• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Veronica is a strong and unorthodox main protagonist who finds herself entangled in a dangerous set of circumstances.

This fantastic book is the first in Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell series.


Veronica is a curious young Victorian-era lady with progressive ideas, and I adore how matter-of-factly and innocently she presents her wild-for-the-times views and questions power structures and injustices. Raybourn may allow Veronica to benefit from the author's own modern sensibilities in A Curious Beginning, but Veronica is a strong and unorthodox main protagonist, and for me this aspect of her character works wonderfully.


Veronica finds herself entangled in a dangerous set of circumstances, complete with intrigue, a traveling show (!), butterfly expertise, and fascinating references to her past worldwide adventures—all alongside a dark and brooding and heavily tattooed adventurer and naturalist who becomes a loyal friend. I loved it!


What did you think?

Five books in the series have been published, and a sixth is scheduled for 2021. I love when I find a new-to-me series with multiple books already available for me to binge read. I can’t wait to read the others in this series.




#mysterysuspense, #series, #historicalfiction, #london, #fourstarbookreview