The Gentleman and the Thief
Series: Proper Romance Victorian #3
Published by Shadow Mountain
Publication Date November 3, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Written for: Adults
From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.
Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced the family fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.
When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.
When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, but working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?
I would like to thank Netgalley, Shadow Mountain for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Lady and the Highwayman
I knew I was in for a treat when I saw that Sarah M. Eden had written another story about the Dread Penny Society, and I was right. The Gentleman and the Thief has an old-timey, Victorian feel and is filled with delightful surprises, mystery, and adventure. The two Penny Dreadful stories included added to the pleasure.
Hollis had the appearance and manners of the perfect gentleman. Yet the company he keeps and the secret activities he engages in might belie that image. All he wants is for the Dreadfuls to allow him to be more than just a pretty face in the Society, allowing him the opportunity to do something truly useful. And little did he expect the opportunity would present itself in the manner in which it did!!
I loved the characters! Very Merry, the seven-year-old urchin, was quite possibly my favorite. Which, I suppose, just makes sense because she stole the hearts of everyone she came in contact with.
As the DPS continues its work to rescue the afflicted, they are again confronted with the evils in the city of London. It was such an adventure!
The Gentleman and the Thief is a continuation of the saga that started in The Lady and the Highwayman. Each story has a clear ending and yet leaves the mysterious man who is responsible for the crime and mayhem at large in the shadowy streets of London. You will want to read the entire Proper Romance Victorian series, in order.