Friday Book Beginnings and Friday 56: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Friday Book Beginnings and Friday 56: A Curious Beginning by Deanna RaybournA Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1
Published by Penguin on September 1, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 352
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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.


“I stared down at the open grave and wished that I could summon a tear.”



He took a second swallow, this one more modest, and wiped the neck of the flask upon his sleeve as carefully as a lord. He blinked heavily. “I think I have gone blind. And I am quite certain I do not care.”


If you’re looking for a historical mystery, do yourself a favor and pick up “A Curious Beginning”. Likable characters, intriguing plot, beautiful writing…I’m in love and I’ve only just started it! Plus, I knew I wanted to read it the second I saw the cover; I love the colors!! Thanks to New American Library/Penguin for my copy!



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