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Book 1 of 6 in A Veronica Speedwell Mystery

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“Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing...Veronica Speedwell is a joy—unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful.”—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series

“The eccentricities of Victorian England receive a rousing look in the highly entertaining A Curious Beginning...Energetic storytelling.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Creating strong character pairings, placing the action in unexpectedly unusual but actual historical settings, and folding it all into a clever mystery are hallmarks of this author’s magical, signature style...This new series starts off with a bang.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“I love this book! Brings us the powerful Veronica Speedwell, who triumphs over adversity and danger with wit, charm, and uncanny determination. A real find.”—Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River series

More Praise for the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries

“A ruthlessly intelligent heroine.”—NPR
 
“I love this series! Veronica Speedwell is utterly unique.”—Amanda Quick, New York Timesbestselling author of The Other Lady Vanishes 
 
“Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction.”—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series
 
“A treat. One of the few writers who can make history feel immediate and exciting without losing a grasp of the period.”—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness series
 
“A fine combination of detective story and character study...sure to interest mystery lovers and Anglophiles alike.”—The Historical Novels Review
 
“A smart, plucky, way-ahead-of-her time heroine.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
“Veronica Speedwell might just be one of the most endearing heroines in mysteries, period....She’s smart, dashing, and entirely capable....Her sense of humor and chemistry with Stoker, her counterpart, just make this series even better.”—Bustle

About the Author

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, currently in development for television, as well as the USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award nominated Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and several standalone works.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Beginning to the Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant first book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun adventure
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4.0 out of 5 stars But the characters were interesting enough and I liked Deanna Raybourn's previous works so much that I kept ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great heroine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed her 'Lady Julia Grey' books and those set in ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series debut
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
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