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The Good Thief's Guide to Paris (Good Thief's Guide #2)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  943 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
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—globe-trotting mystery writer, professional
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 2008)
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Agnieszka Mauch
Jun 29, 2011 Agnieszka Mauch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-polish, fail
Alas, I could not bring myself to finish this book. It's truly a wonder I've managed to read more than a half of it, as it bored me to death. The first chapter planted a seed of hope, and was actually a promising one. Then, as I expected, it went downhill from there.
The characters seem flat to me, the plot uninteresting. As if the book was written in a hurry. The main protagonist is an idiot, through and through, and does not fit the synopsis printed on the back of the book. He is slow, childis
John Lee
Have you ever read a book for the second time and immediately been transported back to where you were the first time that you read it? It was a similar experience with this book for me as I had read TGTGT Amsterdam only a short while ago and as I started to read this I was back on board our little cruise ship.
Chris Ewan is certainly one for the complex plot and I wouldnt expect anyone to guess/work out this one before it is fully explained.
A pleasant enough read but I fear that I didnt 'get into
Nov 20, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Charlie Howard is a thief. Charlie Howard is also a writer of crime fiction. Seems like a good fit? Having had a little bit too much to drink after a book signing engagement in Paris Charlie agrees to put his “literary expertise” to use by helping a fan break into his own apartment. Unfortunately, nothing is ever as innocent as it appears and when he sobers up the next day he discovers that the apartment actually belonged to someone else and, that owner is now lying dead in Charlie’s own apartme ...more
Seth Lynch
Mar 13, 2012 Seth Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris is the second in the series. The first was Amsterdam. The three main characters from the first book are here in Paris – Charlie Howard (he is the narrator so I guess he has to be there), his literary agent Victoria, and his fence Pierre. Victoria’s voice was in the Amsterdam book – being on the end of the phone. She acts in both books as a sounding board for Charlie – and, maybe, a love interest? There is also an interesting new character – who may only appear in ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fun mystery with fiction writer/high-end thief as the main character with his female publisher staring as his confidant. A complex plot done with a light touch. Likable characters. I would read more by this author.
May 29, 2015 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
Another entertaining installment of the mess that is Charlie's life. Thief and author writing about a thief and getting into trouble yet again while thieving and trying to finish his latest novel.
Setting of Paris is always a joy even if plot wise this one wasn't as cleanly resolved as the previous book. I like the character of charlie and his agent Victoria and the audiobook reader is part of why I like the series. I get the feeling that if I was reading the books instead of listening to his ex
May 03, 2015 Moshe rated it really liked it
A light easy fun read.

The story center on Charlie, an easygoing, not too serious, self-deprecating professional thief and author on his profession. Funny story with a few good twists and turns. I can imagine a series of books about Charlie and even a TV series.

From Goodreads:

Charlie Howard—globe-trotting mystery writer, professional thief, and poor decision maker—is in Paris. Flush with the success of his latest book reading, not to mention a few too many glasses of wine, Charlie agrees
The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan is the second book of the Good Thief's Guide mystery series set in modern-day international cities. First book was set in Amsterdam; this time Paris.

The series premise is clever and unusual: protagonist Charlie Howard writes a mystery/thriller series about a high-stakes international art thief – as a cover for his own career as a high-stakes international art thief. Charlie has an engaging personality seasoned with wry humor. He has a close friendshi
Jan 23, 2015 Ru rated it really liked it
Chris Ewan's second mystery novel in the series is an improvement on the first, but "The Good
Thief's Guide to Paris" suffers from some of the same complications as the original mystery did. That being said, Charlie Howard is a fun protagonist and is part-Jessica Fletcher, part-Danny Ocean, part-Sherlock Holmes, and part-Thomas Crown all rolled into one, and keeps the story moving along in an entertaining manner.

To explain this story is not an easy feat, but, essentially, author/thief Charlie Ho
Una Tiers
Nice prose but a the plot passed twists and reached convoluted. Still a pleasant, if felonious protagonist.
Review of the audiobook.

