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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 f 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.


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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 f 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.

30 review for Deadly Curious

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book was an excellent read! I like Sophia's dad and his clever subtle ways of allowing his daughter to do things that others don't like for their daughters to do. I enjoyed reading this mystery because it was full of actions. Also the ending was a good one because I couldn't guess who the killer was. I like that the killer's role in the story was not a minor one where the author mentioned of and then left in the back burner to just later do a tell-all. Now shifting through my mind after the This book was an excellent read! I like Sophia's dad and his clever subtle ways of allowing his daughter to do things that others don't like for their daughters to do. I enjoyed reading this mystery because it was full of actions. Also the ending was a good one because I couldn't guess who the killer was. I like that the killer's role in the story was not a minor one where the author mentioned of and then left in the back burner to just later do a tell-all. Now shifting through my mind after the read, I should have been able to catch who the killer was. 
This book started with a guy waiting for the right time to take action. Then as he made his move, he thought he was being followed and he ran for it but tripped and fall with someone standing over him as he died. Then the story began in 1834, following Sophia, 18 as she read a letter from her cousin Daphne. Daphne's brother Andrew has been killed a year ago and the crime remained unsolved. Daphne wanted Sophia to investigate. The second view was Jeremy, 20, a Runner (investigator trainee). He's assigned to solve Andrew's murder. Back in the day, ladies busy themselves with ladies activities so it was frowned upon for Sophia to want to become an Investigator. 
Deadly Curious was well written and a fast paced read with likable characters. I enjoyed the slow burning romance and it was very innocent throughout the book. I liked reading historical fiction for their sophisticated conversations. I don't grow up talking like that but I loved reading their well mannered speech. I like Sophia and her determination to reach her goals. Overall, a good mystery and I recommend everyone to read it. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tânia

    After saying goodbye to Audrey Rose, I truly need another Victorian heroine that goes against society's rules and doesn't fear murders and death. Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Redbubble After saying goodbye to Audrey Rose, I truly need another Victorian heroine that goes against society's rules and doesn't fear murders and death. Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Redbubble

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I did so enjoy reading DEADLY CURIOUS which is a Young Adult novel. Being so readable was very nice and I believe Young Adults will really enjoy this novel. The ending was unexpected and took me by surprise!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelsea

    This mystery was very light-hearted in tone. Deadly Curious leans toward cozy mystery, though I'm not super familiar with the sub-genre, so I can't say whether or not it checks all the boxes for more experienced cozy mystery readers. It does have a little bit of an Agatha Christie vibe (my ARC likens it to Agatha Christie & Kerri Maniscalco books, but it's not really bloody enough to be like a Maniscalco book IMO). However, I found the plot wasn't as intricately woven as the Christie books I've r This mystery was very light-hearted in tone. Deadly Curious leans toward cozy mystery, though I'm not super familiar with the sub-genre, so I can't say whether or not it checks all the boxes for more experienced cozy mystery readers. It does have a little bit of an Agatha Christie vibe (my ARC likens it to Agatha Christie & Kerri Maniscalco books, but it's not really bloody enough to be like a Maniscalco book IMO). However, I found the plot wasn't as intricately woven as the Christie books I've read. Plus there's some romance thrown into this story, something I have yet to see in a Christie novel. (Maybe that's where the Maniscalco comp comes into play.) Overall, this one wasn't really my style, but I'm sure many who like reading lighter mysteries with historical stylings will enjoy it. Out June 23 from Swoon Reads! Thank you Fierce Reads for providing a free advanced copy of the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marly DiFruscio

