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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Review: An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

An Unexpected Peril 
by Deanna Raybourn

Thank you Berkley Pub for this review copy.

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 2, 2021
Kindle Edition
336 Pages
Series: Veronica Speedwell #6
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery

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:

OH Veronica, how happy I am to, once again, be back in your crazy little world.  And now you're posing as a princess??? Oh what a fun story this was to read.  Y'all, if you love historical fiction and mysteries, you HAVE to read this series.  And while the mystery itself can be read as a standalone, I do recommend highly that you read this from the beginning so you can see the progression of Veronica and Stoker (how can you not love Stoker?!).

What I love best about these stories is just how snarky Veronica is.  This woman has got spunk and isn't afraid of a challenge.  *Though, Stoker, I may have to agree with you as to part of the reason why she keeps putting herself in these situations. 😉* Speaking of Stoker, at times I think I love him more than Veronica!  Their relationship is a perfect mix and when he jokingly "punishes" her by telling her she will need to clean his walrus, it is NOT a euphemism.  He actually has a dead walrus that needs cleaning.  That's right.

I'm not going to bore you with alllll the reasons why this series is so wonderful.  And this installment is definitely up as one of my faves.  If you love sassy protagonists, you will LOVE Veronica.  Travel back to 1889 and join them on a royal adventure.


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