Saturday 11 June 2011


Kat Bishop: friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. Or simply, the girl who robbed the greatest museum in the world …

Now she’s been asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

Trouble is, not only is the gem elusive – it’s cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head but help is to hand. She enlists the gorgeous Hale and the rest of the crew from Heist Society on a heart-stopping round-the-world search. But this time, Kat – who knows every trick and con in the book – is making up her own rules.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to getting stuck into this one too.

Katarina Bishop has a tendency to runaway from her family of thieves, but during her latest time away, she doesn't stop doing what dragged her back into the business in the first place. She continues to steal, on her own.

So it's no surprise that when she gets back to New York and meets up with Hale and Gabrielle, they're both pretty upset about her leaving them out of what she's been doing. And then, she gets caught up in the sad story an old woman and her grandson tell her. They want her to get back the Cleopatra Emerald that was stolen from their family years ago. Kat might be hesitant at first, but when the old woman mentions the name Visily Romani, she's instantly drawn into it.

Before she knows it, Kat, Hale, Simon, and Gabrielle find themselves attempting the impossible--because not only is the emerald heavily guarded, but it's rumoured to be cursed. Everyone who's ever held it for any amount of time has been cursed. This doesn't stop Kat, of course.

Yet, she finds herself in a very sticky situation when she hands over the emerald and she's dragged into a web of deceit that started in the past, and will have to be settled in the present.

Uncommon Criminals is an exciting and unpredictable addition to this fast-paced, jet-setting series. These teenagers might find themselves in a whole lot of trouble, but they're all very savvy and clever, and always seem to plan the perfect scheme, guaranteed to get what they want in the end.

It once again has the right hint of romance, too. Enough to keep the reader coming back to find out what's going to happen next...

Uncommon Criminals: Heist Society #2, June 2011, ISBN 9780734411938, Lothian Children's Books

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