Thursday 18 January 2018

Book Review: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn

Title: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 393
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical/Mystery
Source: Birthday Gift

London, 1887. Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb. 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 the baron is murdered before he can reveal her secrets. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker must flee from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth. (Goodreads Synopsis)

A friend recommended A Curious Beginning to me, and then went on to buy me a copy for my birthday. I can understand why she thought I should read it. The book was a delight from start to finish. Veronica is a very modern woman for her time in many ways, but she came across as a delightful character. I particularly enjoyed her interactions with Stoker. The mystery aspect of the story was well paced and held my interest from start to finish, and the prose was easy reading and enjoyable. Overall, a superb book and I would certainly read more from this series in the future.

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