Uncommon Criminals

Are you tired of books where the girl dies, and it’s all oh-so-tragic? Are you tired of the high drama of yay-you’re-my-bf-and-now-you’re-not books? Are you looking for a book where the girl seriously kicks butt and takes names?

Okay, that’s not exactly how it goes down in Uncommon Criminals, Ally Carter’s sequel to Heist Society. In fact Katarina Bishop gets completely double-crossed within the first couple of chapters, and then she has to travel all over the world to try to rectify her mistake. Of course, when you’re dealing with a cursed Egyptian gem, there’s no telling what else will go wrong. I will say, though, the twist at the end is so extremely clever, that it will fool you too, and Kat’s reputation as a thief is redeemed. As usual, Carter proves herself to be witty author who sucks you in and doesn’t let go. Uncommon Criminals is a light, fast-paced, and completely engrossing read — perfect for summer.

And, BTW, more exciting Ally Carter news: her Web site, allycarter.com, has listed March 20, 2012 as the release date for the fifth installment of the Gallagher Girls series! I know, still over six months away, but don’t forget to keep checking the catalog so you can place your hold.

If you’ve already read everything by Ally Carter, and you’re looking for more female detectives, try The Agency series by Y.S. Lee that starts with A Spy in the House, or the Forensic Mysteries series by Alane Ferguson, starting with The Christopher Killer.

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