... though this novel is late in the series, Raybourn expertly weaves in details from the previous books so that a newcomer doesn’t feel lost, while someone familiar with the series doesn’t feel an interruption in action. And boy is there plenty of action ... Honestly, there is so much I could say about this one. From the humor to the atmosphere to the relationships and the honest portrayals of women and the different ways they deal with societal sexism and classism, somehow this novel has it all while keeping us turning the pages with a well-paced plot. If you’ve been looking for a new adventure, you’ll want to pick up this series.
... the mystery feels a little less intricately plotted than those in the [previous] books, and it does take a bit of a back seat to the unravelling of Stoker’s backstory – although I’m not going to complain about it, given I’ve been eagerly awaiting that very thing ... the mystery is fun, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the secondary characters... are expertly crafted. A Treacherous Curse earns a strong recommendation in spite of my quibbles, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for a bit more romance in the next instalment.
Honestly, if Raybourn published a new Speedwell book every week, I would find time in my crazy schedule to read it ... The characters are all—well—characters! Well plotted, fast-paced and utterly engaging. If you have time to read just one of this series, do it! Most highly recommended.