Good Thief's Guides

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 224 ratings

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam Summary

Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Charlie Howard doesn’t just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest book, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realise how costly his mistake might have been. But for Charlie only three things matter. Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And can he solve the gaping plot-hole in his latest novel?

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  • Book 1

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 1 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Charlie Howard doesn’t just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest book, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad at all

    • By Zoe on 20-09-15

    Regular price: £15.99

  • Book 2

    • Good Thief's Guide to Paris, The

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Charlie Howard - mystery writer and professional thief - is flush with the success of his Paris book reading when he agrees to show a novice the basics of his other trade by breaking into the man's own apartment. Trouble ensues when it turns out the apartment belongs to someone else. The next day, Charlie's fence hires him to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting - from the same address. Mere coincidence?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly good!

    • By GORDON on 09-09-16

    Regular price: £24.58

  • Book 3

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 3 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Charlie Howard - mystery writer and incorrigible thief - is in for a tough vacation in Las Vegas. Losing at poker is one thing, but to find his literary agent, Victoria, being charmed by the Fifty-Fifty casino resort's star magician, Josh Masters, is another irritation entirely. Still, Charlie's not one to hold a grudge, especially when he could be holding Masters' wallet. A spot of burglary seems in order and Charlie's only too happy to oblige.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series...

    • By Tracey Savage on 03-03-16

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 4

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Venice

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 4 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Charlie Howard - struggling crime-writer by day, talented thief by night - has gone straight. But holing himself up in a crumbling palazzo in Venice to concentrate on his next novel hasn't got rid of the itch in his fingers. And to make matters worse, a striking Italian beauty has just broken into his apartment and made off with his most prized possession, leaving a puzzling calling card in its place. It looks as though kicking the habit of a lifetime will be much more of a challenge than Charlie thought.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charlie goes straight .....

    • By Sharon on 09-02-14

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 5

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

    • The Good Thief's Guides, Book 5
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Charlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin. He’s supposed to be working on his next novel. But high rent and a love for thrill-seeking has been hard on his word count. But Charlie’s larcenous binge is interrupted by the call to duty - on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. Four embassy employees are suspected of stealing a sensitive item.

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

    • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 5 (Unabridged)
    • By: Chris Ewan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    You can't keep a good thief down. Charlie Howard - mystery writer and professional burglar-for-hire - is back in the saddle, robbing the people of Berlin blind. But his larcenous binge is about to be interrupted by a call to duty - on behalf of Her Majesty's Government. A sensitive item has been stolen from inside the British embassy in Berlin. Four employees are suspected of the theft and Charlie is hired to discreetly break into each of their homes, identify the guilty culprit and steal the item back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Please write faster, Chris Ewan

    • By kate on 05-03-13

    Regular price: £17.19