This book suffers from a lot of over-description. The author describes everything in so so so much detail that I lost interest in the story. Adding to that problem, he tends to have his hero spend a lot of time thinking about what's going on rather than acting. There are far too many scenes speculating on who/what/how.

So much potential here, sadly, it's not handled well.
Jun 19, 2015 Quillracer rated it liked it
Charlie Howard, thriller novelist and professional thief, is hired to steal an atrocious painting from a Paris apartment only to find himself embroiled in the theft of a Picasso from the Pompidou Centre and a murder.

Charlie is just witty enough to be realistic without crossing over into caricature.

I noticed a lot of odd verb constructions while reading this book – she was sat and he was stood for examples – that broke the flow of the story and made me think it might have been translated from ano
Mar 29, 2015 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Thief and author, Charles Howard, has moved to Paris to write his next book. While there, he finally gets to meet his long-time fence, Pierre, and Pierre has a new job for him. However, Charlie suspects right from the start that something is fishy about the assignment. When the painting he was hired to steal has already been stolen and a dead woman's body appears in his living room, he knows somebody is setting him up but has no idea why.

This book is a little more graphically violent than I lik
May 15, 2012 Marchot7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very funny mystery book with a lot of references to many places in Paris !I did enjoy it !
Oct 27, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story is about a mystery writer who is also an accomplished thief. He is in Paris and is approached after a reading of his book. He is asked to teach a man how to break into an apartment. He obliges and the next day is approached by his local fence who asks him to break into an apartment to steal a painting. When Charlie sees the address where the painting hangs he is surprised to find it is the same address he just tutor ...more
Nov 21, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really involved and interesting mystery with some twists.
We read The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam with the Mystery Group and I very much enjoyed the book as did many others. Paris, however, was just a bit too much for me. I don't have any problem with the outcome, but it just seemed overly complicated to get there. The one real stumbling block for me was the frequent use of the 'was sat' formula for describing where someone was sitting. I found it jarring and it pulled me from the story line every time. I like the characters and the setting but jus ...more
Wing Kee
Caper stories live and die by two things 1) the story and 2) the characters, this book has great characters...but the story kinda let the characters down in what could have been a fun art heist caper book to becoming a somewhat entertaining caper book with a resolution that was unearned and leaves the reader feeling yanked on a chain:

World: I like these books, this is the second of a series from Ewan, I like the local and I like how Ewan tries to showcase the city and highlight what makes Paris.
Dec 18, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 2 in the Good Thief’s Guide series. This is a book about a thief who is also a writer who writes books about a thief; written by an author who writes books about a thief . . . How much of the story is autobiographical? I don’t know but the story begins with author Charlie Howard giving a reading. He’s worried about using the proper inflection and whether he’s holding his audience, etc. Switch to the real life author’s website where you will find a video of a book reading and he’s brought ...more
Oct 13, 2010 ri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Dies ist schon der zweite Band mit Charlie Howard als Krimiautor und Meisterdieb. Beim Kauf war mir das irgendwie nicht ganz bewußt. Macht aber nichts. Fragen, die sich auf Band 1 beziehen, werden nach und nach beantwortet, so dass man den zweiten Teil ohne Vorkenntnisse lesen kann.

Charlie Howard hat sich in Paris niedergelassen, um sich für sein neuestes Werk inspirieren zu lassen. Da Charlie nicht nur Krimiautor und Meisterdieb ist, sondern eher noch eine Superminiausgabe von 007 (man steht au
Amy Cockram
This is the 2nd in Chris Ewan's series starring author and occasional thief, Charlie Howard.

In this novel, Charlie is in Paris giving a book reading (at a bookshop that bears a marked resemblance to the famous Shakespeare and Co). This reading is complicated by his attraction to one of the bookseller/tenants, and by the request of an audience member, Bruno, that he should break into Bruno's apartment to show him how it is done. Of course, things are never that simple and further complications en
I have not read the first Good Thief's Guide book, but it wasn't necessary to the plot. It is a story about Charlie, a real thief who writes books under a pen name about a fictional thief. He draws on his own exploits for material for his books. In this novel he gets sucked into an art heist and becomes the main suspect when a woman's body is found is his apartment. He has to go on the lam and enlists the help of his literary agent, Victoria, to help him figure out the murder and retrieve the st ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
Second in the Good Thief Series (after Amsterdam), THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO PARIS sees the return of Charlie Howard, author and professional thief along with his agent Victoria and fence Pierre. Although in this book Victoria gets to be more than just a voice at the end of the phone.

