A Dangerous Talent (Alix London Series #1)

A Dangerous Talent (Alix London Series #1)

by Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612182735
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Alix London Series , #1
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 934,769
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Customer Reviews

A Dangerous Talent 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alix London appears to be a success, but her life has fallen apart after her father's arrest for art forgery. She has her father's talent with artwork, but no honest person who knows of her father will hire her. So she jumps at the chance for a high paying gig - to authenticate a painting that wealthy Christine Lemay wants to buy. Suddenly though, people start making attempts on her life, and someone winds up dead. She needs to figure out what's going on, fast, before she's killed too.Along the way, she also meets a handsome FBI agent, makes a new friend, and tries to figure out her relationship with her father. So in addition to the mystery/suspense, there is personal drama as well.This was an entertaining read with some fun characters, and I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a new detective series. I would definitely read more installments in the Alix London series.(I received this book through Amazon's Vine Program.)
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
A Dangerous Talent was a really fun read. I won't vouch for the accuracy of the artistic facts, I'm not an expert in that area. However, the main character, Alix London, is. Alix has an interesting history in the art world, and it's a history that doesn't really help her reputation. With a father convicted for forgery, she's had a hard time finding clients that will trust her. But she does have a few, and the newest one, Christine Lemay, has decided she just must have a Georgia O'Keefe. And so begins Alix's first trip into mystery and mayhem. Chris and Alix are a great team. Chris is the loud and wonderfully outrageous woman that doesn't care what anyone thinks, and is a nice balance to Alix's much more conservative nature. A simple trip to view and authenticate Chris's painting turns out to involve a dead body, an explosion, and an FBI agent. With a great mix of mystery and action, and maybe the beginnings of something with a certain hunky guy. This may not top the list of all-time favorites, but A Dangerous Talent was something I was very happy to stumble upon.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Alix London is a beautiful and talented art consultant.  She's also a Harvard drop-out.  Born into wealth and privilege, she lost it all when her famous artist father was convicted of art forgery.  Presently, she's house sitting in Seattle while she's cleaning expensive paintings for a client.  Then her luck changes when she's hired by the novice art collector and newly rich, Christine Lemay, who wants Alix to authenticate a Georgia O'Keeffe painting that her art dealer friend is selling. They travel to the art scene in Santa Fe, the third largest artist area in the country, for this adventure.  The relationship between 'fallen from high society', Alix, and 'tell it like it is', Christine makes for a great caper.  Though, when the art dealer friend is murdered, and the Santa Fe adobe cabin that Alix is supposed to say in explodes, they find danger chasing them too.  There's lots of interesting information about the art world and Georgia O'Keeffe  that adds a real spark to this story.  The underworld of art forgery creates real suspense and mystery, as humor mixes with danger in a great way throughout the story.  A great start to a new mystery series!
HandlerTX More than 1 year ago
An engaging premise, well written and detailed. Really like the new protagonist. Hope there are more books relating her adventures. Just enough romantic interest to hope there's more to the story. Highly recommend.