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There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.


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There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

30 review for The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Griep

    Think of Zootopia set in Victorian England minus the bunny and the fox. Mayhem abounds in this action-packed adventure to parts of London you rarely read about.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    Rookie constable Jackson Forge’s first assignment is to find a missing cabby. To do that, he needs thief ringleader Kit Turner’s local knowledge and connections. In this unlikely alliance both have to trust each other with their lives as they unravel criminal activity with ties to City public office. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is the standalone novel written by Michelle Griep, published by Barbour Fiction. The plot is set in London 1885, and we follow fresh-out-of-training Constable Jackson Fo Rookie constable Jackson Forge’s first assignment is to find a missing cabby. To do that, he needs thief ringleader Kit Turner’s local knowledge and connections. In this unlikely alliance both have to trust each other with their lives as they unravel criminal activity with ties to City public office. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is the standalone novel written by Michelle Griep, published by Barbour Fiction. The plot is set in London 1885, and we follow fresh-out-of-training Constable Jackson Forge who is assigned to find the missing cab driver who is thief ringleader Kit Turner’s foster dad. With her extensive local knowledge and connections, Jackson gets to experience an underworld of dangerous cutthroats and cheats while orphan Kit has to learn to trust again. They deal with life threatening situations connected to criminal activity with ties to City public office. Main character is rookie Constable Jackson Forge who seems to be a well rounded character from a relatively secure family background. He seems the voice of reason in this story and tries to keep Kit away from the worst of the life threatening madness she gets into. Supporting character is thief ringleader and orphan Kit Turner who is a feisty, brave and very resourceful young woman hiding her loneliness and vulnerability. She is complex and struggles to trust, which makes her realistic and appealing character my favorite. I loved how this plot was action packed and drew me into underworld London of 1800s. The stunning descriptions, particularly of the London underground (before tubes), made me feel a part the plot. I felt the characters were relatable and I enjoyed how Jackson and Kit kept meeting cynical, dangerous characters scheming to make big money and get one over on competition. The excellent research built an exciting plot offering all my favorite elements of a story. One part mystery and one part romance all tied together in a historical setting. With the Dickensian feel, the amusing writing and dialogue made it one of the most entertaining reads in a very long time. My favorite part was description of how the relationship between Jackson and Kit developed from the initial friendship to budding romance, as they faced mortal danger together. The descriptions of the extreme poverty, fear and despair of a woman who tries to support her children while suffering illness, was not my favorite. But I appreciate the dramatic effect. Michelle Griep is fast becoming one of my go-to-authors in historical romance, because I enjoy her action packed plots so much. I’ll be eagle-eying booksellers for her next release. Anyone who enjoys action packed historical romance with a Dickensian twist would love this. As will fans of Michelle Griep’s other work. Similar authors to explore might be Abigail Wilson or Sarah E. Ladd. Thank you to Barbour Fiction and NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is the packed and exiting story about rookie Constable Jackson Forge and thief ringleader Kit Turner who team up to find her foster dad. They get in life threatening situations while unraveling criminal activity with ties to City public office.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Strap yourself in for an rollicking ride. As you read this you'll feel the book humming with mystery and a little romance and I guarantee you'll be intrigued as you read this tale set in Victorian England. Constable Jackson Forge has the eager beaver mentality of trying to prove his worth being new on the force but he ends up bumbling and fumbling around and just mucking everything up he tries to do on the important case he's taken on. He kind of reminds me of Mr. Magoo and truthfully I kind of f Strap yourself in for an rollicking ride. As you read this you'll feel the book humming with mystery and a little romance and I guarantee you'll be intrigued as you read this tale set in Victorian England. Constable Jackson Forge has the eager beaver mentality of trying to prove his worth being new on the force but he ends up bumbling and fumbling around and just mucking everything up he tries to do on the important case he's taken on. He kind of reminds me of Mr. Magoo and truthfully I kind of feel sorry for him. The dark underbelly of Victorian England is where the case takes us from the stench of the sewers to the jails and everywhere in between that you don't even want to imagine. Forced to work with a woman, Kat who is a swindler , taking from the rich to give to the poor. She has information he needs . The friction between them is real as they are forced to work with each other for different reasons for the one common purpose of finding a man. This book reminds me of when my son started out on the police force but he didn't make a bumbling mess of things. