Harming raises as an orphan as a young boy he kind of pulls on the heart strings a bit but he s so clever and so interesting to follow in this book The evil murdererplague doctor character is disturbing and the way this character develops and is unraveled through the book is brilliant By the end I was looking back on where I went with this character and think it was some very clever book writing You will hopefully love this aspect of the book tooIt s hard to share without spoilers but I can say the book is extremely enjoyable it has everything you want to escape with a good book the plot is excellent it has enough twists and turns that you can t work it all out for yourself Some of the imagery conjured up around the ugliness of being riddled with the plague might put you off food for a while Seriously nasty stuff that was The book is also a lot of fun a bit of a romp as we walk the streets with the beggars the hungry the prostitutes the gamblers the thief takers the plague doctors the watchmen and of course those cursed with the plague You can almost SMELL how bad it was back then ust by descriptions It s history with well written interesting story around it the historical base used as a base for the rest of the exciting ourney It s not a slow read nor does it hurtle along too uickly It s ust right I loved the ending and how it all came together I had not predicted most of it so was surprised and delighted I had moments of horror reading of the plague the death pits with up to a thousand bodies thrown in the sickness the poverty and the sheer helplessness of the whole situation A fascinating entertaining superbly written debut novel I think CS uinn got all the elements right in pulling this book together I really enjoyed it and absorbed and hung on to every word Recommended for anyone really you don t have to be a fan of historical novels it s a darn good read11914 I ve Obsession just bumped my rating from a 4 star to 5 star It s because this book keeps coming back to me days after reading it It s been so memorable Not a lot of books do that with me I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Well that s a few hours of my life I shall never get back An unbelievable farrago so badly researched that I found myself actually looking up things I knew were wrongust in case I was mistaken after all The story itself is trivial one potentially interesting idea the debasement of the currency is very lightly touched on at the end and all the witchery seems to be abandoned without us ever knowing any about it This may well be because there are books to come The secret scene doesn t help much and its Pinterest link doesn t workThe characters are inconsistently drawn with no particular effort to pull together motives and habits from their past into a coherent whole and no development in our knowledge of them or theirs of themselves Charlie Cabaret: A Roman Riddle just about stands up I suppose though his occasionally selflessly tender heart isn t credibly embedded into his Artful Dodger background But Maria is a cipher and the relationship between them is embarrassing As for the other characters Thomas and Teresa give absolutely no insight into why they behave as they do it s really not enough to hint at post traumatic stress disorder and the glimpses of others royal or common are cartoonishBut it s the history that really makes me cringe Where shall I start Tower Bridge or Regent StreetHer idea of 17thC London is bananas not to put too fine a point on it Actually her idea of London at any period is bonkers and I am stunned to find that she is apparently English and aournalist which would suggest that she should know London She has clearly no idea at all what the City of London actually is or was It is a discrete authority with very precise boundaries and is presided over by the Lord Mayor of London not Mayor Lawrence he was no Boris but always Lord Mayor or Sir John Westminster is another discrete city a Royal one no Mayor here The wards and parishes between the two and out towards the suburbs were all under varying urisdictions The autor continually confuses all of theseThe two major ourneys that Charlie and Maria take are nonsensical from Covent Garden where the tavern is supposed to be to Holborn where I think Maria is supposed to live though there is some confusion could not have included Cockspur Street which is the other side of St Martin in the Fields They might have gone
