The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey is a YA Historical Mystery out now!
“From the author of Suitors and Sabotage comes a suspenseful and enthralling new Regency novel, perfect for readers who like their Jane Austen classics with a side of mystery and murder.
1833. A near-fatal carriage accident has deposited an unconscious young woman on the doorstep of Hardwick Manor and into the care of young Lord James Ellerby. But when she finally awakens, it is with no memory of who she is or where she came from.
Beth, as she calls herself, has no identity; the only clue to her circumstances is a recurring nightmare of a hummingbird, blood dripping from its steel beak.
With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth tries to solve the mystery of her own identity and the appalling events that brought her to their door. But nothing could prepare her for the escalating dangers that threaten her and the Ellerby clan. From the hazardous cliffs of Dorset to the hostile streets of London, Beth will fight to reclaim her past, hunted by a secretive foe with murderous intentions.
Fans of Cindy Anstey’s previous novels won’t want to miss The Hummingbird Dagger, a dark and twisty new offering that blends romance, danger and mystery. “
This was such a fun, mystery read! From the first chapter, we are thrown into an intense situation that quickly escalates into more of a murder-mystery-game vibe, even though this is much more unique than that.
My favorite parts of this book were the plot and world building. I love these types of books set in a historical society full of puzzles and quests to find the truth. There were a few drier moments, but as soon as the plot begins to thicken, I was hooked!
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great book for readers looking for a darker, historical standalone. There are nightmares, amnesia, death, and danger around every corner.
Published: 16 April 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tours
“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.”
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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