In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New
York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey
mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England...and
introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.
London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt,
orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world
travels in pursuit of scientific inquiryâ€”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 other 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 murderedâ€”leaving Veronica and
Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners
in search of the villainous truth.