VIA COCK LANE BUT HOW COULD AN AUTHOR DO Cock Lane but how could an author do and simply witter on about Charterhouse when the reeking mess of Smithfield and the ancient priory of St Bartholomew are right in your way And what Londoner nay what intelligent human being with access to Google Maps could put Wapping several hours ride from Stratford Or FOUR HOURS downstream from the Tower And C uinn has worked at The TimesHere are a few really terrible howlers of the dozens I ve bookmarked Life is too short to mention them allFoundling Hospital p 19There was no Foundling Hospital in pre Fire London There were two City Orphanages and they weren t run by nunsWhy do you not eat the biscuits straightaway The crown stamped on them shows your crime p 26Ships biscuit was not marked for the Navy until Victorian times Nor was there a regular supply to the Navy until Pepys started to reorganise it Nor in fact were there naval uniforms as such at the time All that navy blue and gold braid came laterA set of new guards had been posted on Shaftesbury Circus Plague security was certainly stepping up thought Charlie p 27Shaftesbury Circus did not and does not exist Shaftesbury of Shaftesbury Avenue lived in the 19thC The place I think she means would have been deep in the slum of St Giles in the Fields oddly enough where the first Plague cases were identified in 1665 Somewhere to avoid erm like the plagueThe King s mistress Louise Keroulle was walking across the roomp 61The author doesn t even spell her name correctly Louise de Keroualle was not the King s Mistress until after 1670 She had no brother George and was made Duchess of Portsmouth in 1673Ordinarily the smuggler brought in tobacco wine lace and silk to avoid paying duty at Tower Bridge p 67This is ridiculous Tower Bridge was built in the late 19thCThe whole Mother Mitchell storyline is bizarre she lives apparently in Mayfair which was uite literally an open field in 1665 with a small market called Shepherds Market The development of townhouses in Mayfair came in the 1680 Shepherds Market The development of townhouses in Mayfair came in the 1680 Later she is supposed to live in Regent Street which is not Mayfair is of course named after the Prince Regent and
Was Laid Out In 1825Marc Anthony Appears laid out in 1825Marc Anthony appears be able to transport a sedan chair single handed did she think it was a kind of rickshaw and takes Charlie to a bear baiting Bear baiting was actually suppressed during the Plague but in any case the bear gardens were on the South Bank Later on they talk of Regents Park which again was named for the Prince Regent and was much laterp 74Marc Anthony also has a cottage in the little hamlet of Greenwich He commuted once a week into the City by rowboat through the marshlands at Deptford Creekp 68This is also bizarre Greenwich harboured a Royal Palace and is uite a grand little place Deptford was and is marshy but was also the home of enormous Royal Dockyards It s perhaps an hour s rowing upriver to the Tower past Wapping by the way Why would a boatman commute once a week such a short distance The actress Lynette She is your wife Was my wife But she is known all over the city p 191This is also ust silly The names of the very few actresses performing in the 1660 s are very well known and there is neither any Lynette nor would anyone have spoken of her like that She would have been Mistress Tuesday or whatever her own name wasthe chill of Cripplegate p 386The whole FenchurchAldersgateCripplegate mess only tells me again that the author never looked at a mapOh yes Buboils Buboils Since when Buboes is and was the name for the swellings Interestingly there s not a single hit on Google for this idiotic word buboilsWhat was the editor thinking of when he or she passed this book fit for publication I checked all these points in half an hour on Wikipedia hardly a PhD research project I can t think that C S uinn has ever done any research at all let alone historical. The evidence street by street This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London where alchemy witchcraft and blood spells collideIn a city drowned in darkness death could be the most powerful magic of all. ,
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I got an ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewWhen it comes to knowing whether you liked a book or not some are really hard to place This novel is one of thoseI really liked its atmosphere London in 1665 the way its streets and buildings were depicted how travelling from one place to another was so much different from what we know today the many people we get to see all both Two sad plague infested stars The Thief Taker tells the story of 1665 plague infested London and thief taker aka dude who will chase down thieves and stolen items for a fee Charlie Tuesday as he tracks down a vile murderer dressed like a plague doctor mixing with witchcraft and political upheaval along the wayFirst the positives I m hardly an expert on 17th century British history but the novel certainly seems well researched There s a great amount of attention and care given to historical detail To a history dunce like me it read as believable enough but any history experts will likely disagree I also liked the level of creepiness The author doesn t shy away from horror both plague derived and man madeThe story s biggest weakness is in the writing The sentences are choppy bland and structured repetitively I found the plot to be mostly interesting but the poor writing kept me from getting invested I also found the romance or whatever you may call it between Charlie and Maria to be heavily choreographed and unbelievable I don t mind reading a book where I know from the beginning that two characters will end up together But in this case almost every step