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The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan
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Oct 06, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery, 2008
Read in October, 2008

All mystery novels have a hook, don't they? Cowboy detectives, skateboarding detectives, replicate detectives... there has to be a (hot) gimmick involved somehow. In this case we have a mystery novelist who works the nightshift as a burglar. And, of course, there happens to be a messy murder to solve too. The writing here is pretty good. There's some nice Amsterdam moments and a couple of funny bits. Overall it's a perfectly serviceable mystery with an amiable cast of characters.

One complaint, however. Charlie Howard may be a master thief (diamonds, of course), but he's not such a clever author. Throughout this adventure he's stuck on a plot point in his unfinished novel. Ultimately he abandons the book and moves to Paris. What the heck?? I'm deducting one star rating for that unsatisfying denouement.

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