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I went ahead and gave the performance 4 stars even though her Boston accent was horrible -- but I did enjoy the rest of it.
I like the characters and the mystery was good (although I did figure out who "done it" fairly early on). It was a good light read and I will be checking out more from this author.
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I remember reading Aaron Elkins' Gideon Oliver books many years ago and liking them a lot. The story here is intruiging, though the question of who-done-it is fairly obvious fairly early, and there is a rather large gaff (the proof of authenticity of a certain painting should be glaringly obvious for an art expert). That said, the story was still enjoyable.
Kate Rudd is generally fine as a narrator but she makes a big mistake by not doing her homework: when a character is said to sound like a "Boston Brahmin" (i.e. Old Money Upper Crust Bostonian) Ms. Rudd gives him an accent that is 1/4 Blue Collar Boston and 3/4 Bronx tough guy. The Authors make it easy, saying he sounds like "Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island." That, and she mispronounces the name of the artist Ingres. Ms Rudd, I highly recommend Google.
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