• An Unexpected Peril

  • A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2021 Deanna Raybourn (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Oodles of diverse characters add extra interest to a knotty mystery.” (Kirkus Reviews)
 

“Fans of feisty Victorian heroines will hope Veronica has a long career.” (Publishers Weekly

“Raybourn has again crafted a delightful mystery that balances Veronica’s growth and maturity with her undeterrable, adventurous spirit.” (Booklist

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Love it!

I have really enjoyed the Veronica Speedwell series. I love her writing and how she writes the characters' interactions. The stories are engaging and fun. An Unexpected Peril was a book I devoured. Also, I love how Angèle Masters brings Deanna Raybourn's characters to life. I hope to see more books in this series!

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speed up narration

I found that at a speed of 1.15x the voice of Stoker is more bearable. I love this series, and the banter between the main characters is delightful.

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They keep getting better...

Yet another exciting adventure for Veronica and Stoker. The author does such a masterful job of keeping multiple mysteries in play, and at the same time interweaving Veronica’s own story into the narrative. Ms. Raybourn also accomplished this in the previous book, remembering that her readers are invested not only in the storyline but also in the lives her protagonists. While the writing is amazing, Angele Master is what really brings the characters to life. I’ve never heard a voice actor so such a wonderful job bringing characters to life. Her narration keeps me choosing the audio book instead of the written word.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • 03-12-21

Maybe it’s the narrator but...

I’ve listen to all of the previous books and, while the stories have been interesting enough, the snotty arrogant shrilly heroine and the rough grunting hero finally became unbearable. This time I couldn’t make it through.

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Great read, very bad listen

The story was fun and well written as expected from Deanna Rayburn. The narration of Stoker’s voice and especially the German men was so annoying that I was unable to finish the book. Change narrator please!

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Suspenseful as always!

I love the narrator, she always does a good job. Especially through the banter that we love. Things are finally getting spicy for Veronica and Stoker, and as always, I'm excited for more to come with that. (But with more adventures of course!)

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Always Very Enjoyable

While not as action filled as many of the Veronica Speedwell novels, this is still a very fun read. Angele Masters as the continued narrator is perfection.

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A Triumph

An Unexpected Peril is the sixth book in Deanna Raybourn's extraordinary Veronica Speedwell Mysteries. Veronica is an unique character, bold, intelligent, and utterly cutting edge for her time. I find her and her devoted lover, Revelstoke Templeton Vane, Stoker to his friends, to be a most compelling couple. This mystery has them searching for clues to the murderer of an Alpine climber, a young woman whom Veronica knew and admired. In the course of solving this case, Veronica is pressed into the service of the royal princess of a tiny country on the border of France and Germany.
Told in the first person with humor and insight, the narration is enhanced by the fantastic talents of Angele Masters.

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Interesting

Another fun murder mystery will all the intrigue of this series

Veronica keeps stretching herself and Stoker supports her.

Now on to the next!

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  • 04-01-22

13 hours!? A mystery?

I like the Speedwell mysteries, Stoker is my favorite character. This book however was just to dang long with unnecessary add-ins. Everything, and I mean everything was described in detail. I don't mind it ever now and then, but everything? Each room they walked in, each thing they ate, each piece of clothing, each person they came in contact with, even each mustache. Out of the 13 hours I'd say 4hrs (and that's being generous) was about the actual mystery. Once you find out who did it, it was still an hour to go. I will see how long the next book is before I buy it, which is a shame because I like the duo.

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  • KatieP_83x
  • 08-03-21

Let down by narration

I have read all of the books in this series so far, this is my first audio version and I think I will go back to the kindle edition. I love the writing and the characters but unfortunately the way this narrator has chosen to read this made me unable to listen. In particular Stoker sounds really terrible, like a senile old man rather than the leading man. I gave up at chapter 4. Having come straight to this from the Invisible Library series by Genevive Cogman where the performance by the narrator is absolutely magnificent, this was a terrible disappointment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-21

Great series!

I have read the first 5 books in the Veronica Speedwell series and love them all.
Unfortunately, I struggled with the narrator's attempt to capture the voice of Veronica and Stoker's characters. Another reviewer suggested listening at 1.15x speed to make Stoker bearable, it helped a little. Through this reading Veronica has an upperty attitude yet that is not how her character read throughout the earlier books. Stoker should be dark and brooding, he sounds slow and pompous. In this instance I think I'd have preferred to read the book.