You can never go wrong with Simon Vance as a narrator and his reading adds a dash to an enjoyable but not memorable story. Charlie Howard is a bit of ..Show More »a throw back to the 60s, as are most of the other characters. A bit of Robert Wagner in It Takes a Thief. The story could easily be set 40 years ago instead of now except transactions are done in Euros. I don't know that I will follow Charlie on his larceny tour of world cities, I didn't feel much like I was in Amsterdam and I prefer tales that bring the setting alive and pull it into the story.
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!