This is another "try something different" for me. The publisher's summary and the always superb narrator Simon Vance make it sound intriguing.
..Show More »/>This story has none of the intense psychological aura nor the graphic ongoing violence that many of the mystery thrillers have. Yes, I do listen to them, but it takes a few days to come back to my reality to move on. When this was over, I was delighted with the outcome which has a Sherlock Holmes feel to it. The characters are varied and each has an ulterior motive or two for their behavior. Our "Good Thief" must sort it all out, earn his freedom, and move on to Paris.
I plan to move on to the next installment in the series.
This was a surprise. A light detective novel, written from the other side of the fence: the thieve's side. The plot initially seems simple, but slowly..Show More » gets complicated enough to make it a good novel and witty enough to keep you smiling. The circular self-reference of the writer-thief turned detective is great. The performance is very good and makes the whole book shine. I will be looking for more of Chris Ewan's and Simon Vance's books.
This was fantastic. I get a kick out of the unusual perspective on a mystery - burglar/crime writer obliged to aide in an art theft and solve a murder..Show More » in order to clear his name of said crimes. Loved the tid-bits and insight on security and his other commentary throughout. Not only were there some interesting and colorful character portraits, the city was nicely portrayed too - having now been there and seen many of the sights described, it was easier to follow his progress through the streets and landmarks, but even those which were not familiar to me were brought to life, from Montmartre to the wasteland banlieu.
A great tangle of mysteries too, burglary turned art theft, turned murder... all kinds of trouble. I had not seen the twists at the end coming, though, in retrospect I might have caught one or two of I'd paid a bit closer attention, but by the time he discovered the forgery, I was just enjoying the ride. I think his relationship with his agent Victoria has got to be the most unique I've ever read of, and I was entertained that she morphed her role willingly from listener/counselor to being an active participant in helping Charlie pull off parts of his scheme. I don't know that he needs her as a full time sidekick, but I hope she keeps her role as a resource for him.
Narration was fantastic. English and French accents mostly this time, both male and female voices were done well, and dialogue was always consistent. Vance's tone and rhythm matched that of Charlie's voice and attitude very well, to my mind.
I look forward to the next adventure and new city!
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,..Show More » 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.
Simon Vance is one of the best narrators I have ever heard; and he IS Charlie. Each and every one of Chris Ewan's books has been intelligent, humorou..Show More »s, a good mystery, and a delightful romp. My only disappointment is that they are all so short! However, I will gladly spend a credit on whatever he writes. Few mystery writers can captivate in so many ways--he does it all.
I was so excited to find another "Good Thief's Guide", as they are always a delight. As always, the narration was flawless, entertaining, and spot-on..Show More ». The story was a bit convoluted, but a typical inadvertent misadventure for our honorable thief.
The end made me back up the iPod to see if something was skipped--it wasn't! About all that it accomplishes is letting the reader know that there has to be another book. Just because this sort of non-ending worked for the Sopranos, doesn't make it a satisfying way to end a book.
Nonetheless, I'm a Ewan devotee, and will read anything he writes, as long as Vance narrates. Pure excellence!