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Deadly Curious

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  116 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Allison Yes. I will be purchasing this for my Junior High students. There was no foul language and no sex. Some kissing, but overall a great mystery.

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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 ...more
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.

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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!
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
Overall Rating : C+

"To know why is to know who...or, at least, to have a better idea of who."

Damn this for being so cute and fluffy at the end! If this was just a regency love novel I would've given this a higher rating. But there was a mystery to solve, and the book suffered for it.

The fact that Jeremy and Sophia didn't have a clue about anything made me wonder if they are really up to being Bow Street Runners at all! Random things happening, too many coincidences to be real, and, let's be hone
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
One might have forgiven the egregious anachronisms if the mystery had been more, well, mysterious.
Jun 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
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
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*Genre* Historical / Mystery / Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


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
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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
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
Farha Mohammed
Women giving the middle finger to the patriarchy and hanging out at murder scenes is my new jam. YES PLEASE.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at 60 pages. How you make your main character annoying in less then 8 pages? Talent.
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
Erin Arkin
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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
Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
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.

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Samantha Hastings
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Alyson Kent
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
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.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, mystery
While Cindy Anstey is a master at characterization, this book felt like a Regency romance masquerading as a mystery.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Cindy Anstey, you can't beat her for a palate cleansing light mystery romp with some romance! ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally read this one! It was as fun as I expected it to be!
Maddy (maddyandbooks)
3.5 Stars

If you like regency romance with a murder mystery twist then you'll really enjoy Deadly Curious, and all of Cindy Anstey's books for that matter.

I have now read all of Cindy's books and whilst I did enjoy Deadly Curious I can't help but feel that this is the same book as the last, and the one before that. There is only so many books you can write about the regency era, love and murder/crime mysteries before it all starts to sound the same. I am wondering if Cindy will perhaps try a dif
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
April B.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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

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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
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: cover-love, blue
2.8 (?) stars rounded up to 3.

I don't really know what to say. I was really looking forward to this book and it just kind of... fell far below my expectations.

I loved The Hummingbird Dagger (the book released prior to this one) and in 2019 when I saw that Cindy Anstey was writing another book I was so excited. I waited with eager anticipation for Deadly Curious and when I could finally get my hands on it I was thrilled.

When I first opened the book I thought that it was going to be great, but as
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Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, painting, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found--actually, not found--adventuring around the province with her hubby.

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