Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review- The Mystery of the Third Lucretia

I finally got around to reading The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt.

From Goodreads:

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 had noticed him copying the famous Rembrandt painting in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But now in the National Gallery in London, they're sure it's the same guy, copying another Rembrandt. What is going on?

The International Herald Tribune gives them their answer. A never-before seen Rembrandt painting has been discovered in Amsterdam. The mysterious man must've been working on a forgery! Convinced that no one will believe them without more evidence, the teenage sleuths embark on a madcap adventure to find the forger. But is bringing the criminal to justice worth the price of their lives?

This was a cute middle grade story.  It was a nice mystery with well-rounded action.  The two main characters were strong female leads.  I found it pretty predictable but I think the tween girls who want something other than a book with love in it will really enjoy it.  The dialouge was well suited to teenagers.  It was also kind of educational with little facts about the world thrown in.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 118
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 87

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free from the publisher for an honest review.

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