Posts tagged Chris Ewan

Maltese Falcon

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After reading The Good Thief’s Guides in which The Maltese Falcon is the main characters favourite book I went out an bought  it myself .  It is fantastic!!

It has everything I look for in a book, crime, suspense and someone out to prove everyone else wrong.  It is easy to see where Chris Ewan gets his writing style from and that is no bad thing.

It follows Sam Spade as he searches to find the missing Maltese Falcon while being bombarded from every direction by people wanting to pay him to find it and hand if over to them all while he is playing his own game against them and the local police.  It’s not easy to keep up with all the comings and goings in this book but it is well worth the read.

Good Thief’s Guide to Venice

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Anyone spotting a trend here?  Yep, I’ve read the next (and currently final) Good Thief’s Guide.

This book sees our hero Charlie living it up in Venice while working on his latest novel when a mysterious beautiful cat burglar breaks into his apartment, steals his copy of the Maltese Falcon and tells him he can have it back when he breaks into the house of Count Borelli and RETURN a briefcase to his safe without peeking.  Charlie’s curiosity gets the better of him once he is in the safe though…

The book takes some very interesting twists and turns with Charlie and Victoria yet again ending up in a casino where they bump into Victoria’s father, Alfred, who helps put the pieces of the puzzle together.  Charlie’s criminal tendencies move on from just mere burglary to the lofty heights of kidnapping, though he did think it in the best interests of the kidnapped at the time.

There are also hints the Charlie and Vic’s feelings are developing beyond friendship, but only hints.

The more sharp of you will have notice that I seem to have missed out Good Thief’s Guide to Paris, I have read it but will have to read it again before I can post any comments on it.  I will get there eventually.  Promise.

Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas

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The good thief’s guide to Vegas is the third book in Chris Ewan’s Good thief’s series featuring Charlie the mystery writer thief. Funnily enough this book is set in Vegas and revolves around Charlie and Victoria’s misfortune of getting mixed up in an illusionist deception of the casino which employs him. Victoria is Charlie’s agent for his lawful career and we learn a lot more about her and her past in this book. Yet again Chris keeps us guessing through the novel and having read the two previous book I’m starting to get a feeling for his writing style but I still couldn’t work out the ending.

This book was a first for me as it’s the first e-book I’ve read and it was a far nicer experience than I expected, the iPad I read it on isn’t the easiest thing to put in your pocket but it is easier to sit in bed and read, you don’t have to hold the book open at the right page just prop it up against the headboard. I’m impressed and will buy more, might even consider buying a kindle just for the ease of carrying one. But that’s in the future.

No idea what to read now though…

Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam

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This is the best book I have read in a while and the only book I’ve read cover to cover in one night, not once but twice.  There are so many little twists and turn in this book that you just can’t put it down.

The story revolves around a crime author, Charlie, who also happens to be a thief and the mystery of the 3 monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.  While struggling with the final draft of his latest novel Charlie is approached to steal two of the monkeys by a mysterious American.  Once Charlie has the monkeys, the American is found dead and everything unravels from there taking the reader on a journey round the darker side of Amsterdam.

This book is well worth a read and I dare anyone who picks it up to try and stop reading it half way through.

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