"Bianca Balducci, everybody’s favorite teenage amateur sleuth, is back on the case, and this time the resourceful Baltimorean has her hands more than full.On top of school (St. John’s), her two bickering friends (Kerrie and Sarah), and boy trouble (Doug), Bianca is brought in to prove the innocence of Hector, Sarah’s latest heart throb, who’s considered the prime suspect in a clever switcheroo at the local art museumseveral paintings have gone missing, and forgeries hung in their place.But things get awfully complicated when Connie, Bianca’s PI older sister, is hired by the museum to formally investigate the crime.And that’s just the half of it. Doug, Bianca’s fabulous new boyfriend, isn't paying as much attention to her as she'd like, while a charming and rich Brit named Neville seems more than willing to take Doug’s place. Can Bianca manage to keep Doug’s affections while gently fending off Neville? And what about the Christmas shopping she must do, the party she’s got to plan, and the PI sister she desperately wants to impress? Most important, can she repair a home perm gone so awry she can only hope to have the appearance of human hair? In this story of mis-assumptions, Bianca learns that things are not always as they seem, that all cases are not so open-and-shut, and that connected with every valuable painting is the possibility of a forgery.Finding the Forger, the sequel to the acclaimed series debut Uncovering Sadie’s Secrets, proves to be another hilarious adventure in the world of Bianca Balducci, regular teenager turned mystery-solver extraordinaire."
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At first, it would seem Bianca Balducci's worst problem is fried hair as a result of a curly perm gone bad. As anyone who has undergone this will tell you, that's bad enough. Things rapidly get worse as she lands in the middle of a feud between two friends and the feeling that her boyfriend is drifting away. Beyond the usual teen woes are bigger issues. Her sister, a PI, is on the trail of an art forger, and it would seem that at least one of the suspects is all too close to one of Bianca's friends. That makes it her business as well, so Bianca goes on the case. ...................... This book relies heavily on knowledge of the first book in establishing the characters. Thus, if you don't remember it well, it will be difficult to relate to them now. It is light, amusing, and very real, and Bianca is a good role model for young women.
The police believe that City Art Museum security guard and college student Hector Gonzalez is a suspect in an art forgery scam. Worried for her boyfriend, high school senior Sarah decides to hire private investigator Connie Balducci to prove his innocence. Connie¿s sophomore sister Bianca insisting she works for her sibling (well almost ¿ she is on the short list for a summer clerk job) ¿interrogates¿ Sarah until the older woman breaks down and explains why she needs a sleuth. --- Emboldened by her recent success in helping Sarah (see UNCOVERING SADIE'S SECRETS) Bianca investigates to help Sarah. Bianca also tries to help her best friend Kerrie as her pal detests how much the newcomer to her family, Sarah, has become the focus of her parents. Connie wants Bianca to cease her inquiries, but soon helps her younger sister. Bianca becomes upset when her boyfriend Doug spends too much time with Kerrie and not with her. Still sleuthing is obviously in her genes so Bianca begins snooping as only a teen can. --- Though obviously targeted for teen readers, adults (especially us geriatrics who cut our teeth on Nancy Drew) will enjoy this solid amateur sleuth (sorry Bianca, but the pro gets paid) investigative tale. Bianca is a delightful lead character whose asides to the audience are witty as the ¿weight of the universe¿ pressures of loving relationships, complex investigations and botched home perms are wryly explained. The who-done-it is cleverly designed assuming that the audience can think rather than just dumbed down as Libby Sternberg respects the young crowd that serves as the center of FINDING THE FORGER and Bianca¿s previous appearance (see UNCOVERING SADIE'S SECRETS). --- Harriet Klausner