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Tl;dr – Feminine figurehead Sophia presents determination and drive but lacks in complexity of character. Jeremy feels like a cardboard cutout of the “ideal boy next door” with no true personality. The romance is fluff, the plot is watered-down, and the mystery can be quickly solved by the reader. 2/5 stars. I was disappointed after finishing this book—and even then, I had a hard time finishing. I initially picked up I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Tl;dr – Feminine figurehead Sophia presents determination and drive but lacks in complexity of character. Jeremy feels like a cardboard cutout of the “ideal boy next door” with no true personality. The romance is fluff, the plot is watered-down, and the mystery can be quickly solved by the reader. 2/5 stars. I was disappointed after finishing this book—and even then, I had a hard time finishing. I initially picked up on this ARC based on the cover alone (I have to say, I’m a sucker for pretty books). Once I read the description, I was really looking forward to a murder-mystery, potentially Sherlock-type piece, but with a strong female character to lead the way. I was desperately wrong. Instead, I was treated to a watered-down Nancy Drew and a plot that didn’t really go anywhere. Summary: Sophia is contacted by her rather dramatic cousin Daphne after Daphne’s brother was murdered. Sophia, deadest on being a detective, rushes to her aid in order to prove herself. She is joined by a Bow Street Runner named Jeremy who is on the cusp of being ousted, and romance blossoms. The three need to solve a murder before anyone else is harmed. To start, Sophia is a weird juxtaposition. She has the drive and determination to get what she wants, which presents the strong female figurehead you want to see in novels like this. She gives off that Nancy Drew aura, but unfortunately, isn’t as amazing as the renowned female detective. Instead, Sophia is convinced she can be Bow Street Runner after reading a single book on being a detective. That logic alone is so flawed and juvenile, that it soured a great deal of the book for me. Overall, she’s naïve and I wouldn’t flag her as the next great female detective. It doesn’t help that I was able to flag the killer before she did. If we move on to look at Jeremy… it doesn’t really get much better. He’s handsome (and we are reminded regularly). From the very beginning, when Sophia’s thoughts lingered on his eyes, I immediately knew the relationship would be shallow. I wasn’t disappointed by my predetermination. Their relationship felt simple and vapid. In summation, the characters are flat and lack any kind of legitimate complexity. I typically teach lessons in young adult or middle-grade works that focus on character development. If anything, I would use this story as an example of how NOT to develop your characters. Sophia provides a very basic view of a strong female who won’t be pushed around, but there are better female protags out there to read about. The plot was also lackluster and dissatisfying, with a neatly laid out mystery that was obvious for the reader but somehow impossible for our detectives to solve. This novel would be great for younger readers who are working their way through literacy levels in the middle-grade area. I’d recommend this to younger female students over male students and would promote it for leisure reading rather than something of substance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    One might have forgiven the egregious anachronisms if the mystery had been more, well, mysterious.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical / Mystery / Fiction *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Cindy Anstey's Deadly Curious is a twisty tale reminiscent of Jane Austen and with a dash of murder, is perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Agatha Christie. This historical mystery novel is set in the year 1834. 18-year-old Sophia Thompson aspires to be an investigator for the *Bow Street Runners which truly did exist but was disbanded in 1839 in favor of the Metropolitan Police.* She's read about murder investiga *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical / Mystery / Fiction *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Cindy Anstey's Deadly Curious is a twisty tale reminiscent of Jane Austen and with a dash of murder, is perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Agatha Christie. This historical mystery novel is set in the year 1834. 18-year-old Sophia Thompson aspires to be an investigator for the *Bow Street Runners which truly did exist but was disbanded in 1839 in favor of the Metropolitan Police.* She's read about murder investigations, but women were not allowed to be police in 1834. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This was a hard one to really get into. The characters were all superficially drawn, each very naive and rather boring. Our main character, Sophia, seems to think that she can be a detective after reading one book. The male main character spends most of the book bemused. Sophia's cousin Daphne (and nearly every other character) is more caricature than nuanced person. The mystery is banal, solved by accident rather tha More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This was a hard one to really get into. The characters were all superficially drawn, each very naive and rather boring. Our main character, Sophia, seems to think that she can be a detective after reading one book. The male main character spends most of the book bemused. Sophia's cousin Daphne (and nearly every other character) is more caricature than nuanced person. The mystery is banal, solved by accident rather than clues, and fairly obvious from the beginning. Story: Sophia travels to her help her cousin Daphne after Daphne's brother was murdered. The family is grieving, bow street only sees fit to send a runner a year later, and Daphne feels she is now being targeted. With the help of Bow Street Runner Jeremy, the three will attempt to solve the mystery of cousin Andrew's death - hopefully before more bodies begin to pile up. The big problem I had with this book is that it is very inert. The characters are flighty and silly, unrealistic, and lacking in strength and sense. If anything, it is the anti-Austen novel - fluffy, silly, and shallow. Our heroine Sophia has the logic of a six year old and believes she can become a detective after reading a book on the subject. And so she inveigles herself in the investigation into the death of her cousin and people don't seem to have a problem humoring her. Because, yes, she's pretty. And the runner Jeremy of course is very handsome (if simple). There's not a lot to chew on here and the banal mystery does nothing to uplift the cardboard nature of the characterization. The writing was also problematic at times - it felt like there were a lot of logic holes. Perhaps because I did not have the final draft, there were inconsistencies in how long ago Andrew had died and logic in the investigation considering how long ago events happened. I'm not sure if the book was rewritten or not but there were several instances where one scene did not segue clearly to another or had a gaping logic/plot hole. Overall, there was a lack of coherence that affected all areas of the story, from plot to characterization. I had a hard time finishing this book. It was so bland and I didn't like any of the rather charmless characters within. The mystery was obvious and could easily have been solved by our hero/heroine being a bit smarter in the beginning, which was frustrating as a reader. It's a chaste book so I imagine appropriate for younger audiences. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So, I honestly asked to read this book because I thought two things: 1) The cover looks pretty! 2) The description makes this sound really cool. Lies. So many lies. Well. Not about the cover. It is pretty. Sophia, our fetching protagonist, has read one (1) book on being a detective and has now decided, since she is a spinster at 18 (20? I can't remember and I don't give any fucks.) that she's going to be a detective. And that she k I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So, I honestly asked to read this book because I thought two things: 1) The cover looks pretty! 2) The description makes this sound really cool. Lies. So many lies. Well. Not about the cover. It is pretty. Sophia, our fetching protagonist, has read one (1) book on being a detective and has now decided, since she is a spinster at 18 (20? I can't remember and I don't give any fucks.) that she's going to be a detective. And that she knows everything about detecting and will be the best detector who ever detected. No, I am not kidding you, that's the entire premise of the book. Sophia's cousin, Daphne, who is a walking flat character if I've ever read one, writes to Sophia, begging her to come visit and solve her brother's murder. Which Sophia does, while falling in love with the young Bow Street Runner, Jeremy who was sent to solve the case (oh, and just to add some drama, if he fails at solving the case, then he's fired from the Runners). To be honest with you, dear readers, I wouldn't have been nearly as frustrated by this plot if the characters had any depth. They were all as flat as a board and could have been replaced by paper dolls. I've read these tropes before (hell, I love these tropes), and they do work. But I love the tropes when the author sells it; this author doesn't. This arc was riddled with typos and ridiculously worded sentences. Honestly, I don't think Anstey was that into this book either. The whole thing just felt half-assed to me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Farha Mohammed

