Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Title: A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell MysteryAuthor: Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: NAL/Penguin
Published: September 1, 2015
Hardcover, 337 pages
ISBN: 978-0-451-47601-2
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Source: Publisher


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.

My Thoughts:

A Curious Beginning is the first book in a brand new series by Deanna Raybourn. I have read several of Raybourn's books in the past, and I've always enjoyed them. I especially love the way she writers her female characters. One day I hope to say that I've read all her books, but alas, I can't at this moment. But what I can do is tell you should definitely check out this latest book!

A Curious Beginning takes place during the late 1800's. More specifically during Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The story line centers around Victoria Speedwell--a plucky, independent woman. She's a foundling that has grown up with two elderly 'aunts'. After burying them both, she decides to live a life of adventure. Only she doesn't get the adventure she's hoping for. Shortly after the funeral, a mystery unfolds before her. One that included finding out who her parents are. However the mystery has some deadly consequences. With the help of an unlikely hero, Veronica must uncover who's plotting against her before it's too late.

I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. Veronica Speedwell is my kind of heroine--a woman who is not afraid to live life on her own terms. I also like the hero, Stoker, in this books as well. He's an enigma that I look forward to understanding over the series. Veronica and Stoker had good chemistry and reading the dialog between them was such fun. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read  Raybourn's latest book. The only problem is now I have to wait until the second book in this series is released. Until then, I'll have to catch up on the Lady Julia series.

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