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A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-Takers Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Now a private detective tracking down a murdered, Owen has sought Lottie out. No matter how they may deal with issues of the past, he will always be a man of law, and she a criminal. Yet whenever Owen is near, and while Lottie tells herself it could never be – they both long for a future that could never be theirs.
To me, this had a bit of a slow start, but I persevered and found that after a while, I understood where they were coming from and began trying to figure out who and why the murders were taking place. Naturally, the reveal took time as to discovering just why Lottie detested Owen as much as she did and them both trying to uncover the mystery of the clues left behind. Of course there were a plethora of other little twists and turns in trying to discover who had been committing murders and leaving a trail of crumbs that led to Lottie’s door, but the bigger surprises came in at the end and they were surprising.
The romance was slow to evolve, as the protagonists (especially Lottie) was quite stubborn and as it turned out, miss-guided in her opinions. However, A TALENT FOR TRICKERY was a good read and well worth your time.
Heroine Lottie Walker is the daughter of a now-deceased thief and code-master. The hero Owen Renderwell, now a private investigator, had been a Scotland Yard detective some 8 years ago and had exposed the father's criminal activities and forced him to cooperate with the Yard in criminal investigations. During this collaboration, things went wrong and the father was killed.
Now, many years later, Lottie resents Owen, blaming him for how her father was treated and for how things ended. She and her young adult sister Esther and adolescent brother Peter have moved on to a "respectable" life using the last name Bales and moving out of London to a new home, hoping to avoid any notoriety and any revenge by criminals the father may have crossed or double-crossed in his criminal dealings.
Owen comes back into their lives, needing Lottie's help to catch a murderer who is leaving coded messages. Since Lottie was familiar with her father's coding systems, he is hoping she will be able to decipher these messages. And there's the matter of the father's journals, some of which had been handed over to Scotland Yard years ago, but he suspects that there are more still in Lottie's possession. And it seems that perhaps Owen has been followed by some criminal or criminals who seem to want to do harm to the Walker-Bales siblings.
Add to that some complicated relationships. There's the romantic one between Lottie and Owen. Eight years ago she was attracted to him but now is left with deep resentment after the death of her father. They need to clear up all misunderstandings from the past. And the family dynamics are a bit messed up. Both sisters have a few secrets from each other and, in addition, both have been very careful to keep Peter, who was only 4 when his father died, ignorant of their past life. Turns out that may not have been such a good thing.
That's the best part of this novel. Getting all the relationships in order. Getting all the secrets out in the open and promoting real communication with each other. I found the romance to be very satisfying and also enjoyed seeing the siblings straighten out their family relationships, which had been messed up by their charming, charismatic con man of a father.
Esther's story is the next one up in the series. She's a real firecracker. I'm hoping her book delivers on this.
Until a series of robberies culminated in a murder, and each crime scene had a note in code - the kind of code he'd only seen Walker use.
With nowhere left to go, Renderwell and his associates, now private detectives for the well off, show up on Charlotte's front door and ask for help. To their surprise - she says yes. Several days later, this surprise turns to relief when a thief comes to Charlotte Walker, now Bales', home... and seems to be there for more than the candlesticks.
A solid mystery ensues, built around the history and the misunderstandings between Owen and Charlotte, Charlotte and her siblings, and in one case, a sibling and the world. Each person has a slightly different memory of who William Walker was, and it's in reconciling those memories that Charlotte and Owen finally find the truth - all of it, and regardless of the consequences.
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The honest Bale family is living a lie. The lie they have been living has kept them safe for eight years, but now the house of cards that their life has been built...Read more
Very well written.Read more
Historical Romance -Nov 3rd, 2015
Charlotte Walker comes from a family of thieves and criminals.Read more