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Perfect (Kick Keswick #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  437 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Despite her best intentions, Kick Keswick--international jewel thief, fabulous dresser, gourmet cook, and woman-about-town--finds herself drawn  into the glamorous, dangerous world of jewels (and the people who covet them)...

It should have been the start of a perfect sojourn in Provence. Kick Keswick had just settled down to warm chocolate soufflé with a decadently rich Gr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2005)
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Jul 23, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: about-europe, crime
Not sure why this book was shelved as a mystery, since we know who commits the central jewel theft from the get-go, but otherwise this is a serviceable sequel to the Kick Keswick story. Retired from thievery and living in Provence, Kick's husband (retired from Scotland Yard) asks her to help recover the stolen crown jewels. Replete with tony locations and gourmet meals, the Champagne tastes are a bit over-the-top in these austere times, but I like that our heroine is of a certain age and indiffe ...more
Aug 28, 2010 Bridget rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Another fun outing with Kick Keswick, former world-class jewelry burglar, trying her best to live a quiet life with her husband and dog in a small village in Provence.

When Kick's husband, Thomas Curtis, retired from Scotland Yard, gets a call to temporarily return to work, Kick is annoyed. Well, at least until Thomas asks for her help, and she finds out that she will be trying to recover some of the most valuable jewels in the world, those belonging to Elizabeth II of England. It is strongly sus
Jan 21, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
The Little Bookworm
Kick Keswick is the world's best jewel thief. But she is retired. That is until the Queen's jewels are stolen and Kick is recruited to steal them back. Kick enters the world of the beyond wealthy to find the thief and get back the jewels and it will take all her wits and skill to do just that.

I love heist stories. And this one is an inverted heist story because Kick is a thief stealing from a thief at the behest of Scotland Yard. Kick is very good at what she does and she kno
Suzanne Landry
Aug 22, 2016 Suzanne Landry rated it it was amazing
I swear, this is one of my all time favourite books and I read it whenever I feel like I need a little sparkle in my life.
First off, it'll inspire you to want to cook beautiful things and drink lots of wine. LOTS of wine. It'll also make you want to shop for luxurious items and spend your day being a lady of leisure. I suggest making sure that you've got a bottle of sparkling wine chilling, a box of chocolates, and some beautiful pjs to wear while you read.
Kick is unlike any character I've eve
Jan 25, 2010 Ami rated it it was amazing
Kick Keswick books are light, airy, decadent, fun, extravagant, and delicious (much like the chocolate souffle described with great detail in the opening chapters of this book.) In this novel (which can stand alone from the series), Kick Keswick is on a mission to recover the Queen of England's famous jewels. Since Kick is the leading jewel thief of the modern world (retired of course) this assignment is nothing she can't handle.
Like all the books in the series, "Perfect" is filled with images o
May 09, 2009 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I always like adventures with Kick Keswick -- they are fun, fast-paced, easy reads. I had the mystery of this one figured out pretty early, though I missed a couple of details. Even with the easy to guess mystery, it was a great read. I was fairly jealous of the exclusive resort town, and the seemingly unending supplies of money the characters had, but that comes with all the Kick books. I wish the author had finished Oscar's story, because I liked him as a character, but if that was the only co ...more
The personal jewels of the Queen of England are missing. It is Kick that she asks to get them back. This will take her from Provence to Paris, London, St. Moritz, and Milan.

Oh and did I mention that this is a woman who loves good food and is not afraid of it?

Oh and please don't miss chapter forty-two. It is her take on Viagra. I have never N-E-V-E-R laughed so hard in my life. Even know just thinking about it will make me smile.
Annie Burge
Jul 06, 2014 Annie Burge rated it liked it
Very likeable main character: strong-willed and slightly sassy. The plot was definitely a little far-fetched, but the details (wines, gourmet foods, and exquisite locations) were interesting enough to forgive some of the unbelievable action.

Enjoyable along the lines of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich and the Heller series by JD Nixon.

