This is the sixth Michelle Griep novel I’ve picked up and the only one I haven’t loved. I think it was a little too light on the mystery for me. The writing is elegant and, if you enjoy Victorian London, the scene is well set. I didn’t connect with the young Constable or the sassy Kit but I can see a younger audience enjoying both.

Constable Jackson hasn’t been on the job long and doesn’t cope well with his first couple of assignments. Trying to prove himself, he takes on an investigation in which he is far out of his depth! Kit has always taken care of herself and those around her. She’s seen by the law as a common thief but she’s far more than that. Soon, Jackson and Kit see that to achieve their own goals, they best work together and an unlikely partnership is struck. Their relationship felt a little predictable to me.

If you enjoy historical mysteries, then give this one a try. It’s a three out of five for me on the enJOYment scale.

From the back cover:

There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint
 
Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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