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Flash Review: “A Curious Beginning” by Deanna Raybourn

Flash Review: “A Curious Beginning” by Deanna Raybourn

Narrated by Angele Masters

Plot Summary: 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.

What I liked about it: Veronica Speedwell. She’s a gutsy young lady, an adventurer, who suddenly finds herself alone in the world with somebody out to get her. Very enjoyable characters in this book and an engaging plotline.

What I didn’t like: The first couple of chapters took a little time to get going but once the preliminaries were over it was full speed ahead. This is the first book in a series so there is some groundwork that has to be laid. I’ve also read one of the books further into the series and there is not as much background in subsequent installments.

Quality of narration:  Excellent!

Would I recommend:  Yes!!

Rating:   Glowing StarGlowing StarGlowing StarGlowing Star

Happy Reading!

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“A Treacherous Curse” by Deanna Raybourn

“A Treacherous Curse” by Deanna Raybourn

It’s Victorian London and Veronica Speedwell and her colleague Stoker are on the case. In this 3rd installment of the series, Stoker’s former expedition partner has disappeared after abruptly leaving the Egyptian expedition he was working at. Also missing is the necklace worn by the Egyptian princess whose grave was uncovered. Further complicating things is the curse that was released when the princess was uncovered. One man is dead and another gone missing. Will Veronica and Stoker be able to unearth the culprit and find the missing necklace?

What a delight is was to spend a few hours with these two! Veronica and Stoker play off of each other really well and neither is your typical Victorian detective type. The story has some very unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I really loved how the author incorporated some much Egyptology information into the story and do it in a way that feels natural. Lovers of period detective stories should really enjoy this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating 4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.