderfully exciting and twisting tale from this brilliant author. I cannot wait for the next book! Excelsior!!

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My Least Favorite from this Author

I am an avid reader with 2-4 books going at the same time. I really enjoy this series and I was thrilled when I received the notification of a new book. I downloaded audible immediately and the beginning of the story was excellent but the plot began to fall apart for me immediately with the kidnapping of Veronica and Stoker. The last few books I have read from established authors are showing this same fault. Authors spend so much time developing characters through several books only to ask readers to suspend that characterization. Characters and plot develop that are just not believable. There were several instances in the story that just could not have happened. My critical thinking skills just would not let me get past those flaws. Not sure why, but Veronica came across as priggish and shrill. Stoker did not earn any points either; I don't believe that after a few days he would have just taken off. Nor do I believe, Isabelle would leave Veronica a winner unless Raybourn plans on writing another book with her return. Just not believable.

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A little too much soap opera for me

I love this series! And it should definitely be read from the beginning.

My concern with this one is twofold:
First, the story includes too much melodrama over Veronica & Stoker’s relationship for my liking. There’s a lot of time spent with Veronica agonizing over and avoiding telling Stoker something vital. Second, the narrator seems to have trouble distinguishing the voices of Stoker and the new character, Spendlove. I don’t think she’s ever used a voice remotely like Stoker’s for any other man, and this was distracting. I don’t plan to stop listening to this series, but I’m glad to have this one over with!

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The Curve Ball We Didn't See Coming

Great character development for Veronica. excellent narration. Entertaining story. Perfect escape from reality. I love the entire series!

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Wonderful, Another Amazing Adventure

The story was marvelous, the narration superb as always. Our favorite pair of natural historians/detectives thrills again, and the author has cleverly wrote their story in a way that doesn't allow the romance to go stale. Well done.

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Great series

I wait for next Veronica Speedwell Mystery to read / listen to. The charters are so easy to see in my mind, while their escapades are well written and entertaining . Truely a fun series to listen to.

The narration by Angèle Masters only adds to the charters dimensions----- Perfection.

Keep them coming---- APPLAUSE!

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