Nightmares that might be real... The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey (Review)

The Hummingbird Dagger
By Cindy Anstey
YA Historical, Suspense
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
April 16th 2019 by Swoon Reads


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.

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My Review

THE HUMMINGBIRD DAGGER is an historical suspense full of intrigue set amidst the charm and deception of the ton. An enjoyable read recommended to historical suspense fans.

After reading previous books by this author I knew this newest wouldn't have quite her usual humor, but I missed it all the same. This was a more steady and serious story. The mystery began from the start and was pieced together here and there as the characters searched for answers. I figured much of those answers out before the characters, but there were still a few things that I didn't know about or how exactly it would all turn out. I liked the characters and the romance was sweet. I would have like a little more complexity to the plot and there were a few things that didn't quite feel authentic to the time period, but those would really be my only complaints.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this story overall and am looking forward to this author's next release!

Content: Some violence and innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley, but also purchased a copy, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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