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Kate Rudd , Charlotte Elkins , Aaron Elkins
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3. September 2013 Alix London Mysteries (Buch 2)

This should be the cushiest job Alix London’s ever had.

The second Alix London mystery finds the art restorer in a world brimming with idle luxury, spectacular locations, and deadly intrigue.

Surrounded by art and wealth and the sun-drenched Greek isles, she’s aboard a sumptuous mega-yacht with no responsibilities save the occasional lecture to the guests of her temporary employer, Panos Papadakis, one of the world's richest men. But there’s a catch: Papadakis has long been suspected of being at the center of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and Alix is actually there as an undercover operative of FBI special agent Ted Ellesworth, a member of the Bureau’s Art Crime Team. They hope Alix can gather the inside information they need to finally put the cagey Papadakis away.

Alix’s exposure to the enormous wealth of high-end collectors and the shadier aspects of the art trade—the avarice, naked greed, and ingenious scams—somehow brings her closer to her charming, "reformed" rogue of a father, and helps crystalize in her own mind just where she fits into the mix.

Moguls, murders, a forged Manet, and the Albanian mafia all play a role and send this pleasure cruise into brutally dangerous waters.

Set on the Aegean—Homer's fabled "wine-dark sea"—with stops at enchanted islands where ancient legends still live, A Cruise to Die For delivers a witty blend of suspense and mystery, as well as an insider’s take on the contemporary art world and its eccentric characters. It’s all served up with the style and sophistication with which Charlotte and Aaron Elkins have rewarded mystery readers for the past 30 years.

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  • Verlag: Brilliance Corp; Auflage: MP3 Una (3. September 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1480516473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480516472
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 13,7 x 1,5 cm
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With their backgrounds in art scholarship, forensic anthropology, and psychology, Charlotte and Aaron Elkins were destined to be mystery writers. Between them, they’ve written 30 mysteries since 1982, garnering such awards as the Agatha Award for the best short story of the year, the Edgar Award for the year’s best mystery, and the Nero Wolfe Award for Literary Excellence. The pair revels in creating intensively researched works that are as accessible and absorbing as they are sophisticated and stylish. Charlotte was born in Houston, Texas, Aaron in New York City. They live on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Diese Geschichte ist interessant, humorvoll und gut geschrieben. Es ist ein Krimi im klassischen Sinn, also viel Denkarbeit und wenig Gewalt und Sex. Das Buch verbindet informationen über Kunst und Geschichte mit einer spannenden Story und interessanten Figuren.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tiefe Einblicke in die Kunst und Kunstfälscher Szene 2. Dezember 2013
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Das Buch ist mit so viel Hintergrundwissen ausgestattet: wer hat wann welche Motive gemalt, hat die Haushälterin gesagt, jetzt ist es Zeit, gehen Sie mal raus und malen draussen etc. Kunstauktion auf einer Schiffsreise für Betuchte, wer wolte da nicht schon mal Mäuschen sein ?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book. 23. November 2013
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Good characters, plot twists, flow, interesting places described.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cozy As Can Be 24. Mai 2013
Von OutlawPoet - Down the Rabbit Hole - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A Cruise to Die For is a fantastic little cozy. Fans of Aaron and Charlotte Elkins should appreciate this collaboration as it showcases the best of both authors. Humor, an exotic setting, and a plucky and likeable heroine all feature.

A true cozy, there is no sex or violence. There's talk of an affair and a couple of bloodless murders. The true emphasis is on the art and the lives of the fabulously wealthy.

While I liked the book and was pleasantly surprised by the "who" in the "who-dunnit", I didn't like the way the reveal was handled. No spoilers here. I'll just say that a sudden italicized section in a point of view never before read seemed jarring and out of place.

In spite of my little complaint, this was a fast and enjoyable read. I loved learning a bit about art forgery and detection, and I now want a super yacht!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fabulous art, a luxury cruise, but a plain vanilla mystery novel 12. September 2013
Von S. McGee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When the setting proves more intriguing than the plot or the pace of a mystery novel, it's a book that (at least for this reader) is likely to prove to be a bit of a disappointment. And that is precisely what happened here, as I found myself intrigued with some of the granular details -- how paintings are forged, the luxurious mega yacht on which heroine/investigator Alix London embarks, the Greek islands she visits -- but less than impressed by the story itself.