    Women giving the middle finger to the patriarchy and hanging out at murder scenes is my new jam. YES PLEASE.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    It's kinda weird. I used to be scared of everything, but more and more I notice that the things I can handle are slowly changing. Maybe it's because I'm living the books I read differently. Maybe it's simply because I'm older and survived a hundred percent of my days so far. However, this book intrigued me from the moment I saw it, so a few weeks ago I had to include it in my August book haul. And since it's not too big, I picked it up quite soon. Let me start with saying that the book is not rea It's kinda weird. I used to be scared of everything, but more and more I notice that the things I can handle are slowly changing. Maybe it's because I'm living the books I read differently. Maybe it's simply because I'm older and survived a hundred percent of my days so far. However, this book intrigued me from the moment I saw it, so a few weeks ago I had to include it in my August book haul. And since it's not too big, I picked it up quite soon. Let me start with saying that the book is not really special. Nothing about it really stands out. But, also not in a negative way. It's just a very decent book. It's kind of exactly what you might expect based on the blurb and all the reviews you find here. It's just an enjoyable and entertaining read. I had to get used to the flowery descriptions at first, but once I got into the flow of the writing the book read easily and quite fast too. The plot is actually quite simple. On the one hand we have the love story and on the other hand we have the mystery. Although the mystery moves quite slowly and it takes a lot of time to get all the clues and information, it becomes quite soon quite clear in which direction it will develop. However, I personally didn't have a problem with the fact that I could puzzle things together, while the characters needed a little longer. Most of the clues were in the writing, not in actions and conversations. The characters, and therefore the romance, is just like the rest of the book. I got the impression that the story was inspired by Stalking Jack the Ripper, although the characters never reach the same level. They are just not unique enough to stand out like that. However, they didn't annoy me either and although there was some instant physical attraction I liked that it took quite some time before both characters were ready to admit how they truly felt. An enjoyable, although not very memorable, read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Big meh. Tragically, my renowned ability to not notice things is still at work. If I had realized this was by the same person as Suitors and Sabotage, I would have known better than to read it, but here we are yet again. First of all, the characters. Sophia is an eighteen-year-old girl determined to make police work her career and join the detectives of the Bow Street Runners. (Which are, to my surprise, a real thing!) She's fine, as a main character, and I appreciate her refusal to be pushed asid Big meh. Tragically, my renowned ability to not notice things is still at work. If I had realized this was by the same person as Suitors and Sabotage, I would have known better than to read it, but here we are yet again. First of all, the characters. Sophia is an eighteen-year-old girl determined to make police work her career and join the detectives of the Bow Street Runners. (Which are, to my surprise, a real thing!) She's fine, as a main character, and I appreciate her refusal to be pushed aside. But often, she does come off as very naive and not terribly brilliant. Her desire to join the Runners sounds more like a child's desire to be an astronaut, half the time, than anything really feasible. The romance wasn't amazing either. Sofia and Jeremy came rapidly to care for each other before I was able to care for either of them. Really, though, these things aren't vital. The PLOT is what's important, and a murder mystery with an interesting and satisfying puzzle can be forgiven lackluster characters and connection. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. I called that it was (view spoiler)[Charlotte from the first time they said she was adopted. (hide spoiler)] Again, not terrible. What's interesting is the motive and how the detectives unravel it all. Unfortunately, Jeremy and Sophia fail to unravel anything. From the moment (view spoiler)[the body in the ditch was discovered, they had all the information they needed. The murders were clearly connected. They knew it was someone at the house. They knew it had to be someone who was there twenty years ago. Boom. Solved. (hide spoiler)] Strangely, days later, they are still waffling around seemingly no closer to figuring out anything. The case ended up never being solved at all. No one ever put the pieces together. Instead, the killer just kept dropping body after body in an almost Criminal Minds-esque frenzy, and the mystery unraveled itself (view spoiler)[ with an extremely convenient attempt on Jeremy's life where an old woman with a knife tried to somehow take down a twenty-three year old policeman. (hide spoiler)] Sheer dumb luck is a cheap, unsatisfying conclusion to a murder mystery. If the murderer hadn't continued to escalate, they may never have solved the case, judging by the glacially slow way they were moving. This book is a mediocre read, neither particularly offensive nor particularly praiseworthy, and I expect within a month I'll have forgotten that I ever read it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    Deadly Curious is a book I've had my eye on for a while. I have loved every book I've read by Cindy Anstey and this one is no different. Not only does she do a great job with the YA historical genre but with the added mystery, this book had me turning the pages to find out the real story. This book opens with a murder and picks up from there. Sophia Thompson wants to be a bow street runner but a woman has never joined their ranks yet. Despite that, and the fact that her mother doesn't support he Deadly Curious is a book I've had my eye on for a while. I have loved every book I've read by Cindy Anstey and this one is no different. Not only does she do a great job with the YA historical genre but with the added mystery, this book had me turning the pages to find out the real story. This book opens with a murder and picks up from there. Sophia Thompson wants to be a bow street runner but a woman has never joined their ranks yet. Despite that, and the fact that her mother doesn't support her doing anything that will reflect poorly on the family, Sophia is determined. When she receives a letter from her cousin Daphne begging her to look into the murder of her brother, she knows she has to go so Sophia talks her father into going for a visit and that's when things start to pick up. When Sophia arrives, it is clear there is something more going on surrounding her cousin Andrew's death and now Daphne is worried that she is being targeted. When her uncle finally gets the support of the Bow Street Runners, it's with a young, new policeman and her uncle isn't impressed. I love how the relationship between Sophia and Jeremy progresses. Not only do they bounce ideas off of each other but they begin to see how they balance each other's strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes Sophia comes off as a bit thoughtless and makes some questionable decisions. Despite that, she is smart...she just doesn't make the smartest choices. The mystery itself was solid. I think the motivation behind the murder made the mystery more interesting than the who done it portion but that's just my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed this book and if you haven't read any of Anstey's books, you should definitely go check out her backlist now. I enjoy them and will continue to buy her books. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    EP

