Good Thief's Guide to Paris, The : Good Thief's Guides

  • by Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Good Thief's Guides
  • 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?
Charlie reckons there's no harm in finding out - until a dead body turns up in his living room. Hiding in a Montmartre hotel, Charlie tries to work out how to save his skin, while also placating his agent, Victoria, who has arrived unannounced in the mistaken belief that Charlie actually looks like the author photo he provided.


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Customer Reviews

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Art theft and murder in Paris, what else?

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 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!
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- Jennifer

major plot hole

A good novel for flavor, but anytime the police can be counted on not to check the fingerprints of a murder victim is the time we can claim a story has serious plot problems. This brought my rating down half a star.
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- Allan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios