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A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-takers) Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2015
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"I have never read a book by Alissa Johnson before, and after I read A Talent for Trickery I had that "Nomnomnommoremoremore" feeling which is a problem because Alissa has written a ton of other books and I don't know when I'll find time to read them all. But I do know that I want to read them NOW. Because A Talent for Trickery was so good, you guys. Really superlative. I ate it up. I stayed up late to finished it. It was nommy historical romance goodness. Grade: A." - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"The author manages to surprise the reader time and again...This is worth a read..." - Kirkus
"[T]he leads' blend of cleverness and stubbornness makes their push-pull dynamic a joy." - Publishers Weekly
"In a plot that twists, turns and surprises, Johnson has woven a compelling romance between two stubborn, endearing people. If you love smart heroines, intelligent heroes, witty dialogue and clever mystery plots, this gem of a historical romance might steal your heart." - BookPage
"From the first page, Johnson seizes readers' attention with both the intriguing mystery element and the heated romance. Losing none of her witty dialogue or clever plotting, she pulls readers this way and that as the story swiftly turns from suspense to romance and back again. Even when the pacing slows toward the middle, readers will hang on until the exciting conclusion." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Johnson begins her new Victorian-set Thief Takers series with a bang with a richly nuanced cast of characters whom Dickens himself might envy, and an expertly crafted mystery sweetened with just the right amount of passion.
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"If you like your historical romances with a touch of suspense, strong heroines, and dashing, driven heroes, then I recommend A TALENT FOR TRICKERY. I can't wait to read the next installment in this new series. Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!" - Night Owl Review
"Setting a consistent pace from the start, the romance between Lottie and Owen unfolds with plenty of humor - at times acidic, which makes it even more fun! - and an escalating danger that discourages readers from putting down book one in The Thief-Takers series for any reason other than they've reached the end." - USA Today HEA
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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.Read more ›
Lottie and Owen indeed have a past, just not a romantic one. This isn’t your typical second chance romance due to the fact that one, the other, or both screwed it up the first time. A TALENT FOR TRICKERY is a second chance for Lottie and Owen to finally admit their feelings to themselves and each other, feelings that still endure after eight years of separation. Despite the extensive past the characters share, the reader never feels they’re coming in belatedly. There’s no sense of loss or missing out on large pieces of the story. In this case, the past history adds richness and depth to the story and characters.
The lively, yet more mature, slow boil, romance between Lottie and Owen suits their characters to a tee.
The secondary characters are as vivid as the hero and heroine, easily holding their own and hopefully foreshadowing coming installments in the series. The dialog is witty, humorous, and intelligent.
All aspects of A TALENT FOR TRICKERY are perfectly balanced and the character development, dialog, and pacing are wonderful. This all adds up to The Thief Taker series being an auto read for me. Fingers crossed the next book focuses on Samuel and Esther.
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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 on is being blown away by the gust of deceit from the past.
The book takes place in late Victorian England as a family the Bale's live a quiet life in the country. Life is calm and non complicated until private investigators bring the families past misdeeds into the present.
This is a light and fun read, with a smattering of danger. The characters were likable but at the same time I felt disconnected from them. The author didn't let me care about the secondary characters as their was so little interaction between them, and resulted with just a few quips and barbs amongst the detectives. I feel I was missing out on the dynamics of their relationships. I still have questions as to why they became private detectives.
The author does have a wonderfully developed backstory for the dangerous part, but I figured it out very quickly, which left the danger element for me lacking luster.
I closing this was a fun read and it established depth of characters in the memories of those same characters; but in the present plot the characters lacked that same depth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book flowed very nicely, I would have given it more stars but she used God and Christ carelessly throughout the book. I will not be buying anymore of her books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jami
I really enjoyed this book. The Walkers are not your average family and Owen is not your average Vicount. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katie
This book was recommended by OLT and I can certainly see why. It was a great tale of trust and love - and how the past can trip the present.
Very well written. Read more
A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson
Historical Romance -Nov 3rd, 2015
Charlotte Walker comes from a family of thieves and criminals. Read more
I won this book from Goodreads. A romance book that had me guessing and wondering who behind the letters til the end of the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by chelleq
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Netgalley. Thank you to Alissa Johnson and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tin @ Love Saves the World
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