    Unfortunately, Deadly Curious did not leave me curious about the murder or investigation, nor dying to finish the book. It wasn’t poorly written, but the characters were too flat or inconsistent, the plot contrived and simplistic. Sophia fluctuated between being somewhat intelligent and silly, following appropriate customs and flouting them. It was all very naive - the idea that she could become a Runner just because she read one book and because she wasn’t marriage material. (Seemed very conven Unfortunately, Deadly Curious did not leave me curious about the murder or investigation, nor dying to finish the book. It wasn’t poorly written, but the characters were too flat or inconsistent, the plot contrived and simplistic. Sophia fluctuated between being somewhat intelligent and silly, following appropriate customs and flouting them. It was all very naive - the idea that she could become a Runner just because she read one book and because she wasn’t marriage material. (Seemed very convenient that she didn’t want to get married after she was convinced she wouldn’t be able to.) I’d say a younger audience may be able to overlook the silliness and fluff, and enjoy the simplicity. If you’re looking for a clever, witty heroine, with an interesting plot, this probably isn’t it. Netgalley provided an advanced reader copy of this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emelie

    DNF at 34% Deadly Curious had me so excited! The description gave me Stalking Jack the RIpper and A Study in Charlotte vibes, but the execution fell so flat. I couldn't stand the main character, Sophie, who is so naive that she thinks she can solve and complex murder mystery after reading a book about solving crime. Also the mystery felt like it had no stakes, and I was not invested whatsoever. If I had connected with any of the characters or found the plot intriguing I would have continued, but DNF at 34% Deadly Curious had me so excited! The description gave me Stalking Jack the RIpper and A Study in Charlotte vibes, but the execution fell so flat. I couldn't stand the main character, Sophie, who is so naive that she thinks she can solve and complex murder mystery after reading a book about solving crime. Also the mystery felt like it had no stakes, and I was not invested whatsoever. If I had connected with any of the characters or found the plot intriguing I would have continued, but everything (including the writing) felt basic. Even the love interest felt like the bare minimum portrayal of "the boy next door."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Libby Ames

    Sophia Thompson wants to be the first female Bow Street Runner. So, when her cousin Daphne requests help finding out who killed her brother, Sophia feels the situation will be a perfect chance to practice her detective skills. However, as Sophia works to solve the mystery, she finds danger and other obstacles along the way. This lighthearted mystery set in the Regency period is a fun read for characterization and entertainment, but not if you want a mind bending puzzle. The characters and story a Sophia Thompson wants to be the first female Bow Street Runner. So, when her cousin Daphne requests help finding out who killed her brother, Sophia feels the situation will be a perfect chance to practice her detective skills. However, as Sophia works to solve the mystery, she finds danger and other obstacles along the way. This lighthearted mystery set in the Regency period is a fun read for characterization and entertainment, but not if you want a mind bending puzzle. The characters and story are engaging, but the mystery isn’t very deep. I enjoyed the read even though there isn’t a lot of depth.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)

    Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey is a book more suited to young readers. It is light, easily solved and while entertaining still a long way from being a mystery for the fans of Agatha Christie as it says in the blurb. This was my first historical YA mystery and I enjoyed reading it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because despite the areas of improvement, it still is an enjoyable one time read. Njkinny recommends this book to young lovers of mystery and people looking for light mystery books. Read the c Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey is a book more suited to young readers. It is light, easily solved and while entertaining still a long way from being a mystery for the fans of Agatha Christie as it says in the blurb. This was my first historical YA mystery and I enjoyed reading it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because despite the areas of improvement, it still is an enjoyable one time read. Njkinny recommends this book to young lovers of mystery and people looking for light mystery books. Read the complete Review on Njkinny's Blog: https://www.njkinnysblog.com/2020/06/...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    It’s an elegant mystery with a dash of Regency romance. Sophia Thompson wishes to become a Bow Street Runner and thinks if she solves the murder of her cousin they’ll hire her. Meanwhile, the runners have sent their own man to solve the murder, Mr. Jeremy Fraser. Together they work on this cold case until it gets hot again—more murders and more suspects.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Kent

