Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Constance Jenkins on 11-09-17

I enjoyed this

I went ahead and gave the performance 4 stars even though her Boston accent was horrible -- but I did enjoy the rest of it.

I like the characters and the mystery was good (although I did figure out who "done it" fairly early on). It was a good light read and I will be checking out more from this author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MerylB on 06-01-17

Enjoyable

I remember reading Aaron Elkins' Gideon Oliver books many years ago and liking them a lot. The story here is intruiging, though the question of who-done-it is fairly obvious fairly early, and there is a rather large gaff (the proof of authenticity of a certain painting should be glaringly obvious for an art expert). That said, the story was still enjoyable.

Kate Rudd is generally fine as a narrator but she makes a big mistake by not doing her homework: when a character is said to sound like a "Boston Brahmin" (i.e. Old Money Upper Crust Bostonian) Ms. Rudd gives him an accent that is 1/4 Blue Collar Boston and 3/4 Bronx tough guy. The Authors make it easy, saying he sounds like "Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island." That, and she mispronounces the name of the artist Ingres. Ms Rudd, I highly recommend Google.

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