Written By: Deanna Raybourn

Narrated By: Angele Masters

Date: September 2015

Duration: 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.


  • Sheila M

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Candra L.

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

  • Marti Byler

    very good story. well narrated. I enjoyed it.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer H.

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

  • Bess H.

    Great fun read

  • Vicky

    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.

  • Cali Gordineer

    Leaves me wanting to read the next in the series

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