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This was a surprise. A light detective novel, written from the other side of the fence: the thieve's side. The plot initially seems simple, but slowly gets complicated enough to make it a good novel and witty enough to keep you smiling. The circular self-reference of the writer-thief turned detective is great. The performance is very good and makes the whole book shine. I will be looking for more of Chris Ewan's and Simon Vance's books.
Chacaters, other than the “Good Thief”, are reasonably read, but Charlie Howard sounds like he’s always sitting back and responding blandly. The narrator, Charlie, and Charlie speaking are of one tone; supercilious, would be a good enough descriptive for me; cadence is a bit repetitious as well, no narrative pulse.
I’m not sure if it is the writing, or the reader, but I never developed an interest in any of the characters; none of them made me care about them.
It wasn’t very long so I read to the end.
The story idea and plotting were quite good.
If you could sum up The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam in three words, what would they be?
Good light entertainment but you can definitely get better fiction for your pound/credit
What did you like best about this story?
Unusual premise (I think): Author of thief stories actually being a thief himself.
What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Added to the cheeky/arrogant characteristics of the protagonist- though this did grate at times!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Don't know that it's that kind of story.
Any additional comments?
Good 'light' crime fiction- not too gory or horrific- easy enough plotlines to follow. Having heard an awful lot of excellent crime writing on audible- albeit sometimes quite gory/graphic- not quite gripped enough to continue the series right now, though wouldn't rule it out. Worth a go if you fancy something a bit different.
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Loved this story from the start and always wanted to turn the next page to see what happens next.
The narrator is excellent.
The premise of acclaimed author /gentleman thief isn't new, Raffles and Pink Panther spring to mind, but the story is worthy of both. I'm off to find the next one.