Charlie Howard - globe-trotting mystery writer, professional thief, and poor decision maker - is in Paris. Flush with the success of his latest book reading, Charlie agrees to show a complete novice how to break into an apartment in the Marais. Fast-forward twenty-four hours and Charlie's hired to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting - from the exact same address. Mere coincidence? Charlie figures there's no harm in finding out - until a dead body turns up in his living room and he finds himself evading the law while becoming caught up in a quite outrageous heist. And that's before Charlie's literary agent, Victoria, finally decides that they should meet face to face. Nobody ever said a life of suspense was ever easy, but Charlie, the most disarmingly charming burglar since Cary Grant, soon finds things are getting way out of control.
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I was fairly entertained by the first book in the series: A Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam. It was fun largely because of meeting a new engaging character, and Simon Vance's reading carries the story. But it was also mostly forgettable, so I'm glad I got it on sale.
This book on the other hand is memorable, but not because the story is compelling. This one is memorable because of the glaring grammatical errors and odd sentence structure throughout the book. There were so many errors in verb conjugation, I looked the author up to see if the books were written in another language and simply translated poorly. I did find several reviews in which the reviewer not only commented on the grammar but also, having read the book in print, commented on problems with punctuation and spelling.
Simon Vance certainly had a challenge with this production. It must have driven him crazy to perform this book without correcting the grammar along the way. But he performed with his usual panache and made the book endurable enough that I actually did finish listening to it.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
It has to be the best... with the word pictures painted by Ewan & enacted by the excellent voice of Simon Vance, nothing could have been better.
Charlie Howard no doubt! It was suggested he was a smooth cheeky thief like a Gary Grant character, & that's true. He is the most likable thief since Grant's "To Catch A Thief".
Not to give anything away, but the several forays across the roof tops of Paris were most nostalgic & picturesque.
Yes, the scenes it inspired made me laugh out loud!
I took a chance on spending a credit on an author unfamiliar to me but I liked the idea of the story, the reviews were good, & Vance does't do bad books!
This is # 2 in the "Good Thief's Guide to... " series. It can stand alone on it's own merits, I chose it for the setting in Paris. It is a great comic mystery for a change from the more serious British mysteries I listen to/read. I had just finished Phil Rickman's "To Dream of the Dead" which I enjoyed but needed a well written, lighthearted, romp & this was perfect. A definite G rating like an old Cary Grant movie, worthy of a whole family listen. I have since added to my library all of the Ewan books that are on Audible.
I had never heard of this author before, but I was attracted by the title and the fact that it took place in Paris, of which I'm very familiar. Also, the reviews said it was humorous. It was a delightful romp through my favorite city and my favorite haunts, but witty and humorous and perfectly portrayed by the narrator. I'm delighted to have found this writer and this series, and will continue to read them. However, I'm always disappointed when they are comparatively short. But, this is such an entertaining listen, that is worth a credit.
Tell us about yourself!
In this episode, the good thief naively accepts a "training exercise" that embroils him in another complicated mess.
It doesn't seem to matter that he has a good job offer from a trusted source. It makes for a disasterous first meeting with his editor. It leaves him not knowing who, if anyone, is on his side. He must sort it all out on his own. In the end, he suffers banishment and must move on.
I am looking forward to the next episode.
Simon Vance is always an excellent narrator.
I will listent to this story again just because it's so entertaining and the characters are like those out of a good movie.
I love Simon Vance as a narrater. His character voices are believable and each one enhances that character's personality.
light mystery that's easy to follow while driving. The performance is excellent
No but I really liked his performance and will be looking for more of him reading
Funny and easy
There was a good sense of humor, but there were also some near misses, perhaps it's a matter of style and experience. Both the auhor's and mine.
There were some moments where you really didn't see it coming, then there were some where you could see it coming a mile off. I think the latter kept me off guard and set me up for the former! (No spoilers here!)
Say something about yourself!
Keep your expectations dialed down to cute, fun, and you will enjoy.
I purchased another stand alone by author.
He did a great job.
It's a series. Soooooo...yes.
This series is absolutely sheer entertainment! The author sucks you in and keeps you belted tightly to your seat the entire time. Mr. Vance is the perfect narrator and I'm amazed at his language skills. It's literally a great thrill ride, good, clean innocent fun along the lines of Indiana Jones or Romancing the Stone. After well over 500 audio books I am safe in saying that Mr. Even is among my top favorite authors. If you like wit, charm, levity and excitement all wrapped up, this series excels. I'm off for the next one now...
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