Published: March 2, 2021
Genre(s): adult, mystery, historical
Read as: ebook, ARC
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. (Goodreads)
This book was an absolute delight, cover to cover. I have read all six books in this series and not a single one has let me down. Raybourn continues to deliver on Veronica stories and allows the characters grow and adapt to situations both physically and emotionally. She is unafraid to give her characters flaws making them more human and relatable and I swear I love them more with every book.
In this installment, Veronica poses as a princess from a visiting country, the princess herself having disappeared without a trace. Of course, Stoker is against the idea as the princess is in danger and if Veronica poses as her she will be putting herself in danger. Veronica, not one to listen to Stoker’s fussing, goes ahead with the plan and, of course, drama ensues.
An Unexpected Peril has forbidden love, hidden heartbreak, political drama, and a very fierce cast of female characters that take life by the horns. If you enjoy historical mysteries and haven’t started reading this series I have to ask what you are waiting for? Mystery, drama, the slowest of slow burn romance, vibrant characters, these books have it all and this latest installment is no exception.
This being the sixth book of the series I don’t feel like I can go into much detail without there being spoilers for the previous books but know that I loved this one and it is probably my second favorite of series behind A Dangerous Collaboration. I urge you to give them a chance as they are escapism at its finest.
On a personal note, I was able to virtually attend the launch even for this book hosted by Fountain Bookstore which was an absolute delight. They still have some signed copies of this book and others in the series available. If you are interested, you can check that out here.
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