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A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
A Curious Beginning
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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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780451476012 (0451476018)
ASIN: 451476018
Publisher: NAL
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery (#1)
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.5
Veronica Speedwell is home to nurse her dying aunt. Her world starts to fall apart when she dies, Veronica has plans for her future that she has to put on hold to survive. Into her life comes an enigmatic German baron who knows something about her past. He passes her to his friend Stoker for her sa...
Ani's Book Abyss
Ani's Book Abyss rated it
4.5 Thoughts: A Curious Beginning
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Book 1 of 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 ...
LizMc2Reads
LizMc2Reads rated it
2.5 A Disappointing Beginning
I felt Raybourn is repeating herself--Veronica and Stoker seem very much built on the templates of Lady Julia and Brisbane. I enjoyed the first couple of Lady J books but I'm not interested in a retread. Possibly it's also a reader-book mismatch as I'm less keen on this kind of light historical myst...
Olga Godim
Olga Godim rated it
3.5 A wacky marionette
To say that I liked this book wouldn’t be true, but something in it intrigued and attracted me, and I kept reading until the end. It actually became better towards the end, less artificial somehow, even though the resolution of the story was totally unbelievable. Actually, the entire novel was unbel...
NightLizard's Cave
NightLizard's Cave rated it
3.5 First of all I don't like butterflies)))
This was my first chance to read anything by Deanna Raybourn. First of all I don't like butterflies and had no idea what a lepidopterist is and I thought that all of the descriptions of taxidermy and specimen collection would set me off to enjoy the book. I still gave it a try. I thought this wa...
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