Entry 116: Deadly Curious (+ Giveaway)


Author: Cindy Anstey
Fiction > Young Adult > Historical fiction
Fiction > Young Adult > Mystery
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance
Publication: June 23rd 2020 by Swoon Reads
Pages: 352
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

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.

My Review

Trigger warnings: blood, description of murdered bodies 

Disclaimer: This post is a part of the Xpresso Book Tours. Thank you to the author and publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not usually one for Victorian-era books, but I’d just got done reading A Study in Scarlett Women, and really liked it, so I was intrigued by the summary of this novel! Also, this cover is lovely.

What I Liked

  • Sophia is a really cute protagonist! I love how rambunctious and stubborn she is. She’s a driven character who knows what she wants and goes for it. I really admire this quality in characters, and it helped drive the plot. Plus, her relationship with her dad is adorable; he was so sneakily supportive!
  • The romance really worked for me because they were so tender towards each other, and were just a couple of awkward dorks! I also loved how Jeremy was like a fish out of water, really uncertain and just guessing his way through social interactions, but always there to back up Sophia. It was a nice break from the macho, alpha guy.
  • Ultimately, this book felt like a cozy mystery, rather than a strict mystery, which was fine by me. It didn’t take itself very seriously, even when bodies were dropping.
  • The dialogue was well written and you could fly through the pages easily.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Sometimes, I would find Sophia to be a little selfish about her desires to investigate and really not capable of reading the room or being sensitive with the family of the victims. Also, she’d make choices that would make more sense for a teenager to choose, not a grown woman, so that was jilting.
  • There were times when the story would meander with little investigation. Those were the points I’d get bored.
  • The villains were not interesting in the slightest, which is a shame ’cause they could have been at least darkly humorous. And it was pretty obvious who the real culprit was so I wasn’t holding my breath.


I think this book found me right when I needed it! I had a lot of fun, and hope y’all will check it out soon!

My Rating: 4/5

Giveaway time!

Follow this link for a chance to win a paperback copy (ends July 2): a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule: http://xpressobooktours.com/2020/04/07/tour-sign-up-deadly-curious-by-cindy-anstey/

About the Author:

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester.

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