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The Good Thief's Guide to Venice    by Chris Ewan order for
Good Thief's Guide to Venice
by Chris Ewan
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Minotaur, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

Charlie Howard is living in Venice and he is writing a book. He has given up his other career for Victoria, a part time thief. Charlie likes to move to different cities when he starts a book; he also has the superstition that he needs to have his first edition of The Maltese Falcon hanging in front of his desk. Without it, he feels lost.

Charlie is having a hard time writing; he has no inspiration to continue. One night, a noise in his apartment awakens him, only to find out he is being robbed. He finds a beautiful woman leaping out of his window. The only thing missing is his first edition of The Maltese Falcon. Charlie is devastated.

The woman who has stolen his prized possession blackmails him to break into a Count's house and insert a briefcase into a vault. But of course things quickly go awry for Charlie, who is getting more and more deeply mired in a plot that seems to have no end.

The Good Thief's Guide to Venice (one of a series) is a charming crime caper. It is filled with action from the beginning until the very end. Since the story is told in first person, it's like you are in Charlies head the whole entire time. It was very well written and makes me eager for more. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good whodunit.

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