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The Butterfly Conspiracy

(A Merriweather and Royston Mystery #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell mysteries comes the enchanting series debut from Vivian Conroy, The Butterfly Conspiracy.

In late Victorian times, when new inventions cause both excitement and terror, a mysterious death at a zoological lecture brings together two unlikely allies in a quest through London's upper crust and underbelly to unravel the
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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Deanne Patterson
This is the first book I've read by this author. I don't read many mystery books but this one really captured my attention. My daughter also collects and studies butterflies and I saw many similarities between the work Miss Merula Merriweather, the main character and my daughter do. Merula is an unconventional young lady for her Victorian time period. She is not the usual female at balls simpering behind her fan,batting her eyelashes at gentlemen, no she does fascinating stuff, like raise butter ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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THE BUTTERFLY CONSPIRACY (A Merriweather and Royston Mystery #1) by Vivian Conroy is an entertaining historical cozy mystery that pulled me in from the start. I love mysteries set in Victorian times, with all the new discoveries and inventions and the societal conventions that are still in place, but on the verge of change. This is a great start to a new historical cozy mystery series that is both fast paced and easy to read.

Miss M
Rating: (4 stars in NetGalley = I’d Recommend It; 3 stars in Goodreads = Liked It)

Vivian Conroy It is set primarily in London in the late Victorian time period. The Butterfly Conspiracy: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery is the first book in her ‘Merriweather and Royston’ series. In it we find Merula Merriweather trying to follow her odd (for the time) passion for science, specifically for zoological science focusing on butterflies. In order to be accepted in Victorian society, her Uncle Rupert
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Can a single butterfly be the culprit for a death or is the murderer using it for a cover?

Merula has been secretly hatching and raising exotic butterflies. She can’t take the credit but is satisfied with allowing her uncle to receive all the praise. Her latest butterfly has just hatched and she’s beyond excited to show it off at the Royal Zoological Society lecture. But after meeting Lord Raven Royston and having him question whether her butterfly is real, Merula releases the butterfly. Gasps of
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The summary of this book sounds interesting, but the writing did not live up to it. The characters were boring and the suspense is lacking. I didn't care who the murderer was by the end of the book.
This is the first book in a new series by this talented mystery writing author. Set in late Victorian times, Miss Merula Merriweather is something of a blue stocking, much preferring to spend time investigating exotic insects to hunting for a husband. Although her gender would normally prevent her sharing her achievements, her uncle Robert encourages and supports her, even taking her to meetings of the Royal Zoological Society. However, at one such meeting, one of the butterflies which Merula ha ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating historical cozy mystery, The Butterfly Conspiracy is an excellent debut to a new series! Suspenseful and thrilling, I was immediately sucked into the Victorian world superbly created, with intriguing characters and a puzzling plot that kept me turning pages.

I liked the dynamic between Royston and Merula. She's wasn't a passive Victorian flower, he wasn't a man strong-arming her into being a passive Victorian flower. Although the possibility for a romance was hinted at, it wasn't o
Diane Hernandez
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What Butterfly Conspiracy results in a woman’s death after a rare butterfly lands on her arm?

Merula is left by her mother at her family’s house as a baby five years after her mother’s escape from the rigid Victorian house’s rules. Luckily, Merula’s fascination with butterflies is supported by her Uncle Rupert.

In those sexist times, Merula’s rare butterfly, Attacus Atlas, must be displayed at a house party by the Royal Zoological Society as her Uncle’s work. When rich Lady Sophia drops dead afte
What I liked:
The Cover, the short length, the fact it was a quick read, the End
What I didn't Like:
Everything Else

I think I'm one of the few people who did not enjoy this book. Like maybe one of five or something.
First the Characters. Raven Royston and Merula Merriweather. Merula was an alright character. But she didn't really draw me into the story. It was interesting she was into zoology and the like but honestly she was a character that I didn't find myself caring what happened to her. Sure I
Frankie Reviews
am a huge fan of Ms Conroy’s Cosy Mysteries for a while now, they are stylish, intriguing and fun to read and when I heard about this new Victorian set series I couldn’t wait to get my sticky fingers on it. I have been avidly awaiting this book for ages and this is just so good, with a feel of Sherlock Holmes this is a fantastic start to what I know is going to be an intriguing and fabulous series.