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane was a fast read and kept me intrigued the whole way through. Every book I read by this author just gets better and better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Sometimes there’s a fine line between a criminal and a saint…but on which side of the line is the thief of Blackfriars Lane? Constable Jackson Forge is determined to make the world a better place. But the streets of Victorian London are Kit Turner’s domain, a self-proclaimed Robin Hood who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashion way—conning the wealthy to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, it’s Jackson’s task to find the man…and the only way is to e About this book: “Sometimes there’s a fine line between a criminal and a saint…but on which side of the line is the thief of Blackfriars Lane? Constable Jackson Forge is determined to make the world a better place. But the streets of Victorian London are Kit Turner’s domain, a self-proclaimed Robin Hood who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashion way—conning the wealthy to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, it’s Jackson’s task to find the man…and the only way is to enlist Kit Turner’s help. With Jackson’s job precariously close to termination, he convinces a reluctant Kit, reminding her that refusal means turning her in for thievery. Neither of them realize the worst of their problems still await…” Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- Prayers & Thanking God; Talks about God, trusting Him, & witnessing/being witnessed to; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Jackson has a faith & witnesses to Kit; Kit doesn’t believe that God cares for her area of the world, (view spoiler)[*Spoiler* towards the end, she surrenders to God *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] ; Mentions of God; Mentions of cathedrals, a reverend, & prayer books; A few mentions of Scriptures; A few mentions of angels & Heaven; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of a Christmas play & Joseph; *Note: A few mentions of hell & demons; A few mentions of hellfire & hell-bent men. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: British slang/minor curses (as such ‘blast’, ‘dash it’, ‘confound it’, ‘thunderation’, ‘nick off’, ‘push off’, ‘what the deuce’, etc.); a ‘drat’, a form of ‘idiot’, a ‘sheesh’, five forms of ‘what the devil’, and six forms of ‘stupid’; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Eye rolling & sarcasm; Pain, being shot, being held hostage, nearly drowning, & bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, Hitting, & Knives (up to semi-detailed); Coming across a drowned body (up to semi-detailed); All about mentions of criminals/thieves, pickpocketing, & stealing/robberies; Many mentions of abductions & kidnappings; Many mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of a suicide; Mentions of drownings & a body; Mentions of an assassination attempt; Mentions of a beating that left a young man disabled (it’s worded by a family member that he has the “intellect of a potato”); Mentions of pain, injuries, blood/bleeding, weapons, & fighting/fights; Mentions of torture; Mentions of a gang; Mentions of smuggling illegal goods; Mentions of threats & blackmail; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of alcohol & drinking; Mentions of cigars; A few mentions of wars & lost limbs; A few mentions of vomiting; A few mentions of tobacco; A mention of a tattoo. Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Remembering a kiss & Wanting to kiss (up to semi-detailed); Touches & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Noticing, Staring, & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); A man tries to proposition Kit (Jackson stands up for her honor); Mentions of a kiss; Mentions of suggestive comments/innuendos by crude men towards Kit (most regarding men and women being alone together at night or in the dark) & men leering at Kit; Mentions of women of ill repute & harlots/harpies (some men assume Kit is one and she also acts like one in this manner to get looked over by someone); Mentions of flirting & flirts; A few mentions of men having their way with women & the women losing their virtue (this is brought up because of an awkward situation of Jackson and Kit pretending to be cousins and then kissing); A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of an illegitimate son; A mention of an out-of-wedlock child being conceived in love; A mention of a three-year-old singing a song about wine & women; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of men being left alone with only what God gave them (no clothing, not-detailed); A mention of kneeing a man in the groin; A mention of a plunging neckline. -Kit Turner -Jackson Forge, age 23 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1885 313 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half) My personal Rating- Four Stars This was my first book by this author and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Robin Hood or thieves plots always attract my attention so I knew I had to try this one out. Bottom line? I quite like Kit. I could just leave it at that, but I truly liked her gumption, her fierceness, but also her emotions felt very realistic. Learning her story, you can understand why she’s jaded towards God—but here comes Jackson who witnesses to her and sets the record straight that she needs to trust God. I’m typically a fast reader, but I flew through these 300 pages in three hours. I wish I had slowed down some, but I did definitely enjoy it. The ending was great and I love the plotline of conning the bad guys. My one criticism would be that I wasn’t a fan of some crude men’s suggestive comments about or towards Kit. I understand the time period and area there were in, but it was a bit much. I would have also preferred Kit and Jackson to not have noticed so may physical things about the other, but by the end, it was less overall than I was expecting. “The Thief of Blackfriars Lane” was a novel that I really enjoyed the plot of, and it’s now made me curious about the author’s other books. Like I said earlier, this was a pleasant surprise at the end of the year! Link to review: Coming soon. