Publication date: March 2, 2021
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Mystery, Historical, Victorian
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Strengths: Story, unique characters, necessary details included to read without all the previous books in the series
Weaknesses: Not a lot of depth
I wish I'd found this series a long time ago - so fun!
Veronica Speedwell and her lover Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (better known as Stoker) are adventurers, even when they are intending to stay out of trouble. In this installment, they're working on a tribute exhibition to a climber who lost her life at too early an age on what should have been a pretty easy climb for her. As they go through Alice's belongings to put together the exhibit, they find a climbing rope that appears to have been cut! The proper authorities are notified, and Veronica is sure an investigation will follow.
When they're summoned to the hotel suite where the chancellor who was informed is staying, Veronica and Stoker are surprised to find the case is not being pursued. Instead, the visiting government has an altogether different task they'd like Veronica's help with. They'd like Veronica to impersonate a princess who has a habit of wandering off at a couple of events that require her attendance. Veronica is happy to help, and to follow her own leads in finding out the true cause of Alice's untimely demise.
Veronica and Stoker are so true and adorable together. Their sweetness had me originally thinking this was a YA series, and then as I sat down to read again, they had some...obvious intimacy. Yeah, sex. So not a schoolkid book, but the rest of their characters' parts in the book have an innocent sort of charm that was refreshing.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend the whole series to someone who enjoys historical mysteries without a lot of negative drama. Veronica is a strong female character who of course has strenghts and weaknesses, but is overall supremely likable. Stoker plays a great supportive male who deals with issues of his own. Together, they are a winning pair against all the shenanigans they stumble into.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my free ecopy of this book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my review.