By John J. Bonk

All set to spend their summer season in ny urban with their aunt whereas their father is honeymooning along with his new spouse, Lexi and her more youthful brother Kevin observe their snoozy summer time plans develop into high-stakes event while Lexi overhears a plot to thieve Cleopatra's recognized jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of artwork. becoming a member of forces with budding investigative journalist Kim Ling Levine, they ditch day camp to trace down the thieves and rake within the present funds. Can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim discover who is at the back of the jewel heist with no stepping into an excessive amount of hassle themselves?

For enthusiasts of Chasing Vermeer, comes a hilarious who-done-it that would preserve readers guessing to the very end.

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Lucy might have helped it believe much less frightening via now. She threw on her aunt’s chenille gown that used to be striking at the toilet door, considering it will possibly convenience her. It didn't. Withered and nonetheless a section shaky, she determined to concentration her power into packing. at the very least she will be that a lot towards getting out of loopy city, united states. Stuff socks into footwear to save lots of room … She may perhaps listen her mom’s packing directions in her head. Don’t fold pants, yet roll them as much as hinder wrinkling; double-check wallet for whatever chances are you'll desire. while she grabbed her khaki shorts, they have been stiff and crinkly. A newspaper article was once protruding of the again pocket, with the headline that had begun all of it: CLEOPATRA’S JEWELS VANISH! It nonetheless packed a wallop. She skimmed the object on her manner into the lounge and tossed it onto the faux-leather therapeutic massage chair. “If in simple terms I knew then what i do know now. ” one other Momism. Collapsing into the chair, she grabbed the distant and switched at the television. A DVD of The Streets of recent York: Season One was once enjoying, which made her shudder and instantly change it off. i ponder if Aunt Roz acquired a deal on it from Mr. Carney. “Hey, Kev, toss me my mobile, will you? ” she stated in her business-as-usual voice. “It’s subsequent to the paper-clip thingy. In case Aunt Roz calls. ” Kevin used to be on the table, hypnotized through the desktop display. “Guess what hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia capacity? worry of lengthy phrases. Isn’t that the good? And worry of your stepmother is novercaphobia. That’s what you've gotten, Lex. Nover—” “Easy so that you can say. ” “Get this,” he stated over his shoulder. “I googled Nigel Humphries—you comprehend, the pinnacle author of The Streets of latest York, and he went to NYU on the very same time as Benjamin Deets—the movie university. Isn’t that bizarre? ” “I don’t quite care anymore. It’s over, so far as I’m involved. The fats woman has sung. ” “Don’t discuss leave out Carelli that method. ” “Kevin! ” He closed the computing device with a snicker and brought the telephone for my part, flopping down onto the chair subsequent to Lexi. It used to be so in contrast to him. “Thanks. ” With a curious smile, Lexi became on her telephone and slipped it into considered one of her droopy wallet. “Oh, Kev, how may well every little thing cross so really unsuitable? ” she stated extra to herself than to her brother. “I simply don’t get it. ” She strummed her hands at the armrest and studied the control-box therapeutic massage innovations as though there will be a pop quiz later on: neck and shoulders; higher again; heart; lumbar; legs; mild therapeutic massage; deep tissue … “So, Lex? Don’t chew my head off—” “Don’t make me need to chunk your head off. ” “—but are we presupposed to simply faux love it by no means occurred? ” “The jewel hunt? For the thousandth time, I stated drop it. ” “That’s now not what I—I suggest, prior to. within the bath. You kinda scared me. have been you having that dream approximately mother? ” Lexi collected her damp curls at the most sensible of her head and settled right into a tight fetal place dealing with clear of Kevin. “You’d must be asleep to be dreaming, and that i doubt i used to be slumbering in a scalding sizzling bath. ” dialog over. She lay immobile, concentrating on the hum of the air conditioner and visually dissecting the wreath of dried plant life, ribbons, and bluebirds putting subsequent to the replicate over the bureau.

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