An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn _ Book Review

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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. 

[ I received a digital arc for an honest review]

An Unexpected Peril
 is the sixth book in the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn. I adore the series and the leading characters and Stoke her so much.

“”Are you listening, Veronica?” Stoker demanded.
“Not in the slightest,” I assured him cheerfully.

This Installment in the series brings a mystery that Veronica jumps head first into while Stoker is much more hesitant. A suspicious death of a female pioneering mountain climber and a missing foreign princess leads to Veronica impersonating royalty and their lives being put at risk once again.

Story wise I enjoyed the mystery and working through the why’s and how’s along with Veronica. She was as witty and strong-willed as always. I was a little disappointed in her struggles with being in an arrangement with Stoker. While I understand with her personality she will always fear being domesticated, bored, and in the fear of losing her freedom. I guess this is just the romantic in me, but I wanted them to sail off into the sunset happily ever after solving mysteries and doing what they do best. 😂 Anyways, Veronica still without a doubt loves Stoker, and he loves her fiercely in return. His declarations of love and adoration never fail to make my heart skip a beat. {Sigh} I love that man.

All in all I was very much satisfied with An Unexpected Peril. I’m hoping that the next book in the series has them going on a grand adventure to appease Veronica’s need to be always on the go.

—-Written by Amanda—-

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