Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Mystery of the Third Lucretia

So I’ve been trying to get caught up on all of the wonderful books that publicists have been sending me, in addition to staying caught up with my favorite authors. I thought I’d post a couple of reviews for what I’ve finished within the last month or so.

First up, The Mystery of the Third Lucretia, by Susan Runholt.
The Mystery of the Third Lucretia (Kari + Lucas Mystery)

This book was released in paperback last year, and I just got to reading it. I wish I would’ve read it sooner, it was fun! Now, I will let you know that it’s geared for girls aged 10-14. I am obviously beyond that range, but I still enjoyed it. 

The book’s main characters, Kari & Lucas, are thrown into an international art mystery.  It started at the Minneapolis Institute of Art where a crabby man tells them to ‘Go Away’. Later they’re in London where a man that looks different tells someone to ‘Go Away’ in the same voice. The girls recognize it and start searching for clues. They use their mad skills-artistic and know-how to solve the mystery of the Gallery Guy. I don’t want to give away too many details. Everything in the book ties itself together. It was great! (And, if you are wondering, Lucretia was the subject of two paintings by Rembrandt. For more information you'll just have to read the book!)

I really liked this book, and it reminded me a lot of the Nancy Drew books I read when I was a kid. The only difference is that it’s modern. She talks of the internet and texting and IMs. Nothing like that was in the Nancy Drew books, that’s for sure. If you’re looking for a mystery that will hook a young lady, I highly recommend this book. Thanks to Casi Promotions for sending me this book to review.