The Trouble with Mirrors – Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins

I think that was the last one in the series that I owned. Apparently number four, but I didn’t read them in order anyway, they’re very loosely connected. Some characters repeat, but they always get reintroduced.

I’ll borrow the synopsis from Goodreads, as it gives a good summary of the plot.

Alix London, the art restorer and FBI consultant renowned as the Art Whisperer, can spot a counterfeit masterpiece before the paint even dries. What she can’t see is why an elite European art dealer would offer her big money for a little mirror that’s no more than a homemade gift from her beloved uncle Tiny. Not that Alix would part with it at any price. But when the mirror is abruptly stolen from her home, she realizes that someone sees more in the looking glass than mere sentimental value.

When her uncle Tiny disappears mysteriously just after the mirror is stolen, the simple art theft becomes a personal and professional challenge Alix can’t ignore. With backup from her friends in the FBI, her game-for-anything pal Chris, and an aging-but-dogged Italian police detective, she delves into the puzzling case, only to find that there is much more to this theft than meets the eye. Once the Mafia shows up on the scene, Alix’s mission becomes a do-or-die race to find the one possible man with all the answers.

What can I say? It is as silly as the other ones. Alix gets to drive a super-fast speed boat, being chased by the mafia. She is almost killed a number of times. Her friends are faithfully at her side. Tiny is, of course, a huge man, a gentle giant to Alix, though an ex-convict in real life.

It’s all mildly entertaining and very sweet. Borderline readable, so if you happen to have it it won’t kill you, but don’t go out of your way to acquire the series.

I usually read them at times of stress, when I needed something mind-numbing, then they work great. You finish them in one afternoon, your brain distracted but not exerted and then you quickly forget. Kind of like a bookish marshmallow. If there’s a place in the world for marshmallows then there is a place for books like this.

What is your reading guilty pleasure?

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska 

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