Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.


My choice this week is: The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan

From Goodreads:

Paperback, 238 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Pocket Books

2640946Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living, about an intrepid burglar named Faulks.To supplement his income—and to keep his hand in—Charlie also has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientèle on commission.

When a mysterious American offers to pay Charlie 20,000 euros if he steals two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; he doesn’t know how the American found him, and the job seems too good to be true. And, of course, it is. Although the burglary goes off without a hitch, when he goes to deliver the monkeys he finds that the American has been beaten to near-death, and that the third figurine is missing. 

Back in London, his long-suffering literary agent, Victoria (who is naive enough to believe he actually looks like his jacket photo), tries to talk him through the plot problems in both his latest manuscript and his real life—but Charlie soon finds himself caught up in a caper reminiscent of a Cary Grant movie, involving safe-deposit boxes, menacing characters, and, of course, a beautiful damsel in distress.


This is the first book in a very enjoyable series about a crime writer who is also a thief. It was another one of my random library finds from years ago, that I went on to buy on Kindle because I enjoyed it so much. In fact the author has recently revamped and re-issued the series on Kindle for new readers to discover and enjoy Charlie’s exploits.