The Vanishing Thief

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Georgia Fenchurch appears to be an unassuming antiquarian bookseller in Victorian London, but the life she leads is as exciting as any adventure novel. For Georgia is a member of the Archivist Society, a secret association of private investigators led by the mysterious Sir Broderick.

When a frantic woman comes to Georgia claiming that her neighbor, Nicholas Drake, has been abducted by the notorious Duke of Blackford, Georgia and the Archivist Society agree to take the case. But...

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Overview


Georgia Fenchurch appears to be an unassuming antiquarian bookseller in Victorian London, but the life she leads is as exciting as any adventure novel. For Georgia is a member of the Archivist Society, a secret association of private investigators led by the mysterious Sir Broderick.

When a frantic woman comes to Georgia claiming that her neighbor, Nicholas Drake, has been abducted by the notorious Duke of Blackford, Georgia and the Archivist Society agree to take the case. But Drake is no innocent—he is a thief who has been blackmailing many of the leading members of London society. To find Drake and discover who is behind his abduction, Georgia and her beautiful assistant, Emma, will have to leave the cozy confines of their bookshop and infiltrate the inner circles of the upper crust—with the help of the dashing but dubious Duke of Blackford himself.

But the missing thief and his abductor are not the only ones to elude Georgia Fenchurch. When she spies the man who killed her parents years ago, she vows to bring him to justice once and for all…at any cost.

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The Vanishing Thief has it all; an engaging heroine, wonderful secondary characters and a story that will keep you turning pages until you reach the end. This series will be a great addition to the mystery bookshelves.”—Emily Brightwell, National Bestselling Author of The Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries
 
“A delightful adventure in Victorian England with the motley crew that is the Archivist Society—a group dedicated to obtaining justice when all else fails.”—Victoria Thompson, National Bestselling Author of Murder in Chelsea
 
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425266601
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: A Victorian Bookshop Mystery Series , #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 194,390
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author


Kate Parker is the author of The Vanishing Thief, first in the Victorian Bookshop Mystery series.
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Thwarting her attackers…

They tried to pull me into the alley, but a hard stomp on a foot and a bite on a hand let me escape to dash toward the street, holding up the fabric of my ripped skirt. A carriage pulled up, the horses reined in before I collided with them. The Duke of Blackford jumped out. My savior, or reinforcements for my attackers?

I started to dash down the sidewalk, but strong arms grabbed me around the middle, wrapping my cloak tightly around me. I kicked out and hit my pursuer by driving the back of my head into his nose. He let go and I ran. Behind me, I heard grunts and thuds, wood against metal, wood against bone.

I glanced back to see the duke thrash one figure with his cane. As my other attacker rose from the ground, he was pummeled down again. I'd have to pass the fight to return to the safety of Lady Westover’s. Too dangerous. I rushed away from the fracas.

Horses whinnied and coach wheels creaked, but no footsteps pursued me. I slowed my pace to a brisk walk, staying as far from the street as I could as I approached the corner. Looking over my shoulder I saw two figures prone on the ground behind me and a large carriage with four horses nearly at my side.

“Miss Fenchurch.”

I picked up speed. So did the horses, pulling past me.

The duke’s familiar baritone came from the coach. “Wait, Miss Fenchurch. I’m trying to rescue you.”

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    New Series! Recommend it, and hope for more from the author.

    Set in Victorian London, The Archivist Society assists in helping people with various problems. This story centers upon a woman who believes her neighbor was abducted by the Duke of Blackford. The heroine, Georgia and her cronies delve into the disappearance, uncovering a vicious blackmailer amongst the upper class. I truly enjoyed the interaction between Georgia and the Duke, (who ends up assisting the Archivists, and is not guilty). The book was entertaining, I was truly interested in the characters, and hope the relationship between the Duke and Georgia becomes deeper.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

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    When a frantic woman comes to Georgia claiming that her neighbor

    When a frantic woman comes to Georgia claiming that her neighbor, Nicholas Drake, has been abducted by the notorious Duke of Blackford, Georgia and the Archivist Society agree to take the case. But Drake is no innocent—he is a thief who has been blackmailing many of the leading members of London society. To find Drake and discover who is behind his abduction, Georgia and her beautiful assistant, Emma, will have to leave the cozy confines of their bookshop and infiltrate the inner circles of the upper crust—with the help of the dashing but dubious Duke of Blackford himself.

    But the missing thief and his abductor are not the only ones to elude Georgia Fenchurch. When she spies the man who killed her parents years ago, she vows to bring him to justice once and for all…at any cost.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    There is a lot happening in this debut. A man is missing, a cold case (the murder of our protag’s parents) is brought to the forefront when the killer may have been spotted out and about in London and a death of a young woman is being questioned.

    There are also a slew of characters from Georgia Fenchurch, to her employee and best friend Emma, Phyllida, their “aunt”, who all live together. The members of the Archivist Society including Sir Broderick, Lady Westover and her grandson Inspector Grantham. Add to that Drake, the missing man, the frantic woman searching for him and all the members of the upper crust who could be responsible for his disappearance including the Duke of Blackford. There are many more supporting characters too.

    At first all of this was a little hard to follow but then the story hits a rhythm where all 3 stories and all the characters come together.

    I really like several characters. The dialogue at a formal dinner party between Georgia and her table mates was quite humorous. The Duke and Georgia are quite suitable despite of their different classes. Seeing her rub shoulders with the Lords and Ladies shows she is very intelligent and resourceful and not just a woman who inherited a bookshop.

    The story has more than the expected number of twists and turns for a book of this type, keeping the reader on their toes.

    I enjoyed this trip back to Victorian times. A time before phones, cars, and many things we take for granted. When a trip to the country took days and to call the authorities you had to send a person with a message or find a bobbie on the street.

    This is my first Kate Parker novel but according to her website she started out writing Romantic Suspense. She has made a fine transition to cozy mysteries by combining all her strengths – history, suspense, humor and romance. The Vanishing Thief is a nice blend of all four. I anxiously await the next Victorian Bookshop Mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    An entertaining and enjoyable mystery

    Fast paced and well plotted novel. I enjoyed the comparison between the classes in Victorian England. The characters were well defined and believable. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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