A CURIOUS BEGINNING
(Veronica Speedwell: #1)
Written by Deanna Raybourn
2015; 337 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical fiction, romance
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
Veronica is a fun character! She is a bit like Julia's sister Portia in that she believes that sex outside of marriage is a must for a future spinster like her. She speaks her mind and what comes out of her mouth is priceless. Veronica is a scientist that is interested in studying butterflies and has gone on expeditions and written papers (under V. Speedwell). However, she is constantly trying to prove herself to her peers. Like most of Raybourn's novels the action pretty much starts at the beginning. As Veronica buries her remaining aunt she starts to get ready to leave town and start on a new adventure but instead adventure finds her. As she is about to be kidnapped a German baron comes to her rescue and tells her she is in grave danger. He takes her to his most trusted friend, Stoker, to hide while he discovers the truth...but is instead murdered and the police are looking for Stoker for the murder. Now Veronica and Stoker are on the run to clear their name and find the murderer of the baron.
There is so much going on this novel that it has the feeling of a fantasy novel - epic journey to the truth. This historical novel feels like it was written in the time it was set and it was easy to see the era. The banter between Veronica and Stoker is also great - very Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. I recommend this novel (and series) to every Raybourn fan and those who love a good mystery!
k (My Novelesque Life)