Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Books: A Curious Beginning

A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery by Deanna Raybourn
NAL/Penguin, 2015
337 p.

Veronica Speedwell is an unconventional Victorian orphan with a love for natural history, adventure, and handsome foreign men who finds herself thrust into the middle of a murderous plot. I love Raybourn's previous Lady Julia Grey series of historical mysteries, and this is a delightful start to a new series. Recommended for fans of Laurie King's Mary Russell or Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody, or anyone who likes smart, feminist detective stories with humor and a dash of romance.

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