Narrator: Angele Masters
Series: Veronica Speedwell #7
Published by Recorded Books on February 2, 2022
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Length: 12 hours, 26 minutes
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anuary 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.
The Veronica Speedwell series follows lady sleuth Veronica as she seems to fall into dangerous plot, kidnappings and murders. In An Impossible Imposter, it looked like she was going to have a better time of it all. All she needs to do is go to an estate in her role as a Lepidopterist to look through a butterfly collection and ascertain if her former collogue Jonathan is back from the grave or if there is an imposter in his place trying to swindle the family.
Stoker and Veronica are on their way to Hawthorn estate as a personal favor to the head of special branch. With as much trouble as Veronica and Stoker find themselves in all the time, it seemed like a good idea to pocket a favor from the head of special branch for later use. Stoker is there in his occupation as a natural historian and taxidermist to assess their collection and see if anything can be taken back for the museum, also it has become increasingly difficult to leave Veronica’s side.
What they find in the house will answer some questions about Veronica and her complete aversion to the idea of ever getting married. She will have to deal with some demons from her past and how to put them to rest, if they don’t get her killed first. Veronica and Stoker have become close but she has still kept so many secrets from him and it shows in this book that while she might love him, Veronica still needs to learn how to be emotionally vulnerable with him and trust him to have her back. There may be some consequences to them because of a few of the choices she has made.
Another good story exploring the world of Veronica Speedwell that goes from a tale of an Imposter to who stole the family jewels. Of course Veronica can find all kinds of ways to put herself and stoker in a bind, she does have a knack for that. But as least as the reader I’m always intrigued on how they will get out of it. Along the way we meet a few cool new characters with a side plot involving the maharani of India and of course our favorite lady writer JJ makes an appearance.
I liked a lot of the story. There is always so much fun to be has in Historic London with a lady sleuth. I struggled just a bit with Veronica this time around because we finally find out why she is so emotionally broken in some ways. Well here is hoping that is all sorted and our next journey with them will have less hidden secrets at least between Veronica and Stoker that is.
“You have health and beauty and wit so sharp a man might cut himself and think the bleeding a privilege.”
Again Angele Masters does a fantastic job narrating this series and bringing Veronica to life. She does so great with both Veronica and Stoker along with all of their banter. I have enjoyed her portrayal of all the characters this entire series. I was able to listen to this at my usual 1.5x speed.
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