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This review is from: The Thief Taker (Paperback)
Lacking anything to read at the time, I picked this up in a hurry at my local library. I didn't hold much hope, but was pleasantly surprised. The book takes place in London in the mid 18th c., and is about a cook for a family of wealthy silversmiths who, much against her better judgement, is persuaded by the head of the household to investigate the theft of a valuable silver wine cooler. Agnes is no mumsy, bossy, overweight, stereotype of a traditional cook, but an educated, slim, attractive widow who must work to support her young son. Because of her love of cooking, she decided to enter service, so we get lots of detail on food and its preparation in the 18th c, plus the lives of servants in that era. Agnes becomes reluctantly involved with a "thief taker," a man who is employed by the victim to locate the whereabouts of the thief and the stolen goods (but is often a criminal himself). A few murders, lots of details on food and London's underworld, and a love interest, make this book an entertaining read, and I had to read almost the entire book before I worked out whodunit. A good book if you're looking for a light read, full of historical detail that keeps you hanging on to the end.