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A Regency-set comedic caper featuring a book club of meddling spinsters. Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuab A Regency-set comedic caper featuring a book club of meddling spinsters. Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuable objects go missing, not only is Sybil’s happy ending in jeopardy—so are the futures of other young ladies just like her! With the help of the Wild Wynchesters—a uniquely talented family of caper-committing siblings who don’t let “laws” stop them from righting wrongs—Sybil and her club of delightfully bookish spinsters take on the heist of the Season. PREQUEL TO: NOBODY’S PRINCESS


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A Regency-set comedic caper featuring a book club of meddling spinsters. Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuab A Regency-set comedic caper featuring a book club of meddling spinsters. Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuable objects go missing, not only is Sybil’s happy ending in jeopardy—so are the futures of other young ladies just like her! With the help of the Wild Wynchesters—a uniquely talented family of caper-committing siblings who don’t let “laws” stop them from righting wrongs—Sybil and her club of delightfully bookish spinsters take on the heist of the Season. PREQUEL TO: NOBODY’S PRINCESS

30 review for The Modiste Mishap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)

    Another delightful adventure with the Heist Club and the Wynchesters! This time ball gowns have been stolen from the most sought after modiste in London and Miss Sybil Stamper (bluestocking who loves lists and has very little income) is on the case. Together the women of the Heist Club will try to track down the thief and return the dresses to their rightful owner. It's short and a whole lot of fun! This one falls in between books 2 & 3 of the Wild Wynchesters series. I received an advance copy Another delightful adventure with the Heist Club and the Wynchesters! This time ball gowns have been stolen from the most sought after modiste in London and Miss Sybil Stamper (bluestocking who loves lists and has very little income) is on the case. Together the women of the Heist Club will try to track down the thief and return the dresses to their rightful owner. It's short and a whole lot of fun! This one falls in between books 2 & 3 of the Wild Wynchesters series. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley, all opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    FUN, EASY AND LOVABLE those three words are often applicable to Erica Ridley books, but this novella really encapsulated them to perfection! 👍 What I Liked 👍 Characters: If you've encountered the Wynchesters, you're already familiar with all of the lovable characters! Ridley does a great job of making each of them unique (sometimes toeing the line of caricature) and likable. They each have their quirks and their own, distinct personalities. I really enjoyed them all, though Elizabeth remains a pers FUN, EASY AND LOVABLE those three words are often applicable to Erica Ridley books, but this novella really encapsulated them to perfection! 👍 What I Liked 👍 Characters: If you've encountered the Wynchesters, you're already familiar with all of the lovable characters! Ridley does a great job of making each of them unique (sometimes toeing the line of caricature) and likable. They each have their quirks and their own, distinct personalities. I really enjoyed them all, though Elizabeth remains a personal favourite of mine. Plot: Though short, the plot was fun and engaging. I love the Heist Club - a book club that also solves mysteries and helps people in need - and the mystery of the stolen dresses was interesting and entertaining. There were few twists, but that didn't make me enjoy it any less. Sometimes it's nice to just have an uncomplicated story to read. Sybil: Our main character, Sybil, was a particular favourite of mine. I love her orderliness, her love of lists and books. But I also loved how she showed that even brainy girls can dream of being a princess for an evening. Too often I feel like - especially in HR - brainy, bookish heroines are portrayed as anti-social, unromantic creatures that have no interest in parties or anything considered 'feminine'. It was nice seeing Sybil break that mold. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: Which Book Should you read next based on your favourite Jane Austen Heroine

