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 . . . 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 and 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.
So Kat and her friends are at it again. After stealing priceless paintings from the impenetrable Henley Museum and clearing her father’s name with Interpol they come across the name Visili Romani again. This time an older lady asks her to steal something claiming it belongs to her rightly. Once she delivers the item to the person who hired her Romani tells her to get it back. Is it all a scam and can she get the stolen item back before it is gone for good? Do things escalate between Kat and Hale? Will they ever figure out who Romani is? Can they figure out who the lady who hired them is and how she knows the family?
I apparently read this in book format but while I remembered the bulk of the first book, I don’t remember a thing about this book. The challenge for these characters in this book is so much higher than the last book. Kat has grown and decided that she doesn’t want to steal like the rest of the family, she wants to steal in order to return items to their rightful owners. It starts out with just three characters but by the end the entire crew who helped rob the Henley is included. I loved listening the story unfold. The narration was good for an MP3 formatted audiobook (I have had a few that just sounded bad in this format). I can honestly say that I was completely unable to guess what would happen next in this book. Every chapter there was a new twist that they confronted.
Ally Carter has made me fall even deeper in love with these characters. I have already ordered next/last book in the series and will be reading it for the first time. I can also say that I truly hope to see more new books in this series eventually. I have only read the first two books in this series but I will be going back and reading her other books. I have not been disappointed by Ally’s books yet and I can’t imagine ever being disappointed by them.