A CURIOUS BEGINNING
By Deanna Raybourn
The very lively Veronica Speedwell is back. Here is a Grade A+ heroine who happens to be into lepidoptery (the collecting of butterflies); a hobby that might seem to be completely normal for a lady. But Veronica, an orphan raised from birth by her aunts, has taken things much further. She actually captures the little flying beauties and sells some of her favorites to finance her personal excursions to some truly exotic places; places where she meets up with some very unsavory people.
Just as she’s about to find herself in a new heap of trouble, Veronica’s rescued from her latest attacker and taken off to London by Baron von Stauffenbach, who leaves her in the care of a Mr. Stoker. The Baron is on a quest to find out about Veronica’s family but is soon found dead, and the police are looking at Stoker as a suspect. Stoker and Veronica decide to partner up and find the real culprit by gathering clues from places like a traveling circus, the River Thames and the Tower of London, as they dodge villains and other followers who want to halt them in their tracks.
Sooner, rather than later, they discover that the Baron’s death may have been connected to the mysteries surrounding Veronica’s own family. Stoker also has some secrets, however, including what happened on an expedition to the Amazon that left him scarred and disgraced.
This is a plot that never ends. It is so much fun, so adventurous, so beguiling, that the reader will be thrilled with each and every page. This is truly a wonderful new addition to this author’s many incredible books.
Reviewed by Mary Lignor, Professional Librarian and Co-Owner of The Write Companion