[Alissa Johnson] ✓ A Talent for Trickery (The Thief Takers, #1) [dc-comics PDF] Ebook Epub Download ☆ I ve given this a B at AAR, so 4.
A Talent for Trickery is Alissa Johnson s first new novel since 2012, and I, for one, have missed her The books of hers I ve read have been strongly characterised and intelligently written she has an engaging, easy to read style that is laced with wit and subtle humour and the ability to develop her romances in a manner that never feels rushed or forced and I m happy to report that this latest book sees her in fine form Owen Renderwell, a Detective Inspector at Scotland Yard became the focus of public attention some eight years previously by virtue of the fact that he solved a high profile case involving a kidnapped duchess and a fortune in diamonds As a result, Owen was elevated to a viscountcy and his two friends a This is the first book I ve read by this author and I must say that is good, not fantastic, but really good.
I like most the way the characters, both main and secondary, are described.
Both Owen and Lottie are complex characters with their own flaws Owen is commandeering and arrogant in his convictions, but also ready to listen to Lottie when her expertise is needed Lottie is at the same time very sure and unsecure of herself Both their lives have not been easy, but Lottie s was even less so IMHO Her father was a con artist and criminal to the bone who manipulated both his daughters shamelessly, which left Lottie with deep scars about the value of honesty and honor She overanalyzes and double check everything, always pondering of what is correct and just While Owen appreciates these qualities, he s unaware of the fact that Lottie is deeply ashamed of her action 3.
5 Stars wavering between rounding up or down.
Really enjoyed the writing style of Johnson but felt the romance was underwhelming.
Thanks to Lorii and Mariana for the buddy read
Can the remaining member of a father daughter team of professional thieves leave their sins behind and start over undetected as a law abiding citizens A once famous Scotland Yard detective became a force to be reckoned with the aide of the father, thief turned informant, but that was years ago The father is gone and it is his records and journals that bring Private Investigator Owen Renderwell to Lottie s door Inside those journals could hold clues to recent robberies and a grizzly death Will Lottie hand them over to the man who was once a the embodiment of her worst nightmare but now makes her life and emotions come alive Will his intrusion into her new life expose her secrets to a man bent on her destruction What about the danger to her family Lottie is intriguing, strong and never fails to challenge Owen and he l Alissa Johnson, IMO, is a quietly dependable historical romance writer She often flies under the radar of HR readers, because, perhaps, her stories are not splashy, super sexy or fast moving I like her quiet relationship stories and this one, which actually has a bit action in it than is usual for Johnson, shines in the H h romance and in the family dynamics of the h and her two siblings than in any of the moments of high drama.
Heroine Lottie Walker is the daughter of a now deceased thief and code master The hero Owen Renderwell, now a private investigator, had been a Scotland Yard detective some 8 years ago and had exposed the father s criminal activities and forced him to cooperate with the Yard in criminal investigations During this collaboration, thi
First, I cou Five reasons to grab A Talent for Trickery The backstory Owen Renderwell helped rescue a kidnapped duchess with the aid of a thief and his brilliant daughter Charlotte Walker The thief ended up dead and Charlotte along with her siblings ended up in the countryside under assumed names Owen got all the glory and a title to boot Owen was smitten with Charlotte and reached out over the years, but she refused to see him and returned his letters unopened The situation Someone is murdering folks in London and leaving cryptic messages Viscount Renderwell, now working as a private detective seeks help from the Walkers, Charlotte in particular The setup for both the romance and the suspense was brilliant, engaging me as the reader from the start The characters Charlotte Lottie , having grown up with a thief for a father has developed into a strong, somewhat outspok The Lady Is A ThiefYears Ago, Owen Renderwell Earned Acclaim And A Title For The Dashing Rescue Of A Kidnapped Duchess But Only A Select Few Knew That Scotland Yard S Most Famous Detective Was Working Alongside London S Most Infamous Thief And His Criminally Brilliant Daughter, Charlotte WalkerLottie Was Like No Other Woman In Victorian England She Challenged Him She Dazzled Him She Questioned Everything He Believed And Everything He Was, And He Has Never Wanted Anyone And Then He Lost HerNow A Private Detective On The Trail Of A Murderer, Owen Has Stormed Back Into Lottie S Life She Knows That No Matter What They May Pretend, He Will Always Be A Man Of The Law And She A Criminal Yet Whenever He S Near, Owen Has A Way Of Making Things Complicated And Long For A Future That Can Never Be Theirs If you devour historical romances, I have no reason not to recommend this one but if you only read one once in a while, I m not going to say you need to run out and get A Talent for Trickery It is a character focused story much of it is internal Lottie s endlessly conflicted thoughts or intimate as in, conversations taking place among a couple of people in the privacy of a home, not intimate X rated At the very end there is a confrontation with a dangerous villain, but that content is not the strong point of the book, and it represents only about 1 or 2% of the story The strong point of the story is that it is about a couple both of whom are intelligent and have their own talents and interests overcoming distrust and their own personal baggage in order to be brave enough to explore their feelings for ea I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.
I picked this up because I realized it was the same author who wrote A Christmas Dance, which I found charming and day brightening Plus, the blurb sounded pretty intriguing, and since it is the first book in the series it was a relief to not have to dig through a backlist The issue with that, of course, is then you have to wait impatiently for the next one to come out.
This is a somewhat different story than A Christmas Dance, not just that it is a full length story, but the themes are a bit darker But the same trick of creating likable characters and especially a strong, capable, and quirky heroine were here There are two main prongs to the story One is the mystery itself, and th