A Curious Beginning was in a word, magnificent! I am a big fan of Deanna Raybourn and her new character Veronica Speedwell is a delight! Top notch writing, sparkling dialogue and a surprise ending that I certainly didn't see coming. I couldn't stand to put it down as every page sparkled with wit and mystery. Now to anxiously await the sequel! Five stars to the fabulous Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning.
Veronica Speedwell’s day starts with a funeral and ends with a mystery. After laying her aunt to rest after a long illness, Veronica is ready to spread her wings and return to her lucrative travels hunting rare butterflies. When she returns to her cottage to gather her belongings, she discovers a thug rummaging through her home. When he takes flight with her in hot pursuit, she never dreamed he would suddenly decide to try and abscond with her! Rescued from that fate by a German gentleman, he beseeches her to come with him to London as he knew her mother and he is worried for her safety. Curiosity piqued, Veronica agrees. After arriving in London, her rescuer leaves her with his trusted friend Mr Stoker, for safekeeping, to investigate further. Unfortunately, he is murdered by an unknown assailant. What follows is an amazing adventure as they must flee London not knowing who to trust! Now they must discover who the murderer is and what part Veronica plays in all this and survive.
In her thrilling new series, 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. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.