    What a pleasant surprise to find I won an ARC of this. Thanks, goodreads and Swoon Reads! I found this novel enjoyable, though but had figured out The Who Dun It early on. It didn’t take away from enjoying the characters and the setting. 3.5 rounded up because it was also a swift read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I loved this book so much! It delivers exactly what it promises with a badass main character, an intriguing mystery and a too cute romance.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I really enjoy Cindy Anstey, you can't beat her for a palate cleansing light mystery romp with some romance!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fallon

    I usually never read mystery novels but I was looking to try some new genres and expand my reading. I think this was the perfect mystery / thriller for someone who is maybe new to the genre. I do not like anything to intense or scary. This book was perfect for me. It had an MC that I enjoyed and was a girl fighting for rights in a time when women did not have many. Many twists and turns to find out who was the killer and some swoon to boot. Thank you Swoon reads for providing me with a copy for I usually never read mystery novels but I was looking to try some new genres and expand my reading. I think this was the perfect mystery / thriller for someone who is maybe new to the genre. I do not like anything to intense or scary. This book was perfect for me. It had an MC that I enjoyed and was a girl fighting for rights in a time when women did not have many. Many twists and turns to find out who was the killer and some swoon to boot. Thank you Swoon reads for providing me with a copy for review. This is an auto buy author for me and I am looking forward to picking up her other novels. If you are reluctant to read mystery then I highly recommend starting with this Author's books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    April B.

    * I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN A TWITTER GIVEAWAY * This book is historical mystery at its finest! Miss Sophia Thompson is a strong female character to root for because she is intelligent and fights against being overlooked simply for being female. I love the Bow Street Detective Jeremy showing up on the scene, he did not treat Sophia poorly because she is a woman, Jeremy treated her as a person with intelligence and wit and between them both a feeling of mutual attraction that was a fun read! The mur * I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN A TWITTER GIVEAWAY * This book is historical mystery at its finest! Miss Sophia Thompson is a strong female character to root for because she is intelligent and fights against being overlooked simply for being female. I love the Bow Street Detective Jeremy showing up on the scene, he did not treat Sophia poorly because she is a woman, Jeremy treated her as a person with intelligence and wit and between them both a feeling of mutual attraction that was a fun read! The murder mystery had lots of twists and turns and an ending that was very satisfying. I would love for Deadly Curious to become a series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    Thank you to Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tour, and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review! CW’s: Violence, Death/Murder 💗 Read this Review on my Blog 💗 I loved the exploration of a young women trying to become a detective. It's all about Sophia Thompson, a young girl in the 1830s trying to start her career as a detective. Since her family has fallen a bit from grace, she's not looking at many marriage proposals so she decides to take matters into her ow Thank you to Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tour, and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review! CW’s: Violence, Death/Murder 💗 Read this Review on my Blog 💗 I loved the exploration of a young women trying to become a detective. It's all about Sophia Thompson, a young girl in the 1830s trying to start her career as a detective. Since her family has fallen a bit from grace, she's not looking at many marriage proposals so she decides to take matters into her own hands and pick out a career to support herself. I liked her determination in making the best of her situation and learning as much about detective work as she could. Solving her cousin's murder seems to be the best way to prove herself worthy - and one day joins the Bow Street Runners in London - so Sophia tries to make sense of the mystery, especially as it's so personal. I really appreciated that the story showed the sexist prejudices that Sophia faces for choosing an 'unladylike' profession but still includes a lot of support for her. I prefer stories that don't constantly remind us of sexism in society and instead have characters that face some drawbacks, but still make progress. Sophia's father can sometimes come across as a bit patronizing, but he genuinely loves Sophia and even though he doesn't understand her aspirations, he still helps her out when her uncle is being difficult. The same goes for Daphne. She's Sophia's cousin and calls for her to solve the murder of her brother. She trusts her to get the job done and is supportive of her new career, even though she doesn't completely understand it. I loved the friendship between Daphne and Sophia, was both are different from each other and might not 100% get the other's interests, but are still respectful of each other. Sophia herself is a very realistic portrayal of a woman in historical times who's still caught up in the traditions and etiquette that was socialized but still tries to break free of them. I liked that she never looked down on Daphne for being more traditionally feminine, even when she has other interests. I also liked Sophia teaming up with Jeremy. He's the second character we follow along, so there's an even split between his and Sophia's POV. Jeremy is a Bow Street Runner - what Sophia hopes to become - and is sent to a hopeless case to prove himself. He's very young, so he didn't have many cases yet and as a newbie, he's trying to establish his knowledge and expertise by solving a case himself. This is the one that might finally get him some acknowledgment so Jeremy is determined to show that he's capable of being a great investigator. As the youngest son of a Baron, he needs to have his own career, as he won't inherit his father's estate. I loved that Jeremy and Sophia are united in trying to prove that they are good detectives, even though they come from vastly different perspectives. Jeremy's got privilege as a man, though him being young often lets people think he's not as competent. Meanwhile, Sophia struggles with a sexist society, refusing to accept a female detective. When both of them meet, they are immediately drawn to each other and begin an unlikely partnership, as they both want to find out what happened and secretly enjoy each other's company. They were very cute together and I liked that Jeremy took Sophia's aspirations seriously, though she sometimes had to remind him that she needed to see the more gruesome sides of detection to get used to them. I also quite liked how things ended for them (view spoiler)[I was frustrated that Sophia still wasn't allowed to become a Bow Street Runner even after solving the case, but instead of being defeated, she is inspired to create her own detective agency with her soon to be husband, Jeremy, where they can solve crimes together! (hide spoiler)] I wish the book had been a bit more fast-paced though. I liked following along the mystery, but sometimes the pace of the story slowed down a bit and I was hoping for the main characters to do a bit more investigating. I know that they're caught up in following traditions and everyday life, but I wanted more high-stakes missions to find out who the killer was. The mystery could have done with a bit more development because I did enjoy the deductions that we got to see, I just wanted more of them. Same with the romance, I liked Jeremy and Sophia working together but would have loved to see more swoon-worthy scenes between them. So everything taken together made the story a bit slower, especially as the writing was sometimes a bit more focused on telling than showing us things. I still enjoyed reading Deadly Curious, but some aspects could have been more fleshed out. IN CONCLUSION. ➽ Deadly Curious was an interesting mix of historical fiction, mystery, and a little bit of romance. I really liked the exploration of a young woman trying to prove that she can be a good detective and the lovely team up with an attractive Bow Street Runner who values her input. I do wish that the mystery had been a bit more fast-paced and plot-focused though. Read for ... 💗 #outofcomfortzonechallenge You can find me here 💖 Book Blog | Twitter | Be my friend on GR!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy A

