Deanna Raybourn's A Curious Beginning
Raybourn's latest is the start of a new series, featuring a lady lepidopterist with very modern ideas, and a man who's a natural historian with a mysterious past and a fetching eyepatch. When the woman's aunt dies, she is suddenly whisked away to London by a Baron who claims her life is in danger--and it's apparent to the reader that he's right, though she's pretty much in denial about it. Soon murder is afoot and she has to figure out what the heck is going on (though it takes a little while to get there--a lengthy interlude at a traveling carnival is maybe not entirely necessary, but it does add some interesting color). Raybourn does a good job with the romantic tension--I was one hundred percent screaming "make out already!!!" in my head--but the big reveal is is preposterous that I could not EVEN with it. But I like lady adventurers getting things done, so I look forward to seeing what's next with this series. B+.