In her thrilling new series, 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. As the city 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 intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care 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 reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
I was in a bit of a reading slump before reading this book. I hadn't read anything for about two days, and then I decided to pick up this book. And then just devoured it! It was fantastic and awesome, and I just loved reading it!
Veronica was an awesome narrator. She was smart, she knew her own mind, and she was a character! She would be interesting even in todays times, with her passions for butterflies and man flesh. She has a great way with words, and knows a good deal in using them to get what she wants!
This book was the mystery of who killed the Baron, why, and why there are people after Veronica. Which involved her past and her family-things she hadn't known about until all of this started. So yeah, it was great to read! There were also the mysteries of Stoker, and I can't wait to learn more about the both of them, because they both have complicated and deep pasts!
And now I'm in a good reader dilemma. I have an ARC of A Perilous Undertaking, which comes out in January. And the a review isn't supposed to be posted until within a week of publication unless previously arranged. But I don't know who to contact!
Loved this book, and I just can't wait to read more! Deanna Raybourn is just such a great author!
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #1
Read: June 20th, 2016
Reason Why: Love her writing! And it was a Historical Fiction 2016 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: New American Library/Penguin
Published: September 1st 2015