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A Dangerous Talent Audiobook

A Dangerous Talent

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From the outside, Alix London appears to have it all: a glamorous career as an art consultant, a sumptuous condo in Seattle’s toniest neighborhood, a gorgeous figure, and a presence that positively exudes Ivy League breeding and old money. Unfortunately for Alix, what you see isn’t exactly what you get. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, Alix and her world were left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Now a Harvard dropout with an emptied bank account, she is languishing in a career that has produced little more than a lucky house-sitting gig.

Then she meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with deep pockets and a handle on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris needs the painting authenticated, and Alix’s career desperately needs the boost that will come from such a high-profile assignment. But when an attempted art theft goes horribly wrong, Alix is plunged into a tangled web of forgery, deceit - and murder. Only her connoisseur’s eye (and a little unlikely help from her roguish father) can give the FBI the expertise they need to crack the case…assuming the killer doesn’t come for her next.

Witty and surprising, A Dangerous Talent introduces a clever and enchanting new sleuth to the ranks of American detective fiction.

©2012 Aaron Elkins and Charlotte Elkins (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-21-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-21-16 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Art, Atmosphere, Adventure . . . & Alix"

    I was taken with A Dangerous Talent right away . . . Alix London, trying to make her own way, after her notorious art forger father's fall from grace . . . Alix finally gets a job with Christine Lemay, a wealthy novice art collector looking to purchase a newly discovered work by the late Georgia O’Keeffe . . . so Alix leaves her Seattle apartment for an adventure in New Mexico . . . that turns out anything but what she expects . . . Alix narrowly escapes being killed in an "accidental" gas explosion upon their arrival . . . the artwork she is there to authenticate is stolen . . . the gallery owner killed . . . and yet Ms. Lemay keeps Alix on for more research into the origins of the painting . . . the beauty of the western landscape is exquisitely laid out . . . even as the two women drive a Lamborghini through the countryside . . . the FBI becomes involved . . . the slow revealing of Alix and Geoff's relationship through the years (her father) is gently told, making for one of the best parts of the book . . . excellent wrap up of the murders and art theft . . . and I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series! Bravo, to Charlotte and Aaron Elkins for a clean, interesting, artsy mystery series!

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Byron 11-13-13
    Byron 11-13-13
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    "Fun art mystery!!"

    Alix London is a beautiful and talented art consultant. She's also a Harvard drop-out. Born into wealth and privilege, she lost it all when her famous artist father was convicted of art forgery. Presently, she's house sitting in Seattle while she's cleaning expensive paintings for a client. Then her luck changes when she's hired by the novice art collector and newly rich, Christine Lemay, who wants Alix to authenticate a Georgia O'Keeffe painting that her art dealer friend is selling. They travel to the art scene in Santa Fe, the third largest artist area in the country, for this adventure.

    The relationship between 'fallen from high society', Alix, and 'tell it like it is', Christine makes for a great caper. Though, when the art dealer friend is murdered, and the Santa Fe adobe cabin that Alix is supposed to say in explodes, they find danger chasing them too.

    There's lots of interesting information about the art world and Georgia O'Keeffe that adds a real spark to this story. The underworld of art forgery creates real suspense and mystery, as humor mixes with danger in a great way throughout the story. A great start to a new mystery series!

    Reader did a great job, adding a lot to my enjoyment of this story!!

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    Judy 09-22-17
    Judy 09-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Just ok"

    This was a new author for me but since it was on sale for only $2.95 I didn't mind trying it out. I found it to be slow moving and only mildly interesting. For the price it was ok. I would not, however, pay full price for this book. Just an ok listen.

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    Kathy N Long Beach, CA United States 09-22-17
    Kathy N Long Beach, CA United States 09-22-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable Light Mystery"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were pleasant, the plot was interesting without being overly complicated, and the facts about the art world were woven skillfully into the plot - I learned a lot.

    The narrator is very good, with the exception of her Boston "Brahman" accent that sounded more like New Jersey. That was was a minor annoyance but didn't detract significantly.

    This is a completely clean book - no bad language or sex scenes, just gentle attraction between some main characters. It was a thoroughly pleasant diversion.

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    Theresa 09-22-17
    Theresa 09-22-17
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    "A bit too simple"

    Character are not well developed. Too easy of a read for me. But if you like them quick and not too dense, go for it.

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    Victoria Schwimley 09-21-17

    Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.

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    "Interesting story"

    I enjoyed this story and the narrator did a great job. But I've always enjoyed Kate Rudd's talent. My first experience with the author. I would definitely read more by her.

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    Julia EUREKA, MO, United States 09-19-17
    Julia EUREKA, MO, United States 09-19-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great artsy fun!"

    I really enjoyed this. Upon reading the blurb I didn't expect to like Alix, poor little rich girl gets a taste of the real world and all that, but within the first 10 minutes I made an immediate about face. Alix is great, as is the rest of the colorful cast. This is funny, well written, and the narrator really captured the voices and the tone of the book very well.

    I love it that it went into detail about the Santa Fe art scene and Canyon Road, and Georgia O'Keefe. The author really understands painting, and skewers the pretensions of post modernist artists (who work with M&Ms and ramen noodles, for example), LOL.

    It was a super happy accident I even found it through the daily deal program but somehow it has a bit of all my favorite things! I look forward to reading more Alix London mysteries.

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    Kimberley 09-19-17
    Kimberley 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"

    Couldn't wait to get back to listening o this book. Lots of twists and turns. Loved the voice changes--really held my attention.

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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 09-19-17
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 09-19-17 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Interesting mystery - slow at times"

    It is an interesting mystery that has multiple characters that lend to a slow-moving novel while it builds each character. There is no horrific language, blood, or sex scenes which is good. I won't give away the ending but it is worth finishing although certain parts are predictable.

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    Sammie 09-19-17
    Sammie 09-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Story OK but..."
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    The basic story was OK. The characters were all a bit to pretentions for my taste but overall it was OK, but just barely. The narrator was awful! At first I excused her quasi English accent which was horrible but it was nothing compared to her southern accent. The story telling was fine but the terrible accents she tried (unsuccessfully) to do made the book almost impossible to listen to. If I see her name as narrator again I will skip the book She was that bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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