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Killing the Emperors: A Baronness Jack Troutbeck and Robert Amiss Mystery    by Ruth Dudley Edwards order for
Killing the Emperors
by Ruth Dudley Edwards
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Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Certain well-known figures in the art world in London have disappeared. One at a time. Ten, in fact! The mystery in Killing the Emperors by Ruth Dudley Edwards is why these individuals are being held.

Readers are savvy as to where the kidnapped are taken but not why. They are subjected to humiliating experiences, such as dancing in the nude and painting with body parts. Interspersed with the mystery is the condition of the art world: what has happened to it? Is it going downhill with conceptualized art? Will what has been considered true art disappear from the world scene? Rembrandt and Degas. Van Gogh and Da Vinci. In its place are everyday things, such as body fluids being presented to the public as the new art.

A very interesting concept for a story. The author tells us that all the characters are figments of her imagination, with the exception of Sir Richard Serota. Fictional or real, they are a bunch of players I'd love to sit back and watch and listen to. Oh, yes, there are a few dead bodies to litter the scenes also. A fun book.

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