A Magnificent Crime {Book Review and #Giveaway}

by Elizabeth

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a_magnificent_crime_ebookCat Montgomery is a woman who believes you should do what you enjoy and are good at. However, her own particular set of skills are somewhat unusual. Cat is, well, a jewel thief, a cat burglar (ha!), and she’s excellent at what she does. However, her last job–stealing a Faberge Egg containing the gifts of the Magi–left her feeling shaken and unsure. As A Magnificent Crime opens, we find Cat scaling 47 stories of a posh hotel in search of a pair of magnificent emerald earrings. When she’s hit with a panic attack while clinging to the side of the building, she begins to wonder if it’s time to turn in her resignation to her employer–the Agency of Burglary and Theft.

Several years ago, Cat stole something from Albert Faulkner III and he’s out for revenge. He grabs her off the street and offers her a choice–steal the Hope Diamond, on loan to the Louvre, or face the oldest punishment for thieves, the loss of her hands.

Cat finds herself in Paris, casing the highest security vault in the world. Complicating matters are other thieves with their eyes on the prize, plots against Cat herself, and her continuing panic attacks. To make things just that extra level of complex, there are still 2 men in the picture–Ethan, also a thief, devastatingly handsome, in love with Cat, and accepting of her specific calling in life, and her boyfriend, Jack, who actually works for the FBI and who has to tacitly close his eyes to his girlfriend’s extracurricular activities. When Jack, chasing his own leads, actually shows up in Paris, their stories intertwine in dangerous ways. Can Cat pull this off, and save not only her hands but her life? Ah, that’d be telling.

One of the things I love about this series is how ordinary Cat is. She has friends who work normal jobs and meet her for Chinese food, where one cautions her about the curse that follows all who mess with the Hope Diamond. Her parents are average people, who worry about her, and with whom she has the same struggles of adult children around the world. Cat herself is a very likeable character–flawed and imperfect, but ultimately trying to do the right thing by her own lights.

A Magnificent Crime is the second in the series, and if anything, it’s even better than the first, A Beautiful Heist (linked to my review at 5 Minutes for Books). Characters are more complex, and the plot is tighter and more gripping. I really enjoyed both books. They’re light-hearted and fun while at the same time managing to give satisfying amounts of character development and gripping action. And author Kim Foster has a fantastic flair for very apt metaphors. The books are really fun reads. You won’t be disappointed.

Win it!

And I’m delighted to tell you that you can win a copy of both novels! Just follow the directions below and you’ll be entered to win both A Beautiful Heist and A Magnificent Crime.


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Elizabeth is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes who loves being part of the team at 5 Minutes for Books. She's lived in 7 countries and is currently in Oregon, where she spends most of her time with Iraqi refugees. She has 3 teens.

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 David Fultner June 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm

sounds cool I see if my roommate wants to read it in our group.


2 Beth C June 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm

This looks like a fun book to read.


3 Sheila K. June 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Sounds like a good read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


4 anne June 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

This book would be captivating and ideal. thanks.


5 Linda Kish June 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I would love to read this book.


6 Kimberly July 1, 2014 at 12:08 am

Sounds like a great summer read!


7 Nicole Sender July 1, 2014 at 3:02 am

I would enjoy reading A Magnificent Crime!


8 Patricia Wojnar Crowley July 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

I would love to read this book…sounds like a great Summer book!


9 Linda Townsend July 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

This was a very well written review! You’ve made me want to read both of these books!


10 Colleen Boudreau July 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Thank you for the giveaway! :)


11 Idaho Jill July 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

These definitely sound like my kinds of books! Thanks for the chance to win them


12 Liz July 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Always glad to find a new-to-me author with good recommendation. Thanks.


13 nicole dz July 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I love a new novel to read in the summer, keeps me on my toes. I get so into my books. I love reading and enjoying a cup of tea on my patio.


14 Daniel M July 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

sounds like a fun one!


15 Angela Saver July 2, 2014 at 12:53 am

Thanks for the great giveaways!



16 Cheryl Free July 2, 2014 at 1:14 am

Sounds like a great read.


17 Krista July 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

These books sound intriguing!


18 Kim Foster July 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Thank you, Elizabeth, for such a lovely review of my book! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Good luck to everyone who has entered the giveaway! :)


19 Angel S. July 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Sounds great! Love reading in the hammock!


20 nannypanpan July 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

looks like a book my mom would love


21 K. Finn July 3, 2014 at 3:17 am

I could use a fun read. This sounds very cute. I may pick it up myself if I don’t win. Thanks for the chance.


22 Nancy July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

I love to discover new to me authors.


23 Amanda Sakovitz July 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

Thank you for the chance!


24 Alona Y July 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I always need new books to read, I’d love to check these out!


25 Rebecca Parsons July 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I love books on crime. Sounds like a great book for a weekend read.


26 Jennifer H July 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Looking forward to reading these books. Thanks


27 Anita Yancey July 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

This book sounds like an exciting and interesting read. You don’t really hear to much about women burglars. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.


28 Misha Estrada July 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

This sounds like a good story and a fun character.


29 Benita July 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I’m up for this great summer read!


30 Michelle S July 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Sounds like a good summer read!


31 Melanie F July 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Oh looks like a great read!


32 claudia m July 7, 2014 at 1:31 am

sounds like a great Summer read :)


33 vickie couturier July 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

sounds like a good book for me


34 danielle July 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

I’d love to win this


35 Tammy S July 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Sounds like an interesting read. Prefect for the summer break.


36 angie July 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

daughters love reading thanks for the chance to enter giveaway


37 amanda hardesty July 8, 2014 at 4:55 am

I am always looking for a new book to pass the time. This sounds like a winner!


38 anita July 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

sounds like a good read


39 Sara K July 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I love a good novel. I’d really love two! :)


40 Sara K July 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I love a good novel. I’d really love two!


41 Anel July 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Always room for a new book and these look like they would be fun to read! Thanks!


42 Sonia July 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

The title is so to my liking! I could use another fun book to read.


43 Jeanna July 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

This sounds like a good read and I am always looking for a good book!


44 scarlett July 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I love reading!!!


45 Helga July 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Looks intriguing. A different topic.


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