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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Alix London returns in Book 2, assigned as undercover op for the FBI to take an art cruise on the Aegean Sea with high roller, self-absorbed Panos Papadakis, long suspected of running a Ponzi scheme, selling off stakes on his expensive art works . . . but no sooner than Alix boards the ship, she notices that the prize of the upcoming art auction, a Manet, is a fake . . . the deeper she gets, the more dangerous . . . and soon FBI special agent Ted Ellesworth joins her on the cruise, unexpectedly . . . and the sparks fly in more ways than one . . . fun, interesting and different . . . looking forward to Book 3!
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
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
The beginning was a bit painful, mostly due to the narrator. But after a while it settled down and became a standard mystery.
Alix London is back. This time the young art restorer is working as an undercover consultant for the FBI. What starts out as a mission to just keep her eyes open turns into a serious affair involving theft, murder, and forgery. All in a day's work for our intrepid art expert.
Free business tycoon Panos Papadakis is holding an exclusive art auction aboard his luxury yacht. He plans to sell off a few of his personal paintings and has invited a few of his personal friends to join him on the cruise. He has also invited Alix London along as an art expert to make the trip more informative. Unknown to Panos Alix is there at the request of the FBI. They want her to keep her ears open for any shady financial dealings that Panos may be involved in. Her job quickly becomes complicated when she begins to doubt the authenticity of one of the paintings. Alix has learned to trust to her instincts when it comes to art, but will they serve her well when dealing with people who will stop at nothing, including murder?
The Art Whisperer is the second book in the Alix London series by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins. The book is a lighthearted mystery and is a lot of fun. The characters are enjoyable and the pacing is quite nice. This is a perfect book to take along to the beach or to just curl up with.
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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