A Butterfly in Flame

Author(s): Nicholas Kilmer
Series: Fred Taylor Art Mysteries Series No: 7
Original Publish Date: Nov 02, 2010
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Audio (8.98 hours)
Product Number: Z100096646
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481587259
Narrator/s: John Lescault
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Stillton Academy, a small art college on the New England coast north of Boston, is in financial trouble, and its days are numbered unless someone provides extraordinary help. The final straw may be the sudden disappearance of an instructor with a female student-the daughter of the Academy's only significant donor. Art critic Fred Taylor, called in to troubleshoot, goes undercover as a member of the faculty and shortly finds himself enmeshed in the conflicting motives and designs of faculty and students, as well as those of a board of trustees whose interest in the long-term survival of the operation seems lazy, misguided, or-perhaps-a good deal more sinister. Meanwhile, as the town of Stillton, Massachusetts, is visited by murder, the motives of Fred's employer, the collector Clayton Reed, remain obscure. What is there in the town, or at the college, that whets his acute acquisitive instincts? He will not say, beyond his hermetic instructions, "Trust no one. Look at everything." And everyone. Fred's assignment takes him to the Life Room, where his students sometimes moonlight as life models. Are his temporary colleagues eccentrics or just artists? Clayton Reed collects art. That's what he lives for. In sleepy Stillton-a town ripe for development, though suspiciously backward and un-exploited-what hidden treasure is Clayton hoping for? And can Fred find it before the college goes up in flames?

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Author(s): Nicholas Kilmer
Genre: Mystery
Product Number EB00009569
Released: Jul 02, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: #9781615952571

Professional reviews

"Naked bodies (alive and dead), romantic and financial scandals, hidden masterpieces, and a clever sleuth are the promising ingredients of Kilmer's latest Fred Taylor Art Mystery. The actual listening experience, however, fails to deliver. Lengthy passages devoted to discussions of obscure artists show off the author's command of art history but do little to advance the plot or add dimension to the characters. Narrator John Lescault's brisk pace works at advancing the action but fails to add clarity to a story made confusing by Kilmer's murky transitions between speakers and scenes. Lescault's presentation might have been improved had he offered more variety of tone and accent to differentiate the characters. Overall, this is a disappointing performance by both author and narrator. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"