was predicable and combined with a lack of chemistry it did not work for meThis is a minor complaint but it sometimes felt like the plague victims were written like zombies than the dying It was worst in scene outside the tavern in Wapping The plague victims groan shuffle and are referred to as walking men Then they attack a boarded up house only to be repelled by gunfire Total zombie territoryMy biggest WTF is the ending view spoilerSeriously what in the fucking fuck was that A That fake out with Maria was one of the dumbest things I ve ever read She drew on the plague tokens with makeup And her bodice protected her from being seriously injured by the bullet I read in the afterword that the author changed her mind about Maria dying and decided to let her live And that s fine But if you want to let a character live maybe reconsider rewriting their death sceneB All of Malvern s plans were failed by birds escaping Birds I d ust like to point that outC What was the point of Teresa and the witchcraft thing I feel like the book could have been a lot clearer on Thomas Teresa s motivationsD Everyone seems to forget that Charlie is wanted for murder and witchcraft They All Roads Lead Home just walk off and leave Malvern the guilty party Of course I don t give a shit if Charlie gets arrested because he s immortal Oh you didn t notice that He flopped around in dead corpses a couple of times and went into every known plague zone but doesn t ever die The only explanation is that he s immortal So if he gets sentenced to death I m not particularly worriedE I m only half kidding about that immortal shit It makes as much sense as anything else did with the chest the key and the piles of rotting food hide spoiler What a disappointmentI don t mean to sound like an ass but I simply cannot believe this author writes for her dayob The syntax is abrupt and choppy andpainful She evidently has no idea how to work a comma The dialogue between lower class characters that doesn t contain contractions is enough to rip you right out of the storyThis is appallingly amateurish I ve read better fan fiction written by high school studentsI read than I probably should have the blurb made the book sound like something right up my alley Sadly it never improvedNice idea Wretched unprofessional execution Total waste of time view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler In the 1660s thief takers solved the cases that were beneath the dignity of the typical London watchmen The poorer sort of people who had experienced a crime or theft would come to men like the title character in this story for ustice He would attempt to track down the perpetrator by finding the property that they took and fencedUsually the thief taker could either get the property back for his client or turn the thief in to the higher authorities But the punishments back then were so barbaric chopping off a hand splitting noses that the thief taker would usually ust let the criminal go with
A Warning To Not Stealwarning to not steal or advise him to find a different clienteleCharlie Tuesday is a thief taker in London One day a beautiful young woman comes to him for help in solving her sister s murder Normally he doesn t work on any cases larger than theft but the money that is offered is than he can refuseFrom the strange mutilation of the body he determines that there s to this crime than meets the eye As the plague descends on London he and Anna Maria race to stop the murderer from striking again and perhaps even threatening the throne of England itself The Thief Taker s scenery is lush The customs clothing and food from 1665 are so different from what we have now The reader is whisked away to a world that is the same in some ways human behavior and emotions and so different in other ways social structures and occupations I didn t even know what a thief taker was until I read this book The story is an intricate mystery with the murders possible witchcraft and treason I didn t see the ending coming at all It could be that I don t read that many mysteries but I thought that it was really well doneAnother fascinating piece to this story are the plague victims The horrific conditions that the author describes like bodies rotting in the streets and the Thames becoming clogged with corpses around London Bridge actually took placeBecause of these icky details The Thief Taker occasionally veers towards the horror genre but never really crosses that line I kept picturing the rotting plague victims as zombies In some ways they re similar Contact with a plague victim could bring infection Sometimes the main character would come across a body that would appear dead but wasn t dead At one point in the story a character describes the plague victims who are wandering the streets in search of mercy as the walking dead It was very creepyAlso the societal breakdown that accompanied the plague was so uick Every moment the characters were in the London streets was filled with tension The reader didn t know if a plague victim was going to pop out of a uarantined house or if a thug was going to try to commit a robbery in a dark alleyReaders who like the historical fiction of Philippa Gregory Judith Merkle Riley and