Alix is dispatched by the FBI's fine art squad with rather vague instructions to find out "something", "whatever she can", about a fractional investment scheme involving paintings that the Feds believe Greek millionaire Panos Papadakis is involved in, going undercover as a lecturer on a cruise during which some of the Greek magnate's prize artworks will be auctioned off. To start with, I found it highly improbable that any law enforcement agency would allow someone to venture off knowing so little about what it is that they are hoping to glean in the way of intelligence -- how did they expect her to produce anything useful if she doesn't understand what she's doing? Then, too, by the time we're a third of the way into the book, the precise plotline starts to blur. What exactly is the crime? Financial fraud? Forgery? Murder -- which doesn't rear its head directly? When the denouement arrives, we learn the identity of the culprit by suddenly seeing the story through that individual's point of view. It's not Alix suddenly realizing, OMG, this is who did it and what it's really about. Nope, the authors tell us. It was that abrupt ending, followed by a half-hearted attempt to change the tale from a mystery (i.e. a puzzle to be solved) into a suspense yarn (how will the bad folks get nabbed) that proved most disappointing.

If you're not looking for much more than a few hours' entertainment, and you're more interested in the setting and perhaps some mildly interesting if two-dimensional characters, this will be fine, I suppose. I was hoping for a real mystery, and when an author gift wraps the solution and hands it to me on a silver platter at the end of the book, I feel short changed. That's what happened here.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I love this series! Not really cozies but great comfort reading! 3. Juni 2013
Von Angela Reads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the 2nd book in the Alix London mystery series by Aaron & Charlotte Elkins. I was pleasantly surprised that I loved the first book in the series, and this book did not disappoint either.

These books are not what I would call cozy mysteries, but there is little swearing, sex, or gore. There is action, danger, and excitement at times, but not constantly. What I find comforting, I think, in addition to the mystery element, is reading about the luxurious, wealthy, and sometimes dark parts of the art world. Of course, there is always a bit of romance thrown in as well.

Alix London is an art expert, with a father who spent 8 years in jail for art forgery. She is starting to rebuild her life and her reputation from her father's actions. She lands a week long job on a mega-yacht, lecturing the guests about famous paintings before they are to be auctioned off at the end of the cruise. However, she is also working for the FBI because they believe the owner of the yacht is participating in a type of "painting Ponzi scheme". She is barely on the yacht for an hour when she is knocked on the head and a famous painting is destroyed. Oh, and then people start getting murdered. And the handsome FBI agent Ted Ellesworth shows up undercover. It all culminates in a exciting and heartwarming conclusion. I loved it!!

I would recommend this book to art lovers, and those who love a good murder mystery without a lot of sex and gore.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen unexpected ending 27. Mai 2013
Von Joan C. Scott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A Cruise to Die For brings us a second installment of Alix London's adventures, this one as an undercover agent on an extremely posh cruise. After a fairly standard (for the genre) bash on Alix's head, the book kind of stagnates in the middle despite humorous vignettes like Alix's application of her race-car driving experience to piloting a very sleek and speedy "cigarette" boat while in the Greek Isles. Too many of the characters, unfortunately, were way too eccentric. I enjoy eccentric characters, but when there are too many, then the action in the book begins to take on a sort of artificiality.

The ending, however, was so well worked that it more than made up for the middle. The ending is a wonderfully complex fabric of most of the oddities in the book. More than that I will not tell you, hoping not to spoil the story for you.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An engaging, undemanding read 31. Juli 2013
Von I Do The Speed Limit - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Nothing in this book to demand intense concentration: It's a light-read who-dunnit, perfect for a lazy day at the beach or pool or maybe a long car or airplane ride, when your mind is half on the activity going on around you. But even though it's not deep and there are no profound thoughts generated, it is engaging. It's not terribly complex, but it's not simple either.

The many characters are well-developed, interesting and very distinct from each other; some a bit comical, many of them likable. The settings are described well and the fancy private cruise ship and the Aegean Sea spark the imagination. I especially liked the way the murderer was revealed--very creative. And even though the technique was totally divergent from the rest of the storytelling, I felt it worked hand-and-glove with the rest of the book.

I like for my who-dunnits to be logical, with no holes or questions left unanswered: This book passes that requirement with flying colors.

I guess if I were ever to use the word "delightful" to describe a book, this one comes close to merit that adjective.
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