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A Curious Beginning

(2015)
(The first book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series)
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries returns once more to Victorian England and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.... 

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.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A treat. One of the few writers who can make history feel immediate and exciting without losing a grasp of the period." - Rhys Bowen

"With wicked intelligence, Deanna Raybourn has created a fresh and fascinating sleuth. Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction. Impeccably plotted and meticulously researched, 'A Curious Beginning' will leave you, as it left me, whimpering for more." - Alan Bradley

"Deanna Raybourn writes with wisdom, sass and a rich texture that is a joy to read. I love this book!" - Robyn Carr

"Wickedly clever and devilishly amusing. . .Veronica Speedwell is a joy unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful." - Susan Elia MacNeal

"Oh, frabjous day! Deanna Raybourn is back in the Victorian era with a heroine who could give Amelia Peabody a run for her money. No one write parasols, petticoats, and pistols like Deanna Raybourn." - Lauren Willig


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Used availability for Deanna Raybourn's A Curious Beginning

Hardback Editions

January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery)
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 1-4104-8601-X / 978-1-4104-8601-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery)
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 0-451-47601-8 / 978-0-451-47601-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery)
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 0-451-47602-6 / 978-0-451-47602-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery - A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell Mystery 1)
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 1-78565-048-3 / 978-1-78565-048-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books
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Audio Editions

February 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Curious Beginning
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 1-66444-762-8 / 978-1-66444-762-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Curious Beginning
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Curious Beginning
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery - A Curious Beginning
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Titan Books
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September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA