The Grift Of The Magi by Ally Carter (Heist Society #3.5)
Publisher: NLA Digital LLC
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Summary: Katarina Bishop is a thief. To many it wouldn’t matter that she now uses her considerable skills to re-steal valuable works of art and return them to their rightful homes.
She’s still a thief.
So that’s why Kat’s surprised when an Interpol agent comes to her one snowy evening, asking for Kat’s help.
The Magi Miracle Network was set to auction off a very rare, very valuable Faberge egg two days before Christmas, but the egg’s been stolen and now the charity’s reputation—and their future—is on the line.
Kat’s family and Interpol might be opposite sides of most jobs, but someone just stole Christmas.
Now it’s up to Kat and her crew to steal it back.
The Grift of the Magi is a Heist Society novella and is approximately half the length of the other novels in the series. It stands alone, but if you want read more about Kat and her crew check out Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, and Perfect Scoundrels.
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: A fun and fast paced heist which takes readers back into the world of Heist Society!
Heist Society is a very special series to me, because it sparked my love of reading! Its been 3 years since Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society 3) released and after finishing this short story it brought back so much nostalgia. It was truly wonderful to read about Kat and her crew again! 💖💕
The plot, dialogue, writing style, etc. were all fantastic! Yet, the strength of this story was definitely the character development.
Kat and Hale were beginning to get used to their newly developed relationship in Perfect Scoundrels, however by this point they have fully established it and it was great to see how much they’ve grown since then.
At the start of this story, Kat and Gabrielle have been approached by Interpol agent, Ameila Bennett because one of her dear friend’s (Elizabeth) London charity, the Magi Miracle Network, has been robbed.
Amelia reveals how special the organization is to her and believes Kat and her crew are the only ones who can help.
An auction is set to take place on Dec. 23, which will not only support low-income families around Great Britain but bring more attention to the organization itself.
A Faberge egg (1 of 3 Eggs of the Magi) has been stolen and it must be found before the auction takes place!
With Hazel Hale (Hale’s grandmother) the original founder of the Magi Miracle Network and W.W. Hale V currently the new chairman, he is automatically no. 1 on the list, considering Kat’s mother also had one similar to it and believes Hale knew that too.
The crew has 11 days to figure out who really stole the egg (possibly even a forged one) and get the real one back in time.
Carter’s writing kept the story fast paced and entertaining. There was definitely expansion on side characters introduced early into the Heist Society Series, like Amelia, Gabrielle’s mother, and even more development on my favorite characters like Hale & Kat!
Additionally what I adore about Carter’s plots/writing style, like in this short story, is how she leaves clues here and there which makes it so much fun to uncover the secrets/mysteries of the cons and characters as you go.
Kat really revealed her more humorous side in this story which I loved! (She was so funny!) Overall it was just amazing to see how much she grew and see her and crew back again for another heist!!
The mystery and con was planned perfectly. I didn’t know who to trust and there were twists and turns, but it all wrapped up wonderfully in the end.
My only minor issue was some moments of slow pacing and just wanting a little bit more character development (mainly from side characters towards the end).
I adored this novella and my fangirl heart is still processing the amazing-ness of another Heist Society story!! 🎉🎉
Highly recommend if you are a fan of the Heist Society Series or are looking for a fun and fast paced Heist/Con story to read during the holidays!