Sarah Dunant May EnjoyDunant may enjoy received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program I m always looking for good historical fiction and especially historical crime something which is unfortunately very rare The Thief Taker immediately caught my eye it seemed to be intelligent historical fiction and there seemed to be no love story involved or at least wasn t the main focus The novel is set in London during the great plague People are dying by the dozens hundreds thousands But with all these deaths there is one which is different a young girl is dreadfully murdered by a plague doctor At the crime scene a dark spell seems to have been performed but parts of the spell seem to be missing Charlie Tuesday a young thief taker is asked to investigate the murder by the dead girl s sister What starts as the hunt for a madman soon turns into the investigation of a plot against the kingI really enjoyed reading
THE THIEF TAKER I LIKED HOWThief Taker I liked how CS uinn described the plague and its horrors I knew how many people had died but I never imagined how dreadful it really was I also liked the characters Charlie is clever even though he only had a simple education Maria at times seems arrogant but really has a good heartI have some issues with the crime though I was a bit surprised but who the murderer was But I found that the solution of the murders ended a bit abruptly I also have some problems with insane people committing crimes Crimes committed by sane people ust seem so moch realThe book had an open ending I usually prefer books and especially The year is 1665 Black Death ravages London A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor's hood and maskWhen a girl is gruesomely murdered thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case But the horrific remains tell him. .
Rime novels to have a closed ending But in this case I didn t mind In fact I m really looking forward to reading the next volume and finding out about the plot and Charlie s past 9 SEP 2014 Suee I won I CANNOT wait for this book to arrive Thank youThank youThank youBook has arrived Will start reading tomorrow Saturday 20 SEP 2014 I leafed through and found where the author thanks Philipa Gregory an author I do not care for I presented this uestion to my Dear Friend Bettie Bettie will you please tell me something This young lady thanks Philipa Gregory Please tell me this book is nothing like Gregory s books is it As much as I want to read The Thief Taker I will be sad very sad if it is like Gregory s drivelI hope to the blue sky and beyond that this does not turn out to be a copycat Gregory book in style fiddling with historical facts or in any other manner Because I am so very looking forward to reading and liking this book I will be royally angry And having reached the end I can say The Thief Taker is absolutely nothing like Gregory s books and I hope the author never again feels the need to drop names You Ms uinn are good enough to sail your own boat in your own name 25 SEP 2014 Super This book left me breathless while travelling the plague rotted streets of London with Charlie and Maria Thomas Malvern is a very bad man I was afriad of him and the author s spot on descriptions of his plague doctor outfit I look forward to adventures with Charlie with or without Maria Disclosure I won this book here and was also approved for a galley copy at Netgalley on the same day I deeply appreciate the opportunity to read and review The Thief Taker While I may not have written an over long review containing a synopsis of the book others have already provided that I hope this review demonstrates the excitement I felt while reading The Thief Taker Plus as soon as I turned the last page I turned to the first page and read it through a second time Terrific This book was awarded to me by NetGalleyI enjoyed this historical fiction very much The Plague doctor was totally frightening Descriptions were spot on Just the time period in London during the plague and what people would do had me on the edge of my seat and add the mystery involved here it was a great suspense telling A girl goes to a thief taker to help solve the murder of her sister the interaction between Charlie and Anne Marie was superb All of the characters were well defined in their dealings with each other It kept in line and in time very well The witchcraft aspect in those days was worked in wellIt was the last few chapters the reveal that was a bit disappointing I liked the tension between Charlie and Marie as he told her he would call her loved that bit and when they became soft toward each other was not what I wanted ok when she was drunk though As high spirited as she was and what she said about her betrothed what happened to him anyway I did not think she would fall for someone she clearly thought to be so much below her station even though he was a better person and saved her life than once maybe if he had become rich at the end she would have changed her mind showing her colors again And he could have put her