The Book Junkie

A Curious Beginning

A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn Less than two weeks ago, I mentioned in a review that The Girl on the Train was going into my "Best Books of 2015" list. I still have every intention of adding it, but this book, A Curious Beginning, is going to be right next to it. The beautiful cover was the first thing I noticed and it attracted me to the book right away. I knew Deanna Raybourn was also the author of the Lady Julia Gray mysteries, which I adored, so when I was contacted to read and review her newest work, I was excited and it went right to the top of my TBR list. I'm so glad I dove right in right away because this book was just as much fun as her other series and engaged me immediately. I love a good British mystery and this book delivered exactly what I was hoping for.

As with her Lady Julia Gray series, the main character in A Curious Beginning is a fascinating study. Veronica Speedwell (a great name for a British heroine if I do say so myself) is a woman ahead of her time. She is a female scientist who oozes independent thinking, women's rights, and who of course, is a supporter of the free love movement, much to the shock and dismay of her peers in this time period. Veronica's forward thinking and blunt conversational style produce quite a few laughs throughout the story. The mystery itself reveals itself once we are acquainted with Veronica's situation and revolves around a murder connecting to her past. She teams up with a sexy but shady (and initially unwilling) sidekick/protector and the interplay between the two is full of clever wit and shenanigans. We are sent on an adventure with various clues, red herrings, and a bit of intrigue. Anyone who is a fan of Amelia Peabody or Mary Russell will adore Veronica Speedwell. I'll certainly be on the look out for the next book in the series.

Currently reading

Spying in High Heels
Gemma Halliday
The Stars Turned Away
Lisa Maxwell
A Perilous Undertaking
Deanna Raybourn
The Newbie
Leta P. Hawk
Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine (Kindle Single)
Claire Prentice
Blood Magick
Nora Roberts
The Dress Shop of Dreams
Menna van Praag
Barbara Ashford
The Arrivals
Melissa Marr