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Barbour) for this honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    As always, Michelle Griep pens a top notch Regency tale. In 1855 London, a rookie constable, Jackson Forge, tries to prove his mettle and discovers the seedy underside of Blackfriars Lane. All is not what it seems when he meets Kit Turner, who he perceives as a swindler and a thief, she leads him a merry chase until they team up in the search for three men who go missing. Ms. Griep writes a convincing story with colorful, realistic characters and puts us in the story with lots of action and an un As always, Michelle Griep pens a top notch Regency tale. In 1855 London, a rookie constable, Jackson Forge, tries to prove his mettle and discovers the seedy underside of Blackfriars Lane. All is not what it seems when he meets Kit Turner, who he perceives as a swindler and a thief, she leads him a merry chase until they team up in the search for three men who go missing. Ms. Griep writes a convincing story with colorful, realistic characters and puts us in the story with lots of action and an underpinning of faith that teaches us lessons. “I have lived long enough to know that most of life dwells in the murky grey between right and wrong. Misfortunes will come and go, but through it all, our main duty is to keep loving God and keep loving man.” “The question is not if you will fail. Rather, will you let God redeem your failure for good, turning your end into His beginning.” “Things can change. You can change. God can make all things new.” Reach back in time to London and navigate the twists and turns of intrigue with Kit and Jackson in this fascinating tale. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    The Thief of Blackfriars Lane will take you on a romp through Victorian London, from the black-as-night sewer tunnels to glittering parties at the Lord Mayor’s mansion. With Kit and Jackson as your guides, you’ll be breathless to keep up with their fast-paced wit and clever intrigues. This whip-smart duo sparkles on the page as they right wrongs, fight for the light, and pursue God-given purpose in every life. A vibrant and thoroughly enjoyable ride!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    What a fun historical mystery! Following a childhood tragedy, Jackson Forge aims to be a part of the police force that keeps the streets of London safe. Kit Turner grew up on the streets and walks the line of legality in her efforts to help the poor in London. When their paths cross, they merge an unlikely and shaky partnership. Over time, Jackson and Kit find the core of good in each other. This novel has several comical moments and the mystery itself was interesting to see unfold. Another winner by What a fun historical mystery! Following a childhood tragedy, Jackson Forge aims to be a part of the police force that keeps the streets of London safe. Kit Turner grew up on the streets and walks the line of legality in her efforts to help the poor in London. When their paths cross, they merge an unlikely and shaky partnership. Over time, Jackson and Kit find the core of good in each other. This novel has several comical moments and the mystery itself was interesting to see unfold. Another winner by Michelle Griep! My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    I absolutely loved this book! It is filled with Michelle Griep’s wonderfully unique characters! She takes us on an adventure with these characters as they try to track down a missing person! Michelle Griep’s books are always a must read for me! I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  9. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Law enforcement officer's dream job meets trouble! Victorian London of 1885. A young woman with Robin Hood overtones who runs a street gang gets under the collar of a bright spanking new Constable. Jackson Forge has only ever wanted to become a policeman. Now his first day arrives for his posting down near London docks at Blackfriars and he's late. If he hadn't stopped to help an old gentleman he'd have been on time--and still have had his purse! Jackson's new career seems to only go down hill fro Law enforcement officer's dream job meets trouble! Victorian London of 1885. A young woman with Robin Hood overtones who runs a street gang gets under the collar of a bright spanking new Constable. Jackson Forge has only ever wanted to become a policeman. Now his first day arrives for his posting down near London docks at Blackfriars and he's late. If he hadn't stopped to help an old gentleman he'd have been on time--and still have had his purse! Jackson's new career seems to only go down hill from here on. His track record is definitely not winning any accolades. Late for the very annoyed Sergeant Graybone, outspoken when he shouldn't be, and suspicious about the Lord Mayor, he has a targeted painted on his back as far as his superiors are concerned. Talk about angels charging in! Two important men have gone missing and now a third. The last is a poor hansom driver. Are the three linked? Forge thinks so. Someone else is concerned about the cabbie and Jackson finds himself with a most unlikely partner, that's after he's in trouble once more with the Sergeant. A dangerous Intrigue, chases through both dubious and disgusting parts of Blackfriars, an unlikely and unlooked for partnership--all are just part of this story where the various plots and subplots keep the action moving along a tightrope of focused action. Kit and Jackson turn out to both be in tune and supportive actors when death threatens and daring play is called for. A fresh look by Griep at these beloved Dickensian seedy backdrops, the underbelly of nineteenth century London, that historical mystery writers seize upon as the canvas for dark doings, albeit through Griep's slightly different lens. A Barbour Publishing ARC via NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    This is a fun historical adventure romping through Victorian England. This tale takes a street smart young lady and a new constable teaming up to find a missing man. They uncover a deception and the culprit behind it. There is a sweet and light romance too. I enjoyed this book and thank Barbour publishing for giving me a copy of it. This is my honest opinion. 