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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite
The Thief of Roseland by Jim Pugmire is a mystery, an adventure, and a most pleasant read. From the beginning, the scene is set, and the characters are brought to life. The author sets the tone for the story and maintains a steady pace throughout, leaving hints and clues along the way for the reader to find as they enjoy each chapter. The characters, Bertran, Colin, Arianna, and many others, are written with a vibrant hand and leap off the page for the reader to see and know. Bertran is thrust into the middle of mayhem when an accidental meeting with Golden Cuffs eventually leads him to uncovering the identity of The Mummer, a nefarious individual whose actions do not support peace among the townspeople. Along the way, Bertran has several important choices to make and peoples' lives to impact. As with all great mysteries, he successfully completes several missions by the end of the story in the quest to protect some surprising people and expose others for their traitorous acts. The plot is very good, and the ending is satisfying.
The Thief of Roseland by Jim Pugmire caught my attention with the book blurb, and the story itself surpassed my expectations – well done! The author has a strong voice and writes each character as if they are a real person, a skill that draws the reader into the story and brings the plot to life. Every character speaks, acts, and thinks differently, which lends a realistic feel to them. Each chapter had a clear purpose, and each scene advances the story well. The introduction of the characters was varied and interesting, and several characters' decisions along the way were surprising, which supported the plot. Each element of a great story is showcased in The Thief of Roseland, and readers of all ages would enjoy this charming, fast-paced, and often witty story.