An Unexpected Peril

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2021
13 hours 4 minutes
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.
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I have begun to follow this author and Ms. Speedwell’s adventures recently. It has been a fun ride and this book was entertaining as well. Perhaps they are becoming a little too predictable and the charm of the Victorian language and times are not new and fresh now. Her relationship with Stoker though is another facet to enjoy and is a good addition here. I plan to read more but might pick and choose which to read now since some characters I find more enjoyable than others. Overall, I recommend the series and this book too. Narrator is consistent and very good.

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Great story, excellent narrator!

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Beautifully narrated and wonderfully written, the Speedwell stories are a terrific series for anyone seeking a strong female lead in a Victorian era mystery series. My only regret is that I binged these so quickly and now there isn’t another one to hop into immediately. I’ll be waiting and spreading the word about this series in the interim. Long live Veronica Speedwell.

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