4 .5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    I was introduced to Michelle Griep when I read Brentwood's Ward that I thorughly enjoyed. So when provided an opportunity to read another of her books, I was interested. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane was very enjoyable and had me engaged from beginning to end. I love the storytelling by the author as she develops her characters in the story. The Hero is a constable trying to meet the praise of his superiors and the heroine, Kit is a young woman who knows the streets of London. The two are slowly I was introduced to Michelle Griep when I read Brentwood's Ward that I thorughly enjoyed. So when provided an opportunity to read another of her books, I was interested. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane was very enjoyable and had me engaged from beginning to end. I love the storytelling by the author as she develops her characters in the story. The Hero is a constable trying to meet the praise of his superiors and the heroine, Kit is a young woman who knows the streets of London. The two are slowly welded together making their love story very nice although there is poverty, sadness and hope that backdrops the lives of the characters. The characters jumped right off the page and became true to form for this reader. Another well plotted and written story by Ms. Griep, and I recommend this book if you are looking for a clean historical and sweet romance that have page-turning mystery and intrigue. Thank you to Barbour Publishing for providing this ARC for a fair and honest review. All comments made are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Get ready for a journey into Victorian London on the streets of Blackfriars Lane. Newly hired constable Jackson Forge discovers a group of swindlers led by Miss Kit Turner--or so he thinks. He gets way more than he bargained for in Kit, though. Way more! When they team up to find a missing cabbie, Jackson learns a lot about the underworkings of this area of London. Things he never even knew existed, but well known to Kit. I never miss a Michelle Griep novel. Ever. She is a master storyteller and Get ready for a journey into Victorian London on the streets of Blackfriars Lane. Newly hired constable Jackson Forge discovers a group of swindlers led by Miss Kit Turner--or so he thinks. He gets way more than he bargained for in Kit, though. Way more! When they team up to find a missing cabbie, Jackson learns a lot about the underworkings of this area of London. Things he never even knew existed, but well known to Kit. I never miss a Michelle Griep novel. Ever. She is a master storyteller and makes every every genre she writes come alive for her readers. I loved these two main characters. Griep molds them into 'get off the page and come alive' characters for me every time. Jackson Forge was a hoot as he was guided into the underbelly of Blackfriars Lane by the world-wise Kit Turner, who is so street savvy, she stunned me. I finished in one day! Now I'm sitting here wishing for another Michelle Griep novel. I received this book from Barbour Publishing through Net Galley and was not required to leave a review. All opinions in this review are expressly my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    sydney elaine

    3.5 stars, rounded up. this definitely was a fun and unique book for me. I haven't read anything with this sort of plot before, so it was refreshing to have something so unique and new to read. it had a couple twists I did not expect, either, so it definitely keeps you on your toes! the writing was so immersive, that was one of my favorite parts of reading. it was very easy to visualize and imagine the story playing out in my mind because of how vivid the pictures were. I took my time on it becau 3.5 stars, rounded up. this definitely was a fun and unique book for me. I haven't read anything with this sort of plot before, so it was refreshing to have something so unique and new to read. it had a couple twists I did not expect, either, so it definitely keeps you on your toes! the writing was so immersive, that was one of my favorite parts of reading. it was very easy to visualize and imagine the story playing out in my mind because of how vivid the pictures were. I took my time on it because so much was happening I didn't want to miss anything important, though I know a couple of things slipped my notice. Kit and Jackson I liked for the most part. their banter was fun, and I liked that their little romance was a result of spending a lot of time together. though it definitely was a little more heavy on the side of physical attraction, I could look past it because it balanced out a little with how often they were together. there were some moments I admittedly found a little comical (when I don't think they were meant to be) because Jackson especially was a tad too dramatic, but I still enjoyed it all the same. the only complaint I have is mostly to do with me. the mystery aspect I found a little bit hard to follow. I don’t typically read mysteries because my mind has a hard time grasping a lot of characters and keeping track/figuring out clues. I can’t keep it all straight in my head. I do better when mysteries are happening in the moment as opposed to having to hunt for clues. (examples of what I mean would be The Tutor's Daughter and Through Waters Deep.) the Christian content in this book was great - not preachy and really well placed. deals a lot with guilt and reliance on God. one of my favorite quotes is: “Measuring God by how people—even godly people—have mistreated you is not a good measuring stick. Man will always betray, forget, malign, misjudge, abandon—but God remains steady and dependable." I took off just half a star because it was a little hard for me to follow but that is more my problem than anything. I enjoyed it, and if you like mysteries I imagine you would love this as well!