The Thief-Taker (Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner #1) by T.F. Banks

The Thief-Taker (Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner #1)

June 1815. When Henry Morton is called to the scene at Portman House in Claridge Square, the Bow Street constable finds a man dead in a hackney coach--ostensibly of asphyxiation. He was Halbert Glendinning, a gentleman of unsullied character. Then why was he seen frequenting one of London’s most notorious dens of iniquity? And why has the driver of the coach vanished into the night? While Sir Nathaniel Conant, the chief magistrate at Number 4 B...

Details The Thief-Taker (Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner #1)

TitleThe Thief-Taker (Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2002
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews The Thief-Taker (Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner #1)

  • Vic
    I encountered this book in a search for Sean Russell one of my favorite authors. It seems as though Mr. Russell co-authored this book along with Ian Dennis which alone makes it worth exploring. I think Sean Russell is a brilliant science fiction writer who not only just happens to have authored one of my all-time favorite series, but actually answered an email when I wrote him to discuss one of his books. All that aside, his stories are interesti...
  • Daisy Mae
    4.5 Bow Runners out of 5 I've found myself so attached to Henry Morton and the Bow Street Runners that he may just become my new Sherlock Holmes. This was one of the best period murder-mysteries I've ever read. It missed out on a 5-star rating because of just a couple nit-picky things: Although the Napoleon parts added to the time period aspect, it didn't feel satisfying enough to give it the historical genre credit the author may have been going...
  • Shirley Schwartz
    The setting is London in June 1815. the hero is a Bow Street runner by the name of Henry Morton. The femme fatale is a famous London actress by the name of Arabella Malibrant. There are too many villains to name, but there are quite a few notable ones in this book which is the first book in the Memories of a Bow Street Runner series. And what a series starter this is! There is lots of action, deaths and mysteries galore in this book. I love the R...
  • Ben Mason
    I was hoping it would be like the Sir John Fielding books by Bruce Alexander, but all it really had in common was the setting (although it's about 50 years after the Fielding books). It felt like a long article, rather than an novel. Still, it was entertaining.
  • Leslie
    Good fun, with a little less anachronism than is usual with this sort of thing. The plot is well worked out, and there isn't too much egregious info-dumping (though there is a clunky conversation near the beginning where the hero and his mother talk at some length about their personal backstory, with which they are of course perfectly familiar).
  • Johnny
    Even though Confessions of a Bow Street Runner: The Thief-Taker is set in Georgian London simultaneous to the final Napoleonic campaign, it featured some elements that were déjà vu for me after finishing Red Chrysanthemum very recently. The latter is set in Medieval Japan, so one wouldn’t expect much similarity, but there is a significant amount in parallel. In Red Chrysanthemum, someone powerful is engaged in the regular sexual exploitation ...
  • Jeffrey
    This is an enjoyable historic mystery. The main character, Henry Morton, is a Bow Street Runner. The Bow Street Runners were one of the first police forces in London and a distant ancestor of Scotland Yard. The Bow Street Runners were first organized by Sir John Fielding, a rather interesting historical figure, who was a blind Magistrate at the Bow Street Court in London. He was famed not only for his fairness and reasoning in the courtroom, but ...
  • Dorie
    Historical crime fiction set in 1815 London featuring Henry Morton, a Bow Street constable. He’s called to a house by his mistress Arabella Malibrant, who is an actress. A man arriving at the home in a hackney coach was found dead. An attending doctor diagnoses the death as caused by choking on vomit due to excessive alcohol consumption. After a brief examination Morton disagrees, believing the man has been poisoned. The investigation leads him...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    The Thief Taker is a well-written and complex mystery full of well-developed characters set in Regency London. When Halbert Glendinning arrives at a party apparently dead from asphyxiation Henry Morton, a Bow Street Runner, is called to the scene when someone feels that there is something strange in Glendinning death. His search leads him on an inquiry into the upper circles of London society. Morton follows is a complex and strange path before f...
  • Sara G
    This was a really immersive mystery where our sleuth is an honest Bow Street Runner in Regency England, working with others who he is unsure if he can trust. The author explores topics like Wellington battling Napoleon (it's happening as the events unfold), class distinctions, the role of early police, child prostitution, dueling, etc. The characters are lively and well written, and the author's rendition of London is practically a supporting cha...
  • Brenda Mengeling
