WoW: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn



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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Genre: Historical Mystery (Victorian England)

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.


Why I want this book

  • I’ve read some of Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey mystery series and really enjoyed them.
  • I like historical mysteries and Victorian England is an interesting time period.
  • I love the cover!

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “WoW: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn”

  1. That cover is beautiful! That would draw me in too! Victorian England is an interesting period. This sounds really interesting. Great pick!


    1. I agree, Katherine. She has written some very good books. It’s funny how some authors seem to get great book covers and other authors don’t. Of course, whether we like covers or not is somewhat subjective…lol.


  2. This looks like a good beginning, and Victorian england is a wonderful setting. I agree this one looks good. Nice to get in on the ground floor too with a #1. Have a great day Jan!


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