I have decided that one of the things I like best about this series, Heist Society, is that it’s not really a “series.” You don’t have to read the first two to understand what’s going on in the third. Each one is a separate con/heist while building upon the characters we’ve come to know and love. (That said, why haven’t you read the first two?)
Delightfully, Perfect Scoundrels is all about Hale. The short version is that we learn a lot about his family, his past, and his current life. Which, to be honest, doesn’t really bode well for our erstwhile art thief, Kat. Hale’s beloved grandma Hazel has just passed away, and Hale becomes the sole inheritor of the family business with the lawyer named as trustee until Hale turns 25. That’s not to mention the family fortune, which Hale also inherts. Except Marcus (Hale’s ever-trusty chauffeur/butler/guy) believes there’s something wrong with the will: his sister, Marianne, who was Hazel’s companion and friend, was completely cut out. He asserts that the will read is fake and hires Kat to find and steal the real one back.
Of course, that’s not the whole story, but it will ruin your fun to tell you more. I will tell you this: out of the three Heist books, this one has the tightest, most brilliant con. I didn’t figure it out until it was nearly over, and then I just sat back, amazed. And while Hale wasn’t perfectly Charming the whole book, it was still Hale, in all his swooniness.
Plus, the whole Heist gang is back, after the second book, Uncommon Criminals. Which means there are some hilarious moments as they set up the long con. We get to meet more of Kat’s family, with their weirdness and talents. And there are new minor characters to get to know and adore. And all the other fun elements that I’ve come to expect from these books are there: jetting around the world, rappelling down buildings, breaking into banks, and just a little bit of kissing (in closets).
I hope Ally Carter has a few more of these up her sleeves. Heaven knows, I can always find time to read them.
Rated: Mild for some mild language