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Deadly Curious

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  17 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Swoon Reads
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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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Farha Mohammed
Women giving the middle finger to the patriarchy and hanging out at murder scenes is my new jam. YES PLEASE.
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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 than
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Jan 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Giving me A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller vibes with the forbidden career due to the whole having a vagina thing. I'm down.
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
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Swoon Reads in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Usually murder mysteries for me are somewhat predictable and on the boring side for me where I crave the big twist so unexpected that it completely changes the story. Deadly Curious at first was leading down the path of predictability but the setting and plot was very compelling that it grabbed my
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. 2.5/3 stars I was kind of hoping for something like Jackaby, but it was not quite there. I figured out the killer around halfway through the book, but at that point I was kind of bored by the romance. There was a lot of talk of how handsome he was over and over and over. They did have things in common, but that made me get annoyed with her (and him). I also thought the ending was a little much and overdone and unrealistic. The incidents that happened to and ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A typical period mystery with a lot of chaste romance thrown in. Sophia is a proper, if intensely curious young lady who goes to her cousin to help solve the year-long mystery of another cousin's murder. When Jeremy arrives from London on orders to solve the crime, the two are at once attracted to and in competition with each other until they inevitably join forces. Sophia has the idea of being an investigator herself, despite the indecency of it (it is 1834 after all). As the murders and ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anstey can be relied on for pleasant Regency (or early Victorian) romances with a hint of mystery. In her most recent books, the mysteries begin to take more of a center stage. She is still developing in this area; the romance element is still her strength. Many of the historical details are accurate although sometimes the writing feels anachronistic. I was intrigued enough by the inclusion of the Bow Street Runners that I ended up reading more about them. Not great literature, but recommended ...more
I read this as an eARC in return for a fair review.

It's been one year since Sophia's cousin was found murdered in the woods near his family's estate, but there gas yet to be an arrest of the culprit. When she is asked to visit and look into solving the mystery, Sophia finds herself teamed up with an unlikely partner, a young new member of the Bow Street Runners. After several different accidents and another murder, Sophia and her new partner Jeremy are racing against time to solve the case.

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Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Sophia Thompson is just a girl with a dream of being a detective, to bad it's 1834 and shes a girl. When her cousin Daphne writes to her and begs her to help solve her brothers year old murder Sophia sets off on her first investigation. Sophia arrives at her cousins family estate at the same time as detective Jeremy Fraser a young Bow Street Runner sent by London to solve the murder. The two team up to try and solve the case. Overall, this was an alright book but I had pretty much figured out ...more
Feb 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
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If this isn't a Jackaby I will be very surprised. I mean, look at the cover:

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

I suspect that I shall continue to like Jackaby better, and this has nothing to do with that the cover is the greatest piece of art to grace this Earth (step aside, Mona Lisa).
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I love mysteries!!! Deadly Curious is a wonderful young adult historical read! I love the dab of romance with the full on mystery.
Angela Branham
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Historical crime novel. Overall, a fun, twisty and quirky read. About a young lady who hopes to become a Bow Street Runner (detective) in the time when ladies do no such thing.
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