By Blue Balliett

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

When a booklet of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder jointly, unusual issues begin to ensue: probably unrelated occasions attach; an eccentric previous lady seeks their corporation; a useful Vermeer portray disappears. prior to they realize it, the 2 locate themselves on the heart of a global artwork scandal, the place nobody is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue via clue right into a mysterious labyrinth, they have 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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And nei)er mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! ) KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So.. get on your way!

So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And nei)er mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! ) KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So.. get on your way!

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