Set during the dark and somewhat forward-thinking Victorian era – I do love this era! After reading
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The Butterfly Conspiracy is compared to Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell series which I love, so of course I wanted to read it. Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite mystery writers and one of the main reasons I love her books is because they are true to the eras she writes about. Deanna knowledge of Victorian era is extensive and her books are historically accurate. I cannot say the same about The Butterfly Conspiracy. When I read historical fiction or historical mystery I want it to be tru ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, one of the best Victorian historical mysteries I’ve read recently with likable, relatable characters in the setting of London’s scientific community. Typical for the genre, there are eccentric and devoted friends and an aloof, intriguing, doubting love interest. The superior writing raises the story out of the common morass. The only thing, I think, Merula Merriweather and Victoria Speedwell have in common is their shared love of science, complicated by the fact that ladies did no ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Miss Merula Merriweather unlike other Victorian ladies has developed an interested in strange creatures. Thankfully her uncle and his family with which she lives protect her interest. Unfortunately at a zoological lecture, the guest of honour, Lady Sophia, dies and her uncle is arrested. Merula and very new friend Lord Royston seem determined to find the real culprit.
An enjoyable and good start to this new series, though I didn't always like Merula. An easy to read story which introduces the new
Shell Cunliffe
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you remember watching or reading Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes, well if you did, then you are going to love this book. This is the first time that I have read this author and it won't be the last.

This will be a short review, because otherwise their will be a lot of spoilers and especially this being a murder mystery.

I loved reading this book and I really hope that there is more. I will give 5/5 stars, if I could give more I would.

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest rev
Gwessie Tee
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant book, and no the butler didn't do it ☺. I had a theory that I'd enjoy this book based on the ones I've recently read by Ms Conroy, and can say absolutely she blew me away.

This book has everything, mystery, adventure, a wicked foe, I defy you to figure out who did it before the characters do, I certainly guessed wrong, our hero and heroine are truly awesome and I truly can't wait to read the next.

Thank you for writing it dear lady.
Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
I wanted to love this one but there were a few things that just didn’t work for me. I did love the setting, the pace (it was a quick read) and I thought the end was well done. I didn’t really love the characters or the writing style though. I do think that most fans of historical cozy mysteries will like this one though and should give it a try!
Marti Wade
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Checked this out from the library because the setting and characters sounded interesting. Finished it because it was short, and I nearly always finish a mystery once I start. But you could drive a truck through the holes in the plot.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. I finished this book a couple of days ago and already can't remember the names of the characters. I didn't get the sense that the author did much historical research for background, the characters clearly weren't memorable, and while I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't enjoy it particularly either. It feels like a knockoff version of Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell series, which I adore. Call me biased if you want, but I'd read that series instead.
Melissa Durbin
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this novel in 3 days. It was so good, so filled with engaging that I could not put it down. The characters were like-able and the dialogue well-done. Conroy left room for multiple stories. This will be a great series and one that I will definitely want to read. All classes of Victorian London were represented in this book and the plot was tight. There were multiple villains, making it difficult to figure out the mystery. It kept me guessing until almost the end! Very goo ...more
Nostalgia Reader
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cozy Victorian mystery with a natural history bent, but without any romance! *confetti*

While I’m not usually one for cozy mysteries, the synopsis of this just sounded too good to not give a try–natural history, mysteries, and platonic crime fighting buddies all in the Victorian era just checked too many boxes to not request.

