Earlier this month, Tamara Morgan kicked off her Penelope Blue series with the release of Stealing Mr. Right. (You can read my 4.5 star review here.) Penelope and Grant’s story was a fun, flirty read about a cat burglar who marries the FBI agent she suspects is trying to bust her. Today Tamara is here to celebrate her new release by sharing with us the essentials that every thief should have on them in case of emergency. And don’t forget to read to the end of this post for your chance to win a copy of Stealing Mr. Right!
Tamara Morgan’s Jewel Thief Bag of Tricks
In Stealing Mr. Right, my jewel thief heroine wears a utility belt that contains all the materials she needs to pull off a flawless heist. Since she sneaks into things like air ducts and laundry chutes, she has to pack light. This necessitates important questions. Are night-vision goggles really necessary? Do zippers make too much sound? And how many snacks is too many snacks?
This is an issue I think about way more than is good for me, given the fact that I’m not intending to rob a bank or jewelry store anytime soon. (I promise it’s the truth, FBI watchdogs!) In fact, if I were to be called up and asked to participate in a heist, I know exactly what I’d take with me.
- Burner Phone: Communication is a must when you’re on the job, but the last thing you want is for anyone to be able to trace it back to you. A phone you can buy, use, and then dispose of is probably one of the most important things to carry.
- Multi-Tool: In the movies, thieves are always using things like coins or their fingernails to remove vents because it’s quick and easy. But have you ever tried to unscrew industrial-quality infrastructure with your nails? Yeah, no thanks. A good multi-tool will combine a screwdriver with a knife and a pair of pliers and anything else you might need in a pinch.
- Lockpicking Kit: Granted, you have to know how to pick a lock in order to make this one useful (and I don’t know how, FBI watchdogs, remember?), but a thief will need quick and easy access to any kind of door. This is necessary for getting in and getting out
- Bribe Money: You never know when you’ll need a fat roll of cash to get out of a tight corner. Money has a way of buying silence and opening doors—plus, once someone accepts money from you, they technically become an accomplice, so they’ll be much more likely to keep their mouths shut.
- Getaway Wig: In our age of CCTV, dashcams, and video phones, it’s very easy for you to get caught on film. Wearing all black and donning a mask is a good start, but those things tend to stand out in a crowd. A getaway wig and sunglasses can transform your look within seconds so you won’t be spotted by authorities.
- Flash Bomb: A flash bomb, firecracker, road flare…it doesn’t matter what you have so long as it’s serves as a distraction. If you’re a good thief, you won’t need these (or, if you’re like Penelope Blue, you’ll have a detonations expert on the outside who will set them off for you), but it can’t hurt to toss a few in the bag.
- Snacks: I wasn’t kidding about that part. Some heists take hours to complete from start to finish, and I wouldn’t want to lose my focus. This is definitely a pack-it-in, pack-it-out situation, though, as you don’t want to leave any wrappers or messy DNA evidence behind.
I think this would probably fill my thieving back of tricks to the top, so I’d stop here. What about you? What must-have criminal item would you include on your list?
THANK YOU so much, Tamara, for visiting Books & Beauty Are My Bag!
Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan | Penelope Blue #1
Published on March 7th, 2017
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