The Mystery of the Third Lucretia (A Kari and Lucas Mystery)

By Susan Runholt

If it hadn't been for Lucas's photographic reminiscence, they may not have remembered the guy. It were virtually a 12 months on account that she and Kari spotted him copying a recognized Rembrandt portray within the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. yet now within the nationwide Gallery in London, they spot an analogous man, copying one other Rembrandt. Then, whilst a never-before-seen Rembrandt portray is found in Amsterdam, the ladies start to suspect the reality. confident that nobody will think them with no difficult and quick proof, the teenage sleuths embark on a madcap experience to discover the forger and produce him to justice.

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We either nodded. “What are you doing during this a part of city? ” “Are you a nun? ” Lucas requested. i realized she used to be answering a question with a question, yet she saved her voice respectful. Her family’s Catholic and he or she understands loads of nuns. “Yes I am,” the girl spoke back. “My identify is Sister Anneke. Sister Katje and that i based this project. ” She used to be nonetheless correct in entrance of the door. Now she opened it and referred to as, “Katje! ” and further whatever else in Dutch. A tall, gray-haired girl seemed within the door at the back of her. “Why don’t you come back in and feature a Coca-Cola or whatever? ” Anneke requested. “Nice ladies such as you shouldn’t be status outdoor within the area. ” I wasn’t definite what Lucas might do, yet I knew our plans for mountain climbing the steps have been shot, and that i for one didn’t are looking to pass within and feature a Coke with a number of Amsterdam nuns. “Thanks for inviting us, yet i feel we’d higher be going,” I stated. I speedy walked over to the place we’d placed the backpack, slung it over my shoulder, and began pulling on Lucas’s arm. “Don’t inform a person we have been here,” Lucas stated. “Please. It’s vital. ” “Alstublieft,” I acknowledged, that's the Dutch be aware for “please” that we’d discovered from Tony. I gave Lucas one other jerk, and we circled and commenced jogging. Partway down the block Lucas stated anything I didn’t rather pay attention, approximately how we needed to come again later. I simply overlooked her and commenced strolling swifter. there has been no method i used to be ever coming again, and that i intended it this time. We walked quickly down the road and during the quite undesirable part till eventually we have been virtually working. We have been virtually out of the region, awaiting a site visitors gentle while I regarded around the road. There, ready on the different scale back, was once mother, with invoice beside her. mother seemed us over, beginning with our made-up faces, then all the way down to the thin tops and the quick skirts and the black nylons. We have been completely busted. 35 Blaming all of it on Arnold Schoenberg mother nearly by no means will get fairly mad. aggravated? certain. Naggy? convinced. in particular convinced instances of the month, when you understand what I suggest. yet infrequently mad, and not, by no means, by no means this mad. She didn’t say one unmarried note to us the entire as far back as the resort. First she acknowledged anything to invoice, who gave us a glance like he felt sorry for us, circled, and walked away. mother hailed a taxi and opened the door for us to get inside of. again on the lodge she led the best way up the steps, unlocked the door, and held it whereas we walked in. All this time it was once noticeable she was once steaming, boiling mad. Her pursuits have been speedy and jerky, and also you may possibly see within the mild that her face used to be white. She used to be shaking. after we acquired into the room, she hung her handbag over the arm of the chair, took off her coat, and hung it within the closet. Then she acknowledged, “Siddown. ” now not “Sit down. ” Siddown. We sat, perched at the part of the mattress. mother stood over us, her hands folded tight throughout her chest. Then it begun. I timed it through the clock radio, which used to be at the table at the back of the place mother was once status, and it used to be twenty-five mins of sturdy lecture. you could approximately think.

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