This should be the cushiest job Alix London's ever had.
The second Alix London Mystery finds the art restorer in a world brimming with idle luxury, spectacular locations, and deadly intrigue.
Surrounded by art and wealth and the sun-drenched Greek isles, she's aboard a sumptuous mega-yacht with no responsibilities save the occasional lecture to the guests of her temporary employer, Panos Papadakis, one of the world's richest men. But there's a catch: Papadakis has long been suspected of being at the center of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and Alix is actually there as an undercover operative of FBI special agent Ted Ellesworth, a member of the Bureau's Art Crime Team. They hope Alix can gather the inside information they need to finally put the cagey Papadakis away.
Alix's exposure to the enormous wealth of high-end collectors and the shadier aspects of the art trade - the avarice, naked greed, and ingenious scams - somehow brings her closer to her charming, "reformed" rogue of a father, and helps crystalize in her own mind just where she fits into the mix.
Moguls, murders, a forged Manet, and the Albanian mafia all play a role and send this pleasure cruise into brutally dangerous waters.
Set on the Aegean - Homer's fabled "wine-dark sea" - with stops at enchanted islands where ancient legends still live, A Cruise to Die For delivers a witty blend of suspense and mystery, as well as an insider's take on the contemporary art world and its eccentric characters. It's all served up with the style and sophistication with which Charlotte and Aaron Elkins have rewarded mystery listeners for the past 30 years.
©2013 Charlotte and Aaron Elkins (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I'd try another book by the Elkins' but not with this narrator. I hate to dis' a narrator since I have been one, but this woman's voice drove me up a wall. The intro to the story was too technical and didn't give a background of Alix London. Since this is the second in a series readers might want to know. did like the information about art forgery and theft, since my artbook club is studying this.Sorry, I want my mony back.
I'm really into the Taos art scene right now. I'll probably read more about the original Taos Society of Artists.
The narrator sounded as if she were reading and had an irritating little whistling noise on some word endings. Her attempt to change dialects just didn't happen or were poorly executed. Narration needs to be more of a performance
I'd like a refund. I couldn't get very far into the book
Yes, for any friend that wants a pleasant, silly thriller/mystery read/listen.
All the characters are well formed, but Alix is very relatable for an art expert, which makes the book easy to get into.
Light, easy to listen to, melodious.
I did - it was great background noise for household chores.
The narrator really needs to brush up on her pronunciation of some more obscure words. Alix, a well-bred, well-travelled art expert would never pronounce "Lyons" as Lions. Or rapprochement as REproachment. It happened just often enough to grate. She nailed the pronunciations of all the artists and artwork, which is why is stood out.
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