A Curious Beginning is the first in a new series by the author of the Lady Jane Grey mysteries. This is fast-paced historical fiction with a heroine who would be comfortable in the modern world. Left to her own devices after aunt dies, Veronica Speedwell just wants to be able to return to her favorite hobby of hunting butterflies. But a secret from her past brings unwanted attention. This book was so much fun! Veronica Speedwell is the spunky, resourceful, and independent heroine I didn't know I was looking for. I'm excited to see that there will be more books in this series.