A Curious Beginning

  • by Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by Angele Masters
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A delightful and entertaining read!

One of Deanna Raybourn's best! This book is quite fun to listen to, the characters are witty and clever. I enjoyed the banter between the main characters. The plot is not predictable yet not to convoluted either. It is a perfect "cozy mystery." I hope this is the beginning of a series.
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- Oh Good Grief

Obnoxious Heroine

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Well from the reviews there are people who do, but it wasn't for me

What could Deanna Raybourn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

For one thing, I find it hard to understand why a woman who is supposed to be a free thinker for her time must be portrayed as opinionated, obnoxious and rude. Somehow it would seem to me that a person who has self confidence would be calmer and more relaxed and self possessed.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator may have been very good, but the main character is so strident and shrill that it was like fingernails on a blackboard to me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, mostly, because the reviews I read made it seem humorous and adventurous and did not mention it as a romance.

Any additional comments?

I tried to reserve my judgement and give it a chance, but as it went on it got more and more grating. Just couldn't finish it.

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- Blue Dragonfly "BlueDragonfly"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books