A Curious Beginning
Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1
July 12, 2016
Available in: Trade Size (reprint)
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.
Originally published September 2015 in hardcover by NAL.
A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.