Review: The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

Posted October 15, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas
The Art of Theft

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Series: Lady Sherlock #4
Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on October 15, 2019
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

With each new installment in this series, I have come to highly anticipate the clever cases, the Victorian Era ambience, and most of all, the characters peopling these books.  This author’s Lady Sherlock isn’t just a wink and a nod at the venerable detective, but a classy tribute that Sherlockians cannot help but approve.


The Art of Theft is fourth in the Lady Sherlock series and is part of a series with not just a few series arcs though each mystery is new, making it a series that is best appreciated in order.

The Yuletide approaches and Sherlock Holmes gets a visit from a dignified Maharini no less.  And, shock of all, she keeps her problem to herself and chooses to dismiss the great detective or his clever ‘sister’.
But soon, Mrs. Watson gets a visit from her past and she learns her former lover, the older Indian Queen who went to Sherlock, is in trouble.  For her feelings and her guilt over saying no years ago, she accepts the case with Charlotte’s approval even though it is likely to tax them to the limits.
Charlotte doesn’t hesitate to round up Ash, Livie, and Mr. Marbleton to round out their team headed to France.  They must break into a nearly impregnable chateau and steal back what was taken from the Maharini.  Naturally, things get complicated even further and it will take all of their brains and abilities to get through this unscathed.

Like the rest of the series, this one pulls in narration from all the key players and it starts rolling slowly as the intro to the case and their earlier planning and work transpires.  It never felt sluggish or unnecessary because there are the personal interactions and complicated relationships that kept it interesting beyond the moments of great action and suspense.  There are a few twists and turns particularly in the latter half that had me flipping pages rapidly.  Did we get some good moments with Lord Ingram and Charlotte?  You bet!  Are there hints of further dastardly deeds from Moriarity?  Oh man, are there… We must wait until the next installment for developments.

The series is for anyone who adores a good historical mystery series, but fans of Sherlock will not feel insulted to give this series a go.

My thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

I know that I did read book 1 but I haven’t read the others. I should take a look to see what I thought of it

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Most definitely! Hopefully you enjoyed it, Melliane. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying this series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah! It’s hitting the spot. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to get started with this series. I have the first couple of books in audio and hope to get started sometime soon. Glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Woohoo! You are in for a treat. 🙂

Jenea's Book Obsession

I would love to get my hands on this series! It sounds so good!!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh, yes, you really must! It’s fab!

Carole Rae
2 years ago

oooo! I am intrigued for sure.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

These are great fun, Carole! Love Charlotte as Sherlock. 🙂

2 years ago

I have heard good things about this series. I am glad you are enjoying it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Oh yes! Having a blast, Nadene. I think you’d have a good time with these.

Angie Elle
2 years ago

I love it when a book has a slower pace but wins me over anyway.

Great review, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Yes, these are those fun sleeper types that spring at you when you’ve gotten lulled into complacency. 🙂