A Cruise to Die For (An Alix London Mystery)

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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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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.

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In the Elkinses' lively, well-crafted second caper featuring Alix London (after 2012's A Dangerous Talent), Ted Ellesworth of the FBI's Art Crime Team recruits the Harvard-educated art historian to pose as a lecturer aboard the opulent yacht of Panos Papadakis, a Greek tycoon long suspected of running a Ponzi scheme. Papadakis is about to auction off some of his multimillion-dollar art collection, and Alix—young, pretty, and possessed of an uncanny eye for spotting forgeries—easily fits in with the colorful and well-heeled group that includes Papadakis's imperious wife, a former opera star; Izzy Clinke, a flamboyant pop singer known as Pocahontas; and the Countess of Brabant's nephew, the charming Roland de Beauvois, who's not who he seems. Dramatic developments include Alix getting knocked unconscious while contemplating a Manet and the murder of a master art forger in New York. Everything in this witty, mildly romantic mystery connects in surprising ways. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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