(I purchased the rest of the Kick Keswick series for Nook at discount prices)
Jeanne Quigley
May 11, 2014 Jeanne Quigley rated it really liked it
I love this series. Kick Keswick is such a wonderful character: clever, witty, elegant. In this installment she travels to an exclusive, luxurious Swiss village to catch the person who stole the queen's jewels. Though the resolution was a bit anticlimactic, I had fun tagging along on Kick's adventure.
Jan 03, 2009 Janice rated it really liked it
This is one book, in a series of adventures in the world of a (retired) jewelry thief. I really like the extraordinary level of detail and storytelling of this author - the way she describes the gourmet food, outrageous jewelry, landscape/settings (Swiss Alps this time) and clothing make it a really fun read.
Feb 05, 2015 Stephanie added it
Shelves: series
This was a fun book. I loved that our heroine was a woman of a certain age who was over worrying about her weight and indulged in tasty food, all of which was lovingly described. I got this book on sale and it was the third in the series. I'm looking forward to going to the first book and learning more about this entertaining character.
Dec 30, 2012 Alethea rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Who could say no to Her Majesty the Queen? Certainly not retired jewel thief, Kick Keswick, as we join her on her on a magnificent and lavish adventure to help Her Majesty recover her stolen jewels. Like other books in the series, provided a light, delicious, and at times comical read - thoroughly enjoyable!
Feb 01, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
Another thoroughly enjoyable Kick Keswick novel. It should seem contrived that the author keeps coming up with reasons to separate Kick and Thomas from the Provence farm--and from each other--for Kick to carry out her capers, but it never does. These books are so enjoyable and the locations and plots so exotic that all things become possible. I can't wait to find the next one.
Jan 08, 2009 Shelly rated it really liked it
What I really like about the Kick Keswick series is each book is just as good as a stand-alone as it is in the series. You can pick up just one and you'll be filled in on her history and where she is in her life at the time. Still, I enjoy reading them in order. Looking forward to more adventures.
Dec 03, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it
once again I was transported to a glittering European life with Kick Keswick. It is the atmosphere as much as the story but I love these books. I hope Kellogg has another one the way. I enjoy her other series but not as much as this one. Each one gets better than the last.
May 08, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Picked this up for the plane - it was a lil hoity toity, but also some good champagne-y fun. When I find myself staring down the barrel of a 12-hour travel day, I'll pick up another Kick Keswick book.
Jun 09, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
I think I got this for free or .99 and it ended up being better than I expected. Fluff for sure, but sometimes that's what I want since I do a lot of reading in bed when I'm so tired I can barely follow a plot line. I will check out more in the series.
Oct 23, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Not as good as "Brilliant", the first in the series. Way too much description of the luxe lifestyle - every single outfit she puts on described in detail and she never wears the same thing twice. But I liked the characters and continue to enjoy the jewel-thief angle.
Jan 25, 2008 Lisaragamuffin rated it it was amazing
This is the beginning of a series (4 books) that were original, funny, and very creative -- a woman who is a jewel thief (and a top notch, classy, food-loving one at that!) Reading this made me want to visit Europe and at times made me want to get in the kitchen and cook up a gourmet meal.
Oct 26, 2013 Janna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I loved this jewel-heist mystery centered around a normal-sized brilliant woman helping the Queen behind the scenes. The characters were intricate, the plot twists surprising, the setting mysterious, and the food fabulous. Overall, a fun read!
May 25, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
my favorite mystery series about jewel thief kick keswick.
Feb 16, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it
Another in the Kick Keswick series. Light-hearted, charming romp through high society, haute couture and fine cuisine. Not to mention the jewels. Love it!
Jul 02, 2008 Marshall rated it really liked it
not really "a novel" because it doesn't leave you depressed and suicidal. (where did I put those razor blades?) kick keswick outsmarts the bad guys... again. and that is no bad thing.
Feb 05, 2013 Babydimps rated it really liked it
Love this series! I love Kick. I love the beautiful settings and all the travel this book offers. The entire series is a must read!
Jun 20, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What can I say? Paul went out of town and there wasn't much going on, so... Start with "Brilliant".
Kelly Hopper
Aug 12, 2012 Kelly Hopper rated it liked it
Fun! :)
Debbie Cruson
Jul 08, 2014 Debbie Cruson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an excellent read. I loved the descriptions of jewelry pieces and food! The landscapes made me want to travel to many of the cities!
May 31, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Droll, high class fun, with great food!
Nov 29, 2010 Rachelheavers rated it really liked it
My favorite of the Kick Keswick four part series. These books are great fun and enjoyable. Mostly because they involve lots of improbable things : )
Jul 23, 2008 Carah rated it it was amazing
A great Kick Keswick adventure-- this one had more action & adventure than some, and a good twist at the end. I really enjoy this series.
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