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5⭐️ A sweet story laced with adventure, romance and mystery. Jackson Forge finds himself in the bustling streets of London as a inexperienced constable. He’s living his dream job and can’t get anything right. Mysteriously people are disappearing and he is going to find out why. Kit Turner’s show up in the story and her presences is a force to be reckoned with. She’s fearless, smart and dangerously protective. There was a little bit of what I call, “we can’t be together” thing going on, but I pu 3.5⭐️ A sweet story laced with adventure, romance and mystery. Jackson Forge finds himself in the bustling streets of London as a inexperienced constable. He’s living his dream job and can’t get anything right. Mysteriously people are disappearing and he is going to find out why. Kit Turner’s show up in the story and her presences is a force to be reckoned with. She’s fearless, smart and dangerously protective. There was a little bit of what I call, “we can’t be together” thing going on, but I pushed past it. I dislike reading about people who spend most of a book doing that. I recommended this to fans of historical fiction that like Laura Frantz and Jody Hedlund. Thank you Barbour Publishing via Netgalley for this ARC. All opinions are my own. And I’ve voluntarily given my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Michelle Griep is truly one of my favourite authors. Reading this book confirmed that. I would buy any book I see with her name on it, no need to even read the back cover. I couldn’t say that about many authors. This was a captivating Victorian era romance set in London, full of romance, mystery and intrigue. Yes, please! The characters were well thought out and highly entertaining. Griep’s stories are always well paced, not allowing the reader to grow bored, and have a solid ending. I honestly Michelle Griep is truly one of my favourite authors. Reading this book confirmed that. I would buy any book I see with her name on it, no need to even read the back cover. I couldn’t say that about many authors. This was a captivating Victorian era romance set in London, full of romance, mystery and intrigue. Yes, please! The characters were well thought out and highly entertaining. Griep’s stories are always well paced, not allowing the reader to grow bored, and have a solid ending. I honestly have no negatives to mention here. This is an excellent book that I highly recommend to any historical fiction fan.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Michelle Griep has never disappointed me with her historical fiction, and this one definitely meets her high standards. Set in Victorian London, Jackson Forge is a rookie constable, and Kit Turner is a Robin Hood thief from Blackfriars Lane. Headed to his first day at work, Jackson gets his pocket picked in a well developed scheme designed by Kit and her underlings. The action rolls from there and never stops til the last page of the book. This story was filled with everything a reader would want Michelle Griep has never disappointed me with her historical fiction, and this one definitely meets her high standards. Set in Victorian London, Jackson Forge is a rookie constable, and Kit Turner is a Robin Hood thief from Blackfriars Lane. Headed to his first day at work, Jackson gets his pocket picked in a well developed scheme designed by Kit and her underlings. The action rolls from there and never stops til the last page of the book. This story was filled with everything a reader would want in a good read: dialogue so appropriate to the time period of London and of the uneducated of Blackfriars Lane, non-stop suspense, humor, romance, shenanigans, and more. Jackson and Kit were well developed characters each with loveable characteristics as well as things they were trying to improve. This book delighted me with its touch of Oliver Twist, its hint of Robin Hood, and the rollicking ride from start to finish. Don't miss this one because it gets better with every page. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Initially, I was drawn to reading The Thief of Blackfriars Lane simply because of the cover, I had read previous novels by Michelle Griep but this one really drew me in. I loved the banter and blossoming relationship that was between Jackson and Kit. They both had spunk in spades, the action was non-stop and it kept my attention the whole time. I wanted to have more time to read this but I had time restraints otherwise I would've finished this sooner. Other reviews have described The Thief of Bla Initially, I was drawn to reading The Thief of Blackfriars Lane simply because of the cover, I had read previous novels by Michelle Griep but this one really drew me in. I loved the banter and blossoming relationship that was between Jackson and Kit. They both had spunk in spades, the action was non-stop and it kept my attention the whole time. I wanted to have more time to read this but I had time restraints otherwise I would've finished this sooner. Other reviews have described The Thief of Blackfriars as a romp through Victorian London and