You're going to get the idea of the plot of this book from the blurb, although what you aren't going to get is an idea of the elaborate twisting and turning, leaping and posturing that goes on to get to the nub of t
Mar 29, 2012 Literameer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi-thriller
Auf Chris Ewans Krimi-Reihe um den Meisterdieb und Krimi-Autor Charlie Howard wurde ich durch den dritten Band der Reihe, „Vendetta in Las Vegas“, aufmerksam. Nachdem ich den dritten Band zu Erst gelesen habe, habe ich nun auch nacheinander den ersten und zweiten Band gelesen. Da es mir zu beiden Büchern nicht richtig gelingt eine Rezension zu schreiben, ohne das Gefühl zu haben, zwei Mal die gleiche Rezension zu schreiben, möchte ich an dieser Stelle die beiden Bücher bzw. die Reihe einfach nur ...more
May 18, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like The Good Thief Guide series. The first one was fantastic and got me hooked. This one was also pretty good.

Favorite things:
The main character is funny and has a wonderful sense of humor. He is often very honest about the stupid mistakes he makes. Hilarious.

He's not super smart or super fit or super anything. The good guys and the bad guys are just human in their skill and lack thereof.
It's believable. =) Sort-of. Haha, in the sense that the characters are not unbelievably good or ba
Apr 15, 2014 Krystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, I found this novel to be quite underwhelming. I didn't really like the protagonist, and despite the hundred and one characters and plot lines it seemed to move too slowly for me. Instead of being a clever web of intrigue it seemed more like a messy trail of conflicting plots and boring characters. When answers were revealed I didn't feel satisfied, just glad another loose end had been tied. There is a lot happening but it's not particularly exciting, there's no real sense of danger and fo ...more
Apr 07, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the second book in Chris Ewan's series. It features Charlie, a thief who writes books about a thief. His books are far-fetched but relatively popular. At a book reading, Charlie is flattered into helping a man break into an apartment. A day later, Charlie is hired to steal a terrible painting from the same apartment. Later, he finds a dead body in his own apartment with ties to the previous break in.

Nothing is what it seems in this book which reads like an episode of Leverage. You read
Nov 15, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime fans
I’m not sure why I chose to buy this book rather than Amsterdam which was the first one but it didn’t really matter, everything was explained.

Charlie is hired to teach someone to break into an apartment and then hired by someone else to steal a painting from the same apartment the next day. Then a dead body appears in his living room. The rest of the book is the classic whodunit but with humour injected which really made a change from the usual depressing crime dramas that I go for.

I was pleas
Rob Kitchin
Aug 06, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The real strength of the book is its premise (a crime author who is a criminal whose exploits parallel those of his novels), its plotting, which is well crafted and clever, and its pacing, with the story jaunting along at a nice trot. Where the story is probably a little weak is with respect to characterisation. Despite the first person perspective I never really got a sense of the emotional and psychological make-up of Charlie – what made him tick – and the other characters tended to be thin an ...more
Amy Paget
This 'caper' novel, written by Chris Ewan, an entertainment lawyer living in the Isle of Man, this may be the launch of a series featuring the mysteryl writing thief, Charlie Howard. The plot was serpentine, so occasionally hard to folow. Art forgery and theft figure in, always elements that I enjoy. Worth a day's reading.
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Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris Ewan now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife Jo and their labrador Maisie.

Chris’ debut novel, THE GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM, won the Long Barn Books First Novel Competition and is published in paperback by Simon and Schuster. THE GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO PARIS, is due to be published in the UK in February 2009 and in the US in November 2008.

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