A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-takers #1) by Alissa Johnson

A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-takers #1) by Alissa Johnson

The Lady is a Thief

Years 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 Walker.

Lottie 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 more. And then he lost her.

Now 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.

A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-takers #1) by Alissa Johnson

This book has a lot going for it as far as I’m concerned. It is set in the 1870s, which is one of my favourite time periods, and it features characters who a little down the social ladder. Apart from the odd mistake (saying she spit out for she spat out is wrong in EVERY version of English!!), I thought the author captured Victorian England so well. In fact, the reason some of the language mistakes stuck out to me was because the whole atmosphere of the book felt historical and accurate.

I did think that the pace was a little slow. As much as I loved these characters and enjoyed the way their pasts were revealed gradually, I think it was a little TOO gradual for my liking! Scenes went on for a very long time, and at a few points I just wanted to hurry everyone along!

Definitely the best thing about this story is the atmosphere. The Victorian era should feel different to the Regency era when it’s used in historical romance, but often it’s hard to make the distinction because authors are a little vague about their time period. This was certainly not the case here, and apart from those odd language issues I felt very much immersed in the 1870s.

I also enjoyed the slightly older and more worldly characters.

I think A Talent for Trickery will be a rewarding read if you have some patience. It’s a slower build, but not doubt will find plenty of fans.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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3 thoughts on “A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-takers #1) by Alissa Johnson

    1. Some people avoid it because they think the Victorian period is too dark, which is a little strange considering what was going on with Napoleon and all that war back in the Regency era!

      I love the darkness (I’m strange), and after living and working in a dark Victorian pub in London for years, that was down the road from Charles Dickens’ house, I developed a real love of the era. 🙂 We were apparently one of the last places that still used gas lights, which I lit like some housemaid every time!

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