A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn


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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.


The language! I absolutely adored the Victorian language of this novel. This is my first time reading this author, but I will definitely be back for more!

I also loved the character of Veronica, the little spitfire. She had such an easy and oftentimes hilarious banter with the other main character, Stoker. I highly enjoyed their misadventures and sleuthing.

The storyline took quite an exciting turn when the mystery was finally revealed – I was not expecting that at all!

My main complaint, as someone who hasn’t eaten red meat for well over ten years, and is a lover is animals, was all the talk of killing animals and butterflies. It was a bit sensitive for me and I did skim over some parts. If this is a trigger for you, I would recommend avoiding.

I’m looking forward to book two in this series!

4/5 stars!

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