Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman

by Eleanor Updale
Series: Montmorency Series #1
240 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Clodsley S.

Clever novel that doesn't get graphic but is rather twisted in its morality.


After falling through a glass roof into a grinding machine, a thief dubbed Montmorency is rebuilt by a kindly doctor hoping he will have a chance at starting a new life. Montmorency does exactly the opposite. Posing as a gentleman by day and a thief called Scarper by night, Montmorency must rely on his wit and cunning so his cover won't be blown.


The whole Montmorency/Scarper morality is somewhat twisted. Montmorency lies. Scarper steals. They work together to keep themselves safe. Montmorency, though he's seen as the protagonist in the book, is two-faced and self-centered, although he begins to rebuke his alter ego, Scarper. He steals from the doctor who saved his life.

Spiritual Content

There is a church service at the prison Montmorency is at for a time.


At the beginning of the story it is explained how Montmorency fell through a glass roof and into a grinding machine--not a pretty thought. Nothing goes into graphic description.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is drunk by Montmorency and his cohorts. Scarper drinks beer at a tavern and gets slightly drunk on some occasions.

Sexual Content

The manager's daughter of a hotel Montmorency stays at has sort of a crush on him, but it never goes far. The women who keep the inn that Scarper stays at are slightly risque. Montmorency is described as being naked on occasions in prison while his body was being repaired, and usually wearing close to nothing.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

A few four-letter words.


"Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?" is a clever, witty book with a slight historical lesson and a reminiscent writing style of Charles Dickens. Though the morality is somewhat twisted, it is an enjoyable read for older kids.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: 13+

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