Deanna Raybourn's latest mystery series stars a spunky lepidopterist named Veronica Speedwell defying gender conventions and solving crimes in Victorian English. I haven't read the first book, A Curious Beginning, and the second book comes out in January 2017. These books sound delightful, but I wanted to point out the newly designed cover for the paperback edition of A Curious Beginning, which comes out this July. The hardback cover was fine, but nothing to write home about (you can see it below). The paperback cover, however, made me, I confess, immediately preorder the book, because it is so cleverly designed. It is meant to look like the elaborate and perhaps over-designed embossed leather covers of Victorian novels. Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions is based on the same type of design, an example of which you can see below. Check out the Victoria Speedwell covers below. I love a trompe l'oeil cover design!
The hardback cover:
Here's an example of a late 19th-century embossed leather binding:
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics