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A Curious Beginning: a Veronica Speedwell mystery
By Deanna Raybourn

Intrepid explorer Veronica Speedwell is no ordinary Victorian lady. After her adoptive aunt passes away, Veronica plans to embark on an expedition to exotic locations to capture butterflies. Her plans are derailed when she interrupts a burglary in progress at her aunt’s country cottage after the funeral and is nearly abducted. Rescued by a Baron who says he knew her mother and warns that Veronica is in danger, she accompanies him to London in hopes of learning more about her parentage. He deposits her with the misanthropic, handsome natural historian Revelstoke "Stoker" Templeton-Vane for safekeeping. When the Baron is murdered, Stoker and Veronica team up to solve the murder. Their amusing repartee, Veronica’s bold and likeable personality and the clever mystery make for a fun read reminiscent of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mystery series.

Reviewed by Ann-Marie Anderson, Adult Services Librarian


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