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Kleine Morde In Paris (2009)

by Chris Ewan(Favorite Author)
3.42 of 5 Votes: 1
3404163613 (ISBN13: 9783404163618)
Bastei Lübbe
Good Thief's Guide
review 1: The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan is the second book of the Good Thief's Guide mystery series set in modern-day international cities. First book was set in Amsterdam; this time Paris.The series premise is clever and unusual: protagonist Charlie Howard writes a mystery/thriller series about a high-stakes international art thief – as a cover for his own career as a high-stakes international art thief. Charlie has an engaging personality seasoned with wry humor. He has a close friendship with his editor Victoria, although we learn in this second book that they have never met in person. Charlie’s Paris caper is filled with double-crosses, surprises and betrayals. He is duped into a demonstration of his lock-picking skills, hired to steal a painting, and then ... morea woman is murdered in his apartment. Since he is the main suspect, and the police don’t look into other possibilities, Charlie has to investigate the victim’s life to find the killer. He finds evidence of a plot to steal a Picasso. From this point the plot gets quite complicated – I completely lost the plot by the middle of the book, and my interest waned as a result. Charlie is violently and disgustingly coerced into participating in the Picasso heist. Afterward, Charlie begins to explain the plot to Victoria, and that recaptured my interest. Of course many more plot twists kept me guessing all the way to the end.Due to the overly convoluted and obscure plot, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first book. But I like the main premise of the series enough to read one more. Book 3 of the series is The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas.
review 2: Charlie Howard is a thief. Charlie Howard is also a writer of crime fiction. Seems like a good fit? Having had a little bit too much to drink after a book signing engagement in Paris Charlie agrees to put his “literary expertise” to use by helping a fan break into his own apartment. Unfortunately, nothing is ever as innocent as it appears and when he sobers up the next day he discovers that the apartment actually belonged to someone else and, that owner is now lying dead in Charlie’s own apartment. What ensues is a bit of a comedy of errors as Charlie and his literary agent try to solve the murder, uncover the mystery of a supposedly stolen painting and hide out enough to evade the police.This is an entertaining concept for a book series and Charlie Howard is a charming and likeable character, despite the fact that he is a self-confessed thief. However, it was not quite as engaging a read as I had hoped for after reading the book jacket. Although I finished the book I don’t think I’ll be following Charlie on any of his other adventures in the series (Amsterdam, Vegas and Venice). less
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Listened to this book on my 9 hr drive from South Carolina.... Held my interest
Entertaining but nothing special. Enjoyed the Paris associations.
Not as much fun as Amsterdam, but a worthwhile read.
Sooooo long - took me forwever
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