Uncommon Criminals

Author: Ally Carter

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2011

Series: The Heist Society #2

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules. {goodreads.com}


Once again I am blown away at the world that Ally Carter has created with The Heist Society.  Uncommon Criminals is the second installment in The Heist Society series, and picks up right after the appropriation of the paintings from the Henley.

I absolutely love the language in this series. Carter makes you believe that the names for all the heists (a “Princess Bride,” which is something that involves a six-fingered man) actually exist. She gives you a window (one that is less shadowed than more adult thief books) in to a world that so few speak of.

The characters are smart and loveable, and their chemistry is unmistakable. The reader feels as if they are one of the group, a long time grafter.

As with the prequel I wholeheartedly recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick read with a smart group of characters.



One thought on “Uncommon Criminals

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s