    More than anything Sophia Thompson wants to be a Bow Street Runner. She knows it is an unlikely profession for a young lady, but after a family scandal leaves her pretty much shunned by society her prospects are nil. When she receives a distressing letter from her cousin, Daphne. You see Daphen's brother Andrew was killed almost a year ago, the murderer has yet to be caught and now strange things have been happening around the household making Daphne convinced someone is out to finish off the re More than anything Sophia Thompson wants to be a Bow Street Runner. She knows it is an unlikely profession for a young lady, but after a family scandal leaves her pretty much shunned by society her prospects are nil. When she receives a distressing letter from her cousin, Daphne. You see Daphen's brother Andrew was killed almost a year ago, the murderer has yet to be caught and now strange things have been happening around the household making Daphne convinced someone is out to finish off the rest of the family. Sophia sees the perfect opportunity to show everyone her capabilities as an investigator, but when she arrives at their Allenton Park Estate, she discovers that a young Officer with the Bow Street Runners, Jeremy Fraser, has been sent to solve the case. Jeremy is a newer member of the Bow Street Runners and still has a lot to prove. While he finds Sophia fascinating, he's loathe to put her in any kind of danger. But when it becomes apparent that he needs her help if he wants any chance of questioning the townspeople, they begin a working relationship that could possibly lead to something more, but first they must save her family from a killer lurking in their midst. Deadly Curious is so close to what I'm looking for in my historical mystery/suspense. Cindy Anstey has been edging ever closer to the perfect formula between historical, mystery/suspense, YA, and romance. I really thought the balance between keeping the story seated within the YA realm yet also not being afraid to really push things as far as a murder mystery was done really well. I could feel the high stakes kind of edge-of-your-seat feeling while awaiting the killer to strike again. While I kinda spotted the culprit early, the motivations were kept hidden until the end which I liked. Where I could have used a bit more focus was on the developing feelings between Jeremy and Sophia. It wasn't balanced out as much as I would like and tended to get overshadowed by the idea of Sophia becoming an investigator. I liked the spotlight on a woman encroaching upon what was considered a "man's job" and thriving. I just think that the story kind of felt like you couldn't focus on both at the same time so whenever the story switched between the developing feelings and Sophia's choice of career, one would falter. I would love if these characters would get another story. This could have focused more on Sophia showing her capabilities as far as investigating goes with touching upon the possibility of something more developing between Jeremy and Sophia in a later book, but Cindy Anstey tends to write standalones so I'm not optimistic that this could come to fruition - although I will say the door is left open for the option. Overall, I'm not disappointed. The quibbles I have really took nothing away from me enjoying the story as a whole. Cindy Anstey really satisfies my need for the historical mystery/suspense genre and I will always pick up what she has to write. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Deadly Curious is set in England in the year 1834. The main character is Sophia Thompson. What Sophia would really like to do is be a detective for the Bow Street Runners. A little historical background information: The Bow Street Runners are basically the first professional detective force in Great Britain. They formalized and regulated methods of investigation. They worked in association with the Bow Street Magistrates office, which is where their name originated. Before their inception, the l Deadly Curious is set in England in the year 1834. The main character is Sophia Thompson. What Sophia would really like to do is be a detective for the Bow Street Runners. A little historical background information: The Bow Street Runners are basically the first professional detective force in Great Britain. They formalized and regulated methods of investigation. They worked in association with the Bow Street Magistrates office, which is where their name originated. Before their inception, the law enforcement system was in the hands of private individuals. Now back to the story… Sophia’s cousin, Daphne, writes asking for help. A year ago, Daphne’s brother, Andrew, died in mysterious circumstances and the family is not handling it well. In addition to dealing with grief, there are troubling occurrences still happening. Daphne believes that with Sophia’s inquisitive mind and interest in puzzles and mysteries, she should come for a visit and solve the mystery. Sophia believes that if she does discover the solution, it will help her prove that she can be a successful Bow Street Runner. It will help convince her family to let her pursue her dream and possibly show the Bow Street Runners she is capable and should be allowed to join them. When she arrives for her visit, she finds that Daphne’s father, her uncle Edward, has hired a Bow Street Runner to investigate Andrew’s death. We read along as Sophia investigates and Jeremy, the person her uncle hired, learns to value her observations and abilities. What stands out to me about this book is 1. It’s a fairly mild mystery. It contains violence and harm comes to characters, but it is not particularly graphic. So if you like mysteries, but you don’t like a lot of gory details this might be a good choice for you! 2. It is important to read books set in the past, so we remember to work to ensure that everyone has equal access to sources of knowledge and the ability to choose their path in life. 3. If you liked any of these books, you might want to give this one a read. Or if you like this one, you could check out one of these: a. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly definitely shares some similarities it too is set in the past, there is a mystery to be solved and a young woman wants to pursue a career that others feel isn’t proper for her. (Regardless of your opinion of Deadly Curious, if you have not read These Shallow Graves, I do recommend it!) b. Agatha Christie books, especially any of the Tommy and Tuppence books or, her masterpiece, And Then There Were None.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has been one year since Andrew Waverly's murder in the woods on his family's estate. No suspects have turned up any leads, no clues have been found, and no motive has been determined. Now two brilliant minds converge on the scene, each desperate to solve the case. But will their curiosity prove to be deadly? Sophia Thompson is destined for spinsterhood following scandal involving an uncle being transported to Austr I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has been one year since Andrew Waverly's murder in the woods on his family's estate. No suspects have turned up any leads, no clues have been found, and no motive has been determined. Now two brilliant minds converge on the scene, each desperate to solve the case. But will their curiosity prove to be deadly? Sophia Thompson is destined for spinsterhood following scandal involving an uncle being transported to Australia. However, Sophia refuses to simply be at her mother's beck and call, chained to embroidery and other ladylike pursuits. No, Sophia is going to find employment, and she has only one occupation on her mind: Bow Street Runner. When her cousin, Daphne, begs Sophia to come to her estate to solve the year-old murder of Daphne's older brother, especially with strange accidents beginning to occur, Sophia can hardly object. After all, this is her opportunity to help her family and prove her worth as a detective. The fourth son of a minor baron, Jeremy Fraser is determined to make a name for himself when he is assigned his third case as a Bow Street Runner. It's his first murder and he is, admittedly, much more excited about the case than propriety allows. But his enthusiasm is only slightly dampened when he arrives to learn that the murder happened a year previously. He has a lot of work ahead of him to solve this cold case, and an even frostier reception from the townspeople isn't helping. But, fortunately, he seems to have found an ally in the victim's family's visiting cousin, a Miss Sophia Thompson. Working together, Sophia and Jeremy utilize their positions in society to examine crime scenes, question suspects, search for clues, all with body counts rising, unexplained accidents occurring, more questions than answers.... and sparks flying between the two detectives. Cindy Anstey continues to delight readers with her historical romantic YA cozy-style mysteries set in the Regency Era. Equal parts intense crime-solving and fluffy romance, Anstey's novels are perfect for lovers of mysteries and Jane Austen. While this is, admittedly, the first time that I have had a fairly solid idea of "who done it?" in one of Anstey's novels roughly halfway through, I was still impressed with the ending and big reveal, as there aspects--and other suspects--that I hadn't taken into consideration before.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Cindy Anstey deftly blends chilling atmosphere, delicious wit, nail-biting mystery and touching romance in her latest novel, Deadly Curious. Sophia Thompson would love nothing more than to be a Bow Street Runner. With her plans for matrimony shattered due to her extended family’s nefarious dealings, Sophia has decided not to pine for marriage and children and instead invest all of her time, energy and resources into becoming the best detective she can possibly be. Of course, for a woman living in Cindy Anstey deftly blends chilling atmosphere, delicious wit, nail-biting mystery and touching romance in her latest novel, Deadly Curious. Sophia Thompson would love nothing more than to be a Bow Street Runner. With her plans for matrimony shattered due to her extended family’s nefarious dealings, Sophia has decided not to pine for marriage and children and instead invest all of her time, energy and resources into becoming the best detective she can possibly be. Of course, for a woman living in 1834, this was easier said than done but she refuses to be deterred or dissuaded from her quest – especially as her cousin was murdered a year ago and his killer is still at large. After receiving a frantic letter from her cousin Daphne, Sophia decides that the time has come for her to prove her mettle and to try and discover what happened to her cousin Andrew and whether she can track down his killer. At twenty years of age, Jeremy Fraser has only three investigations under his belt, but when the young Bow Street Runner is tasked with looking into the murder of Andrew Waverley, he is determined to prove his worth as an investigator to his bosses and all of his detractors. However, solving this case proves to be even harder than he originally envisaged. For one thing, the Constable continues to throw obstacle after obstacle in his path and the strange behavior of the Waverley family is giving him serious cause for concern. His investigation seems to be derailed at every turn, but at least Miss Sophia Thompson, the deceased’s cousin, seems keen to assist him in this investigation. As this case takes Sophia down uncertain and dangerous paths she had never previously imagined, she quickly realizes that the killer might be closer to her family than she initially suspected- and that threat of danger and jeopardy is edging closer and closer yet again.. Cindy Anstey has got a charming writing style that will appeal to readers of all ages. Deadly Curious is a terrific mystery that brilliantly captures the spirit and elegance of the 19th Century. Sparkling with flair, humor and style, this nail-biting thriller has got a touching romance at its centre that will make readers giggle and keep them engrossed and entertained from start to finish. A riveting tale of danger, deception and desire, Cindy Anstey’s Deadly Curious is a gripping historical tale that is as hard to put down as it is to resist.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Grace Williams

