**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book of the below in exchange for an honest review as part of a tour hosted by Xpresso Tours via NetGalley.**
I’d like to begin by thanking Xpresso Tours and Swoon Reads for choosing me to be a part of this tour. I absolutely love Cindy Anstey’s writing and especially love mysteries!
Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
Print copy of Deadly Curious – Ends on July 2, 2020
Title Deadly Curious
Author Cindy Anstey
Release Date June 23, 2020
Publisher Swoon Reads
Description from Amazon
Some secrets are better left buried…
1834. Sophia Thompson wants nothing more than to be one of the famed Bow Street Runners, London’s most elite corps of detectives. Never mind that a woman has never before joined their ranks―and certainly never mind that her reclusive family has forbidden her from pursuing such an unladylike goal.
She gets the chance to prove her capabilities when an urgent letter arrives from her frantic cousin Daphne, begging Sophia to come look into the suspicious death of Daphne’s brother.
As Sophia begins to unravel the tangled threads of the case―with the help of a charming young policeman―she soon realizes that the murderer may be even closer to her family than she ever suspected.
I was super excited to be chosen for this tour. I preordered a copy of this book as soon as I found out it was coming out and I jumped at the chance to read it early. I love Cindy Anstey’s other books and I was so excited to see her take on another crime-driven story.
Some Things I Liked
- The setting. I loved the English, small town setting as well as the nods to Sophia and Daphne’s season and London in general. I also love when servants are very involved in the lives of their employers. This book gave me all the Downton Abbey vibes in that regard.
- The romance. I liked that it was subtle. It felt right for the time period. I especially loved that there was not an abundance of romance plots going on as there are with many Jane Austen inspired books. I liked that the focus stayed on Jeremy and Sophia.
- The murder. I loved how well thought out the crime was. I figured it out about 70% into the book but was pleasantly surprised at how long it took me to unravel all of the pieces.
I would love to see this turn into a series. It feels very reminiscent of Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series and I’d love to see Jeremy and Sophia solve more crimes together. I also enjoyed the cast of side characters and would like to hear more about what they get up to in the future.
I loved this book. I read it all in one day and couldn’t put it down.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – if you enjoyed the forensic science and investigative themes in Deadly Curious, give this series by Kerri Maniscalco a try.
- Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok – again, if you liked the idea of an aspiring detective as well as a murder mystery element, try this duology.
- The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill – if you enjoyed the idea of a proper lady working with an up and coming police officer to solve a mystery, try this book set in the US in the early 1900s.
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