It took me a few chapters to really get into the story and the characters, but once I did, I enjoyed the ride. Merula and Raven worked well together as society oddballs inv
Meghan Lloyd
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then I need to pick up a book that doesn't have an ounce of romance in it, and so when I saw the gorgeous cover (yes, I'm one of *those* people) and read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I had to read. The funny thing is that you can infer romance if you want to, since the two main characters are a man and a woman around the same age who just so happen to be single. And there is a bit of chemistry. But honestly, what you're reading this book for are the colorful descriptions, i ...more
Kathy Martin
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merula Merriweather finds herself deep in a murder investigation when an evening at a Royal Zoological Society meeting includes a dead body. Worst of all, Lady Sophia dies after a butterfly Merula has hatched lands on her arm. The first diagnosis is that the butterfly poisoned her somehow. Merula's Uncle Rupert is arrested for the crime since, of course, the butterfly research had to have been his since women don't do that kind of thing. Also, he had recently had a loud argument with Lady Sophia ...more
Julia Booktree Lady
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not generally a fan of cozy mysteries, which I discovered this was part way into the first chapter. However, I genuinely enjoyed this read, and I would not hesitate to pick up another Merriweather and Royston mystery.

The Butterfly Conspiracy centers around Merula Merriweather and Raven Royston, the alliteration is a bit much, but the characters are so charming that I let go of my irritation very quickly. Merula is charming and slightly naive without being a Mary-Sue character that is compl
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Butterfly Conspiracy is a brisk and easy read with a charming atmosphere, engaging characters, and an in-depth understanding of the Victorian Era. Containing traces of DNA from Jane Austen, Arthur Cohen Doyle, and the Bronte Sisters, the Butterfly Conspiracy tells the story of Merula Merriweather, a young scientist in an era were women weren’t expected to be interested in science. Hiding behind her uncle’s name, Merula hatches an elusive and beautiful butterfly. After taking it to an exhibit ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do enjoy a good historical mystery, and this one makes for excellent reading, true to the Victorian times it's set in.

Murela Merriweather is not your usual airhead Victorian miss with a head full of fripperies; rather she uses her brain, and at a time when society refused to acknowledge that a woman could possibly even think for herself. A foundling, her uncle assists in aiding her to follow her activities and happily provides cover for her. As they set out for the Royal Zoological Society eve
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Vivian Conroy's writing and the Butterfly Conspiracy certainly didn't disappoint. Here, yet again, we are introduced to a strong female character, Merula Merriweather, who is decades ahead of her time.

Merula's passion is for butterflies. She spends her time, hidden away secretly researching and hatching the species. Due to negative opinions about women gaining success in the Victorian era, Merula's achievements are put down to the expertise of her Uncle Rupert.

At a zoological e
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read other books by Vivian Conroy and enjoyed them so, when I saw she had a new series and that the setting was the Victorian era, well, I had to request it. May this series run a long, long time. Merula Merriiweather is the black sheep of her family, living with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin after being left with them as a baby. Not one to go husband hunting as most young women of her social station as doing, she is focused on raising butterflies. One slight problem, the Royal Zoological Soc ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thank you Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.

I had a really good time with this one. It's an easy read full of mystery and adventure playing out in late Victorian times. It was fun to learn how new inventions came along and medical conditions were discovered. The visit to a vegetarian restaurant put a smile on my face.
The Butterfly Conspiracy deals with the Zoological Society which is another interesting field.
When a death occurs, a team of scientists set out to find the cause. With m
Claire Lyons
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read other series by Vivian Conroy, and enjoyed them but I do feel this is something a bit special.. The mystery is so well revealed and cleverly plotted and the characters are wonderfully rich and have a great depth to them. The story is fast paced but manages to beautifully describe the characters, clothing, buildings and background without seeming to stop the flow of the high drama.
The historical setting adds a great feature to the story and creates such fun situations for the main fem
Mystery novels in the Victorian area are one of my favorite genres so when I got this book, I was really excited and looking forward to a thrilling read. It started well enough with a dramatic murder and the main characters had promising personalities. Then it dwindled down to something of a "in-a-hurry" writing as if the author had a deadline to meet and simply couldn't take the time to describe the setting and the write the dialogues properly. It's a shame really because the plot is good and g ...more
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