| Mini Review | A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn - The New Nancy Drew

Title: A Curious Beginning
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Release Date: July 12th, 2016
Publisher:  Berkley
In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England...and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. 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 intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows 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.

Raybourn gave us a wonderfully written story about a feisty heroine, an unlikely allie and a mystery that will keep you on your toes! 

A CURIOUS BEGINNING tells of the newly orphaned Veronica Speedwell who is about to go on a journey she soon won't forget. Her caretaker aunt passes away and Veronica is ready to explore the world in search of butterflies and enjoying the company of handsome men. Plans take a turn for worse when she gets involved in a murder plot against her and uncovers secrets from her own past.

Veronica receives the help of an enigmatic German baron and is offered safety and care from his friend Stoker. Before Veronica can find out more information about the plot against her, the baron is found dead. Veronica and Stoker are now on the run all the while searching for answers on how to clear Veronica's name.

This was such a charming book to read! I adored this book from the first page to the last. The banter between Veronica and Stoker was probably the most enjoyable part in the story for me. Veronica is such a unique, witty and fun character and Stoker hasn't met anyone like her, so it was fun to see how they were around each other. Raybourn gave us a wonderfully written story about a feisty heroine, an unlikely allie and a mystery that will keep you on your toes. After putting this one down, I'm already anxious to get my hands on the second one! 

A CURIOUS BEGINNING is the first in the new series from Raybourn and I can't recommend this one enough! If you're looking for a kick ass heroine who is unlike any other with adventures worth dreaming about, pick this one up!

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