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The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin (Good Thief's Guides Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Ewan
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Book Description

From the #1 Kindle bestselling author of SAFE HOUSE

You can’t keep a good thief down. Charlie Howard – mystery writer and professional burglar-for-hire – is back in the saddle, robbing the people of Berlin blind. But his larcenous binge is about to be interrupted by a call to duty – on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government.

A sensitive item has been stolen from inside the British embassy in Berlin. Four employees are suspected of the theft and Charlie is hired to discreetly break into each of their homes, identify the guilty culprit and steal the item back. There’s just one problem: the item is so sensitive that Charlie can’t be told what it is. But how do you find something when you don’t know what you’re searching for? And what do you do if you witness a murder during your first break in?

In this fast-paced and charming mystery, Charlie must evade a hornet’s nest of foreign spies to retrieve the mystery item, catch a killer, and finally confront how he really feels about his best friend and confidante, Victoria.

THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO BERLIN is the fifth title in Chris Ewan’s highly acclaimed Good Thief’s Guide series. All of the books in the series can be read and enjoyed as individual mysteries.

Praise for the Good Thief's Guide to Berlin:

'Outstanding ... Ewan perfectly blends tension and humour in a neatly constructed plot.' Starred review, US Publishers Weekly.

'Ewan keeps the action and the humour cantering along at a comfortable swift pace, but this time there's a startling finale that will have fans craving more.' Booklist

'A delightful series.' The Seattle Times

Praise for the Good Thief's Guide series of mystery novels:

'The latest gem in Chris Ewan’s sparkling series.' – Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything and Dare Me

'Chris Ewan [is] at the vanguard of a new wave of young writers kicking against the cliches and producing ambitious,challenging, genre-bending works [and] adding some wit and balls to [the] genre.' – Bateman, author of the Mystery Man series

'In Charlie Howard, Chris Ewan has created one of contemporary fiction's most unlikely yet likeable heroes - a razor-sharp Raffles for the 21st century, whose easy expertise in the dubious arts of breaking and entering intrigues as much as it entertains.' – Anne Zouroudi, author of The Mysteries of The Greek Detective

'Hilarious yet suspenseful ... Ewan can turn a Wodehousian phrase on occasion, and his taut plotting adds substance to his considerable style.' – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

'Enjoyable mayhem ... [an] engaging and well-paced crime caper.' – The Guardian

'Ewan gives Charlie lines Hammett would have approved of and creates a witty action caper that can only be described in best Italian terms as a proper bunga-bunga.' – The Times

'Quick, witty, funny, bursting with suspense and surprises, and has a wonderful sense of place.' – Whichbook

'Top Pick! Gold Medal: Ewan masterfully merges the comic with the thrilling in this fresh, captivating book.' – RT Book Reviews

'Sharp characterizations, snappy repartee and good plotting carry the day.' – TLS

'This is, in many ways, crime writing at its best.' – Sydney Morning Herald

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250002974
  • Publisher: Killer Books (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQK96EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Chris Ewan is an award-winning British author of eight novels as well as the Kindle Single short story, SCARLETT POINT. His popular series of mysteries about globetrotting thief-for-hire, Charlie Howard, include THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO PARIS, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VEGAS, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VENICE and THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO BERLIN. Chris has also written the standalone thrillers, SAFE HOUSE and DEAD LINE. Chris's latest standalone thriller, DARK TIDES, will be published in the UK by Faber & Faber in October 2014.

THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 13 countries. SAFE HOUSE has been a major bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. In 2011, Chris was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll.

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with 1st Class Honours in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife, daughter and labrador, where he writes full time.

Find out more at You can also get in touch with Chris on Twitter @chrisewan or email him at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 21 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Charlie Howard, the gentleman burglar with a penchant for quick wit and even quicker access through a locked door, is back.

Now shacked up in Berlin, attempting to finish his latest novel, mystery writer Charlie Howard, with his sideline in burglary is summoned to a meeting with what turns out to be someone from the British Embassy. Charlie is hired to recover a top secret item, with two important caveats. One - it could be in one of four different employees homes. And two - he can't be told what that item is. Veronica - Charlie's long suffering literary agent - negotiates a fee for the series of burglaries, with Charlie still struggling to discover how he can steal an item he doesn't have the first clue what it actually is. The intrigue deepens, as whilst he's searching the first apartment for the mystery item, he witnesses what looks like the murder of young woman in a window opposite. As the pace increases, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an international incident, as Russian, French, and American agents all converge on him, attempting to recover the mysterious item he has been hired to steal. Soon, Charlie is not only trying to steal a sensitive item for his government, but also deal with the growing sense of danger which comes from all sides.

I've been a massive fan of the GTG series for a couple of years now, the glorious one-liners, unlocking the mysteries, and the sense of character brought out by Ewan in seemingly familiar major cities worldwide, from Amsterdam to Venice to Las Vegas.

