Book Review: The Girl with Pencil, Drawing by Linda Maria Frank

Girl_with_Pencil_Drawing 2-1 (2)Title: The Girl With Pencil, Drawing
Author: Linda Maria Frank
Genre: Teen Mystery
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Amateur detective Annie Tillery is at it again. After she wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery, Annie shows up for her first lesson to find her instructor, Francesca Gabrielli, in a volatile argument with John DiCristiani, the art gallery’s director, over his incessant requests for her to illegally copy art masterpieces.

In the second book in the Annie Tillery Mystery series, The Girl With Pencil, Drawing we follow amateur detective Annie Tillery once again. Annie wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery. When she shows up, her instructor is arguing to the art gallery’s director over his non-stop requests for her to illegally copy art masterpieces. When the gallery director is found murdered, Annie’s instructor becomes the prime suspect and asks for Annie and her aunt to help solve the crime and clear her name.

Annie and her aunt, Jilly, a NYPD detective, have a lot on their plate in this second installment. Not only do they have to face the dangers of an international art fraud, they also have to solve a murder in which the key suspects offer anything but easy clues. And with the murderer still on the loose, their very lives could be in danger. When it becomes clear the murderer has something planned for Annie and her instructor, she has to save both of them.

This is a true page turner aimed at teens. The book combines several subplots and waves them masterfully into one tight, suspenseful plot. Obviously a lot of research went into writing this book about the world of art, which makes it even more impressive. Definitely recommended to YA mystery fans.

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