Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel 2009
“Fast and funny, Ewan’s second offering in the Good Thief series is even better than the first.” Starred Review. Booklist
The moment I’d scanned the outside of the building, I turned to Bruno and said, “First impressions, it looks straightforward.” Looking back, I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking. I mean, put that line at the opening of a crime novel and it’s practically a guarantee that everything is about to get complicated.
Charlie Howard – mystery writer and professional thief – is flush with the success of his Paris book reading when he agrees to show a complete novice how to break into an apartment. The next day, Charlie’s fence hires him to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting – from the same address.
Mere coincidence? Charlie figures there’s no harm in finding out – until a dead body turns up in his living room. And then his agent, Victoria (who’s naive enough to assume he looks like his author photo), decides they should meet face to face.
Nobody ever said a life of suspense was easy, but Charlie, the most disarmingly charming burglar since Cary Grant, soon finds things are getting way out of control.
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Praise for The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris
Charlie is an agreeable character and the caper itself most ingenious, and fans of Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr series will find much to like in this adventure. The Denver Post
Charlie Howard, a crime writer who’s also an international burglar, once again makes a funny, fast-talking narrator in Ewan’s delightful second mystery … That Charlie pens a memoir titled The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam adds a nice postmodern touch to a classic caper. US Publishers Weekly
This is definitely not a wayward sequel and can easily stand on its own two feet. The characters are highly developed and easy to relate to, the writing is witty and intelligent and the plot is, unique, extremely fast paced and somewhat addictive. The Leeds Guide
Starred Review. Filled with mistaken identities, hot Picassos, mysterious hit men, and a tricky bit of art swapping at the Pompidou Center, this novel features wonderful descriptions of locale, engaging and wacky characters, and an entertaining plot that will leave readers eager for the next book. Highly recommended for all mystery collections. Library Journal
Starred Review. Fast and funny, Ewan’s second offering in the Good Thief series is even better than the first … Charlie and Victoria’s discussions of mystery stories and plotting problems in Charlie’s latest novel are just one of the reasons this series stands out from the crowd. Booklist
The plotting and dialogue in this tale from British author Chris Ewan offers a treat for readers who like a dash of wit with their mystery. Mystery Scene Magazine
A frothy omelet flavored with yummy capers. News & Observer