Monday, February 17, 2020

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

The Hummingbird DaggerThe Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Regency Romance/Suspense

Book Description:  1833. After young Lord James Ellerby witnesses a near-fatal carriage accident on the outskirts of his estate, he doesn't think twice about bringing the young woman injured in the wreck to his family's manor to recuperate. But then she finally regains consciousness only to find that she has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.

Beth, as she takes to calling herself, is an enigma even to herself. She has the rough hands of a servant, but the bearing and apparent education of a lady. Her only clue to her identity is a gruesome recurring nightmare about a hummingbird dripping blood from its steel beak.

With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth slowly begins to unravel the mystery behind her identity and the sinister circumstances that brought her to their door. But the dangerous secrets they discover in doing so could have deadly ramifications reaching the highest tiers of London society

My thoughts: This was a very interesting book. It has a goth vibe to it. It was dark with intrigue, suspense, and murder.

I have to admit that I didn't connect with the characters very much. The story moved for me because of the plot. A young woman is involved in a carriage accident due to the recklessness of a teenage boy.
She is taken in by the teen's older brother and it is discovered that she is suffering amnesia. The name she decides to go by is Beth. From this point on, bad things start to happen around and to her.
She is targeted for murder, her maid is killed, she is stalked by men with malicious intent. The only question is why? The only clue is the nightmare she has every night about blood dripping from a hummingbird dagger.

If you like good suspense and the search for a bad guy before he can inflict more harm, you should give this book a try. It has a little bit of romance and non-graphic violence.

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About the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  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.

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

Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. The Hummingbird Dagger, her first YA mystery, was released April 2019; her second, Deadly Curious, will be released in April 2020.
Cindy Anstey

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