    Very well done mystery set in 1815 London. Henry Morton is a Bow Street Runner, the forerunners of the metropolitan police, and he is hired by a private citizen to look into the mysterious death of a young gentleman. The whole world of how the Runners worked, how they were viewed by the populace, how the courts worked was fascinating to me. There was so much room for corruption while attempting to be just. Setting and history are very well portra...
  • Janet
    I think I’m over my vampire kick. Now I’m on a historical fiction kick. This is one of those wonderful “I’m walking by the shelf and the book leaps into my path” finds. I kept it at work so I would have something interesting to read during my lunch breaks, which would have worked well had I been able to remember the characters from day to day. But Banks does a great job of politely summing up his story and gently reminds his readers not...
  • Debbie
    This historical mystery is set in 1815. Henry Morton is a Bow Street Runner (a.k.a. cop) who works with his mistress to solve both a murder and a theft. Most of Morton's problems stem from the "thief taking" system in place at the time, and the world-building of the historical time period is excellent.The pacing was good, and the characters and mystery were interesting. For those who care, all of the sex occured 'off page.'
  • Susan
    This book is somewhere between three and four stars, but it is the first of a new series so I rounded up. I generally like the protagonist, Henry Morten. The story was solid though a few parts were unnecessary and made the plot drag a bit. Overall, however, a good read with enough mystery and adventure to keep things interesting.
  • Ronn
    This book takes place in London during the era of the Napoleonic wars, a homefront story contemporary with the Sharpe novels that I love so much. This book was extremely enjoyable. The characters were well fleshed out, the telling of the story did not telegraph the end too much, and if there were holes in the plot or the logic, I didnt notice. I would gladly read more of this series.
  • Kim
    This is actually one of the better mysteries I have read in a while. I had a hard time getting into it, but felt compelled to read on and I am so glad I did. The ending has lots of twists and turns and was unpredictable, which we all love. It was gritty, but not graphic (hallelujah!), and very intriguing.
  • Muriel
    A nice addition to the victorian mysteries that I'm addicted to. I'd figured out who the killer was pretty early on but the intriguing lead and his cohorts still made it a great read, I will definitely be picking up the next in the series.
  • Kim
    This was a well executed historical mystery. I'd give it a 3.5 if I could. The main character is believable and likable and the environments are well-detailed. The plot of this one is just intricate enough. I will seek out any sequels.
  • Mark Macatee
    Fascinating. I had never read a piece of fiction set in this time in such a way. Before there really were police. It was simply fascinating. Not as light as I usually prefer, but definitely worth following further.
  • Joen Wolfrom
    I really liked the story of the Thief Taker, which provides a glimpse of law and justice before the formation of Scotland Yard. The characters are well defined and the story is rich. I am hoping there will be more books by TF Banks in the near future.
  • Joyce McKune
    Morton was suspicious that some of the other Bow Street Runners were involved in criminal activities. He was also hired by a friend of his girlfriend to find out who killed her fiancé though the police said it was natural causes.
  • Beth
    Enjoyed this very much and still remember it these handful of years later. I'm recording it because it kept popping up under recommendations and I find the more details I submit to my Goodreads account, the more accurare the recommendations become.
  • Kelly
    This book is confusing at first, because so many characters are thrown at you at once. But I'm glad I stuck with it, because by the end, I was really enjoying it. A good read for anyone who is into historical mysteries.
  • Judie
    Wonderful historical mystery. Love the characters and plan to read the second in this series. Unfortunately, the author seems to have abandoned this series after just two books.
  • Michelle Griep
    Regency London at it's grittiest best. Murder. Intrigue. Lot's of action. This isn't a 'Christian' read but I enjoyed it for the historical aspect.
  • Judy
    This is one of the Bow Street Runners as good guys genre. Of course there are the corrupt few. Very enjoyable. Too bad there's only one more in the series.
  • Ken Timbers
    A gripping story set in Regency England and based on the famous Bow Street Runners - an early form of policing. Good characters and a story you can't put down till the end!
  • Paul Weiss
    "Upstairs, Downstairs" in Regency England justice!It's June 1815 in Regency England. Nathaniel Conant, the current Bow Street Magistrate better known colloquially as the "Beak", is struggling with the Bow Street Runners' growing reputation as a corrupt police force more interested in lining their own pockets with graft, bribes and reward money than in dealing out justice. Henry Morton, a Bow Street Runner who stands out among his colleagues for h...
  • Mike
    Rarely do I put a book down unfinished but this book was totally uninteresting, the plot did not grab me at all, the characters were not interesting or likable. The only reason I didn’t give it one star was for the depictions of England on the era, but if you are looking for a historical novel in this period, stick to Anne Perry.