Chasing Vermeer

By Blue Balliett

This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a secret, disguised as an event, and brought as a piece of art.

When a e-book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder jointly, unusual issues begin to ensue: probably unrelated occasions attach; an eccentric outdated girl seeks their corporation; a useful Vermeer portray disappears. sooner than they understand it, the 2 locate themselves on the middle of a global artwork scandal, the place nobody is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by way of clue right into a mysterious labyrinth, they need to draw on their powers of instinct, their challenge fixing talents, and their wisdom of Vermeer. Can they decipher a criminal offense that has stumped even the FBI?

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Calder grabbed scissors from his table and reduce open the backpack. They pulled off the tape wrapped round and round the brown paper. the sides of a dismal wood body emerged, after which an previous backing. They grew to become it over. anyone with an keen, pear-shaped head and a eco-friendly bun sat writing at a desk. Her one seen ear used to be graced with what appeared like a hanging Ping-Pong ball. there has been an orange moon in the back of her, and a melting citadel. The portray could have been performed via a moment grader, a moment grader who used to be now a grandparent. It used to be no longer the woman they’d been searching for. Calder was once domestic with a chilly tomorrow, and Petra walked domestic from college via herself. It was once early December, and patches of ice alternated with drifts of brown leaves. Petra scuffed alongside, considering Charles citadel. He wouldn’t be feeling discouraged. He’d have his eyes vast open. With that during brain, she picked up a scrap of graph paper off the floor and browse, corn oil butter tea luggage onions eco-friendly grapes bacon She popped it into her pocket. used to be there poetry the following, in those unintended combos of phrases? may fortress have obvious a fascinating development or a mystery of the universe in grocery lists? howdy — this could be whatever they can get into with Ms. Hussey someday: unintended combos of sounds and ideas. Why did a few phrases look extra stylish, extra swish than others? Why have been a few phrases peanut butter and jelly sounds, and others caviar? What made the phrases “onion” or “tea bag” so undeniable? Why did a be aware like “ice” or “exquisite” sound so lacy? encouraged via the assumption, Petra noticed one other piece of paper. It used to be tucked right into a thorny hedge close to Mrs. Sharpe’s residence, and torn alongside the ground. Folded in 4, it seemed worn. She opened it rigorously and commenced to learn: pricey buddy, i need your assist in selecting against the law that's now centuries old…. Petra ran immediately over to Calder’s apartment. “Did a person see you decide it up? ” “I appeared round — just one individual crossing the road. ” Calder blew his nostril vigorously. “Do you're thinking that it’s an identical letter you began to learn, the person who blew away? ” “How may well it's? might be there’s a fourth letter. ” Petra groaned. Calder reached for his pentominoes. “It’s creepy to consider a person sticking that letter conscientiously in Mrs. Sharpe’s timber. ” “Do we inform the police? It’ll make it tougher for us to maintain taking a look. ” “Good pondering. yet neither considered one of us may still stroll round right here on our personal. lets turn out like that Frog child. ” They refolded the letter, positioned it well inside of a sandwich bag, and tucked it into the Geographer’s field. They every one ate a blue one. Then they each one ate extra. Calder used to be preserving the P pentomino. “P for pray,” he stated, attempting to grin. Petra seemed horrified. “Prey? ” she acknowledged. “Us? You suggest we’re being hunted? ” “No, I intended pray, as in hoping to stick safe,” Calder acknowledged. “Maybe it’s pray we’re no longer prey,” Petra further, scaring them either. tomorrow, extra information broke. A publication seemed that can be purchased that morning known as The Vermeer quandary: What occurs Now?

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