Wednesday, March 3, 2021

An Unexpected Peril - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads:  An Unexpected Peril (Veronica Speedwell #6) by Deanna Raybourn

Rating:  Really Liked It!
Source:  Publisher

Description:  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.

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoy this series and I of course couldn't wait to pick up the newest one!

My Impression:  I was a little worried going in to this one now that Veronica and Stoker are now officially together.  I don't mind a touch of romance or relationship issues in my mysteries but plenty of good series have been ruined by main characters getting into a relationship.  But no worries!  Veronica is still very much Veronica and Stoker is still very much Stoker and while there is a bit more affection they still argue and discuss and bicker just the way they used to.  

The mystery is an interesting one with political intrigue, lots of tales of mountaineering adventure, and a dose of Victorian-era taxidermy.  I found the combination entertaining, compelling, and page turning (with a dose of being glad I didn't have to smell Stoker during the whole Walrus taxidermy fiasco) and it kept me reading far into the night.  

This is a fantastic combination of adventure and mystery with smart, sharp witted characters which made for a fun and fast read.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  This is a series I always enjoy and one on my Get Caught Up list for the year.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy historical mysteries and like strong characters this is a series not to be missed.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Oh, good! I'm glad the dynamic isn't ruined now that Veronica and Stoker are official. This one sounds just as fun as the other books in this series. Yay! Can't wait to read it.

  2. I was worried about that going in but was glad the Veronica and Stoker were still pretty much the same! So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Happy to hear you were very pleased with the book. It's a series I want to get into and will when my book piles stop toppling over. I love the relationship side of it - sounds fun.

  4. I'm about 60% in and liking it. I've laughed out loud a few times!

  5. I really need to grab the 2nd book in this series from the library. I loved the first one so much but then never continued on (this happens entirely too often for my liking honestly). I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying this series so much!

  6. They are official now?! I am still very early in the series still. And don't worry, that's not really a spoiler. I figured that would happen. ;-) I can't wait to read it!

  7. Everyone seems to love this series. 📚

  8. This is one too I need to continue. I liked Stoker and Veronica.