Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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

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.

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Penguin / NAL
ARC via netgalley for review
This is my second book by Deanna Raybourn, I loved her previous book Night of a Thousand Stars,  I had never read her Lady Julia books but suffice to say they are patiently waiting in my TBR pile.  I fell in love with the author's writing style, her ability to weave a mysterious story with a touch of whit made her a favorite of mine.  So it was with eager anticipation and excitement when netgalley approved my request to review her latest, A Curious Beginning and I wasn't disappointed.

It's London 1887 when we meet Veronica Speedwell, a woman ahead of her time.  Free spirited, adventurous, traveling the world while other woman conform to society, doing there duty with marriage and babies.  Veronica knows what she wants and makes it happen. But when her guardians both pass her life takes a turn.

Enter Stoker and the adventure begins.  Both Veronica and Stoker are likable character, both with mysterious backgrounds creating a plot that kept me captivated. The story unfolded with twists and turns, some I figured out and others not so much.   

The title fits this story perfectly.  There is mystery here as well as adventure and suspense, a great start to this new series.  The ending brought conclusion in one sense but also opened the door for the the next installment, one of which I am looking forward to reading.  If you like a well written book then look no further.

"I gave it to him, in my experience it is far better to tell a man what he wants to hear and then do as you please than attempt to reason with him."

A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Lady Julia series, as well as, The Dead Travel Fast, A Spear of Summer Grass, and City of Jasmine.

For more information please visit Deanna Raybourn’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


1 comment:

  1. I'm reading this one now. I love Veronica's sense of humor. She cracks me up. I'm at the part where they reach their first adventure on the road. :)