Good Thief's Guides

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,998 ratings

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,008
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful surprise!

    • By adrienne on 10-02-13

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 1 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Charlie Howard doesn’t just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest book, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Witty, well written, excellent performance

    • By Richheimer on 04-17-14

    Regular price: $16.52

  • Book 2

    • Good Thief's Guide to Paris, The

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    Charlie Howard - mystery writer and professional thief - is flush with the success of his Paris book reading when he agrees to show a novice the basics of his other trade by breaking into the man's own apartment. Trouble ensues when it turns out the apartment belongs to someone else. The next day, Charlie's fence hires him to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting - from the same address. Mere coincidence?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Art theft and murder in Paris, what else?

    • By Jennifer on 09-25-14

    Regular price: $26.20

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Paris

    • A Mystery
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 185

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Where are the editors?!?!

    • By Gash on 06-28-14

    Regular price: $15.36

  • Book 3

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas

    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 213

    Charlie Howard isn’t only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he’s also a magician. For his next trick, he’ll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie’s friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe. Revenge would be sweet - if there weren’t a dead redhead floating in Masters’ bathtub and if Masters hadn’t just disappeared in a puff of smoke after cheating at roulette. Convinced that Charlie was in on the scam, the casino’s owners give him an impossible mission....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Thief and good book

    • By Edie M. on 04-19-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 3 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Charlie Howard - mystery writer and incorrigible thief - is in for a tough vacation in Las Vegas. Losing at poker is one thing, but to find his literary agent, Victoria, being charmed by the Fifty-Fifty casino resort's star magician, Josh Masters, is another irritation entirely. Still, Charlie's not one to hold a grudge, especially when he could be holding Masters' wallet. A spot of burglary seems in order and Charlie's only too happy to oblige.

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 4

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Venice

    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 170

    After a particularly bad streak of luck in Vegas, Charlie has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full-time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie's agent, Victoria, shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar. Blackmailed into committing a dastardly crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into yet another adventure, this one even more explosive than the last.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A joy to the ears!

    • By Janels on 12-13-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Venice

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 4 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Charlie Howard - struggling crime-writer by day, talented thief by night - has gone straight. But holing himself up in a crumbling palazzo in Venice to concentrate on his next novel hasn't got rid of the itch in his fingers. And to make matters worse, a striking Italian beauty has just broken into his apartment and made off with his most prized possession, leaving a puzzling calling card in its place. It looks as though kicking the habit of a lifetime will be much more of a challenge than Charlie thought.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I think this will be my last one

    • By Gudrun on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $17.76

  • Book 5

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

    • The Good Thief's Guides, Book 5
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 113

    Charlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin. He’s supposed to be working on his next novel. But high rent and a love for thrill-seeking has been hard on his word count. But Charlie’s larcenous binge is interrupted by the call to duty - on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. Four embassy employees are suspected of stealing a sensitive item.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Charlie

    • By Gary L. Richardson on 02-04-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 5 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    You can't keep a good thief down. Charlie Howard - mystery writer and professional burglar-for-hire - is back in the saddle, robbing the people of Berlin blind. But his larcenous binge is about to be interrupted by a call to duty - on behalf of Her Majesty's Government. A sensitive item has been stolen from inside the British embassy in Berlin. Four employees are suspected of the theft and Charlie is hired to discreetly break into each of their homes, identify the guilty culprit and steal the item back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome book

    • By Ivan Karaèiæ on 04-04-16

    Regular price: $17.76