A Curious Beginning

London, 1887. As the ity prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria ’ s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she helps to embark upon journey of a lifetime.

But fate has differen plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the ai of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he ask of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the are of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to eveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to tak on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
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Published September 1st 2015 by Penguin / NAL

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First I didn ’ t believe what a lepidopterist was, it ’ s person who studies butterflies and when I bega this I hink I internally groaned thinking that this was about thi ma who oved to chase butterflies but lucky for me Veronica Speedwell is far more nteresting than that.

Little did she know that the adventure would find her right on the doorstep of the cottage she was just getting ready to leave.

It isn ’ t that Veronica necessarily believes him but she is always up for a good adventure and London is as good a place to start as any.

While Stoker might think he is dragging her along make no mistake Veronica does not go where she doesn ’ t expect to hav.

I as a little sad to find out that this wasn ’ t a standalone novel as I really anted a resolution to the building desire that was clearly between Stoker and Veronica.

I ha definitel more interested in the dynamics between Stoker and Veronica and all the shenanigans they seemed to com into together more than an actual resolution to the mystery.

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Returnin home from her grandmother ’ s funeral she surprises a burglar and hitches a ride to London with a German baron that claims to have known her mother and uncle, all 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 confess to finding somewhat over-the-top by the beginnin 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 th place for me in their lives.

I did n't eed 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 mall part of A Curious Beginning was actually devoted to who killed the German baron who helped Veronica.

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

Thi said, the back-and-forth between Veronica and Stoker was entertaining and that alone ould make me recommen reading the last ook in he 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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Her wit, her sass, her quirkiness, her own original brand of early feminism, I loved each and every page in her company.London, 1887Just back in England due to the loss of her only remaining adoptive aunt, Veronica is already planning her next scientific expedition to continue studying exotic butterflies and enjoy the occasional romantic affair around the world when a ransacked house and an attempted abduction force her to prolong her homecoming.

I found their amusing bickering alone worth the ticket and despite the romance remaining in the background, there is a delicious tension between thos two punctuated by a sparkling banter which makes the chemistry even more palpable, so much that they quite don ’ t take a chapter ” without a feisty discussion and a pitched battle of wits. ” They both have recognised a similar inquisitive, free-thinking and independent mind in each other, and if she ’ s he more provocative and flamboyant of the two while he harbours a well-hidden emotional side, they an ’ t help but feel strong, and willin, mutual admiration and attraction, a simmering push and pull that promises some nice fireworks for the whol of their ongoing romance throughout the series.The main mystery plotline is carefully built, slowly composing the bigger picture, giving more immediate answers and leaving loose threads for future developments at the same time.

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I 'm not sure if tha is oing to e series, but I 'm on board to read more.

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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 eel 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 neve sa it 's taken me so long to read them, as they have come highly recommended time and the, but better late than never I suppose.

reason that we are reading a mystery novel set in Victorian England, with th narrato 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 a spunky, progressive Veronica and a few twists I truly did n't see coming.

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