off for thatThe relationships at the last few chapters were a little confusing the plague doctor his wife the mayor and his assistant and the King s guard Maybe I was not catching on to what I should have I will not put in spoilers about what I did get but it seemed a little muddled or maybe it was in my head that was the muddleI guess there were other things I was hoping for things that were built up over the story seemed to get let go Charlie s brother what happened to him The mystery of their mother was ust plopped out there and not treated as I thought it would beThe trunk where did it go What else did it holdOver all I really did like this book I was ust hoping for some other information at the end You should be really glad you never will have to worry too much about the bubonic plague seriously After reading this wonderful book of exceptional storytelling I am This for me is storytelling at it s finest thrown in some history and add a dash of adventure and mystery and you are on to a winner So what s the book about The year is 1665 Black Death ravages London A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor s hood and maskWhen a girl is gruesomely murdered thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death The killer s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie s own pastNow the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London where alchemy witchcraft and blood spells collideIn a city drowned in darkness death could be the most powerful magic of allMy ReviewI loved this book not usually a massive fan of books with a historical theme I went for it anyway It did not disappoint me Before I get into my thoughts to share with you indulge me for a moment in a brief and true history lesson to set the scene The Great Plague of London in 1665 was the last in a long series of plague of London 1665 was the last in a long series of plague epidemics first began in London in June 1499 The Great Plague killed between 75000 and 100000 of London s rapidly expanding population of about 460000First suspected in late 1664 London s plague began to spread in earnest eastwards in April 1665 from the destitute suburb of St Giles through rat infested alleys to the crowded and sualid parishes of Whitechapel and Stepney on its way to the walled City of LondonBy September 1665 the death rate had reached 8000 per week Let that sink in Scary huh So this book is set in 1665 when the Great Plague of London was at it s peak The men that everyone seeks out when a household member is suspecting to be ill with the plague were called the Plague DoctorsAfter reading this book I uickly concurred that in the world CS uinn created these people didn t come with much of a bedside manner but how the imagination runs riot with imagery Nor very pleasant visitors no indeed Charlie summoned the image of a plague doctor to mind In their dark capes ghoulish masks and crystal eye glasses they frightened adults as well as children The long metal beaks were stuffed with camphor and vinegar to protect the wearer from the foul air lending the doctors an acrid stench And their treatments almost always involved blood letting and lancing of plague buboils Certainly he crossed over the road if he saw one Nice huh This book has wonderfully descriptive words all the way through it I really felt transported back to this dreadful and dangerous time in history and was caught up in the whole story Pure escapism at it s finestCharlie is a thief taker hired to find the thieves that stole from those who had the money to pay him his fees But he gets asked an unusual reuest from a pretty young woman to please help find who killed her sister in her bed whilst she was I ll From that very moment against all instinct and udgement Charlie is really in the thick of itThe story is interwoven with a few different stories at the same time seamlessly done Each story line is really interesting and of course they all come together as they should at
the end to complete the overall book Charlie is uick to realise thatend to complete the overall book Charlie is uick to realise that murdered woman he saw was not killed by any ordinary person but that evil was abound in London The signs were there Pure evil witchcraft indeed GaspThe mystery is how he is connected to it all around his neck he wears a key see the book cover and he knows not what it is for It is from this that the rest of the story evolves as Charlie follows the steps of the murderer and the clues they leave behind Who is this person Why are they killing the way they do Why the witchcraft What is the message What is the master plan The story changes point of view between different characters such as the King the Mayor of London Charlie and most interestingly the person themselves that murdered in such a foul and evil way and has little intention of stopping I found the characters fascinating and well written Charlie comes across as bold courageous and somewhat This is no isolated death The killer's mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie's own pastNow the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates.