This is a weekly event that highlights a book we can't wait to be published. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
I have enjoyed the books by Deanna Raybourn for a number of years, especially her Lady Julia Grey series. The first book introducing us to Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane, a private enquiry agent, was Silent In The Grave. Set in the Victorian Age, these books have been fun for me to read - a little mystery, a little romance, some interesting characters - perfect. Deanna Raybourn has not just written about Lady Julia. She has branched out into other time periods and other settings. And now, she is beginning a new series, which sounds great to me. My book for this week:
Publication Date: September 1st
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.