Chasing Vermeer

  • by Blue Balliett
  • Narrated by Ellen Reilly
  • 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth they must draw on their powers of intuition, their skills at problem solving, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?


What the Critics Say

"Thick with devilish red herrings, this smart, playful story never stops challenging (and exhilarating) the audience." (Publishers Wekly)
"Puzzles, codes, letters, number and wordplay, a bit of danger, a vivid sense of place, and a wealth of quirky characters enrich the exciting, fast-paced story that's sure to be relished by mystery lovers." (School Library Journal)
"Art, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns make this art mystery a great read." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not great art, but a pleasant

What fun! Precocious kids, a curmudgeonly old woman, stolen art, and mathematical clues -- all my favorite things. (Okay, I teach 8th grade math.)

Young readers usually like mysteries, especially when the detectives are kids, and this one should satisfy. Petra and Calder are very bright and a little weird, but very likeable. The mystery is solid enough to amuse an adult who is in a relatively low-key mood.

The reader does a good job. She does a good job with the children's voices without being grating.

The only caveat is that there are some rather odd jumps in the narration, so that, at one point I went back to be sure I didn't have a (clumsily) abridged version. And the ending is a little abrupt.

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- Susan

Not worth your time

This was hugely disappointing. The reader sounds like someone who reads the listening tests on ESL tapes, i.e. totally grating and annoying, with no real warmth or emotion. Not to mention the story itself stinks. The protagonists are irritatingly self-satisfied in their intellectual superiority and characterization is broad and obvious or paper thin. I am really surprised at the success this book has been having, but I suppose if you market anything the right way it will do well.
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- Adira "Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle""

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library