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An Unexpected Peril

(Veronica Speedwell #6)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,404 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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 ass
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Berkley
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Jun 11, 2020 marked it as to-read


"Veronica and her natural historian beau, Stoker"


me @ how long i've had to wait for this to happen:

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! I have been a fan of this series from the start and it seems to just get better with each installment. I started reading this book just as soon as a copy made its way into my greedy little hands just because I couldn't wait to see what was next for Veronica and Stoker. I found this installment to be incredibly entertaining and have a fantastic time with it.

Veronica and Stoker learn about a female mountain climber a
h o l l i s
Easily the best part of this book was that it wasn't the previous installment. As in, it was better. Not that it counts for much as I felt book five just so overwhelmingly.. well, not good. But anyway, yes, this was likely the closest to being what I loved from these books in the early installments. For which I'm grateful, even as I continue to believe I have just lost the love for this world. Or maybe the magic just isn't there anymore. One or the other.

While I won't say that this mystery was c
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I saw shining, blazing, tempting cover of the book promising me another dazzling Veronica and Stoker adventure, I clicked the request button so hard and I broke several keyboard letters of my longtime friend/ companion pc! Sorry! When I am getting too excited about something I turn into readzilla ( new name of extra dedicated avid reader)

This book is quite satisfying like the other installments. There is still amazing sizzling chemistry, smart banters between characters make you squ
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Normally the Veronica Speedwell series is one I look forward to each release and read almost immediately upon receiving it. I love the adventures Stoker and Veronica find themselves in and the settings are always amazing, not to mention the chemistry between these two is always off the charts.

And while I did like this newest installment, it felt different from past installments and I have to be honest, I didn't always like Veronica. At times she felt selfish, petulant and downright horrible in c
*The Angry Reader*
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2021
Ugh. This poor book.
I struggled with the last one. And this just could not get off the ground.
Veronica’s irreverence came across as selfish and harpy. Even while she had someone else to think about she was focused on “adventure” and herself. It felt like she hadn’t grown or changed or improved since the first book - and that was disappointing.
The “mystery” was far-fetched and uncomfortable - and awful reason to throw away an amazing man.
I’m done with this series.

Thank you to Netgalley and t
Literary Redhead

Glory days, I’ve found a new fav mystery series! AN UNEXPECTED PERIL, the latest of six, works as a stand-alone but you betcha I’m adding the first five to my TBR pile!

How I adore protagonist Veronica Speedwell, a fiercely independent amateur detective in 1889’s England, and Stoker, her lover and partner in detection. In their latest adventure, they investigate the tragic death of a female climber who fell off a mountain. And, Veronica, who looks like a twin to a missing princess
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veronica and Stoker’s relationship has become intimate and while the romance is exciting and brings a sense of belonging, Veronica is longing for adventure.

As a new member of the Curiosity Club, Veronica and Stoker are charged with putting together a memorial exhibition for pioneering mountain climber Alice Baker-Greene. When Stoker discovers the climber’s rope had been cut, they find themselves at odds with the Chancellor of Alpenwald.

The tale that unfolds was positively delightful as Veronica
A trace of boredom with domesticity, the death of a woman mountain climber that is looking more and more like murder, and a disappearing princess of a tiny European country drive Veronica to investigate and drag a reluctant Stoker along with her. This historical mystery series is a highlight of my reading experience and I can hardly wait for each new installment.

An Unexpected Peril is the sixth in the series and could be read standalone, but is even better when read in the series order to unders
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

It is always nice to slide back into Veronica and Stoker's world. This duo is one of my all-time favourites and in this sixth book of the series, trouble once again finds the pair in the middle of a murder as well as the mystery of a missing princess. Naturally.

