The Art of Theft

The Art of TheftCharlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, Is Back Solving New Cases In The Victorian Set Mystery Series From The USA Today Bestselling Author Of The Hollow Of FearAs Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Charlotte Holmes Has Solved Murders And Found Missing Individuals But She Has Never Stolen A Priceless Artwork Or Rather, Made Away With The Secrets Hidden Behind A Much Coveted Canvas But Mrs Watson Is Desperate To Help Her Old Friend Recover Those Secrets And Charlotte Finds Herself Involved In A Fever Paced Scheme To Infiltrate A Glamorous Yuletide Ball Where The Painting Is One Handshake Away From Being Sold And The Secrets A Bare Breath From Exposure Her Dear Friend Lord Ingram, Her Sister Livia, Livia S Admirer Stephen Marbleton Everyone Pitches In To Help And Everyone Has A Grand Time But Nothing About This Adventure Is What It Seems And Disaster Is Biding Time On The Grounds Of A Glittering French Chateau, Waiting Only For Charlotte To Make A Single Mistake 4.5 starsReview to follow at AAR closer to publication date. Huzzah I got an ARC from Edelweiss I shall wait, however, until I read it to give it five stars.I must take a moment to share my pleasure at finding that this quote from my review of A Conspiracy in Belgravia Lady Sherlock 2 was selected by the publisher to appear at the front of this book.I am breathless Not to mention sleepless Sherry Thomas is simply a genius twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicated knots and then gradually untying them so that we re left with a bea Huzzah I got an ARC from Edelweiss I shall wait, however, until I read it to give it five stars.I must take a moment to share my pleasure at finding that this quote from my review of A Conspiracy in Belgravia Lady Sherlock 2 was selected by the publisher to appear at the front of this book.I am breathless Not to mention sleepless Sherry Thomas is simply a genius twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicated knots and then gradually untying them so that we re left with a beautiful seamless ribbon of an adventure tinged with romance I haven t the talent or imagination to be a published author, but at least somebody found merit in my Goodreads review AHHH October is so far away 3 6 GET READY KIDS COVER ART AND SYNOPSIS Here I am Patiently waiting for the continuation of my favorite HF series of all time Because you cannot rush genius. I have been impatiently waiting for this book and was so excited to get the opportunity to review it I first went back and reread the first three in the series A lot goes on in these books and I wanted to make sure I didn t forget anything These books were just as good the second time as they were the first And I think that the Art of Theft is the best so far in a really spectacular series Here we have an old lover of Mrs Watson s that needs help retrieving letters from a home outside of P I have been impatiently waiting for this book and was so excited to get the opportunity to review it I first went back and reread the first three in the series A lot goes on in these books and I wanted to make sure I didn t forget anything These books were just as good the second time as they were the first And I think that the Art of Theft is the best so far in a really spectacular series Here we have an old lover of Mrs Watson s that needs help retrieving letters from a home outside of Paris So Charlotte, Mrs Watson, Lord Ingram, Mr Marbleton and Livia plan to infiltrate this house during a ball This book added a new character of Leighton Atwood, Lord Ingram s cousin and a fellow operative for the crown This book we see Charlotte in aactive role She has dressed and played the part of a man before but we have never seen the group truly go into a dangerous situation before I liked theadventurous plot and I really liked Charlotte and Lord Ingram working together as a team They had worked for the same goal before but never truly together They work well together each deferring to the others expertises From the cliffhanger at the end I expect them to work eventogether in the next book As for their personal relationship , after the intimacy of the last book They have both stepped back and seem to be trying to figure out what they each want from the other I love them together As much as I like the tension between them I really want them to be together in a committed relationship I love how he humanizes her and her love for him makes hervulnerable Hopefully in the next book they will finally get together for good The writing was excellent, the mystery was interesting The only problem is that I have to wait a year for the next book Series Lady Sherlock 4Publication Date 10 15 19Number of Pages 304Sherry Thomas has done the impossible as far as I am concerned I am never a fan of re worked, re vamped, reimagined lives of fictional characters except this author has created a clever, absorbing, fast