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, oh she loves her lists. When she is offered a ride in Madame Blanchet's carriage to Madame’s shop. When they arrive at the exclusive modiste shop they find it has been broken into & all the exclusive gowns for this year's debutantes have been stolen. So Sybil offers to elp Madame, with the aid of the Heist Club & of course the Wynchesters. A fun, e Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, oh she loves her lists. When she is offered a ride in Madame Blanchet's carriage to Madame’s shop. When they arrive at the exclusive modiste shop they find it has been broken into & all the exclusive gowns for this year's debutantes have been stolen. So Sybil offers to elp Madame, with the aid of the Heist Club & of course the Wynchesters. A fun, entertaining well written book which I read in a sitting & thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the ultra organised Sybil & would love for her to have her HEA. A delightful romp & a great addition to the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This is a very funny story that begins with a mystery. Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuable objects go missing, not only is Sybil’s happy ending in jeopardy—so are the futures of other young ladies just like her! With the help of the This is a very funny story that begins with a mystery. Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuable objects go missing, not only is Sybil’s happy ending in jeopardy—so are the futures of other young ladies just like her! With the help of the Wild Wynchesters—a uniquely talented family of caper-committing siblings who don’t let “laws” stop them from righting wrongs—Sybil and her club of delightfully bookish spinsters take on the heist of the Season. The Heist Club is a club that solves mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Cute novella, sort of like a cozy mystery, with the author's signature humor and likable characters. The story focuses on the blue stocking friends of the Wynchesters, in particular, Miss Sybil Stamper, list builder and organizer, who finds that dresses for upcoming debuts have been stolen from the most sought after modiste. The ladies to the rescue with the help of the Wynchesters. I read an ARC as part of the authors's Review Crew. this I my unbiased and voluntary review. Cute novella, sort of like a cozy mystery, with the author's signature humor and likable characters. The story focuses on the blue stocking friends of the Wynchesters, in particular, Miss Sybil Stamper, list builder and organizer, who finds that dresses for upcoming debuts have been stolen from the most sought after modiste. The ladies to the rescue with the help of the Wynchesters. I read an ARC as part of the authors's Review Crew. this I my unbiased and voluntary review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    Sybil and her team were extraordinary in this book that evolved around the world of fashion. I thought that it was very cute how each side considered the gain amongst the ton as a battle of arms. I very much liked the light heart moments of the story. I definitely loved that the book was a short quick read. I thought the book was a genuinely fun read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Hart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars Another small novella (book 2.5) including the Wild Wynchesters and members of Phillipa's bluestocking book club. Sybil has saved up to buy a new ball gown. Her family aren't members of the ton but just once she wan'ts to have the experience of being dressed in a great outfit, meeting men and having the start of a romance. Sybil goes to an up and coming modiste and orders a dress, She also passes the top dress designer and helps her when that courtier has her dresses stolen. Sybil asks th 4 stars Another small novella (book 2.5) including the Wild Wynchesters and members of Phillipa's bluestocking book club. Sybil has saved up to buy a new ball gown. Her family aren't members of the ton but just once she wan'ts to have the experience of being dressed in a great outfit, meeting men and having the start of a romance. Sybil goes to an up and coming modiste and orders a dress, She also passes the top dress designer and helps her when that courtier has her dresses stolen. Sybil asks the book club and the Wynchesters to help. As I've noticed with previous books in the series the author brings in the heroine from book 3 as a taster. The mystery is solved but I was disappointed that there was only the hint of a HEA for Sybil. The stories are entertaining. I think it's almost essential to have read the others in the series to make the links but I can't help feel a bit short changed as it's just one episode in a larger arc. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    A light-hearted caper set in the Wild Wynchester Regency Romance Series. Who else are you going to turn to when a modiste's entire collection of dresses for the Season are stolen? Well, of course the Wynchesters who bring justice and solve other problems. With the help of the Heist reading circle of course. After all, one of their members brought the issue to the Wynchester's attention. This is a light-hearted and quick read. There is no romance in this story but fill-in some of the wild capers A light-hearted caper set in the Wild Wynchester Regency Romance Series. Who else are you going to turn to when a modiste's entire collection of dresses for the Season are stolen? Well, of course the Wynchesters who bring justice and solve other problems. With the help of the Heist reading circle of course. After all, one of their members brought the issue to the Wynchester's attention. This is a light-hearted and quick read. There is no romance in this story but fill-in some of the wild capers that are often referenced in the series. You don't need to have read any of the Wynchester series but it does provide some context and why wouldn't you. It is a good series that has plot, romance and of course, a Wynchester caper somewhere in the story to just add that special something something. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lana Birky

    This was a fun, humorous and entertaining mystery with wonderful characters. Miss Sybil Charmer is organized to the nth degree - she is the consummate list maker. One day while restocking books at one of her lending libraries, she runs into the most sought after modiste in London, Mme. Blanchet, who offers Sybil a ride back in her carriage to her modiste shop. Upon returning, they find the shop has been broken into and all the one-of-a-kind gowns had been stolen that were to be delivered to this This was a fun, humorous and entertaining mystery with wonderful characters. Miss Sybil Charmer is organized to the nth degree - she is the consummate list maker. One day while restocking books at one of her lending libraries, she runs into the most sought after modiste in London, Mme. Blanchet, who offers Sybil a ride back in her carriage to her modiste shop. Upon returning, they find the shop has been broken into and all the one-of-a-kind gowns had been stolen that were to be delivered to this season's new debutantes. Sybil offers Mme. Blanchet her assistance in finding the gowns; so, Sybil seeks help from the maybe or maybe not Heist Club reading group and from the Wynchesters. The solving of the mystery and missing gowns was filled with fun and laughs and success! I was a little disappointed in the ending, as I was hoping Sybil would find a love interest - maybe the solicitor will be heard from again in the future. I voluntarily read & reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book; all thoughts & opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Stafford

