A Curious Beginning: a new Victorian mystery series

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Celebrate! A Curious Beginning is the FIRST Veronica Speedwell mystery! That means we have more to look forward to. Miss Speedwell is a most improper Victorian spinster. She travels throughout the world making her own living collecting and selling rare butterfly specimens to less adventurous collectors. She never takes a lover while in England, but doesn’t hesitate when abroad.

She’s intelligent, physically fit, and much too outspoken for a proper English drawing room. When her last known relative, a maiden aunt, passes away, she believes herself to be all alone in the world, unencumbered by family obligations. She likes it that way. But before she can enjoy her freedom, her cottage is searched and trashed, and a stranger arrives to warn that her life is in danger and whisk her away to the safety. It seems Veronica Speedwell may have family after all, family who might be happy to see her dead.

This adventure is indeed a “curious beginning” since readers are caught up in a suspenseful mystery one minute, and laughing out loud the next.

Can’t wait to read Veronica Speedwell #2.

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