Tag Archives: Victorian England

Move over, Amelia Peabody! Veronica Speedwell is Latest Victorian Eccentric Heroine

18 Aug

Deanna Raybourn, author of the Lady Julia series, launches a new series with A Curious Beginning. Featuring a strong-willed Veronica Speedwell who goes on adventures hunting butterflies as a lepidopterist, and engaging in liaisons with attractive foreign men, who discovers people are out to kill her. She meets up with the mysterious Stoker, runs away to a traveling circus, confronts Scotland Yard and learns who her father is.
The two main characters are crisp and feisty, with witty and frank dialogue, and supporting characters are robust as well. The Victorian setting is nicely fleshed out.
A fun historical murder mystery with hints of romance.
Looking forward to reading the rest in the series as they come out!



W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin – new book by author of Artemis Fowl

15 May

Eoin Colfer is the author of the acclaimed YA series Artemis Fowl. This new book (which I assume is the first in a series) combines Victorian England, time travel and mystery. Fans of Artemis Fowl will enjoy the smart sassy characters, Riley the Victorian era orphan, and Chevron, the modern 19 year old FBI agent, as they struggle to out-wit and escape the clutches of Garrick. High energy, engaging story line. Recommend!