I would definitely agree with that. It was a fun and entertaining read. My gratitude to Barbour Fiction and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    This author has a gift of dropping readers into an era and have them walk in the shoes of the characters and their situation, simultaneously engaging readers in her incredible stories. The main character Constable Jackson Forge says this about his morning,” Some days should be wadded up and thrown in a dustbin before they are finished. This was one of them….” Trouble never came alone,” That’s what Jackson was afraid of. I liked these characters, setting and era. I adored some the dialogue that m This author has a gift of dropping readers into an era and have them walk in the shoes of the characters and their situation, simultaneously engaging readers in her incredible stories. The main character Constable Jackson Forge says this about his morning,” Some days should be wadded up and thrown in a dustbin before they are finished. This was one of them….” Trouble never came alone,” That’s what Jackson was afraid of. I liked these characters, setting and era. I adored some the dialogue that made me chuckle like this phrase, said after a boy ran into an older man …”Tut, tut, young man! I’ll tell you what you were doing.”..You were bib-bobbing about, not caring a fig-nackety for who might be in your way. That’s the trouble with people these days. Rushing! Always rushing.!” I also liked the natural spiritual thread in this authors novel, “…Measuring God by how people-even godly people – have mistreated you is not a good measuring stick. Man will always betray, forget, malign, misjudge, abandon – but God remains steady and dependable. Of course, that requires you depend upon Him to begin with. Do you?” “I am no heathen, Mr. Forge. I was taught Scripture at a young age.” “Then you also know that perfect love casts out fear. Bidden or unbidden, God is with you always.” I learned so much when the author shares some of her research, what happened and what didn’t as she had to re-work things to make the story flow. This way readers learn the truth about the event they have read, making for a very satisfying ending. This novel would work well for your book club pick there is so much to talk about. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep has Jackson Forge off to a bad start on his first day as a constable with the Metropolitan Police in April of 1885. When Forge arrests the wrong the man, Sergeant Henry Grayborne is ready to give him the sack. A woman searching for her missing husband gets Constable Third Class Forge a reprieve. He has forty-eight hours to locate Joseph Card a jarvey who frequents Blackfriars Lane or will be canned. Inquiries lead Forge to the Grouse and Gristle wh The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep has Jackson Forge off to a bad start on his first day as a constable with the Metropolitan Police in April of 1885. When Forge arrests the wrong the man, Sergeant Henry Grayborne is ready to give him the sack. A woman searching for her missing husband gets Constable Third Class Forge a reprieve. He has forty-eight hours to locate Joseph Card a jarvey who frequents Blackfriars Lane or will be canned. Inquiries lead Forge to the Grouse and Gristle where he gets picked up by two goons who take him to their boss. Kit Turner runs a crew on Blackfriars Lane and recently swindled Forge. Kit is concerned about Joe Card as well and she has the contacts Forge needs to locate the man. Forge and Turner come to an agreement that benefits both of them. Neither of them are aware that their search for Joe will lead them to something much bigger. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is a well-written historical novel. The story has developed, colorful characters. I liked Jackson Forge and Kit Turner. Kit is a strong, smart, and wily woman. Michelle Griep did her research for this book. She captured the time-period with the language, attitudes, clothing, food, shops, conveyances, etc. I felt like I was transported back in time with the authors descriptive writing. I liked all the action in The Thief of Blackfriars Lane which kept the novel moving forward. I enjoyed watching Kit and Forge go from enemies to much more. Faith is beautifully woven into the story. There are good life lessons learned along the way. The mystery was intriguing and enjoyable to solve. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane has mystery, romance, drama, and humor. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is a compelling tale with missing men, a stern sergeant, a jolly jarvey, a terrible trickster, a callow constable, and a sweet swindler.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Besides the fact that this author nails the atmosphere of time and place (I swear I could smell the dirty streets), the characters themselves will steal your heart and make you laugh, cry and feel like they are your friends. The banter sucked me in from the first page and I kept putting household chores off to keep on reading because the suspense was killing me. Love Jackson and Kit’s interactions and flaws. Another bookshelf keeper! Worth the read. I received a I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Besides the fact that this author nails the atmosphere of time and place (I swear I could smell the dirty streets), the characters themselves will steal your heart and make you laugh, cry and feel like they are your friends. The banter sucked me in from the first page and I kept putting household chores off to keep on reading because the suspense was killing me. Love Jackson and Kit’s interactions and flaws. Another bookshelf keeper! Worth the read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was intense and took me along the streets of London to try to solve the mystery! Jackson's first few days as a constable are not going so well. He is given 48 hours to solve the crime of a missing man. Kit has had a rough life but seeks to help those in her neighborhood. These two characters come from completely different backgrounds in an attempt to solve the crimes that are happening throughout London. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under n This book was intense and took me along the streets of London to try to solve the mystery! Jackson's first few days as a constable are not going so well. He is given 48 hours to solve the crime of a missing man. Kit has had a rough life but seeks to help those in her neighborhood. These two characters come from completely different backgrounds in an attempt to solve the crimes that are happening throughout London. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz Tolsma

