The Thief of Blackfriars Lane
by Michelle Griep
“Measuring God by how people
—even godly people—
have mistreated you is not a good measuring stick.
Man will always betray, forget, malign,
misjudge, abandon—but God remains steady and dependable.
Of course that requires you depend upon Him to begin with.
Do you?” (p. 123)
If an author wanted to combine the sleuthing of Sherlock Holmes, the culture of Charles Dickens, and the charity of Robin Hood, the resulting book could very well be The Thief of Blackfriars Lane.
Michelle Griep has written one of the most satisfying faith-based mysteries that I have read. As I finished reading late last night, I was able to lay down knowing that all was right with the world. Kit was a lady of the streets who had spent years building her reputation. Jackson was a newly hired constable that appeared to be a massive failure as he was dismissed from the constabulary and told to never return to London. The book weaves together the story of these two broken people who must work together to find the four very different men who had gone missing from the streets of late 19th century London. The author has done a marvelous job of building a story of grace, mercy, and love, that will speak to the souls of many.
I appreciate the brief appendix that the author includes highlighting the historical context of the book and the bibliography the author used to describe 150-year-old London. The book easily has a place in the church and public library, both for its literary appeal and its historical perspective. I easily give it 5-stars and wish I could give it more.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.