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final faberge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Final Faberge is the third book in the Jack Oxby series. Jack Oxby is a detective specializing in missing and stolen artworks. I have not read the first two books and while I had no trouble following the story, occurrences from the first two installments are heavily alluded to. So if there is strong interest, I would suggest starting with the first book.

The book opens with the final hours of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. He stopped by Faberge’s shop to pick up a little present for the Tzarina he had commissioned on his way to a diner party. During all the excitement, Rasputin’s package was forgotten, and it walked away…

The subsequent owners of the egg did not have easy lives, each one having their own miseries. Now the grandson of the original thief, Mike Carson, has no real knowledge of the egg, has moved to the U.S., and became a successful car dealer. At the grand opening of his 25th dealership, an old family friend shows up with something important to say. While they are still exchanging greetings, the old man is shot in the throat by a beautiful woman who vanishes into a waiting car.

Detective Jack Oxby is in London telling his boss he’s taking a leave of absence and he might not be back. This is in response to a funding issue which is reorganizing the whole department. Jack’s specialty is finding lost and stolen artworks. A rich acquaintance of his has offered to pay Jack to find a missing Faberge egg that might or might not exist. It’s a puzzle Jack can’t pass up.

Since Faberge was located in St. Petersburg, that is where Jack is going to start looking. He has a friend who lives there who will help him navigate the city and the people. His friend puts an ad in the newspaper and for his trouble gets a package warning him to stop. Jack doesn’t like threats, and becomes more resolved in finding the egg, especially since the threat suggests it does exist.

I enjoyed reading the book–it was well written and the story of the egg was very well done. The story of finding the egg was a little theatrical with quite a few coincidences. Nevertheless, it was a fun read and I have no problem recommending it.

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Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Newmarket Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.