Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series is a great pick for readers looking to spend their cold winter nights immersed in a world far away. With three books published and the fourth on its way, Raybourn’s series is ripe for binge reading. The Victorian-era heroine is a lepidopterist (someone who studies and collects butterflies) whose research has taken her around the world. Back in her native England, she discovers there might be more to her mysterious past than she realized. When a murder pairs her with a reclusive natural historian, the adventure truly begins and leads to an unlikely mystery-solving partnership. The series is an entertaining read for Anglophiles, lovers of mysteries, and those who enjoy ahead-of-their-time historical heroines. Try the first entry, A Curious Beginning.
Raela Schoenherr is an editor at a Minnesota publishing company. She loves to talk books and writing on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.