    A fun and entertaining mystery and caper (it is a Heist Club story after all) featuring list maker extraordinaire Sybil. I like Sybil very much and look forward to (hopefully) reading her full story in the future. An enjoyable novella in the Wynchester world. I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. My opinion is my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    This book is part of a series called the Heist Club, which the Wynchesters also appear. This is about Sybil who wants to help a dressmaker who lost most of her new gowns in a robbery. There is no romance in this book, but there is some excitement and mystery on who stole the gowns. I was a nice short read which I enjoyed. I received an ARC copy of this book for my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I love this group of book loving ladies. Sybil leads a simple life but wants one night of magic. First she must help find some stolen dresses even if it means giving up her dream. The wild Wynchesters get involved and they work together with the book club ladies. In the end Sybil's unselfishness helps her get her wish. I love this group of book loving ladies. Sybil leads a simple life but wants one night of magic. First she must help find some stolen dresses even if it means giving up her dream. The wild Wynchesters get involved and they work together with the book club ladies. In the end Sybil's unselfishness helps her get her wish.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pontiki

    When Sybil finally has enough money to have a dress made for a ball at Vauxhall Gardens, she’s excited and dreamy. She runs into the top modiste at a lending library she runs, and gets a ride with her back to her shop. There, they discover someone has stolen 25 new dresses Madam has made, and Sybil offers to help her find them. With her reading circle, the Heist Club, they seek out who they suspect has taken the dresses to show up all the young ladies coming out. Instead,Sybil learns that her ow When Sybil finally has enough money to have a dress made for a ball at Vauxhall Gardens, she’s excited and dreamy. She runs into the top modiste at a lending library she runs, and gets a ride with her back to her shop. There, they discover someone has stolen 25 new dresses Madam has made, and Sybil offers to help her find them. With her reading circle, the Heist Club, they seek out who they suspect has taken the dresses to show up all the young ladies coming out. Instead,Sybil learns that her own modiste took the gowns, and with the help of the Wynchesters, they steal them back. Fun story showcasing the characters of the club and the wonderful Wynchesters. I received this ARC for free, and am pleased to provide my honest review as a thank you for this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    Another fun, quick romp. Like the first Heist Club novella, this one is fast-paced and charming. It's got all of the Wynchester-style antics, more of the bluestockings, and some little teasers for Nobody's Princess. If you need something to make you smile that you can read in a short period of time, I'd recommend both books in this series. Another fun, quick romp. Like the first Heist Club novella, this one is fast-paced and charming. It's got all of the Wynchester-style antics, more of the bluestockings, and some little teasers for Nobody's Princess. If you need something to make you smile that you can read in a short period of time, I'd recommend both books in this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    3.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Perfectly lovely!! Sybil was such a dear, so sweet and good and clever, I wish we got to see more of her lists and more of her life, but hopefully that will come in a later book!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Phylis Collins

    This is a story that is well written with characters that draw you into the tale. One is happy to see the warmth and love that increases each day. Just take the time to read this story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    DD

    Short, fun, silly and very readable. Sybil like lists, her life revolves around them, her library and her reading club friends, not known as the Heist Club. When restocking her library she meets one of the premier modistes to the ton Mme Blanchet, and discovers her establishment has been broken into and all the gowns due for delivery at the start of the season have been stolen. Sybil decided to help find the gowns, and calls on her friends from her reading group and the Wynchesters to help. This bo Short, fun, silly and very readable. Sybil like lists, her life revolves around them, her library and her reading club friends, not known as the Heist Club. When restocking her library she meets one of the premier modistes to the ton Mme Blanchet, and discovers her establishment has been broken into and all the gowns due for delivery at the start of the season have been stolen. Sybil decided to help find the gowns, and calls on her friends from her reading group and the Wynchesters to help. This book sits a little earlier than Nobody's Princess so is published a little late although it has little impact other than things talked of as in the future, we've already read. Why not 5*? I want to know what happens with Sybil. It's left too open.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annette Drewett

