Why Hasn't My Ship Sailed Yet 😭: The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

THE ART OF THEFT

by Sherry Thomas
Series: Lady Sherlock #4
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: October 15th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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*This review contains no spoilers for the previous books*

I've had this book for what feels like forever! I'm surprised I waited this long to read The Art of Theft after how much I loved the first three Lady Sherlock books. I believe I called them my "My Brand New Obsession". With the 5th book coming out later this year, I decided it was finally time I took a plunge back into Charlotte Holmes' and her team's lives again. When I say this series is brilliant, I truly do mean it!

Though Charlotte was still a major character in The Art of Theft, I thought that her character development took a step back here. Instead, the focus is on some of the secondary characters such as Mrs. Watson, Livia, and Mr. Marbleton. While I do love Charlotte with all of my heart, I found that getting to know the secondary characters was an equally enjoyable experience as being inside Charlotte's head. The Art of Theft gives us insight into Mrs. Watson's past and I have to say, it was all so fascinating. Who knew that Mrs. Watson had a romantic dalliance with a maharani in her younger days!

When the maharani seeks Mrs. Watson's help in stealing a pricey and famous painting at an exclusive art auction at a Chateau in France, Charlotte and her friends come together for Mrs. Watson's sake although this was way outside their scope of detective work. I loved that the mystery in this book involved all the characters coming together to basically plan what is a heist. We got to see how they all worked together as a team and their dynamics with each other. As with the other books, Charlotte and co soon find out that the case is much more convoluted than they originally realized. While I wasn't as invested in this mystery this time around, I still admired how clever Sherry Thomas was with its execution. There's no doubt in my mind that she is absolutely the most brilliant and I can't see any other author who can do this series justice.

Livia also gets her chance to shine in The Art of Theft. She's someone I've always found endearing and I grew to love her even more here. Her relationship with Mr. Marbleton is genuinely one of the sweetest and most mutually caring romantic relationships I've read about but it's rife with the complications of Mr. Marbleton's identity. Livia finally finds the courage to finish the book she is writing in this installment and I foresee a lot more growth from her in the subsequent installments of this series.

If you've read my reviews for the previous books, you know that one of my favorites parts of the Lady Sherlock series is the romance between Charlotte and her friend. It's very much of a slow-burn romance, but the romantic tension has been making it 100% worth the while. I'll be honest, after what happened in the last book, I thought for sure we'd see more progression in their relationship here. I guess Sherry Thomas isn't done torturing us though. *cries* Anyways, I did like that we begin to see Charlotte reflect about her relationship with him a lot more here which makes me think we're definitely going to see something happen very soon (PLEASE SHERRY THOMAS). As always, he is PINING for Charlotte in his own way while respecting her boundaries. God, do I love that man and as I've said repeatedly, I'm ready for them to take all that tension and fire between them to the sheets!

If you haven't tried this series yet, please join me in my suffering of waiting for my ship to sail! Plus, these books are some of the most brilliant mystery stories I've read and The Art of Theft was no different.

Have you read any books in this series? What are some of the slowest-burn romances you've read?
Let me know in the comments below!



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