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Object of Virtue

Yet another one of those antique mystery books. A mysterious object shows up and along with it a larger mystery. In this case the object is a Faberge style little figurine that may or may not have belonged to the royal family that was deposed from Russia. The family’s descendant now works for a tony auction house in New York City. The object appears on the market, drama ensues. I enjoyed this book even though it had a bit too much of a “lifestyles of the mega-rich” gloss to it with a bit too many brand names and other name-dropping. On the other hand, the mystery parts of it and the history involved when the protagonist goes back to Russia to try to untangle some of the loose ends of this story, are engaging and the book is well-written [and short] enough to bring it all together.