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.
Oh, this is definitely going onto my Goodreads TBR list! Great review; you've really piqued my interest. Victorian cozy + bookshop would have been almost enough, but throw in the plot and characters as you describe them, and I'm sold.ReplyDelete
Thanks Lark! I really enjoyed this- the farther I got into it the better it got, one of those books I wanted to keep reading. I think you'll like it.Delete
This sounds like a fun read! I have never read a Victorian era cozy before, and now I really want to. Great review!ReplyDelete
This was my first one too, and I really liked it. The heroine was a lot of fun and the book was a page turner once it got going. Thanks for commenting Michelle!Delete
This looks fun! I enjoy heroines who love books.ReplyDelete
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It was a lot of fun, I really liked it. I liked the bookstore angle too. It took me a chapter or two to get into it, and then after that I was really into it.Delete
This sounds like a great little read. I am a fan of cozy mysteries, and I haven't read any yet that are from the Victorian Era!ReplyDelete
I hope you give this one a try, its good stuff and a page turner (at least I thought so). I haven't read many cozies but I always get a kick out of the witty titles but this one was a winner for me!Delete
This looks like a fantastic read. I definitely intend to try it.ReplyDelete
Yay, I hope you like it- I thought it was fun!Delete
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