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Catch an Honest Thief (A Haven Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Alexia. I was initially reluctant to buy or read this book because of it's futuristic "sci-fi" description that isn't usually my cup of tea. Boy, was I wrong!!! Many thanks to the author, Ms. Schneider, for sharing this engaging mystery with me. When I first started the book, it was a little disconcerting not to know more about Haven and it's place in the world. This concern was quickly resolved as I got more and more into the action paced storyline. The main character Alexia is a complicated sleuth who compels you to keep reading, even in the wee hours of the morning. The other characters in the Haven community are compelling as well and are not always what they seem. It is an excellent stand-alone mystery novel; however, I would welcome a series featuring Alexia as well. She is that good! Ms. Schneider is a very talented writer with a flair for original and strong female lead characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, clean mystery.
Thankfully it didn't take long for these questions to be answered and for the story to pick up. In fact once it did I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to learn more about Alexia and how her mind worked and why she did the things she does and of course, I loved trying to figure out who the real thief was. I have to admit, I didn't see who the culprit was coming. I love a book that can stump me.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this and thought it was very well written. It flowed together nicely and I really enjoyed Schneider's writing style. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
There were some typos and the like that were noticeable, but, unlike other books I've read, they didn't annoy me to the point that I had to get away from the book. It was hard to put down indeed! In fact, I just jacked up the font size on my Kindle and kept going as I got more and more tired.
Now I have to go buy the author's Executive Lunch (A Sedona O'Hala Mystery) since the preview in "Thief" has sucked me into that one, too. Good thing I already have her Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom, which is also previewed in "Thief."
I enjoyed reading Catch an Honest Thief. I liked the storyline, it held my attention, and it was a fast read. It's rare to find a book with light elements of planning/stealing, mystery/suspense, romance, future technology, and humor all wrapped together, and without being "heavy" and having to absorb too many meticulous, complicated details or boring, erroneous descriptions. It was different (in a good way), everything flowed together very well, and it was a nice "escape." I recommend this book as an interesting, lighthearted, clean, quick, and fun read. I would love to read about any future adventures Alexia (and some of the other characters in this book have) if the author decides to write more Haven mysteries.
1)As a man, I was highly entertained by the way Schneider portrayed the insight and inner workings of a female mind. I believe she captured the personal emotions and professional reasoning of a woman in a clear way that men can easily understand.
2)As a former police officer, I will say I had a hard time with the head of security for Haven. Apparently, typical constitutional rights do not apply to the citizens of Haven due to his Gestapo tactics. However, the character was supposed to be unlikable so I believe I had the intended reaction.
3)As a Sci-Fi lover, the idea of a town like Haven left me intrigued and excited to visit every time I picked up my Kindle. She captured the idea of a futuristic paradise perfectly, without too many over the top futuristic gimmicks.
In short, Catch an honest Thief is a fun and imaginative story with a strong and sassy female lead. It will grab hold of you and not let go until the very end.
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