Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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On the verge of being terminated from his job as a constable, Jackson Forge needs Kit Turner’s help to find a local cab driver who’s gone missing. But Jackson can’t abide Kit’s swindling ways, no matter her motives reminiscent of Robin Hood, and their search for the cabby becomes increasingly dangerous in The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by author Michelle Griep.
It’s been a while since the last time I read a romantic Victorian mystery by this author. I must say the confident stance (and scheming look?) of the woman on the cover went a long way in getting me to try this ChristFic novel.
This adventure is indeed one of scheming and intrigue. While Jackson’s several blunders kept me from being impressed with him, his partnership with quick and savvy Kit is good for him.
Now, it took more chapters than I usually give a novel for the story to secure my interest. And while I liked the rhythm and tone in the style overall, the frequent exclamations of “Hah!” and “Flit!” and a few other repeated interjections became worn-out after so many uses. I’ll also admit I grew somewhat weary with the mystery in the last quarter or so, as it seemed to go on a little long.
Even so, the part I liked most involves a quote from Kit: “And therein you have turned an ugly tragedy into a beautiful purpose… Let the memory strengthen your resolve.”