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 won't have remembered the fellow. It have been virtually a 12 months when you consider that she and Kari spotted him copying a well-known 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, while a never-before-seen Rembrandt portray is chanced on in Amsterdam, the women start to suspect the reality. confident that nobody will think them with no tough and speedy proof, the teenage sleuths embark on a madcap event to discover the forger and convey him to justice.

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A part of me cherished having her in on it, assisting us determine issues out. while she used to be sitting there speaking approximately Marianne and Willem and Jacob a couple of minutes in the past, she made me think just like the secret we’d came upon was once a major deal in any case, similar to my instinct had acknowledged it'd be. and that i knew that Jacob Hannekroot was once a very harmful man, much more than she did, so I couldn’t blame her for eager to retain us secure. i wished us to stick secure, too. yet probability or no probability, a part of me nonetheless felt that the secret belonged simply to Lucas and me. And that half didn’t like having mother in the midst of issues in any respect. 28 Mom’s Not-So-Great Plans, and the undesirable a part of city Amsterdam isn't a huge urban. a minimum of the components of it that travelers are looking to see. you could see loads of it in exactly a couple of hours. via 5 o’clock we’d walked via what i assume you’d name their downtown and down an extended pedestrian-only highway with retailers, and we’d visible a few thousand canals, a couple of hundred lovely little bridges, and 1000000000 canal homes, together with the single the place Marianne lived and the portray were chanced on. We’d refrained from at the very least million humans on bicycles, and noticeable not less than one thousand million extra bicycles covered up open air each great construction, tied to each railing, and on motorbike racks at each road nook. We eventually settled all the way down to have a snack in my mom’s favourite little bakery, which she says has been promoting the simplest almond butter cookies in all of Amsterdam given that long ago whilst she lived there. once we have been sitting at a nook desk with our espresso and cookies, mother acknowledged, “I’ve been considering. ” I braced myself. pondering is usually a risky factor in a mum or dad. “About your secret. I agree the police may by no means think our tale simply because we don’t have any actual facts, so we need to count number them out. and that i don’t are looking to pass on to another person on the Rijksmuseum. They’d not really think what we informed them besides, and along with, they’d ensure that you do inform Jacob, and we can’t have him figuring out. Jacob is a killer. “But by some means we need to plant doubt within the brain of a few art-world honcho that Rembrandt painted the 3rd Lucretia. i feel we have to visit someone within the usa. I’ve interviewed the director of the Minneapolis paintings Institute for a few tales, so he is aware me. What I’ll do, if it’s ok with you men, is name him the next day to come and inform him approximately this. i might think he is familiar with someone on the Rijksmuseum, and he’d most likely be prepared to name or ship them an e mail or whatever to claim he has cause to think the portray is a forgery and recommend they get a few outdoor specialists in to authenticate it. And I’ll ascertain Jacob by no means understands the top got here from us, so we won’t be at risk whilst he learns his crime goes to be figured out. ” I didn’t say whatever and neither did Lucas. “Don’t all cheer at once,” mother stated. “What’s fallacious with my notion? ” “It’s in order that . . . so dull! ” Lucas begun. “I suggest, the following we’ve had all this experience knowing the secret and every little thing, and now you’re simply going to name this man in Minneapolis and enable him take it from right here?

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