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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Kilmer Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fred Taylor Art Mysteries Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781455199662
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nicholas Kilmer’s A Butterfly in Flame is an intriguing and original academic mystery with enough wit and literary chops to make it stand out from the crowd. A true pleasure to read.”

    Peter Robinson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A witty, acerbic tale of art, the academe, and adverse possession that is part social commentary and part bloody murder.”

    Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This seventh volume of the Fred Taylor art mysteries stands quite well on its own, with enough information for new readers to enjoy the story. Kilmer combines fine art with a writing style that is much less cozy than many similarly themed crime novels. In addition to the mystery, the novel offers a keen portrait of the academic society of students and faculty.”


  • “This seventh volume of the Fred Taylor art mysteries stands quite well on its own.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/6/2012

    " I know I read it two months ago but I don't remember it and the synposis isn't helping much. Just based on that, I would say skip it. Also, I'm a bit tired of colleges hiding things as a plot device. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 4/15/2011

    " this is all plot, the characters are flat, dialogue stilted, but i still had to finish it to learn the killer! "

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About the Author

Nicholas Kilmer, formerly dean of the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, presently makes his living in the art business.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.