    Another great book by Michele Griep! I thoroughly enjoyed this from the unusual and well-drawn characters to the detailed plot to the unlikely but touching romance. Not only does she get that all right, but the settings from a lavish ballroom to London’s underbelly. Even her use of the different dialects was brilliant. It’s one I’ll remember and recommend for a long time to come.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn Stillman

    This is the first by Ms Griep that I have read and was very surprised by this book. I have been enjoying reading historical mysteries and this one turned out to be one of the best I have read in a while. I found it hard to get into in the first chapter because I didn’t really like the hero Jackson but once I got into it, I found it very hard to put down and Jackson did grow on me. There was so much in this story but it didn’t overwhelm you with unnecessary details. There was action, mystery, mur This is the first by Ms Griep that I have read and was very surprised by this book. I have been enjoying reading historical mysteries and this one turned out to be one of the best I have read in a while. I found it hard to get into in the first chapter because I didn’t really like the hero Jackson but once I got into it, I found it very hard to put down and Jackson did grow on me. There was so much in this story but it didn’t overwhelm you with unnecessary details. There was action, mystery, murder, suspense, twists and turns that you didn’t see coming and of course, romance and to cap it all off encouragement from a Christian point of view. It was such a lovely change but it wasn’t heavy, just enough to make the book just that more enjoyable. I am sure to be reading more by this author. I received this as an ARC and freely do my review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    When I read the author refer to the story as "Zootopia set in Victorian England minus the bunny and the fox", I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew it would be good. But it's not good, it's actually amazing. The setting is quintessentially Victorian in the atmosphere and details. These are expertly woven in as to give a clear picture but not a heavy one. When Jackson meets Kit, he doesn't realize who she is. He's a new constable starting out and he thinks she's in need of a helping hand. Late When I read the author refer to the story as "Zootopia set in Victorian England minus the bunny and the fox", I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew it would be good. But it's not good, it's actually amazing. The setting is quintessentially Victorian in the atmosphere and details. These are expertly woven in as to give a clear picture but not a heavy one. When Jackson meets Kit, he doesn't realize who she is. He's a new constable starting out and he thinks she's in need of a helping hand. Later, he discovers she's a boss-lady who makes sure the poor of Blackfriar's Lane have what they need. Soon they find themselves working together to solve the mystery of a missing cab driver. The stakes are high for each one of them, and the suspense and intrigue are page-turning. The writing is superb, as always, and I read it in one sitting. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ane Mulligan

    Just when I think she can’t top the last book, Michelle Griep does it again! The Thief of Blackfriar’s Lane is spellbinding from page one until the end. Kit Turner and Jackson Forge will steal your breath and your heart. A must read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    The author did a wonderful job with the verbiage of the time period and descriptions of the way of life during that time. It helped make the story come alive. The storyline is filled with intrigue, suspense, and a chase through 1885 London's underground into a world of treachery and crime. The main character, Jackson (a constable) goes on an adventure to capture whoever is behind the crime of some important missing men. What he finds is something more than he bargained for. He is led on a chase w The author did a wonderful job with the verbiage of the time period and descriptions of the way of life during that time. It helped make the story come alive. The storyline is filled with intrigue, suspense, and a chase through 1885 London's underground into a world of treachery and crime. The main character, Jackson (a constable) goes on an adventure to capture whoever is behind the crime of some important missing men. What he finds is something more than he bargained for. He is led on a chase when he partners up with Kit, a woman with ties to the underground, but is a version of Robin Hood helping the poor. The characters were quirky, humorous, going on unexpected adventures fraught with danger. There were lots of twists and turns in the story and times of great courage to do the right thing. A sweet romance starts to grow between Kit and Jackson as they fight for their life. The ending was surprising but wrapped everything up nicely and was an absolutely entertaining and inspirational read. Highly recommended. I received an ARC and voluntarily choose to review it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    First off, can I say that this book cover is beautiful? (Of course, combine Big Ben and shades of blue on pretty much any material, physical or electronic, and I’m happy. Still. I love this cover.) The Thief of Blackfriars Lane was actually suggested to me to read; it hadn’t originally been on my radar as I’m on an ongoing contemporary kick. But hey, I’ll check out a lot of things … especially when there’s a beautiful cover involved. 