    There has been a murder. For Sophia Thompson, coming up on the anniversary of her cousin's murder is sad, but news of the murderer continuing to haunt her extended family's home a year after the dreadful deed is what sends her rushing to the Allenton Park estate. In part, to provide comfort to her cousin Daphne, but also to solve the case. Alongside Bow Street Runner, Jeremy, Sophia dives headfirst into the case, and finds a lesson in it that we all know well: things are not always what they app There has been a murder. For Sophia Thompson, coming up on the anniversary of her cousin's murder is sad, but news of the murderer continuing to haunt her extended family's home a year after the dreadful deed is what sends her rushing to the Allenton Park estate. In part, to provide comfort to her cousin Daphne, but also to solve the case. Alongside Bow Street Runner, Jeremy, Sophia dives headfirst into the case, and finds a lesson in it that we all know well: things are not always what they appear. To begin by saying I was underwhelmed by this book is a bit of an understatement. I chose this book to review since it was a recommended read for fan's of Kerri Maniscalco's Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I was expecting strong female characters, daring, and suspense as is typically provided by a book of this nature. Upon completing this story I must say I was disappointed. The entire book felt just...meh. The characters all seemed to fall flat as I was confronted with dull, inexperienced, and shallow personalities. They were all so uninspiring throughout the whole book. Our female main character, Sophia, appeared to believe she could become a detective after reading a single book on the subject. Our male main character, Jeremy, went in circles with the case the entire book, stumbling upon clues like a clumsy toddler and solving the case with Sophia by accident. In addition, the romance made some sense, but I cannot seem to get past the detail that the entire story Jeremy worked to protect Sophia from the case, even at times disbelieving in her ability to become a detective. Would not a strong female lead have protested the lack of faith in her ability and have fought to be seen as an equal? She certainly would have to do so for quite some time in order to be taken seriously in her profession, let alone in her personal life. I recommend this book for younger YA readers, such as those in middle school who are ready to be eased from juvenile books to YA. I think those younger readers will find this book more enjoyable than I did, and may even find that the plot, action, and adventure sneaks up on them as they read. **I received this book as an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aisyah