Rhetorical question time...Does Berlin measure up to its predecessors?

Answer...More than you'd guess.

TGTG Berlin (I'm abbreviating) is a remarkable story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CHARLIE HOWARD IS AT IT AGAIN 21 Aug. 2013
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Like some smiles in your mystery? There are quite a few to be found in The Good Thief's Guide To Berlin, another masterful blend of mirth and mystery in Chris Ewan's Good Thief series. Seldom has a fellow with such a distinctly larcenous bent been as likable as novelist/thief Charlie Howard. He's self-effacing (always good for a chuckle), clever and ofttimes foolhardy - this time in rainy Berlin.

The Good Thief series not only boasts intriguing characters but painterly descriptions of settings, witty aside to cover almost any situation, and well honed plots. Now, Charlie has one guiding principle - "Don't Get Caught." Plus, he has a list of rules such as he doesn't leave a mess after breaking in, doesn't steal anything of sentimental value, etc. And this time out he needs to add a new rule - "Don't admire the view."

At the behest of his agent, Victoria Newbury, Charlie is supposed to be working on his next novel. Instead he's taken on a new client, in part because he believes he's doing a service for the British government. This is a rather complex case - a British embassy representative is offering him a tidy sum to retrieve something that he's unable to describe, simply saying
You'll know it when you see it." Charlie is supposed to search the homes of four people, each of whom may have the valued object.

The first apartment he enters seems to hold nothing of value. But as Charlie was in the habit of smoking and staring out a window when he "was feeling thoroughly vexed" he almost did just that save for the fact that he never smoked inside a place he had broken into. So he simply stared out a window and saw a murder being committed across the way. What to do?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TGTG to Berlin 29 April 2013
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This book was great also. I really admired the character despite him being a thief! The thief really endears himself to the reader. You sympathise with his arthritic right hand and worry about him getting caught, Bring them on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Berlin 5 April 2013
By S
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A nicely written, entertaining, interesting book. I preferred this one to it's predecessors. I look forward to the next in this series to see what happens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Unputdownable Read 20 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For many reasons I've been a fan of the Good Thief's Guide series about the crime writer and gentleman thief Charlie Howard ever since I read TGTGT Paris about three years ago.

Charlie Howard is not at all like those James-Bond-I-can-do-everything-kind-of-heroes who are brilliant at everything, know everything, never need any help and are never afraid. Charlie makes mistakes, is vulnerable, has a lot of self-doubts and would be totally lost without his best friend and literary agent Victoria; in other words: He's a guy who is only slowly growing into a part he's not really made out for. Which makes him more believable and likeable as a character.

Each book in the series is set in a different city and Charlie's Paris and Berlin adventures are proof enough for me that Chris Ewan has the IMHO rare talent to recreate each city's special atmosphere, because I know both cities myself.

As for the plot, well, always be prepared for an intriguing story, a lot of suspense, many hilarious moments, unexpected plot twists and superb wittiness.

In his Berlin adventure Charlie is asked by a representative of Her Majesty's Government to retrieve an item that had been stolen from the British Embassy in Berlin. He is given the addresses of the four likely suspects' homes. However, Charlie is not told what said item looks like, only that he will know as soon as he sees it. What follows is an eventful and exciting search in a wonderfully described Berlin for an item not only the British have an interest in; a fact which poses a threat to Charlie's and Victoria's safety.

I would like to say more, but that would mean to give away too much. So I just say that like the others in the series, TGTGT Berlin is a fantastic and absolutely unputdownable book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is as good as the rest
I have read almost all of Chris Ewan's Books. This one is as good as the rest. It's a light hearted read, part of his 'The good Guide' range.
Published 1 month ago by BRIAN W V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow Up
Much improved from the previous book in the series. I found the story to riveting and completely unpredictable a thoroughly enjoyable book.
Published 2 months ago by Sam Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Chris Ewan's 'Good Thief' books. This one doesn't let me down.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to my normal reads but keeping my attention
Still reading this at the moment. Characters are building well and seem credible. Not sure where it's heading but hoping for an interesting journey and ending.
Published 5 months ago by Tony B
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A different approach and so quite enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by jim hole
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Chris Ewan's more serious thrillers - this is an ...
Light weight. I like Chris Ewan's more serious thrillers - this is an amusing, un memorable but good for a summer rad
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Kay K
5.0 out of 5 stars Last one in series
Did not disappoint I love the way the author writes. Keeps you interested and guessing from start to finish. Many twists and turns, this is last???? Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. G. Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a quick read
First time I had read this author, story moved along nicely and it was a good quick read, I will try another of his books.
Published 14 months ago by Kayzee
4.0 out of 5 stars The good thief,s guide to Berlin
A most enjoyable read, I shall be delving into the rest of the series. Apart from the plot it is a good guide to the city.
Published 14 months ago by a westacott
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