    A fun filled story with a mystery for our intrepid Heist Club to get their hooks into. With the help of the Winchesters, Sybil must solve the mystery of the missing gowns. There was a lot to laugh about during this search and I highly recommend this book. Read it before the book “Nobody’s Princess” though. I received an ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Modiste Mishap by Erica Ridley. This is a charming prequel to the novel Nobody’s Princess. It is a quick read and the plot was engaging. Even though it’s a short story, I felt like Sybil Stamper was well-developed as a character. This story focuses on the missing objects and there is no romance, only a hint of of a possible one at the end. Overall, I’ve enjoyed reading The Wild Wynchesters series and this is a lovely addition because we get to see more I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Modiste Mishap by Erica Ridley. This is a charming prequel to the novel Nobody’s Princess. It is a quick read and the plot was engaging. Even though it’s a short story, I felt like Sybil Stamper was well-developed as a character. This story focuses on the missing objects and there is no romance, only a hint of of a possible one at the end. Overall, I’ve enjoyed reading The Wild Wynchesters series and this is a lovely addition because we get to see more of them and their group of friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Borthwick

    A fun book about the Wild Wynchesters & the Heist Club, and their latest caper. I throughly enjoyed this one with the only disappointment being not watching Sybil fall in love. I'm hoping to see it happen in a future book. I received an ARC and I'm voluntarily sharing my honest opinion. A fun book about the Wild Wynchesters & the Heist Club, and their latest caper. I throughly enjoyed this one with the only disappointment being not watching Sybil fall in love. I'm hoping to see it happen in a future book. I received an ARC and I'm voluntarily sharing my honest opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    I loved The Modiste Mishap. The Heist Club is priceless, and I hope Sybil’s solicitor shows up again later! I reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    The Modiste Mishap was such a fun novella set between the second and third Wild Wynchester book! Philippa's reading circle has played such an important role in the main books (especially The Perks of Loving a Wallflower) that I love seeing these lovely ladies getting their own turn in the spotlight in the Heist Club spin-off novellas. This is the second Heist Club novella, but readers can definitely get by without having read the first novella; however, readers really do need to read the main Wi The Modiste Mishap was such a fun novella set between the second and third Wild Wynchester book! Philippa's reading circle has played such an important role in the main books (especially The Perks of Loving a Wallflower) that I love seeing these lovely ladies getting their own turn in the spotlight in the Heist Club spin-off novellas. This is the second Heist Club novella, but readers can definitely get by without having read the first novella; however, readers really do need to read the main Wild Wynchester series (especially the second book) to fully understand all the references made throughout The Modiste Mishap. There are direct references to events in The Perks of Loving a Wallflower that will be missed or may even disrupt the enjoyment of this novella if readers are unfamiliar with that book. And yes, Ridley did include a cool little Easter egg for the third book, but readers can safely read this novella anytime after the second book and not be spoiled for the third. We don't really hear much from Sybil in the main books; she's quiet and often keeping notes on paper and in her head. But Sybil's love of lists takes a backseat when she must help London's premier dressmaker recover the season's newest fashions from a thief. I loved the way Ridley brought out Sybil's strengths, even as she continued to be viewed as the quiet, bookish one. I think a lot of readers can relate to Sybil's love of books but also her sense of adventure and need for excitement. As a novella, this was a quick read. However, Ridley managed to pack a lot of action and even more plotting and scheming into this shorter work. Without giving away too much of the plot, I was definitely satisfied with how the Heist Club pulled off their caper - and I was more than happy to see our favorite family show up to help Sybil and the rest of the reading circle out. The Modiste Mishap was just a fun read and let some of the quieter secondary Wild Wynchester characters stand out on their own. Everyone in London knows to go to the Wynchesters when you need help, but the daring ladies of the Heist Club are definitely making a name for themselves as well. A huge thank you to Erica Ridley for sharing this novella with her Review Crew ahead of the release date!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Manring