😀 And, I mean, the cover art for Jackson Forge doesn’t hurt, ei First off, can I say that this book cover is beautiful? (Of course, combine Big Ben and shades of blue on pretty much any material, physical or electronic, and I’m happy. Still. I love this cover.) The Thief of Blackfriars Lane was actually suggested to me to read; it hadn’t originally been on my radar as I’m on an ongoing contemporary kick. But hey, I’ll check out a lot of things … especially when there’s a beautiful cover involved. 😀 And, I mean, the cover art for Jackson Forge doesn’t hurt, either. 🙂 Blackfriars Lane is a delicious romp through Victorian London (sometimes not-so-delicious, when sewers are involved). Griep brings to life the era, its history, and lively characters who simply leap off the page. Forge (what a great name) has a strong sense of justice, which I naturally find appealing (especially as an ISTJ; he’s defo a swoon-worthy hero, for this and many other reasons). Kit, in turn, is much more Wonder Woman or Black Widow than helpless damsel in distress. So when they run into each other and the plot gets going … watch out, in the best way! The historical note at the end reiterated just how much research Griep did in the writing of this novel, something you see on just about every page. She obviously did her homework, and it shows in this lengthy read perfect to really settle in on a cozy afternoon. (We’re going to have enough of those here soon enough in the Pacific Northwest!) Amazon calculates the book at 294 pages; it felt longer (in a good way), allowing Griep to really examine and flesh out the characters and setting. Excellent read (with plenty of highlights I look forward to carrying over to the final copy post-release). I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Olívia

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Barbour Publishing for providing me this arc via Netgalley! I had such high expectations for this book and all the ratings I saw were really high, but this really disappointed me. The plot was so boring to me and I wanted to give up on this book so many times. The only reason I kept reading it was the romance, which started out really well, but at the end it felt like there was somethi I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Barbour Publishing for providing me this arc via Netgalley! I had such high expectations for this book and all the ratings I saw were really high, but this really disappointed me. The plot was so boring to me and I wanted to give up on this book so many times. The only reason I kept reading it was the romance, which started out really well, but at the end it felt like there was something lacking.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Bair

    This fast paced Dickensesque suspense novel set in the slums of London caught my attention straightaway and never lost me. Griep writes gripping novels that make me want to live in 1880s London, even when the characters are trudging through sewers Les Miserables style. A cop with a job at stakes and a female thief ban together to figure out what happened to a missing person. From the Lord Mayor's ball to the sewer sludge this novel never stops moving. If you like Oliver or the recent novel, Oliv This fast paced Dickensesque suspense novel set in the slums of London caught my attention straightaway and never lost me. Griep writes gripping novels that make me want to live in 1880s London, even when the characters are trudging through sewers Les Miserables style. A cop with a job at stakes and a female thief ban together to figure out what happened to a missing person. From the Lord Mayor's ball to the sewer sludge this novel never stops moving. If you like Oliver or the recent novel, Olivia Twist, or any of Griep's other books you will love this one too! I received this novel from netgalley for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Preposterous is the only way to describe the situation Jackson Forge finds himself in. Not only is he trusting a thief to solve a mystery, but he also finds himself sneaking around through sewage tunnels, holding information from his Sargeant, and coming face-to-face with London's bandit chain of crime without incarcerating a single one. But, as Kit Turner teaches him, sometimes unconventional behaviour is called for. This is my first Michelle Griep book and I do not know why! She is proficient i Preposterous is the only way to describe the situation Jackson Forge finds himself in. Not only is he trusting a thief to solve a mystery, but he also finds himself sneaking around through sewage tunnels, holding information from his Sargeant, and coming face-to-face with London's bandit chain of crime without incarcerating a single one. But, as Kit Turner teaches him, sometimes unconventional behaviour is called for. This is my first Michelle Griep book and I do not know why! She is proficient in the Victorian world and language. The story comes to life as you read the book, which makes it impossible to put down. And I dare say Griep shows she has total control over her plot, though if I follow her train of thought in this novel, I should say she completely surrenders herself. I'll let you read to figure out for yourself what I mean ;) *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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