paced, interesting newly imagined Sherlock Holmes and I am in awe The series maintains the shadowy, misty, shivery mood of the original Sherlock series while imbuing it with a bit of humor and showing how women chafe unde Series Lady Sherlock 4Publication Date 10 15 19Number of Pages 304Sherry Thomas has done the impossible as far as I am concerned I am never a fan of re worked, re vamped, reimagined lives of fictional characters except this author has created a clever, absorbing, fast paced, interesting newly imagined Sherlock Holmes and I am in awe The series maintains the shadowy, misty, shivery mood of the original Sherlock series while imbuing it with a bit of humor and showing how women chafe under the societal strictures of the times The series is filled with mysteries that are filled with unexpected twists and turns, vile villains and yes, of course, romance.As with all of the earlier books, there are a lot of people populating this book as well as a lot going on Several romances at different stages, several mysteries and many people at different stages of life and choices As always, Moriarty is the overarching villain of the book and the series For me personally, I hope Moriarty is wrapped up fairly quickly and doesn t haunt all of the books, characters and romances Yes, I know he was the original Sherlock Holmes nemesis, but since this is a reimagined Sherlock, why can t he be resolved within the first five or six books Sherlock Holmes received a request for a consultation from A Traveler From Distant Lands However, once the person appears for the consultation and realizes that Sherlock is bedridden, she declines to employ him Later, we discover that the person was a very close friend from Mrs Watson s past and she s really desperate The client, the Maharani of Ajmer, is being blackmailed by someone who is holding letters that could cause her and her small kingdom a lot of trouble and embarrassment The letters are hidden behind a Van Dyck painting in the French chateau, Vaudrieu It seems that the Maharani needs a cat burglar rather than a mystery solver However, no matter the risk, Mrs Watson cannot refuse her old friend.As Charlotte and company investigate, they learn there is muchto the Chateau Vaudrieu than they originally thought There are plots within plots and very real danger to Charlotte and her friends When Lady Ingram shows up, we add yet another layer of intrigue to the mystery not to mention the nasty Moriarty making an appearance There are so many twists and turns that your head will spin, but our intrepid Charlotte is, as always, up to the challenge.When we closed the last book, I thought things with Charlotte and Ash would be moving forward quickly, but in this book, they seem to have regressed and are sort of each in their own little worlds again We also see the romance between Livia and Stephen grow, but it is going to be a very rocky road for the two of them I m sure.The set up for the next book was well done and leaves you breathlessly waiting for the next episode Excellently done BTW I would recommend reading the series in its entirety rather than reading this book as a stand alone If not the entire series, then at least read the first book in the series prior to this one Otherwise, you just won t understand and probably won t like Charlotte.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own It feels like I have waited forever to get to read this fourth book And now I finally had that chance Giving this precious book five stars I don t think any book will ever be as good as The Hollow of Fear was to me, but this one was still perfect And I enjoyed it so very much This series is simply perfection Sigh I love it so.This fourth book was beyond good Getting to readabout Charlotte and Lord Ingram and Livia and Mrs Watson and just everyone was simply the best Adore these c It feels like I have waited forever to get to read this fourth book And now I finally had that chance Giving this precious book five stars I don t think any book will ever be as good as The Hollow of Fear was to me, but this one was still perfect And I enjoyed it so very much This series is simply perfection Sigh I love it so.This fourth book was beyond good Getting to readabout Charlotte and Lord Ingram and Livia and Mrs Watson and just everyone was simply the best Adore these characters beyond words They are all awesome The writing in this was stunning too And so easy to read The historical parts are so very good.There is so much I could say about this series And so much I m not going to say Because my mind goes blank every time I try to figure out how to put down words of my love How rude As I so very much love these books about Miss Charlotte Holmes and her friends I love the mysteries they all try their best to solve I love all of the different food that they eat All the different places they visit Just Gosh How I love every part of this world Sherry has created I love that it is set in the past