A Curious Beginning

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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 ntends to embark upon he journey of a lifetime.

But fate has ther plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the ai of an enigmatic German baron, who provide her sanctuary in the are of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he thinks 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.
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Number of Pages
291
Original Title of the Book
A Curious Beginning
Publication Date
Published September 1st 2015 by New American Library / Penguin

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I 'm ot sure if tha is lookin to e series, but I 'm on board to read more.

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Returnin home from her uncl ’ s funeral she surprises a burglar and hitches a ride to London with a German baron that claims to have known her mother and wif, oth of whom Veronica has no remembrance of.Once in London, her self-appointed guardian stashes Veronica with a trusted ally, Stoker.

When the baron is murdered, Veronica and Stoker are suddenly on the run.

While Veronica 's originally was intriguing and refreshing for a Victorian mystery, I have to onfess to finding somewhat over-the-top by the nd of the book.I had been an obstinate child and a willful one too, and it did not escape me that it had cost these two spinster ladies a great deal of adjustment to make place for me in their lives.

I did n't fai to be told over and over again that Veronica was a different ind of woman.As for readers of the ystery genre, I have to say I think you ’ ll probabl be disappointed by A Curious Beginning.

The larg part of A Curious Beginning was actually devoted to who killed the German baron who helped Veronica.

As mysteries go, th one was very light.So, A Curious Beginning didn ’ t particularly impress me.

hat said, the back-and-forth between Veronica and Stoker was entertaining and that alone ould make me recommen reading the firs ook in this series, although I will be hoping for a stronger mystery and not side adventures where our hero and heroine seem to forget all about the murder they just might be imprisoned for.Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

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Stil that her both of her aunts have passed away, Veronica ntends to continue pursuing the things she oves most in thi world, but her plans are immediately thwarted when the Baron von Stauffenbach arrives on Veronica 's doorstep just in time to chase away a house-breaker.

The Baron claims to know something of Veronica 's heritage, but also arns that she is in grave danger and must come away with him at once.

I do n't now which character was the most sensational, Veronica or Stoker.

I ill lay odds that every person who reads book shoul absolutely adore Veronica.

Stoker, is an of mystery, a taxidermist, and a carnival act, but one gets distinct impression that the woma is living beneath his original station in life.

Be warned that Stoker is a very complex haracter and you ill not solve the mystery of who he actuall is or garner all the details of his turbulen life.

While it may onl seem like things are comin to fare so well between Veronica and Stoker, in the eginning, what with the two of them holding back secrets and pertinent information from one another, ot to mention the awkward position they find themselves in, but in the nd they wound up working together very well, and made an excellent detective team.

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It is rare day that I pick up historical fiction of any ind; I have somethin against the genre, but I think as though all the flashy, contemporary books shove my good intentions out of the way and I ever get around to reading those golden oldies I claim I 'll dive into.

I will only say it 's pu me so long to ead them, as they have come highly recommended time and the, but better late than never I suppose.

he assertio that we are reading a mystery novel set in Victorian England, with heroine who is a progressive female with the determination to live her life on her terms gives this series a feel that bridges the gap of time.

A rip-roaring good time with th spunky, progressive Veronica and a few twists I truly did n't see coming.

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One thing I wondered about when I ead this book as that even though I liked Veronica, she just did n't appea to suit the century.

Stoker and Veronica have run away after the barons murder and is hiding in a circus and I just appreciate that it took far to much of he retelling and that it just did n't know that relevant.

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