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An Unexpected Peril

(Veronica Speedwell #6)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  69 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
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Expected publication: March 2nd 2021 by Berkley
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    Jun 11, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


    "Veronica and her natural historian beau, Stoker"


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

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Veronica and her historian what now?! I need that term to be used to Stoker and for his reaction on that.

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Initial Thoughts
    This book was so good! I have been a fan of this series from the start and I think that these books just keep getting better and better. Veronica and Stoker are both awesome as always but I loved seeing the changes in their relationship and how they have grown together through everything. There was even a scene or two that might have melted my heart more than a bit. The mystery was very well done and I continue to be entertained by the situations this pair seems to find themselve
    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.

    Ultimately this wasn't a bad addition to
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    *The Angry Reader*
    Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Cindy ✩☽♔
    Got approved for an ARC a week or two ago, so I'll probably give dive in sometime after the New Year!

    Alright, this book already sounds more promising than the last one. Thus, I am hoping it will live up to my overall high expectations for this series!
    Kathy Martin
    Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    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.
    Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I absolutely adore Veronica Speedwell, and these books get more enjoyable with every addition to the series. Stoker and Veronica have somewhat more sedate adventures in this book, but that doesn’t detract from the story a bit.

    What a fun read! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
    Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was a such a fantastic read, loved spending more time with the characters! Another great mystery, and I had such a great time reading this book!
    Jessica Howard
    I had a little trouble getting into this one, but after 5 or 6 chapters, Veronica wove her usual magic.
    Dec 12, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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    Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    January 1889, Veronica Speedwell is hard at work putting together an exhibition at the Curiosity Club to honor Alice Baker-Green, a renowned female mountaineer - and also a member of the Club - who recently died on her latest climb in the Alpenwald mountains. The pressure is on as Princess Giselda of Alpenwald will be attending the ceremony as well to pay her respects.

    While assembling items for the exhibition Stoker and Veronica notice some incongruities that lead them to believe Alice Baker-Gr
    This sixth book in the Veronica Speedwell series is her best yet. The mystery is set in 1889 (Victorian) London, but is centered around Alpenwald culture and characters. I found them so fascinating, that I kept googling all the people and places mentioned. I finally read the historical notes at the end of the book, and was surprised that they were fictitious because I found them so compelling and realistic.

    An Unexpected Peril comes after Stoker and Veronica have admitted and acted upon their lo
    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
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    I'll start by saying thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in return for a fair and honest review. I'm extremely invested in the characters in this series and I honestly don't think that any of their adventures could be boring at this point. In this sixth installment, Stoker and Veronica are investigating the potential murder of a fellow Curiosity Club member. In doing so, Veronica discovers that she looks very much like the Crown Princess of the Alpenwald, paving the way for her to ste

    Sara LaValley
    Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery, owned
    When I found out that I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book, I absolutely lost my mind. Veronica Speedwell is one of my favorite female heroines that I had the good luck to discover in the last year, and each book is more entertaining than the last. What makes this most recent installment to the series so spectacular is how different it is from the previous books. There is still a murder to solve, but a bulk of the story is driven by Veronica's impersonation of royalt ...more
    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
    This is book six in my favorite historical mystery series!! I totally loved this one!

    In this one Veronica and Stoker are helping with an exhibit for a lady mountaineer who was killed on the mountains she loved to climb. While they are setting things up they are rummaging through some of her things and Stoker notices something about the rope that seems like it could be that the lady was murdered instead of it being an accident. Something Stoker later wishes he wouldn’t have said because once Vero
    Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    [ 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 and Stoke her 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 missing for
    Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy of An Unexpected Peril.

    I have been reading Veronica and Stoker's adventures since they started! We never know what our unconventional Victorian couple is going to encounter. In An Unexpected Peril, we meet the Princess of Alpenward, a fictional country, and investigate the death of famed female climber, Alice Baker-Greene.

    I enjoyed the beginning and end of this novel, but felt the middle moved a bit too slow. There were a bit too many characters from
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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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