    This was a fun and light Regency quick read novella. I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series, but I thought it worked very well as a stand alone. It is about young woman, Sybil., She isn’t just a wallflower, she would be very comfortable sitting in a corner behind the wallflowerss reading a book or making a list.She doesn’t have anything nice enough to be seen in at the upcoming ball or just ,in general, when she is around members of the ton. Th ey treat her so poorly since she doesn This was a fun and light Regency quick read novella. I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series, but I thought it worked very well as a stand alone. It is about young woman, Sybil., She isn’t just a wallflower, she would be very comfortable sitting in a corner behind the wallflowerss reading a book or making a list.She doesn’t have anything nice enough to be seen in at the upcoming ball or just ,in general, when she is around members of the ton. Th ey treat her so poorly since she doesn’t have nice clothes. She is a member of the local reading club and has read everything on their shelves at least five times.she has put everything in her order. Made lists of all the books. She has small satelight libraries that she tends.. One of those small libraries is located in the local cobbler’s shop. He collects the money for the books. It was here she ran into the Parisian modiste favored by the ton to design the newest and exclusive designs for the ton’s coming out ballsSybil runs into her at the shop looking at her books. It’s only a matter of time they become best of friends. Well needless to say there are some misadventures that can only be takin care of by Sybil and her reading circle of friends. I can recommend to anyone who wants to pick up a Regency novella to read. Special thanks to #NetGalley, #ThreModisteMishap #EricaRidley for allowing me an early e-book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    This charming Regency era comedic heist is the second book in Erica Ridley’s Heist Club series, which is a spinoff of her Wild Wynchesters series. This novella fits between The Wild Wynchesters Books 2 and 3. Although this story can be enjoyed on its own, I think it would be more fun to read all of the books in order. The Heist Club is a group of bluestockings who gather to discuss books, solve mysteries, and right wrongs. I’m quite fond of the characters, who are all delightfully smart and quir This charming Regency era comedic heist is the second book in Erica Ridley’s Heist Club series, which is a spinoff of her Wild Wynchesters series. This novella fits between The Wild Wynchesters Books 2 and 3. Although this story can be enjoyed on its own, I think it would be more fun to read all of the books in order. The Heist Club is a group of bluestockings who gather to discuss books, solve mysteries, and right wrongs. I’m quite fond of the characters, who are all delightfully smart and quirky. In this story, librarian Sybil discovers that 25 ball gowns intended for the social event of the season have been stolen, and she is determined to find the dresses, saving the modiste from financial ruin and her clients from heartbreak. Sybil experiences one mishap after another as she tries to find the dresses, and then her friends and the Wynchesters stage an elaborate heist to recover the stolen gowns and deliver them to their rightful owners in time for the ball. This was a fun quick read filled with laughs. I loved the banter and crazy antics, and I can’t wait to see what additional adventures these ladies get up to. The author provided me with an unproofed ARC, and I volunteered to provide an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lastblossom

