Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared. Back in London, his literary agent, Victoria (who is naive enough to believe he actually looks like his jacket photo), tries to talk him through the plot problems in both his latest manuscript and in his real life - but Charlie soon finds himself caught up in a caper reminiscent of a Cary Grant movie, involving safe-deposit boxes, menacing characters, and a beautiful damsel in distress.
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That every time I thought I knew who did it, there was another plot twist.
Many perfect plot twists, that kept me wanting more
The finale in the diamond factory with all the main characters in one place
Good story but it's predictability made it disappointing . The narration is excellent. I enjoyed listening to the variety of characters. If I had been reading it, I would have most likely abandoned this book once the mystery became ridiculously
apparent. Instead I listened whilst gardening. There are a couple of twists but nothing too surprising.
struggled to finish. wanted more interpersonal relationships, like his flirting and saucy interactions with his
publisher that we are few and far between
I found this book horrible to listen to the narrator was horrible and the story was hard to follow due to not being able to like the narrator. I have tried 5 times and just can't do it. a wasted credit for me.
I am a book junkie. Read to me.
The puzzle is straight-forward but the characters are very appealing. The thief-writer's friendship with his agent is especially engaging. Some very funny descriptions and situations.
I enjoyed this book very much, but there's a long exposition at the end that drug on for too long. Parts of the story were predictable, but enjoyable none the less.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
I don't usually read this kind of stories, but it was recommended and Simon Vance was the narrator, so I thought why not?
And I'm glad I got it. It is a fun, lighthearted mystery with interesting characters and a clever plot. The ending actually got me.
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