The Mystery of the Third Lucretia
If it hadn't been for Lucas's photographic memory, they might not have remembered the man. It had been almost a year since she and Kari noticed him copying a famous Rembrandt painting in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But now in the National Gallery in London, they spot the same guy, copying another Rembrandt. Then, when a never-before-seen Rembrandt painting is discovered in Amsterdam, the girls begin to suspect the truth. Convinced that no one will believe them without hard and fast evidence, the teenage sleuths embark on a madcap adventure to find the forger and bring him to justice.
- Paperback | 278 pages
- 132.08 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
- 01 Jul 2009
- Puffin Books
- New York, NY, United States
?Like Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer, Runholt's debut is a clever, well-structured mystery that seamlessly folds art history into its exciting premise. A winning read.? ?"Booklist", starred review
About Susan Runholt
Susan Runholt is an art lover and world traveler. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Kari\'s mother works for a magazine that sends her to Europe at least once a year to write stories. Usually, they manage to bring along Kari\'s best friend, Lucas. Together the girls sometimes play tourist while Kari\'s mother works. Occasionally, they help her with her articles. One trip to London proves to become a very different sort of trip than any of them imagined. While at the National Gallery, Kari and Lucas see an artist working near a Rembrandt painting of Lucretia. Before long, they become certain that they\'ve seen this man before, only looking completely different. They saw him in the art museum near their home, also next to the other Rembrandt Lucretia. The man\'s covering up his easel so no one can see his work. He also has a distinctive growl when anyone gets too close. Kari and Lucas devise a plan to spy on the man, while changing their own appearances. In doing so, in order to understand what he\'s painting, they paint the objects they uncover by carefully sneaking glances at his work. During their next trip to Europe, they hear about a discovery of a never-before-seen third Rembrandt painting from the Lucretia series. Kari and Lucas begin to add up the clues and discover that this painting is not an original work, but who would believe them and what evidence do they have for proof? The first book in a series written in the first-person conveys the narrator\'s uncertainty about how to tell the story - there are many different possible beginnings, but Kari\'s voice rings true. While the reader can grasp the exact mystery from the beginning, they have fun solving the how and the why along with Kari and Lucas.show moreby TeensReadToo
"This is the story of how two teenagers from Minnesota lived a tale of adventure involving a woman from ancient Rome, a seventeenth-century painter, forgery and murder, abduction and rescue, disguises and deductions, two continents, three museums, four countries, a criminal hideaway, and two nuns from Amsterdam's famous Quarter."rn-The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan RunholtrnrnI was intrigued by this book from the start. Books with museums, child detectives, art fraud and adventures have always come through for me, ever since I stumbled upon E.L. Konigsburg's The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.rnrnI don't want to reveal too much about this book and think that the passage above tells you everything that you need to know. If it intrigues you, then I recommend that you get yourself a copy of The Mystery of the Third Lucretia. I'll limit myself to two sentences. The writing, characters, and adventure will not disappoint. I promise. That's it.rnrnIf you're not drawn to the book, then it's likely not a fit. No worries - there will be plenty of other books for you and plenty of readers for these Kari + Lucas mysteries. I hadn't mentioned that The Mystery of the Third Lucretia is the first in a series, but it is! I love series books because I can get invested in the characters knowing that even if the book ends the adventures don't. The second of the series came out on August 20, 2009. The third is still in the works.show moreby Gaby @ Starting Fresh