Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week’s trope is HEISTS/CONS

Smash and grabs are not always the best way to illicitly acquire objects in fantasy land. Sometimes these things take planning, a loyal crew, and a little bit of luck. But a good crew can always get the job done.

After making this list, I’ve come to the conclusion that I love a good heist novel. Who doesn’t love a good caper, right?

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott LynchThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch


Even though I’m less than 100 pages into this one, I can already tell this one is going to have heists and cons. I mean, the very first chapter relates how Locke pulled off an unthinkably awesome con (what a freaking rascal) as a child. Very excited to see what other heists this one inevitably has in store for me!

 Fate's Edge by Ilona AndrewsFate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

Once one of the best thieves in the Edge, Audrey left the life to go legit and be present for her family. So, of course, she ends up getting suckered into one last heist. Slippery slope, and all that. This is the quintessential UF heist novel: a wonderful motley crew, high stakes, and even higher tensions.
Sex Criminals Vol 1 by Matt FractionSex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky 

The actual premise of this graphic novel is about heists. Well, that and time-stopping orgasms. Literally. Suzie and Jon both have a crazy ability: when they come, the world around them stops moving. What do two crazy kids do with such a whacked out ability? Why, rob banks of course!

A Fistful of Charms by Kim HarrisonA Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
When you think ‘criminal mastermind,’ you probably don’t think Rachel Morgan…and you’re not wrong! In this instalment, Rachel concocts one of her hare-brained schemes to steal a statue with supernatural properties called “the Focus.” The plan involves an alarming number of elements that can – and will – go wrong. Maybe a sub-trope for this week could be “failed heists or heists that go wrong.”


  1. I bought a copy of Sex Criminals on my last graphic novel binge but I haven’t read it yet, because my purchase also included Rat Queens which I gave priority to first. Really looking forward to it though!


  2. YAY YAY you’re reading Lynch!!! 😀 How do you like it so far? 🙂

    Uhm, Sex Criminals sounds interesting 😀 Time-stopping orgasms 😀 In the light of our discussion about safe sex – how’s this one? 🙂

    • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

    • 7 years ago

    There is no better place than Scott Lynch’s books to look for heists and con jobs, indeed. I hope you enjoy the series 🙂

    • Lynn Williams

    • 7 years ago

    I love the Lynch books – so pleased you’re reading them too.
    Sex criminals – very funny! You got some really interesting ones on here.
    Lynn 😀

  3. An Ilona Andrews I haven’t heard of! How exciting! And it not only a heist but ONE LAST heist which are the best. They always go horribly wrong.

  4. You’ve got a few books here I’m not familiar with, which is a good thing. I love knowing there are more heist books out there, because I’m loving that trope to pieces:-)

  5. This post reminded me that I really need to stop everything and read Sex Criminals.

    -Tiara @ Bibliosanctum

  6. I had no idea there were people blogging about fantasy that had not read Lies of Locke Lamora. Amazing.

  7. I clearly need to crack open that Lynch book in the TBR pile! Harrison’s book a great addition to the list.

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