Books by Nicholas Kilmer

A PARADISE FOR FOOLS by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Not much here for whodunit fans. The main interest—and properly so, as Clayton Reed might sniff—is in tracking down that painting and feasting on dialogue as distinctive in its way as Elmore Leonard's."
Not content with writing one prequel showing how dogsbody Fred Taylor met his boss, Beacon Hill art collector Clayton Reed (Madonna of the Apes, 2005), Kilmer presents a second showing how he met his ladylove, librarian Molly Riley. Read full book review >
A BUTTERFLY IN FLAME by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"The plotting is one unholy mess, with multiple murderers roaming the Stillton campus and inspired hunches that unlock apparently unguessable secrets. But Kilmer's wit is so dry and unforced that every scene unfolds as high comedy in miniature."
Fred Taylor's latest errand for Boston collector Clayton Reed (Madonna of the Apes, 2005, etc.) takes him deep into a foundering art school. Read full book review >
MADONNA OF THE APES by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A mind-boggling but essentially lightweight series of deceptions and alliances of convenience aimed at readers who still aren't sick of Leonardo despite Dan Brown's best efforts."
After five urbane adventures starring Boston art collector Clayton Reed and his dogsbody Fred Taylor (Lazarus, Arise, 2001), Kilmer shows how they first met. Read full book review >
LAZARUS, ARISE by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The fifth in this increasingly accomplished series is as urbane and amusing, if in the end not quite as trenchant, as Dirty Linen (1999), Fred's high-water mark to date."
Though Fred Taylor thinks his trip to Paris to bid on a Sargeant watercolor on behalf of his boss, Boston collector Clayton Reed, has been a washout, it's actually been wildly successful, as Reed demonstrates when he looks inside a rolled-up French newspaper Fred grabbed as a stricken fellow-passenger dropped it in Logan Airport, and finds a richly illuminated folio sheet showing the resurrection of Lazarus from a priceless medieval Bible. Read full book review >
DIRTY LINEN by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: March 1, 1999

"A deft and compelling use of historical crimes that mirror the felonies in decorous present-day Massachusetts vaults Fred's fourth adventure (O Sacred Head, 1997, etc.) up into the league of Iain Pears's art-history whodunits."
Dispatched by his boss, wealthy, imperious collector Clayton Reed, to an auction to benefit the new Runnymede House Museum, Fred Taylor succeeds in bringing home an obscure but priceless collection of erotic drawings by a Very Famous Painter without revealing enough of his interest to any rival collectors to drive up the bidding. Read full book review >
O SACRED HEAD by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"But be warned: the preposterous solution will leave you gasping, and not in a good way."
A never-ending snowstorm socks in Boston, upending plans high and low. Read full book review >
A PLACE IN NORMANDY by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Kilmer's gentrified-hippy sensibility, at first rather engaging, grows thin long before the narrative winds down. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Quaint, quirky, leisurely, and often confiningly parochial, this is a paean to the rambling farmhouse in Normandy that's been in his family since 1920 and that Kilmer can't resist trying to restore to habitability. Read full book review >
MAN WITH A SQUIRREL by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Fred remains as charming as in his debut (Harmony in Flesh and Black, 1995), and if the culprits aren't exactly the stuff of nightmares, they pack all the menace of good comic-book villains."
It isn't long after the harmless old gent who'd staked out his librarian lover Molly Riley's place turns up dead on the banks of the Charles that Fred Taylor comes on a much more appealing, though equally serendipitous, find in antique dealer Oona Imry's shop: a fragment of a painting that just might be by John Singleton Copley. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 1995

"Not much mystery about the mystery, but newcomer Kilmer—in this first of a series—can turn a phrase without breaking a sweat, and Fred's narration raises understatement to its own delicious art."
Effete Beacon Hill art collector Clayton Reed didn't hire his errand boy, Fred Taylor, for his experience in covert ops in Vietnam, but Fred's expertise comes in very handy when Clay's deal for an unattributed painting being sold by pornographer Henry Smykal goes awry: Fred returns to Smykal's seedy apartment for a letter of authentication only to find the would-be dealer dead among his ``hired vaginas.'' While Clay, already preoccupied with the next canvas he plans to purchase—a Martin Johnson Heade that just might be painted over a Vermeer—skedaddles to keep himself away from the prying eyes of the police, Fred fences with an unwelcome new presence: a coyly anonymous collector who insists that he bought the painting from Smykal, and that he has the letter of authentication to prove it—as well as a hostage to strenghten his bargaining position. Read full book review >