Wednesday, March 25, 2009

50BC09 #4: Shadows on the Ivy

Shadows on the Ivy: An Antique Print Mystery (Antique Print Mysteries) Shadows on the Ivy: An Antique Print Mystery by Lea Wait

rating: 4 of 5 stars
genre: mystery (series)
pages: 247

Like a Jane Langton mystery, this book is an intellectual's mystery, packed with facts regarding Currier & Ives prints, nineteenth century depictions of African-Americans, and miscellaneous background on a variety of artists and lithographs. However, with the exception of one classroom scenario, author Lea Watt manages to seamlessly blend historical information and mystery. A classic whodunit, complete with multiple motives and false trails. Maggie Summer is a conflicted and interesting protagonist-sleuth, who I look forward getting to know better in the rest of the series.