The Mystery of the Third Lucretia (A Kari and Lucas Mystery)
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.
back from the war and told them about what had happened to her. They said it wasn’t her fault and it wasn’t that big of a deal. But because it was so dishonorable, she picked up a dagger and killed herself. Can you believe that? Even though she didn’t do anything wrong! By the way, I’m not making this up. This may not be absolutely true, but it’s a real legend. Google it. The second part of the story happened in Amsterdam way back in the 1600s. You probably know this, but Amsterdam is a city in
Heri might have told him. We were hoping he’d go to Marianne’s place—Lucas had her camera and I’d bought a disposable camera in case I was closer than Lucas when we saw Jacob and Marianne together. First he walked to a nearby tram stop. When the tram came, he got on in the second car. There were five cars, and I got into the third one. I didn’t know where Lucas had gone. It was rush hour, and a lot of people were getting on. I had to stand in the aisle and hold on to a post. I couldn’t see
went to the entrance, but the street was completely empty. I couldn’t think who would have wanted to speak to Mom and Lucas, or why they weren’t still outside. Then it clicked. Good-looking. Dutch. Belted raincoat. And the purse on the back of the chair. Mom had left her bag and interview notes because she thought she’d be right back. But she wasn’t coming right back. She and Lucas had been kidnapped. Kidnapped by Jacob Hannekroot, the murderer. 38 Rescue, Part 1 It’s funny how a
than what she’s been getting. But it would mean even more traveling and she doesn’t know what to do with me since I only have so many school vacations. It’s like déjà vu all over again. Lucas and I hope she’ll take it, because we think it will mean even more traveling for us. Lucas seems to be getting along a little better with her parents. Her dad actually asked her the other day if she was serious about being a lawyer. When she said yes, he said if she keeps on getting really good grades he
big purse, the bag with her computer and work papers, and one wheelie suitcase. We’d already bought a suitcase just like hers for me, and we’d talked about what I was going to take, which was mostly jeans and T-shirt kind of stuff, with a nice outfit for going to a play or a good restaurant. Now this. I finally said, “There’s enough stuff here for seven trips.” “Honey,” Mom said, “there’s enough stuff here to outfit the entire audience of teenage girls at your average rock concert.” “What