Review | A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

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28186322In my experience it is the trouble you do not anticipate that is the most dangerous. 

Published: September 1st, 2015

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 340 (Kindle)

Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1


4 Stars


“My dear Veronica, I’m surprised you have not already learned- everyone had a capacity for cruelty. Not everyone gets the chance to exercise it.”


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.


Hey all! I’m back with a fun one this week!

I first read a Veronica Speedwell book back in the Summer of 2018 when I landed A Treacherous Curse as an ARC, and ever since then I had wanted to read to go back and read the rest of the series. I wasn’t lost when I skipped the first two and started with the third, but I had enjoyed the writing, world, and characters of this series and knew I would want to revisit them before the next book released. Fast forward and I was looking for something that was witty and mysterious and historical and brilliantly worded and bam, my library loan for this came in!

We first find Victoria Speedwell after the death of her aunt and the story that unfolds after is one of action, adventure, wit, sexual tension, humor, and everything else you could ever want all thrown into the mix. This series is one big collaboration of things that I love and that’s what makes these such a fun read; as soon as you pick them up you’re completely engulfed in all your favorite things.

I will say these are a bit dense to read. This had a lot going on, sometimes it was things that didn’t seem to involve the murder, but I kept having to remind myself this was more an overall mystery book than a singular murder whodunnit. As long as you aren’t really stuck in the mindset of this being a murder-mystery and are more open to uncovering the larger things afoot here, like who Veronica really is and everything that comes with her true identity, this book won’t disappoint you in the slightest.

The writing here is also phenomenal. It was so quick witted and expertly crafted that I could blow through five pages without blinking an eye because I was so engulfed in the banter that was happening. It was an absolute joy to read and be a part of. Veronica is a great heroine and lead and it’s really interesting to read a time piece like this through a woman’s point of view. Not to mention the fact that Stoker is more of a babe than I remember him being in the first place.

Needless to say, I will be continuing this series and am looking forward to the new release that’s coming out later this year!

P.S. You can find my old review for A Treacherous Curse here! Be warned, it was before my blog revamp and has my old theme editing!

Happy reading


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Veronica Speedwell Mysteries



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