Monday, September 12, 2016

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourne (A Veroinca Speedwell Mystery #1)

A Curious Beginning

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Written by: Deanna Raybourn
Series: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
ISBN-10: 0451476026
ISBN-13: 978-0451476029
Genre: Historical Fiction | Woman Slueth


In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England...and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth. a

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Veronica Speedwell is a young woman who has found herself recently orphaned. Escaping an attempt by an overzealous preacher’s wife to set her into an arranged marriage, Veronica finds herself on a whirl wind adventure and running for her life. Assisted by a stranger, that ends up being a German Baron, Veronica is placed in the care of his friend, Stoker, reclusive historian with a taxidermy predilection.

While Veronica is in Stoker’s care, the baron is murdered sending Stoker and Veronica on the run while trying to discover the secrets of Veronica’s past.

Veronica is smart and cunning with a specialty in butterflies.

I found A Curious Beginning a marvelously thrilling adventure. Veronica is everything a Victoria woman shouldn’t be but I loved her zest for life and pension for speaking her mind. She even avails herself with cohorts with likeminded female strengths or at the admiration for her strengths.

Loved it! Highly recommend this historical fiction to all those out there that love strong women, an exciting mystery and marvelous storytelling.

I received this copy of A Curious Beginning from Berkley Publishing Group-NAL in exchange for a honest review.




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