This is the first book I have read by Deanna Raybourn and I am glad that this book is the first in a new series. That way I can start off enjoying a new storyline. Veronica Speedwell is not a typical woman in Victorian England, nothing uptight or straitlaced about her. She is a lepidopterist, a collector of butterflies, and has traveled around the world. After her last remaining aunt's funeral, she is contacted by Baron von Stauffenbach, who tells her she is in danger but won't say by whom or why.
Not giving away too much of the story, I will say I love the characters in this story especially Veronica, she is fiesty, sure of herself and what she wants out of life and is not going to let anyone get in her way especially when her life could be in danger. A Curious Beginning is sure to please the mystery or historical fiction fan. Characters good and bad, written with a comedic flair but also suspenseful. I definitely look forward to the next in the series, A Perilous Undertaking Book #2