by Sherry Thomas
Lady Sherlock #4
This series read has been a whirlwind of relationships, mysteries and revelations – and I’ve loved every minute of it. Every book I finish, I end with the thought of This, this is my new favorite. And The Art of Theft is no exception.
This book seems like it was written directly for me. I love a heist book, or movie, or anything really. I just love a good heist. On top of that, there is the delicious tension throughout this book – I was very worried, many times, about my beloved characters. Because the stakes are high and the danger was real.
In addition to this, you have some of the best relationship development in the entire series happening here in this book. Between so many beloved characters, that it made me realize this is truly a ‘found-family’ sort of story. The connections between these individuals, and how they cherish each other, is one of my favorite things.
“But it cannot be enough for those who are treated as lesser to feel better about themselves. That they are treated as lesser is an injustice. And that injustice itself must be rooted out and eradicated.”The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas
I haven’t talked much about the feminism that’s inherently baked into the characters, and thus the world, of this series. Navessa talks much more about it, and I agree wholeheartedly. It’s refreshing, and honest, and whole. It is who the characters are and it always feels very organic to their personal arcs. In The Art of Theft we continue to explore this, as well as the privilege and plights experienced by different classes.
What made this book such a favorite, and seem like it was written explicitly for me, is the fact that this is so prominent here. In addition, we have the casual bisexuality of Mrs. Watson – which is explored so beautifully and fully.
“What Mrs. Watson and her friend do or don’t do with each other doesn’t affect you to any extent.”The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas
Then we also have the interrogation of colonization, specifically the British Empire’s expansion into and rule of India. This is such an integral part of the story, so naturally incorporated, and I loved that I got to see it truly explored here.
I spent much of this book highlighting favorite passages and moments; all of the book on the edge of my seat tense and expectant; and I finished the book eager for the next. I need more of these characters who have are so deep in my heart now. I adore each and every one of them. And I’m so incredibly invested in their happiness and all their relationships.
I’m a romance reader, so I’m of course going to be looking for the romance, but what I really appreciate here is that it’s slow to develop – which may occasionally make me die of anticipation – and thoughtful. These are characters that are careful with their hearts and the hearts of those they love. Because they matter to one another.
Now, I’ve finished my review, I can reward myself with book five: Murder on Cold Street.