I love that it is old fashioned Okay, so many things were pretty horrible back in those days, but it s still so interesting to read about This book takes place not long after the end of book three I love how it is a series that moves forward, but not too fast I love all of the details.I shall not say too much about this fourth book Only that I loved it a whole lot I wish there had beenromance, ha, which I always do But honestly, I simply loved readingabout Charlotte and Ash And getting to learn evenabout them Ash, aka Lord Ingram, is such a special man I love every part of him And we learnabout him as a person in this one He is kind of broken and I love that about him But yes, I very much need Charlotte to heal him, haha They fit together very well Sigh They are so cute.Anyway This book does not take that much place in London, as the other books Instead they all travel to Paris to help a client They are going to rob someone Steal a painting And this is no easy thing There is so much planning that happens So many secrets that comes out And it was all exciting and interesting to read about There is a scene about someone having to walk in cold water it was pretty heartbreaking, but so very good Oh, how much I love all of these characters All of them has a special place in my heart.I will not say much about the plot in this book Only that there is still so much to learn about everything and everyone They all have secrets And many of them were revealed in this fourth book Which I truly enjoyed a whole lot The mystery is still good and I love that there is one big case in each book Though this case did not feel like it ended And that has me worried Yet so excited too My favorite parts of this book was reading about Charlotte and Ash spending time together So good But I love them all so much.A whole lot of book three focused on the romance between Charlotte and Ash In this fourth book it was barely there Which ruined my heart a little bit But not too much, because there was a reason for it, which is a good reason, but still My poor heart Even though they are still not together, they still feel so much for each other There are still hints of what may come And every glance between them made me so excited Sigh They are perfect together And I need so muchOops They re also such great friends as well.But gosh, now I need the next book evenBecause this book ended on such a rude cliffhanger I must know what happens next to everyone This fourth book did not have Inspector Treadles at all What even Not until the final page And now I am beyond curious about book five It will be so good, I know it But waiting for it will be the worst, haha The end of this was full of twists Of things that are so completely complicated and has me beyond worried about what might happen next So excited for it all, though, eee.The Art of Theft was a completely stunning book Filled with the same mystery and suspense as the first three It still has the same characters whom I love beyond words They keep growing and becoming even better and my love just keeps growing for them all too I am fully invested in all their lives and completely worried about them all It s the most exciting thing I ship these almost romances so very much They are both very complicated But so real and so perfect Sigh This book was everything that I needed it to be.Okay, fine, it did not have the romance that I do desperately needed, haha But that is okay Because my favorite characters are still together, still solving crimes, still speaking to each other And still very much in love with each other, even though they do not really admit so Sigh Charlotte and Ash has such longing for each other that it kills me I need a happy ending for themthan anything Okay, I must have at least ten books with them together and happy, haha That s not too much to ask, I hope Fingers crossed.If you have still not read the Lady Sherlock books then you really must get started The Art of Theft is the fourth one Andwill be coming I hope I hope this series never ends As Sherry is such an amazing writer and such a kind and sweet person I needof Charlotte, always These books are a must read It is such an amazing historical mystery series about a female Sherlock Holmes With a whole bunch of awesome side characters whom we also get to read from pretty often I completely love every single one This review was first posted on my blog, Carina s Books, here Charlotte Holmes next case comes to her by way of Mrs Watson When Mrs Watson was young she had a romantic affair with the Maharani of Ajmer was the regent for her young son The affair was ended when Mrs Watson couldn t follow her back to India because of her own needs to secure her own security.Now the maharani has come to London hoping to hire Sherlock Holmes to steal some incriminating letters back from the blackmailer who holds them When she learns that Sherlock Holmes is unavailable, Charlotte Holmes next case comes to her by way of Mrs