A Company of Roses by Megan Goodenough



The author sent me a copy (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).


My rating:  3.4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

When her best friend disappears after a drunken night out, Cas is drawn into a hunt for an Elizabethan treasure that holds the answer to a very modern, very dangerous, conspiracy. Pursued by a criminal gang, then hunted by a former Russian spy, it’s a good thing intelligence agent Reuben is there to watch her back – but can she really trust him?

The end of the journey is more personal than she could ever have imagined as she finally unearths the British Government’s most well-kept secret, and faces the organisation sworn to protect it…


Genre(s):  Mystery

Series:  –

Length:  300 pages

Release Date:  2015-06-28



Reuben’s view of the girls was completely obscured. He peered through the legs and gyrating stomachs to the table. Not too anxiously though, because the sudden crowd meant there’d be no way for two drunk girls to get anywhere.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lacey, Cas and Reuben. Glamorous artist Lacey disappears while being monitored by Reuben. Her friend Chastity ‘Cas’ tries to find her by following Lacey’s mysterious clues.

With A Company of Roses, Megan Goodenough has created a 21st century mystery with a historical twist. Worried about her friend, Cas finds clues to follow. It seems impossible to get rid of Reuben and the agency behind him. She is threatened by mysterious guys, running from them and hunting for clues makes for tiring days. The characters are believable and of sufficient depth. It is a pity that I could not really like Cas, she is nice enough; Reuben is a miracle. Despite the protagonist’s being on the run, the story has a slow yet steady flow. Some observations are spot on, the locations are easily recognisable. A few grammar flaws do not ruin the story. A Company of Roses is the promising début novel of Megan Goodenough, a mystery writer to watch out for.

This is for you if you like mysteries with historical twists.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Slow
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

A graduate of York University with a degree in archaeology, Megan been short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, long-listed for the TS Eliot award and won a with BBC Writers’ Room competition. Her short fiction has been published by the Londonist Magazine.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about A Company of Roses?  Or – if you did not yet read A Company of Roses  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If A Company of Roses was filmed or to be put on stage – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





6 thoughts on “A Company of Roses by Megan Goodenough

  1. This book sounds interesting and you have it some good ratings. What do you think it needs to get even more exciting?
    I like Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley and Rose Byrne. The latter played a good “villainess” in the “Spy” movie with Melissa McCarthy playing a smart spy assistant 🙂

    • It is a really good book, Robin. I feel sorry that I was unable to relate to Cas a little more. Stubborn protagonists always assist a good story.
      I could imagine Anne Hathaway as Cas and Keira Knightley as Lacey – excellent suggestions, Robin. 🙂

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