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This review is from: A Dangerous Talent (An Alix London Mystery) (Paperback)
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Mystery thriller set in the world of fine art crime.
This is a breezy read,250 pages fly by easily. Perhaps a few more genuine suspects for the crimes depicted might have featured; Fairly early on anyone who has read more than one or two detective stories will have worked out the guilty parties. Not revealing Ted Ellesworth's true motivations quite so early on (page 39) might also have engendered some suspense.
However, most importantly, the authors have a happy knack of making their characters likeable and engaging, even those that appear relatively briefly. So Henry Merriam, who only features in the short prologue is someone the reader cares about. This is important in making the following story something the reader cares about too.
Our heroine, Alix London, has a strong history and motivations, she is a expert in art forgery and her expertise is used in an interesting way in this murder-mystery tale. Some of the explanations of the preceding events are slightly weak but these are dealt with pretty quickly.