Watson When Mrs Watson was young she had a romantic affair with the Maharani of Ajmer was the regent for her young son The affair was ended when Mrs Watson couldn t follow her back to India because of her own needs to secure her own security.Now the maharani has come to London hoping to hire Sherlock Holmes to steal some incriminating letters back from the blackmailer who holds them When she learns that Sherlock Holmes is unavailable, she wants to find someone else to help her Mrs Watson convinces Charlotte to take the case and Charlotte recruits her friend Lord Ingram to help Her sister Olivia and her sweetheart Mr Marbleton are also recruited.Thethey look into the situation thethey become convinced that the maharani hasn t told them the whole truth and the letters supposedly in the back of an artwork by Van Dyck which will soon be sold at auction might be the least of their worries This is a heist story Charlotte and her colleagues need to learn about the Chateau where the art auction will be held, get invitations to the party, and find a way to remove a large piece of art out of a heavily guarded home perched on an island in a lake Charlotte begins to suspect that there isgoing on than their potential art theft and old enemies of both Lord Ingram and Mr Marbleton have some sort of role in the whole situation Meanwhile, with Lord Ingram on the verge of divorce, his relationship with Charlotte is changing in ways that jeopardize their future And Olivia s relationship with Mr Marbleton is at least as precarious This is the fifth book in the Lady Sherlock series and in each we learnabout all of the characters who are complex and interesting people And the ending clearly signals thatadventures are in story for Charlotte Holmes and her companions Fascinating Holmesian mystery Such a complex and rewarding story that explores the Holmsian genre and all it s accoutrements in a brilliant fashion Charlotte Holmes is an usual person, focussed, brilliant, capable of ingenious guile, a freethinker with a much vaunted love of sweet things The descriptions of her measures in the face of the dreaded approach of Maximum Tolerable Chins, the sensuality with which she regards deserts just serve to enhance her quirkiness.Charlotte, Lady Sherlock is a Fascinating Holmesian mystery Such a complex and rewarding story that explores the Holmsian genre and all it s accoutrements in a brilliant fashion Charlotte Holmes is an usual person, focussed, brilliant, capable of ingenious guile, a freethinker with a much vaunted love of sweet things The descriptions of her measures in the face of the dreaded approach of Maximum Tolerable Chins, the sensuality with which she regards deserts just serve to enhance her quirkiness.Charlotte, Lady Sherlock is asked by fabulous Mrs Watson to help solve a problem for an old friend That request opens memory doors for Mrs Watson, and danger and intrigue for all.Their quest takes Charlotte, Mrs Watson, and Lord Ingham, along with her sister Livia and Stephen Marbleton to Paris and beyond A famous private annual Art auction and a glittering ball held at a heavily guarded chateau is where their attention is centered.What they find goes way beyond what any of them expect, except perhaps Charlotte Devastating discoveries are made, some impacting the now and some stretching into the future Every minute reading was tantalizing.This grand Victorian mystery not only beckons but delivers A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley I just discovered the Lady Sherlock series about a month ago I am a huge fan of anything Sherlockian so I thought I would try this series out I was not disappointed Thomas s ability to place original Sherlock characteristics into her characters is amazing While reading I was easily able to connect different characters from the original to this version I love that the story is woman centered Charlotte Holmes is exactly what I thought a female Sherlock Holmes would be Her relationship with I just discovered the Lady Sherlock series about a month ago I am a huge fan of anything Sherlockian so I thought I would try this series out I was not disappointed Thomas s ability to place original Sherlock characteristics into her characters is amazing While reading I was easily able to connect different characters from the original to this version I love that the story is woman centered Charlotte Holmes is exactly what I thought a female Sherlock Holmes would be Her relationship with Lord Ingram also adds a nice layer to the books Overall a great series and I can t wait forThis book was excellent in that you really begin to see the workings of Moriarty I was curious as to how Thomas would bring that element in and you see it leading up to this book This book however is the first time you really get and understanding of his influence and power

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Art of Theft
  • Sherry Thomas
  • English
  • 27 July 2018
  • 0451492471