A Curious Beginning

A Curious Beginning

eBook - 2015
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Penguin Putnam
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. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry&;and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered&;leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Baker & Taylor
Receiving a warning from a mysterious baron after suffering a home invasion, Veronica Speedwell accepts the baron's shelter and teams up with an ill-tempered naturalist when her host is subsequently murdered. By the award-winning author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.

Publisher: New York : Obsidian, [2015]
ISBN: 9780698198203
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 07, 2020

Quite a mixed review: pretty decent prose style but the plot became rather ridiculous and the characters were melodramatic stereotypes. My biggest complaint is that the author uses the wretched gimmick of "woman and man hate each other at first but then fall in love." Please.

I had the feeling that the author could have written something better. I won't bother with other books in this series but I will try one from her other (similar) series.

Jul 09, 2019

Fans of Elizabeth Peter's mystery series featuring the strong-will Amelia Peabody will find a kindred spirit to Peabody in Raybourn's adventuress Veronica Speedwell. Provides witty dialog and fast-paced adventure.

Mar 25, 2019

I was hoping to like this-sorry could not even finish the first book.

ReadingAdviser_leni Feb 21, 2019

Very enjoyable. I really liked the strong female characters and how they handled everything they had thrown at them.

ArapahoeJessica Mar 23, 2018

What an unexpected absolutely delightful read! I don't much go for lady detectives or historical romance, but this was a wonderful mix of mystery and adventure and girl power. Veronica Speedwell is an audacious, clever, extremely capable and spunky heroine, and she's entirely unapologetic about it. I can't wait to read the next and hopefully find out more of Stoker's secrets!

Aug 24, 2017

A curious beginning indeed lives up to the title. I was genuinely curious as I read it and I really couldn't put it down on many occasions. Veronica is a fantastic character, love her strength and intelligence and unending wit. Stoker too. Holmes-esque, but with a feminine twist. Great book and I'm already on book two waiting on the third to publish :).

Feb 16, 2017

I enjoyed the protagonists and the story. Veronica is fun, spirited and honest. Her "partner " Stoker is interesting as well, but what I enjoyed was the building of the rapport between these two. There is romantic tension, but I felt it was underplayed in the best way. They are actually learning about the other person, not just jumping into a compromising position after adventure tension. Good book.

bkilfoy Nov 22, 2016

Raybourn's deft hand with writing historical fiction set in the Victorian era is once more in evidence in this first book of the Veronica Speedwell series. The book is thoroughly enjoyable even as she establishes the core characters of Veronica and Stoker and works around resolving the mystery at the core of the novel. Veronica is a fascinating heroine with her scientific pursuits and morals that are quite different from the norm for the Victorian era. My credulity was stretched a little bit in believing that Stoker could be quite so accomplished in as many fields as he is but given the general quality of the novel, I'm willing to overlook that single flaw. If you've enjoyed the Lady Julia Grey novels, it's likely you'll enjoy Veronica Speedwell as well although note that the atmosphere of this series is quite a bit different.

Nov 16, 2016

The first book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series

cmlibrary_ecrites Jun 11, 2016

This is a wonderful Victorian Era historical mystery. I love Veronica and Stoker and hope they have many more adventures ahead of them!

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May 12, 2016

"The starts emerged, shyly at first, an then winking brightly, and a lopsided, waxing moon rode above the trees as we journeyed further west into the countryside."

"There are times when it is entirely safe to show one's vulnerability, to roll over and reveal the soft underbelly beneath. But there are other times when pain must be borne without a murmur, when the pain is so consuming that if you give in to it, even the slightest, you have lost everything."

"The truth is a hard mirror, and I am in no mood to look upon my reflection."


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