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy. tl;dr A quick, easy read with low stakes and a likable lead. About Sybil Stamper usually prefers to keep to herself with her books and her lists. But she dreams of being the belle of the ball, just once in her life, and a chance meeting with a designer might make that happen. That is, until a robbery steals away both dresses and her shot at a happy ending. Can she and the other members of her book club retrieve the dresses in time? Thoughts The Wild Wynchesters Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy. tl;dr A quick, easy read with low stakes and a likable lead. About Sybil Stamper usually prefers to keep to herself with her books and her lists. But she dreams of being the belle of the ball, just once in her life, and a chance meeting with a designer might make that happen. That is, until a robbery steals away both dresses and her shot at a happy ending. Can she and the other members of her book club retrieve the dresses in time? Thoughts The Wild Wynchesters series is on my to-read list, but this spinoff book is the first I've managed to read of it. There are several references to the previous books in the main line and a couple hints about the next one, but I was still able to follow this story well enough. It's a quick read - good for a lazy afternoon when you want something low stakes. Sybil is a sympathetic lead, and I found myself deeply invested in her happiness by the end of it. The mystery was a fun one, with just enough twists to keep me guessing. I was a little disappointed that everything got a "back to the status quo" reset at the end, especially after how Sybil was treated, but overall a great one-off adventure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Thank you NetGalley for providing this ARC Sybil Stamper is the least fortunate member of The Heist Club, a book club that occasionally endulges in righting wrongs with the help of the Wynchesters. Sybil, Queen of Lists, dreams of fitting into London society. She wants to be the Belle of the Ball instead of a wallflower, at least for one night. But when the 25 newest designs of the most renowned Modiste are stolen, she sets out to find the dresses and return them, even if it might mean she will no Thank you NetGalley for providing this ARC Sybil Stamper is the least fortunate member of The Heist Club, a book club that occasionally endulges in righting wrongs with the help of the Wynchesters. Sybil, Queen of Lists, dreams of fitting into London society. She wants to be the Belle of the Ball instead of a wallflower, at least for one night. But when the 25 newest designs of the most renowned Modiste are stolen, she sets out to find the dresses and return them, even if it might mean she will not be the diamond of the next ball. I enjoyed Sybil as MC, she is smart, compassionate and has a good sense for justice. Wanting to fit into a world that she isn't really a part of makes her relatable for a lot of readers. The other characters were less fleshed out in this one, but I assume that is because this is "The Wild Wynchesters 2.5", of which I have not read any books yet except this one. But even without prior knowledge, this book was a delight to read. My only (small) critique would be that the character of Elizabeth seemed a little overdone to me. Overall this was a very enjoyable quick read that I would recommend to anyone who likes books set in the regency period.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This novella of the Heist club -which is definitely not called The Heist Club, but definitely is- is set between Erica Ridley's The Perks of Loving a Wallflower and Nobody's Princess within the Wild Wynchesters Universe, but can be read without having read either of these novels. Sibyl Stamper is a list-o-holic; she loves making lists about everything. She's also not very well off and hence loves to help people with low finances by curating small libraries housed in London shops. On one of her r This novella of the Heist club -which is definitely not called The Heist Club, but definitely is- is set between Erica Ridley's The Perks of Loving a Wallflower and Nobody's Princess within the Wild Wynchesters Universe, but can be read without having read either of these novels. Sibyl Stamper is a list-o-holic; she loves making lists about everything. She's also not very well off and hence loves to help people with low finances by curating small libraries housed in London shops. On one of her restocking missions to such a library she meets the modiste about town whose services she cannot afford. Still, they bond over books. When shortly after their meeting the whole collection of original dresses of this modiste is stolen, Sibyl wows she'll find the culprit and the gowns in time for the next big ball. Having a few possible suspects in mind, Sibyl and the Heist Club try their very best at finding the gowns, which proves more difficult than they thought. Can't wait to find out what the club gets up to next. This review is based on a NetGalley ARC provided by the publishers, and a beta-ARC provided by the author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Candy Briggs

    Miss Sybil Stamper's reading group had opened some lending libraries all over town. They were turning out to be successful. She was called the Queen of lists and she was careful with them. She changed them out once every two weeks. While there, a lady came in trying to hide her face, and selected a novel. Sybil blurted out the lady's name and she almost panicked and ran. Lady Blanchet, the most famous Modiste in all of England. They talked and Sybil offered her a ride home, and she accepted. Wh Miss Sybil Stamper's reading group had opened some lending libraries all over town. They were turning out to be successful. She was called the Queen of lists and she was careful with them. She changed them out once every two weeks. While there, a lady came in trying to hide her face, and selected a novel. Sybil blurted out the lady's name and she almost panicked and ran. Lady Blanchet, the most famous Modiste in all of England. They talked and Sybil offered her a ride home, and she accepted. When they got there one of her front windows was broken and all the gowns that had been finished for the Fauxhall ball were gone. So many ladies would not have what they wanted or needed. Sybil told her not to worry, the Heist Club would find them. It was a humorous kind of story. Sybil is such fun with her lists, and She wants something so bad she could taste it. The characters were amazing and kept true to themselves. It was very engaging and I loved it. Erica Ridley is an author that will never disappoint. I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Sybil, a member a the reading group, is quite shy around members of the ton. When she runs into the woman (modiste) that makes the ladies dresses, the only reason she can make a conversation is because books are involved. When Sybli takes her back to her shop, they realize that the shop has been broken into and the dresses for the upcoming season have been stolen. At once, Sybil and the reading club jump into action to find the thief. Opinion If you love the Wild Wynchesters, you will love this sh Sybil, a member a the reading group, is quite shy around members of the ton. When she runs into the woman (modiste) that makes the ladies dresses, the only reason she can make a conversation is because books are involved. When Sybli takes her back to her shop, they realize that the shop has been broken into and the dresses for the upcoming season have been stolen. At once, Sybil and the reading club jump into action to find the thief. Opinion If you love the Wild Wynchesters, you will love this short story. The mystery makes this a fun and captivating story. While the Wynchesters are not the main characters, they do make an appearance. Sybil, though, does not need their help. Her character has enough personality (shy, tenacious) to carry the book. The mystery itself, of who stole the dresses, is resolved with an unusual outcome. Many thanks to Net Galley and Erica Ridley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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