A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson
(The Thief-takers)

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Johnson’s demonstrated skill at writing intriguing mystery stories is missing in this novel, although the main characters’ complex personal histories make the book a better read than it could have been otherwise. All but the most devoted Johnson fans should skip this novel and wait for her next offering.
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Synopsis

She's a liar.
She's a con.
She's a thief.
And God help him, but he'll do anything to keep her safe.

Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn't want. Esther knows she's put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family's enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he's near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers...and wish she were worthy of being saved.

Second in an exciting late Victorian romance series from a RITA Award nominee!

Thief Takers Series:
A Talent for Trickery, Book 1
A Gift for Guile, Book 2
Dangerous Deceit, Coming Soon

"From the first page, Johnson seizes readers' attention... Losing none of her witty dialogue or clever plotting, she pulls readers this way and that as the story swiftly turns from suspense to romance and back again."-RT Book Reviews on A Talent for Trickery

 

About Alissa Johnson

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Alissa Johnson is the RITA Award-nominated author of Tempting Fate and several historical romances. She grew up on Air Force bases in the United States and Europe and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She currently lives in the Ozarks.
 
Published July 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. 384 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 13 2016

Johnson’s demonstrated skill at writing intriguing mystery stories is missing in this novel, although the main characters’ complex personal histories make the book a better read than it could have been otherwise. All but the most devoted Johnson fans should skip this novel and wait for her next offering.

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