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The Thief Taker Paperback – 2 May 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New edition edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553816349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553816341
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,824,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Colourful and wildly entertaining...A wonderful read'" (GUARDIAN)

"'A delicious five-course banquet: a murder mystery is succeeded by an abandoned infant weepie, a love story, a social history and, finally, a richly flavoured, full-bodied, 18th-century whodunnit...You'll be kept guessing right up until the last page in this splendid novel'" (HARPERS & QUEEN)

"'A compulsive page-turner which will appeal especially to anyone who was spellbound by Charles Palliser's The Quincunx'" (DAILY MAIL)

"'Take the rarefied world of Gosford Park, add the dark atmosphere of Sherlock Holmes and a pinch of stylish prose and you have The Thief Taker - an absorbing novel that evokes days of sin and skulduggery'" (DAILY RECORD)

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A compelling new 18th century whodunnit from the acclaimed author of THE GRENADILLO BOX.

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I picked this book up on a whim because on the surface it fit the bill, historic London. It didn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about life "downstairs" and learning about the trade of the silversmith, the research into both of these areas really added to the texture of the story. This was the first book by Janet Gleeson that I've read and has made me want to read more by her.
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This is a terrific historical whodunnit with some suitably gruesome murders and absolutely fascinating detail about life below stairs in l8th century London - and a very unusual crimebuster in a cook (whose recipes, incidentally, made me want to rush out and buy old cookbooks too). If you like a murder mystery that offers historical flavour alongside the crime, then this one is for you. Definitely rivals C J Sansoms Henry VIII whodunnits and I wanted to read her backlist as soon as I'd finished - author is, interestingly, an arts and antiques expert so her details are spot-on. And if you like this, I'd give Ariana Franklin a go too - her Mistress of the Art of Death; and Death Maze also combine history and crime with great results.
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Plodding pace - by the end I didn't care who did it. The author gives the heroine one main characteristic - her reserve etc - and keeps mentioning it each time the woman speaks. Would have got a 2 except that it was nice to read what was cooking in 1750.
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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.
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Pushed as a gastronomic historical adventure, this is more a peek at the 18th century silversmith industry. A sympathetic yet unexciting heroine, reasonably inventive plot and a flurry of interesting historical facts result in a novel suitable for a rainy day read. Not quite enough to make the reader boil with excitement, however.
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