During a mercifully brief bout of spring cleaning, I found a copy of Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning under my couch. Surrounded by broken crayons, a school of goldfish crackers and some truly impressive dust bunnies, the novel’s pretty cover was the best thing I had seen all day.
The Veronica Speedwell Series is a (as of now) four book Victorian mystery series about “a natural historian with a specialty in lepidoptery which makes her a butterfly hunter and world traveler who is always up for adventure.” She’s also strong-willed, bloody-minded and has a delightful habit of stabbing people with her hatpin.
I was very happy to be reunited with Veronica Speedwell and her sidekick Stoker (who I happily imagine looks like Jason Momoa). Mr. Momoa, if for some God unknown reason you are reading this, please have these books made into a series on HBO and make them cast you as Stoker. He’s a tattooed taxidermist, knife throwing naturalist who spends all four books bitching and moaning as he happily follows Veronica’s lead into and out of all sorts of trouble.
The Veronica Speedwell Series of books are popular enough that it should be easy to get them from the library or for cheap at a used bookstore.