A lively mystery about great art, a boy, and his unlikely helper.
If you thought E.B. White’s Charlotte was an artist, wait until you meet Marvin. He’s the heroic beetle at the center of Masterpiece, Elise Broach’s new mystery, and if you’re squirming at the combination of “heroic” and “beetle” then get a load of Marvin’s talent.
Marvin’s a pretty ordinary bug when “Masterpiece” opens. He spends his days watching the goings-on in the Pompadays’ New York City apartment. His main enemies are stiletto heels and insect-averse humans.
But when 11-year-old James Pompaday leaves open his birthday present – a bottle of ink, gifted to him by his artist father – Marvin finds himself thrust into a world of forgeries, art heists, and FBI operatives.
Things start out innocently enough when Marvin, drawn to the ink, discovers an artistic talent that rivals that of Albrecht Dürer, a Renaissance artist known for his detailed miniatures.
James receives credit for Marvin’s drawing, but not before boy and bug form an unlikely friendship – and a complex (if unwitting) deception.