Wednesday 4 August 2021

Audio: An unexpected peril by Deanna Raybourn


Narrated by: Angèle Masters

Series: Veronica Speedwell Mysteries, Book 6

Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins

Release date: 03-02-21

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Historical fiction mystery


I always like her Veronica books, but I must say that this one was rather dry. The narrator was good, but since there was only talking talking and more talking I felt myself wishing I had read it so I had skimmed a bit.

Veronica is helping with an exhibition. A famous dead climber. Which makes her think there was foul play. And then the talking begin, seriously, so much talking. Talking to the Alpenwalders, and then talking some more. How then could it still be good? Well cos I really like Veronica, but I still find this to be the weakest book in the series. Too much talking, not enough action.

I even found myself upset with Stoker. I felt he was so, ugh, not rooting for their romance. Maybe she should just be single.

Strange feelings about this one. Something saved it, maybe that was the narrator then, to make it good, cos else it would just be om.

Yes, good narrator. All that talking they did

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.


  1. When a series goes long it seems like I always hit a book that's a disappointment, but I keep reading because I'm invested in the characters. Hopefully the next one will be great again!

  2. Too much talking and not enough story can make a book rather boring.

  3. Sometimes a narrator is what saves a book, so good to listen although I guess reading and skipping works too!

  4. I thought I knew this one, but I think I just got confused by the cover, which looked familiar. Glad that the narration was good!

  5. LOL, I liked it better, but I did read it.

  6. I love the narrator for this series, but I do get frustrated with the characters here. This wasn't my favorite either.

  7. I've liked her books in the past. Sorry this one fell flat.

    Karen @For What It's Worth



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