This story has foul play, a princess impersonator and a murrrrder with a gaggle of suspects and the threat of an international incident t'boot. Yes, it is all that and a bag of crisps. The mystery takes the main stage with Veronica and St
Ashlee Bree
Well, that was a diverting murder mystery romp! It was cozy and comical with a side of butterfly-studying academia, mountain climbing, assassinations gone wrong, political treaties, romance, and princess impersonations, oh my!

I admit this was my first foray into the Veronica Speedwell universe, so even though I found myself plopped in the middle of the series, it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story at all. Sure, some development details between the mains may have flown over my head but th
Cindy ✩☽♔
It is with decided disappointment that I must report this latest addition has not in fact recaptured the magic of the earlier books in this series.

Entertaining enough, but certainly not the best of the bunch. The mystery while interesting in some regards, did not strongly hook my interest until close to the near end.

Stoker & Veronica
While I again find myself disappointed by the continued show tell rather than show in terms of their liaisons, I am happy to report they did make progress in terms
While better than the previous volume, this series has provided ever diminishing returns since at least the fourth installment. And, if I’m being precise, I’d go back to the third book to find the source of where the narrative began to show cracks. This book, while entertaining, was probably the coziest entry in the series, and that did not exactly make for thrilling reading. More focused on “humor,” not many pages, if any, were devoted to the peril mentioned in the title. My opinion is that Dea ...more
Kari Ann Sweeney
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for the free review copy of AN UNEXPECTED PERIL (Veronica Speedwell #6). PUB DATE 03.02.21

I LOVE this series. This is another fabulous installment of the historical mystery adventures of Speedwell and Stoker. (Yes- you must read them in order.)

Veronica Speedwell is my favorite kind of character: smart, quick-tongued, vivacious, and loyal.. She knows who she is and won't sacrifice that based on other peoples expectations. She is full of moxie and gumption. I wi
Barbara Rogers
Series: Veronica Speedwell #6
Publication Date: 3/2/21
Number of Pages: 336

We’re off on another mysterious adventure with Veronica Speedwell and Revelstoke (Stoker)Templeton-Vane (I love his name). The Curiosity Club is preparing an exhibition dedicated to mountaineering in general and the famed female mountaineer Alice Baker-Greene in particular. Alice recently fell to her death while climbing to the summit of the Teufelstreppe, which is located in the tiny country of the Alpenwald. Stoker and Ve
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death by design!

Lepidopterist, Veronica Speedwell is dealing with issues of commitment. Her relationship with Stoker (the Honorable Revelstoke Templeton-Vane) has undergone change. Although blissful it has her deeply worried. She’s dreading he might want the full thing. Marriage is too much like being strangled for her. Not that Stoker has suggested this. However Veronica is full on into panic mode. Just as well that their newly embarked on physical relationship is wonderful. Veronica’s emotions
She’s curious, tenacious, feisty, full of pluck and devilishly unique! Now, Veronica Speedwell may be the only person who can bring peace between two nations, but can she pretend to be a princess and fool the royal court? Hits a little close to home, but our determined Miss Speedwell once again dares to go against the odds, while uncovering the truth behind an accidental death.

Deanna Raybourn’s AN UNEXPECTED PERIL once again pits Veronica against the forces of evil and proves that she has what i
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
The story opens with Veronica and Stoker working on an exhibition for the Curiosity Club. They are erecting a memorial to Alice Baker-Greene, a pioneering mountain climber and member who passed away during a climb in the small country of Alpenwald, whose ruler, Princess Gisela, is coming to the exhibit opening. While unpacking some of Alice’s personal effects, the pair comes to the conclusion that Alice’s accident was actually murder. Veronica’s interest is piqued, and when she’s asked to stand ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
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
Kathy Martin
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This sixth Veronica Speedwell adventure has Veronica and Stoker settled in London and working on their relationship. This isn't an unmixed blessing for Veronica since she greatly misses the adventures she had while traveling around the world hunting for butterflies. She and Stoker have different relationship goals too. Veronica is absolutely opposed to marrying Stoker which makes sense when considering her need for freedom and the restrictive rules for married women.

