Reviews for Mystery of the Third Lucretia : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2008 August/September
Susan Runholt's first novel involves a realistic friendship between teens who share an interest in art. Kari and Lucas have been best friends since they met in art class when they were 10. Now, they're 14 and about to get involved in exposing an art scam. Kari is a creative, imaginative teen, and Krista Sutton tells her story with emotion and enthusiasm. She has a laugh in her voice when Kari drops lines like "I was born at a very early age." The friendship between the girls is realistic, but the story strains credibility when the girls decide to expose an art forger who passes off his own painting as a newly discovered Rembrandt. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 September

Gr 5-8-- Krista Sutton's dramatic narrative style adds life to this slight mystery (Viking, 2008) by Susan Runholt. Fourteen-year-old friends Kari and Lucas are budding artists who like to travel. When they witness the same man copying two Rembrandts on different continents, they are convinced it is more than a coincidence. Using silly disguises and not-so-subtle investigations, they set out to learn what he is up to and soon find themselves in danger. Sutton's tone and inflections capture just the right teenage attitude, adding some believability to somewhat artificial dialogue. This easy-read mystery, devoid of violence, will be enjoyed by reluctant readers.--Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ

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