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Alix London, the art restorer and FBI consultant renowned as the Art Whisperer, can spot a counterfeit masterpiece before the paint even dries. What she can't see is why an elite European art dealer would offer her big money for a little mirror that's no more than a homemade gift from her beloved uncle Tiny. Not that Alix would part with it at any price. But when the mirror is abruptly stolen from her home, she realizes that someone sees more in the looking glass than mere sentimental value.

When her uncle Tiny disappears mysteriously just after the mirror is stolen, the simple art theft becomes a personal and professional challenge Alix can't ignore. With backup from her friends in the FBI, her game-for-anything pal Chris, and an aging-but-dogged Italian police detective, she delves into the puzzling case, only to find that there is much more to this theft than meets the eye. Once the Mafia shows up on the scene, Alix's mission becomes a do-or-die race to find the one possible man with all the answers.

©2016 Charlotte and Aaron Elkins. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Alix marries the FBI agent who...

...sent her dad to prison. The trouble starts with a magazine cover photo of Alix in her apartment. The photo shows a small painting that includes a mirror. The painting is recognized a corner of a famous missing 400 year old classic. Alix's uncle Tiny gave the small painting to her 20 years ago for her 12th birthday.

The Trouble with Mirrors is not my favorite novel in the Alix London series (that honor goes to A Dangerous Talent), but it comes very close to earning 5 stars. Kate Rudd's narration does earn 5 stars.

The Alix London series novels are light and fun suspense mysteries with great characters.

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Tremendous Finale

Wow! Talk about tying up a series with a bow! This is the fourth in the Alix London series and the BEST by far. Alix has married FBI agent, Ted Ellesworth. But hardly anyone knows, only her best friend, Chris, and Ted’s assistant, Jamie. Alix is trying to figure out how to tell her father, former art forger, Geoff London, that she’s married to the agent who sent him to jail. Meanwhile, someone has broken into Alix’s home and stolen a cherished mirror given to her as a child by her Uncle Tiny . . . and now Tiny has gone missing . . . the gentle giant of a man, who means the world to Alix seems to have vanished into thin air. . . and every avenue that Alix and her father, Geoff pursue leads to a dead end . . . finally enlisting the help of the FBI and husband, Ted, the long buried history of Tiny emerges . . . a story so unexpected, yet amazing . . . the twists and turns will leave you awestruck. I can’t say enough good things about this series, and particularly about this last book!

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Only one drawback!

Story was great, performance was great. I believe they all mispronounced GEN oh ah, not gen OH ah, though, according to 2 dictionaries! ⭐️

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Decent read and great narration..



This was an okay book. Tiny disappeared and Alix and Chris went looking for him. The theft of a painting 20 or 30 years ago came into play after a few days and Alix’s 300 pound friend, Tiny, was thought to have had a part in the theft.

Alix’s had been married only a few days and she lives in Seattle and her new husband, Ted, lives in Washington D.C. and that’s the way they were going to leave it, each taking turns flying out to see each other when time allows. She’s an art consultant and Ted is in charge of the Art Theft Department of the FBI.

Anyway, this all had to do with a mirror that Tiny gave Alix 20 years ago and her condo being broken into and it was stolen, along with some other pictures she thought was worth about $500. The mirror and Tiny’s disappearance happened at the same time.

There were some pretty boring moments in this. Times I had to skim to get past all the roads and directions they traveled. I don’t care how they get anywhere, the streets, roads, highways, trails, paths because unless I’ve been to that state or city I can’t picture it, so there’s no point in writing all that, unless it’s to add to the word count of the book.

There was no sex and very little swearing, mostly damn and hell.

As to the narration: I absolutely love Kate Rudd’s narration. Her voices and emotional reading is wonderful.

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enjoy

love this series, look forward to the next and the one after that. like the character s and plots.

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Another good Elkins story

Enjoyed this book. if you like Art History, you will like all his books. Highly recommend.

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Missing mirror and friend

This is the fourth book in the series and is better than the previous two, returning to the quality of the first book in this series. This is a light mystery with a Mary Higgins Clark vibe. In this book Alix’s family friend (Uncle “Tiny”) and the mirror he gave her as a child both disappear. Alix and her friend Chris decide to track Tiny down. In the meantime, Alix’s new husband Ted, from the FBI and the mafia also get involved. The pacing of this book is more consistent and doesn’t lag. It kept my interest. The primary characters are likable but not very complex. Overall, this book - and the series - is okay, but, for me, there are other more worthwhile series out there.

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Not bad but not as good as some others by team

Alix London's career is booming. She's been featured in a magazine for her expertise in her field, but she returns home to find it's been burglarized and a mirror, given to her by her father's friend, Tiny, in Alix's childhood, is missing, along with some inexpensive prints. The police officer poses an interesting question: Is she sure the mirror is not a hidden treasure? Alix's job is spotting fakes and treasures, but she's had the mirror since childhood and never actually assessed it. The scene shifts, and Tiny, dining at an outdoor cafe, observes strangers casing his apartment house and is in the wind.
When Alix consults her father, he seconds her opinion that Tiny painted the mirror for her, and it's not a hidden masterpiece. But when she and friend Chris take off in search of Tiny, their paths keep intersecting those of strange characters who look like obvious villains... Sometimes Alix and Chris seem rather dense, and I got tired of hearing every single bite they ate. But grand finale with virtual stunt-boat-driving is very exciting.

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Interesting Story

While I prefer Gideon Oliver, the art world is an interesting story background and the main character is likeable. I see some interesting storylines ahead.

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pretty good

pretty good entry in the series. Not much mystery. But I enjoyed the characters. this one was about Tiny.

needed a little more ump as one reviewer stated.

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