Heist Society series by Ally Carter
Expelled from private Colgan School after being framed for putting the headmaster’s vintage sports car in the fountain , Katarina (Kat) Bishop learns that her best friend Hale planned the whole operation. He needs her and her crew to find valuable paintings her father is suspected of stealing from Arturo Taccone, a truly evil and brutal criminal. Taccone threatens terrible harm to Kat’s father, a master thief, if the paintings are not returned within two weeks. Kat, whose entire family are accomplished thieves well known to police worldwide, including Interpol, assembles her team and they begin tracking down who took the paintings in their effort to recover them and save Kat’s father. I can’t give away any more details of the plot, since the story depends on surprise and suspense.
This book is the first in a new series from the author of the Gallagher Girls series. The plot is just as inventive with all the elements coming together at the end. As totally unlikely as a band of teenage master criminals traveling around the world may be, the characters are charming, suspense builds and the resolution completely satisfying. I look forward to more titles in the series. I love Kat and her family and friends!
All reviews by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson.
Carter, author of the Gallagher Girls series, has followed up the first title in her new Heist Society series with this second title that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go from the opening chapter. Kat, called Katarina by only a select few, is working on a long range plan to “repossess” art stolen by the Nazis during the Holocaust and return it to its rightful owners. Approached by a woman calling her Katarina, using a name sacred to thieves as a reference, Kat considers taking on a job of stealing the legendary Cleopatra Emerald to return to its legal owner. Family patriarch Uncle Eddie and all the members of her crew caution her against tackling this scheme. Never mind that the Cleopatra carries a legendary curse, Uncle Eddie tells her this job is forbidden. Nevertheless, Kat, know as the thinker of the team, comes up with a plan. Even when Kat appears to be the latest victim of the curse, she perseveres in trying to overcome it. Finding out they were conned starts Kat on the trail of the woman who hired them, in a quest to steal the stone back. Kat’s plan includes false identities, travel around the world and even recruiting the uncle who told her to not even try. Having read the first book, I thought I knew enough about this series to try to figure out what the scheme was to steal the Cleopatra. I stand in awe of Ally Carter and her astonishing plotting. Nothing was as it seemed, with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. I can’t wait for the next title in this series to come out!
Kat Bishop and her crew take on daring robberies around the world, carrying on a family tradition. When Hale, her best friend/boyfriend leaves her suddenly in the middle of a job in Argentina, after getting a message from his butler Marcus, Kat has to finish the job with her cousin Gabrielle. Returning to Uncle Eddie’s house in Brooklyn, the family gathering place, they learn that Hale’s grandmother, the only relative with whom he had a loving relationship, went into a coma and died a few days before. As Hale’s family jockeys for position to inherit control of the family company, Marcus hires Kat and her crew to find the real will, since he believes the lawyer has produced a forgery. As they investigate, they have to discover which members of Hale’s family can be trusted. Eventually they enlist Kat’s entire family to run an elaborate and ingenious con. I cannot give any more plot summary without giving away the surprises Ally Carter concocts in her books. Like the other books in the series, Perfect scoundrels is full of twists and turns, false suspects and surprises. Ally Carter is totally ingenious in the way she constructs the schemes in this book. Even when I think I can guess what will happen, I’m often clueless. I hope she continues to write more titles in the Heist Society series!