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The group took a break at the beginning 2017, due in part to the birth of Felicia's daughter. Unfortunately this also coincided with the group's fifth anniversary. Normal hangouts resumed in April after a belated retrospective show in March. Monthly picks were selected by forum poll while the group was on hiatus.

Theme Picked by
Historical Mystery Fourm Poll

Ratings

Felicia Bonnie Kiala Veronica Average Goodreads
A Curious Beginning 5 n/a n/a n/a 5 3.94 (10,054)
Jan2017

Hiatus Pick: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1) by Deanna RaybournEdit

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 inquiry—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 murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

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