Veronica and Stoker are worki
Veronica and Stoker become embroiled in another dangerous escapade when a member of the Hippolyta Club’s tribute turns into a murder mystery involving royalty.

Alice Baker-Green, a member of the Hippolyta Club, fell to her death in what was thought to be a tragic climbing accident. While preparing for her tribute, Stoker and Veronica stumble upon evidence that shows her fall was no accident. Stoker would like to leave things to the authorities of the Alpenwald, where the “accident” occurred, but
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
[ 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 Veronica and Stoker 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 missi
Linda Baker
The Curiosity Club, an organization of brilliant and adventurous women in 1889 London, has asked Veronica Speedwell to mount an exhibit. The exhibit is in honor of Alice Baker-Greene, a renowned mountaineer who recently died in a fall from a peak in the tiny principality of Alpenwald. Veronica, of course, as the newest member, is delighted. Her natural historian partner, Stoker, is also called upon to add his expertise. But when they unpack Alice's effects, which have been shipped from Alpenwald ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-plus
The publisher provided me with the opportunity to read this (via Edelweiss+).

I've enjoyed this series and I was really excited to be approved for an ARC for this one. Great read and I had no idea who was behind everything until the reveal. Can't wait for the next one to see what sort of trouble Veronica and Stoker find themselves in!
Mar 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Well, if disappointment had a middle name, it would be An Unexpected Peril.
I was still cautiously optimistic after seeing all those three stars’ ratings when the advanced copies launched, but sadly, this time the people were right.
This is by no means a horrible novel, but it’s by far the weakest in the series, and if Raybourn doesn’t step up her game in book seven, she may lose a significant amount of readers, especially considering a lot of them didn’t very much enjoy the last one either.

Mar 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-release, 3-stars, 2021
Part Dave with a dash of the other side of Roman Holiday, this Veronica Speedwell installment has me waffling on its longevity as a series. I’m hopeful, because it appears as though Stoker and Veronica may be taking themselves off the estate and out of the confines of the belvedere at last, but I think it’ll hinge on the next book’s plot for me.

Now, I find the aforementioned movies rather delightful — Dave being sweet and endearingly optimistic, while Roman Holiday has proven itself to be a cla
mars ☼
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, crime, faves
"You are the part of myself I never thought to find because I did not even dare to dream you existed. You are all that I want and more than I deserve, and I will go to my grave thanking a god in whom I do not believe in for bringing me to you."

5 stars of unadulterated adoration –

First things first: this review will be a mess, because I am a mess.

BUT this is what I love about series: returning to beloved characters, wondering what they did since you last saw them. Or in Veronica and Stoker's
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed reading this series. The H/h are both very interesting, well-drawn characters. The relationship between them is absolutely amazing. Although they quarrel and disagree, they seem to understand each other so well.

The mystery in this book was interesting and kept me turning the pages. Veronica is called on to impersonate a princess gone missing, as there is a strong resemblance. Veronica is thrilled at the opportunity since it will give her the chance to investigate the death
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
The latest entry in the Veronica Speedwell series finds our heroine caught up in the politics of a small European country, where a member of her club of female scientists has perished, and whose ruler happens to be (a) missing and (b) almost identical in appearance to Veronica, thanks to her secret royal heritage. Veronica throws herself into solving both mysteries, with Stoker a more-reluctant-than-usual accomplice, as they try to figure out how their unconventional romance should proceed.
E-galley courtesy of Berkley and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

An Unexpected Peril is another fun adventure for Veronica and Stoker. They want to find out who murdered a renowned mountain climber. And, since she so closely resembles the suddenly missing Princess of Alpenwald (a tiny and fictional mountainous country), Veronica will pose as Princess Gisela during an exhibit honoring the dead climber. I’m laughing as I write this and I laughed a lot while reading the book. I love the dry wit
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha ...more

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