Review – An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

Posted March 2, 2021 by Carole in Book Reviews / 10 Comments

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #6
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Date Read: November 26, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley

A princess is missing and a peace treaty is on the verge of collapse in this new Veronica Speedwell adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

January 1889. As the newest member of the Curiosity Club–an elite society of brilliant, intrepid women–Veronica Speedwell is excited to put her many skills to good use. As she assembles a memorial exhibition for pioneering mountain climber Alice Baker-Greene, Veronica discovers evidence that the recent death was not a tragic climbing accident but murder. Veronica and her natural historian beau, Stoker, tell the patron of the exhibit, Princess Gisela of Alpenwald, of their findings. With Europe on the verge of war, Gisela’s chancellor, Count von Rechstein, does not want to make waves–and before Veronica and Stoker can figure out their next move, the princess disappears.

Having noted Veronica’s resemblance to the princess, von Rechstein begs her to pose as Gisela for the sake of the peace treaty that brought the princess to England. Veronica reluctantly agrees to the scheme. She and Stoker must work together to keep the treaty intact while navigating unwelcome advances, assassination attempts, and Veronica’s own family–the royalty who has never claimed her.

My Review

I loved this book!  I have been a fan of this series from the start and it seems to just get better with each installment.  I started reading this book just as soon as a copy made its way into my greedy little hands just because I couldn’t wait to see what was next for Veronica and Stoker.  I found this installment to be incredibly entertaining and have a fantastic time with it.

Veronica and Stoker learn about a female mountain climber and they suspect that her untimely death may not be the accident that it has been believed to be.  Soon after they inform the Princess of their suspicions, the Princess goes missing and Veronica is asked to step in and take her place.  Things get really interesting very quickly with Veronica posing as the Princess while still investigating the death of the mountain climber.  
I found this book to be incredibly exciting.  I had a lot of fun watching Veronica and Stoker step into a different role even for a little while.  They both have such strong personalities so it was very entertaining to see them act differently than they would naturally.  The mystery itself was very interesting and much more involved than I thought it would be at the start of the story.  There were a few times that I worried if Veronica and Stoker would be able to get out of this situation unscathed.  I really loved seeing the relationship between Veronica and Stoker grow during this installment.  These two really care about each other and can be quite protective of each other.
I would highly recommend this series to others.  This is a series that I would recommend reading in order if at all possible since each installment builds on the events of the previous books.  I have found each book to be incredibly well-written and entertaining.  I cannot wait to read future installments in this fantastic series.  

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Series

Book #1 – A Curious BeginningMy Review
Book #2 – A Perilous Undertaking – My Review
Book #3 – A Treacherous Curse My Review
Book #4 – A Dangerous Collaboration – My Review
Book #5 – A Murderous Relation – My Review
Book #6 – An Unexpected Peril – Now Available!
About the Author

Deanna Raybourn, the author of the award-winning New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series and several standalone novels, is pleased to introduce her new Victorian-set mystery series featuring Veronica Speedwell.  Deanna lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

10 responses to “Review – An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

  1. Lovely review. These look like great books. Thanks for bringing them to my attention! (I think it was thanks to you that I recently started the Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris. So, I guess this is a note to say thank you again — and also curse you for making my TBR list so darn long! :-D)

  2. I had a blast with this latest, too, Carole. Veronica and Stoker's exchanges cracked me up, but I also liked seeing them partnering on the mystery and still working on their relationship. I held my breath that they wouldn't blow it when in costume.