Georgia Fenchurch is an antiquarian bookseller in The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker. She is also, unbeknownst to most, a member of the Archivist Society, an organization that investigates disappearances and other delicate matters.
has never married and is comfortable in her middle class life, and running the
bookstore with her beautiful assistant Emma and working on Society cases takes
up most of her time.
a lot, she is a fun character, brave and determined. The fact that she is not
of the aristocracy makes for a fun dynamic with Blackford and the other members
of the gentry she comes in contact with. She is more a regular person, which I
think makes it easy to relate to her. The supporting cast is good, from Georgia’s assistant
Emma who comes from a dubious background to Lady Westover, an older woman
who helps the Society gain access to the upper crust. I did at
times have a little trouble keeping track of all the developments, I found myself having to flip back to reacquaint myself with a clue that had been laid down, but maybe that was just me. Also the ending seemed a little far- fetched
to me, the reveal of who the villain is and the showdown seemed a little melodramatic. On the other hand, I really
liked the scene where Georgia and Emma attend a masquerade ball in stunningly
beautiful dresses –they are there to find a killer but are they the hunters or
the hunted? They get separated and Georgia has to navigate the crowd, looking for a possible victim and a killer in a sea of costumes. I thought the author did a great job evoking the mood and sheer
luxury of such an event- easily my favorite part of the book. Very well done.
The Vanishing Thief is a fun cozy with interesting characters and a nice mystery. It is the first in the Victorian Bookshop series and I will definetly watch for the second installment. If you like cozies or mysteries set in the Victorian era, this is highly recommended.