In the past, a Thief Taker was a private individual hired to capture criminals. This was a practice that took place before the police force came about. In this book, a woman is ritualistically and horribly murdered and it's plain that it won't be the only death. Thief Taker, Charlie Tuesday, takes on the dreadful case. However, with the plague taking its toll, the whole situation becomes not only dire, but problematic. Under the historical setting of London during the plague epidemic, the mystery unfolds into a fabulous read. Intertwined, is facinating information about the lives, times and behaviours of Londoners during that period. Quinn is a master-storyteller in my opinion. The narrative is layered and told via a few characters including the mysterious murderer and Charlie. All the characters are well-defined and well-developed, as is the plot. The pacing is perfect and the imagery adds to the atmosphere. The author never seems to tell us readers what to think, but allows us to muse upon the given information and work our way through all the circumstances - very satisfying and a sign of a good writer. There are clever twists and unexpected turns, too. I highly recommend The Thief Taker to readers who like this genre mix, or to those who just enjoy good writing.