Published by Berkley Books on July 12, 2016
In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, 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.
This is an extremely intelligent book which is something I love, books that have clever writing and dialogue are my favorite kinds. Our main character is living in Victorian England and she is a scientist who does expeditions aboard to study butterflies. She is a true unique character who I adore completely. Once her aunt dies and her place of residence gets broken into, a baron who knew the mother she had never met implores her to come to London with him for she is in grave danger. She only goes because she had planned on leaving anyways and this will save her the fare to get there. The baron leaves her in the care of a good friend and the next day he is discovered murdered. The story is compelling, the characters are unique, witty, and humorous. It can be a little slow at times but usually in a good way, there are certain times when a book needs slower pacing so the reader can absorb what is going on.
Verdict: I loved this book a lot, it was one of the best Victorian Era books I have ever read. I gave it a 4.75 and I am almost positive that the next book in this series will get a 5 and I can’t wait to read it.