The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep – Book Review

Posted January 19, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep – Book Review

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

by Michelle Griep

Published by Barbour Fiction
Publication Date January 1, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Action/Adventure, Mystery
Setting: England Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 320


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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Oh, how easy it is to be deceived! So many things are not as they appear. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane has so many examples of this. The bumbling, newly hired constable. The thief who so cunningly acquired the constable’s money, the … Sorry – can’t give too much away here, now can I?

Jackson was so fun! Idealistic. Confident. Naive. I just knew he was in for trouble from the very start as he confidently made his way to the briefing his first day on the force. And I was far more right than I had imagined. He was so gallant, too. But I think I mostly loved his zeal for protecting. Or perhaps his confident faith in the Lord. Mistake after mistake, embarrassing himself and the constabulary, he managed to worm his way into my heart in a big way.

Kit was a different story. Sly. Conniving. In charge of a ring of swindlers. Oh, but then there is the way everything she did was to help those in need. And how many there were! I loved getting to know her better and seeing her true character emerge. To see her go from fighting against the hope that God truly cared about people – because if He did, why didn’t He care about her – to seeing that she needed to surrender to Him.

Mystery and mayhem abounded in this delightful romp through the Victorian streets (and sewers!) of London as Jackson and Kit wended their way through the seedy underground seeking answers regarding the missing cabby. All the while, finding they were deeper in intrigue than they realized.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fun story! If you enjoy fiction set in the Victorian era with Dickensian characters, be sure to pick up a copy of The Thief of Blackfriars Lane.

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About Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit

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