Synopsis and Details:
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.
Series: Veronica Speedwell #6 | Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery | Release Date: March 02, 2021 | Publisher: Berkley | Length: 352 pages | ISBN: 978-0593197264 | ASIN: B089S7GYM7 | Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Review with Rating:
I have turned into such a fan of Veronica Speedwell and was happy that the latest book in this series, An Unexpected Peril, was such a delight. I have found Veronica to be a character who continues to develop with each new experience that she encounters and I adore that about her. This latest story explored the developing relationship between her and Stoker for which I was thrilled because my feelings on that are “it took long enough!” I also found the scheme that Veronica and Stoker became involved with to be quite fun and interesting. There was plenty to keep my attention from start to finish.
What I wasn’t so thrilled about was that once again the story brings up Veronica’s issues with her birth family. She still struggles with that and I thought we had put that issue to bed because it is not like it comes up with every single book, oh wait, it does. I get the issue, I do, but I’d like more adventure and mystery and less drama around a family who will never care about her the way that she craves, despite the occasional nods of approval they throw her way. Nevertheless, I am excited to read the next book that comes out but I will say that if the focus doesn’t move away from that topic I might have to be done. Give me more adventures focused on shenanigans with Veronica and Stoker, please!
About the Author:
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, currently in development for television, as well as the USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award nominated Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and several standalone works.