    This is my first book of Cindy Anstey so I have nothing to expect. But since I love mystery historical fiction, I would love to give it a go! We follow Sophia, who is eager to become a runner ( an investigator ) and she wanted to proof herself by solving the case of her cousin, Andrew Waverly's murder case. Ever since, there is no female runner and the job doesn't suit to a woman. But still, Sophia teammed up with Jeremy Fraser, the current runner of the case in order to reveal the muderer. The This is my first book of Cindy Anstey so I have nothing to expect. But since I love mystery historical fiction, I would love to give it a go! We follow Sophia, who is eager to become a runner ( an investigator ) and she wanted to proof herself by solving the case of her cousin, Andrew Waverly's murder case. Ever since, there is no female runner and the job doesn't suit to a woman. But still, Sophia teammed up with Jeremy Fraser, the current runner of the case in order to reveal the muderer. The pacing of the plot was quite okay but a bit draggy. I love the murder case so much, it's a perfect case for the characters to solve. I was also curious on the case, makes me sitting at the edge of my chair. Then, we talk about the main characters. Sophia is a very focused woman. She's so eager to solve the case even her relative asked her to leave the case for the runner to solve. And she rebels, all the time. Which makes her a very strong character. I can say she is not like any other girl. She likes to try and learn something new. Jeremy is not any different. He is protective man, especially when it comes to Sophia who volunteerly involved into a deadly case. He's quite charming, by the way. His use of words are so attractive and polite. Like really this guy need to have a bad side for real. For the mystery aspect, honestly, I am a bit lost from time to time and I kept rereading the scene again. Because a scene can be very fast but full of information. The mystery is just torturing me. I barely had a clue whoever is the murderer. All the clue leads to every suspicious characters that I hardly know and I just can't help but wonder if any of those are hiding something. The lacking of characteristic in side characters is just, overwhelming. You kept blaming the wrong person for no reason. The relationship between Sophia and Jeremy is so very cute. I mean, they are not straightforwardly flirting. But their chemistry and talking and discussing is the romance aspect. Their interaction are so freaking fluffy and flattering. And, their development ia not disappointing at all.

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