The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace

The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace

Molly Caldwell Crosby once again brings forgotten history to vivid life in an absorbing account of crime and deduction in the early days of the twentieth century. . . .  In the summer of 1913, under the cover of London?s perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each other?a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detective?in the great Molly Caldwell Crosby once again brings forgotten history to vivid life in an absorbing account of crime and ...

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Title:The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace
Author:Molly Caldwell Crosby
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0425252809
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace Reviews

  • Gail
    Jan 17, 2013
    The subtitle of this book makes you think that it's a fast-paced thriller. Nope. It's more like a slow-witted borer. After sloughing through seventy-three pages, I gave up. I felt like I was reading a history report and what was written was flat. What a disappointment. ...
  • Carol
    Apr 28, 2013
    3.5 When I heard the title and the subject of The Great Pearl Heist I knew it was on my list. Along with the subtitle London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace clearly tells what this book is about and not much more is needed from me. If y...
  • Christiane
    Aug 08, 2013
    It is an interesting story but for some reason the book did not hold my interest. One of the difficulties with this story the author acknowledges in the notes: none of the four thieves arrested for the theft of the necklace left any kind of written statement; they didn?t even testify...
  • Brian S
    Mar 06, 2013
    The problem with historical recreations of this type is that the actions of historical individuals often don't match up with the "character" they are supposed to portray. The historical events/persons are molded and shaped by the author to fit into the molds cast by fiction genres. In ...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Dec 04, 2016
    Ho-hum. Somehow I thought this book would offer more than it did. A priceless pearl necklace is stolen by a very organized gang of thieves in London and the book traces how they were finally caught. Sounds exciting but it wasn't. If I read one more thing about how they moved from one p...
  • Kandice
    Mar 07, 2013
    This was an interesting peak into London society at the time, plus an intriguing glance into the beginnings of criminal investigation at New Scotland Yard. Tracking the theft of a very expensive pearl necklace, as well as the investigation of the crime, Crosby's book reads more like a ...
  • Megan Richardson
    Jan 13, 2013
    This book came on my radar as soon as it came out because I've read both of Molly Caldwell Crosby's other books: "The American Plague" and "Asleep". In "The Great Pearl Heist", rather than focusing on medical mysteries, she tells the story of a jewelry heist in Edwardian London. I r...
  • Bethany O'neil
    Dec 26, 2012
    Just okay. Reasonably interesting story, original writing style but a bit dry. ...
  • Doreen
    Apr 18, 2013
    I surely enjoyed this tale about a band of thieves who stole a magnificent pearl necklace worth more than the Hope diamond! The book covers the details of the theft, as well as the workings of Scotland Yard in the early years of the twentieth century. The story progresses to an interes...
  • Heather
    Nov 04, 2012
    I wanted to love this book... a mystery and ensuing legal case involving the true heist of a set of pearls which were valued at four times the value of the Hope Diamond. However, for me, the book fell flat. It is obvious Crosby did a huge amount of research for this book but maybe that...
  • Nancy
    Feb 11, 2013
    I think I had greater expectations for more gripping story telling, just based on the title, since I had no knowledge of "the great pearl heist" before seeing this book on the short-loan shelf at my library. Ms. Crosby does a good job of picking through the Grizzard Gang's meticulous p...
  • Liz
    Apr 19, 2013
    The time period and the crime were interesting. It was well researched and the writing wasn't bad. But the book just didn't grab me like I thought it would. ...
  • Stephanie
    May 08, 2015
    I enjoyed this book a great deal. I especially like period true crime, and this one was a cut about many I've read over the years. In this book you have the lovely combination of an intricate plot to steal what was the most beautiful and expensive necklace in the world at the time....
  • Lauri
    May 09, 2013
    Sorry, I just didn't like it. The book was very well-researched, and there are some extremely interesting historical details, such as the development of Scotland Yard and the new role of detectives in the early 20th century. The people in the book just weren't multi-dimensional, becaus...
  • Kathy
    Nov 28, 2017
    This book is an interesting look at a high profile robbery in London in 1913. It has all the sterotypes we associate with 'clever' crime today - the intelligent, cunning planner and financer of the crime, the shady and organised criminals and the equally clever detective and lawyer. Ho...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    Jun 14, 2017
    An interesting subject that is relatively stand-alone--no serious changes in police procedure or security were mentioned as a direct result of this heist--but the way the information was presented was very dry. Crosby tried to meld the facts about the case with scenes from what life wa...
  • Josiphine/Tessa
    Apr 18, 2018
    This was so much fun; a great audiobook! I love heist stories, and this one is very entertaining. It would make a fantastic film. Both well-written and well-researched, but it was the characters which caught my attention the most. This is the second audiobook I've listened to read by M...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 29, 2018
    This book is about the Great Pearl Heist of 1913. Pearls were very hard to find and very rare in the early 1900s and very valuable. This book is about the theft of a pearl necklace that was valued twice as much as the Hope Diamond in the mail in England and nd the recovery of the pearl...
  • Alice
    Feb 06, 2013
    Great story that suffers from immature writing and a tendency to pad. ...
  • Julie Fechter
    Aug 01, 2013
    This book probably deserves more stars but it just didn't appeal to me. I barely made it to chapter 2. ...
  • Sheri
    Dec 25, 2013
    My fiance bought me this book for Christmas. That is our deal, every Christmas he buys me a book that I wouldn't typically check out or buy myself. It helps me branch out, which is one of the things I love most about him in general. This year it was the Great Pearl Heist. I liked th...
  • Claudia Shaw
    Jan 05, 2013
    This book was very well researched and very interesting. The number of facts however weighed the action down way too much. ...
  • Karen
    Dec 02, 2012
    A fun read, told in true crime style, about a real jewel heist that took place in London in 1913. The author profiles the times, the neighborhoods that were the settings for the action, the major characters and the events in the story in highly readable style. Lest you be tempted to th...
  • Carol Hukari
    Apr 23, 2013
    The subject was fascinating but I found the writing a bit labored ...
  • Anna
    May 02, 2013
    An interesting book. Probably because it is a factual story rather than fiction, some parts were a bit confusing and disappointing. Learning about the history of New Scotland Yard detectives and crime fighting methods used 100 years ago was fascinating, as were the background stories o...
  • Carmen
    Feb 10, 2014
    It's not the author's fault that I was literally falling asleep while reading this book. She does her best to make this fascinating, but in the end I just don't care. I don't care that a pearl necklace was stolen in 1913, that the thieves tried to sell it, that the jewel thief wa...
  • Beth
    Sep 22, 2015
    An interesting & well written true story narrated by Michael Page. ...
  • Joanne
    Jul 30, 2019
    I needed a book for a challenge based in London. Nothing I picked up was holding my interest. This was not beautiful writing, or great literature. It was a short easy read, fun, interesting and full of descriptions of the bygone days of London and the characters that lived it. In 19...
  • Lena
    Oct 23, 2017
    ?A pearl, no matter how exquisite, that once belonged to royalty, will bring only despare to those who keep it.? A short, but interesting account, of the robbery of an extremely valuable pink pearl necklace. Prewar, pre Mikimoto, this necklace was worth almost 70% of the e...
  • Alex Jones
    Aug 23, 2018
    Molly Caldwell Crosby?s, The Great Pearl Heist, is a great combination of true history and realistic detail to make an entertaining story revolving around a thrilling heist story. True crime fans would love this story thanks to Crosby?s, clearly evident extensive research on the t...