A Curious Beginning

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2015
10 hours 52 minutes
London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry-and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker-a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
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Sheila M

Loved it. Very progressive writing for a women in that century. More than a love romance. Downloaded the other 2.

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Candra L.

So glad to find this series! Veronica and Stoker quickly became "friends" I missed after finishing the book.

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Marti Byler

very good story. well narrated. I enjoyed it.

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I actually own books 1-5, but after reading the first 4, the break waiting for book 5…I had a hard time remembering the loose ends from book four. Life’s hectic anyway so it’s nice to be able to listen up to where I left off. My one thing I wish were different is that I wish male characters were actually voiced by a male.

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Can’t stop listening, these characters are fantastically interesting and the old world mystery is a great escape from the day

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Annette N.

Excellent book. Wouldn’t mind listening to it again.

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I was disappointed. It wasn’t romantic in my opinion. It felt like Mary Poppins meets Sherlock Holmes to me. Dull story & too long!

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Karen A.

Love, love love these books!!! I found them in my book club and couldn’t wait to listen to them all. They just get better and better; and the narration is perfection throughout! They’re the kind of books I will love to read over and over!

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Fantastic book and fantastic narration

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Peggy C.

Not what I expected - I loved it. I thought it was going to be a typical period piece with a woman having to work behind the scenes, going around patriarchy. But, the hero does it all on her own terms and faces everything head on. A very modern woman.

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Jennifer H.

Loved it! A Beautifully written and well crafted story. I’m definitely downloading the other two books available by this author.

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Bess H.

Great fun read

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Such a wonderfully written book. For once, a mystery I had not completely figured out by the first few chapters. The narrator was fantastic. I can’t wait to continue the series.

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Cali Gordineer

Leaves me wanting to read the next in the series

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