When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she's understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur's eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs's Brethwaite Museum--her current employer.Read more...
When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she's understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur's eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs's Brethwaite Museum--her current employer.
Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite's despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece. But it's only when a hooded intruder attacks Alix in her hotel room that the real trouble begins. And when FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth--with whom Alix had inadvertently, but thoroughly, botched a budding relationship just a year prior--turns up to investigate the Pollock, Alix knows she's about to have her hands full.
In her third mystery, Alix London must see through mirages in the desert to uncover the knotted history of the painting--and save herself in the process.
- ISBN-13: 9781477824559
- ISBN-10: 1477824553
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 260
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Series: Alix London Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-06
- Reviewer: Staff
In the Elkinses' artful third Alix London mystery (after 2013's A Cruise to Die For), the art consultant and conservator examines 28 paintings for the L. Morgan Brethwaite Museum in Palm Springs, Calif. A work she's not evaluating, a large Jackson Pollock, fires her curiosity. Alix sounds out others about the painting, including unpopular senior curator Clark Calder, brash appraiser Jerry Swanson, and patrician curator Prentice Faversham Vandervere. When Alix surprises an invader in her hotel cottage who escapes after a tussle, police detective Jake Cruz figures she probably was a victim of the "Phantom Burglar," but Alix thinks the attack was personal. Alix discovers some other anomalies that suggest possible fraud, but when her prime suspect is murdered, she has to recalculate quickly. Interesting characters, an amiable sleuth, and a satisfying plot will keep readers turning the pages. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Aug.)