A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, Bk 1)
A Curious Beginning - Veronica Speedwell, Bk 1 Author:Deanna Raybourn 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 ot... more »her 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.« less
Very amusing setup, lots of fun dialogue with nice descriptions of odd characters and settings. And the revelation of why all those bad guys are after Veronica was much fun. If you like the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters you'll like this too.