January 18th, 2015

kiki dreams, spidergirl

Books 4-5: The Art Whisperer and Shopaholic on Honeymoon

Book 4: The Art Whisperer (Alix London #3) .
Author: Charlotte and Aaron Elkins, 2014.
Genre: Mystery. Crime Fiction. Art.
Other Details: ebook. 260 pages.

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. - synopsis from UK publisher's website.

I have so enjoyed this series of mysteries with an art theme. I do wonder if the authors will continue to add to this series though if not this makes a satisfying conclusion. Still Alix is such an appealing lead character that I rather hope they continue.

Book 5: Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Shopaholic #3.5).
Author: Sophie Kinsella, 2014.
Genre: Chick-lit. Humour.
Other Details: ebook. 53 pages.

The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They've got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Arctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all). They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course. But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon? - synopsis from author's website.

Set in Venice after Shopaholic Ties the Knot this was a short and sweet (and free) story that gives some insight into Becky and Luke's honeymoon. On a cold and wet afternoon accompanied with a cake and cup of tea it was delightful.