Midnight in the piazza / Tiffany Parks.

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      Summary: After moving to Rome with her father, thirteen-year-old Beatrice witnesses a shadowy figure steal the turtle sculptures from a fountain located outside her window and is determined to solve the crime herself when no one believes her story.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 November #1

In her debut, Parks offers mystery-lovers a cross between E. L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967) and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (2003). Thirteen-year-old Beatrice had no interest in moving to Rome for her father's new job, but the city's rich history and beauty win her over almost immediately. She is particularly drawn to the Fontana delle tartarughe (Turtle Fountain), and becomes obsessed with learning its history. When Beatrice catches someone stealing the turtles from the fountain, she's positive the theft is somehow connected to the tragic tale of Caterina Mattei—a member of the family that commissioned the fountain—and the amateur sleuth becomes entangled in a dangerous art-crime ring. Parks' engaging novel is packed with historical tidbits pertaining to the real Fontana delle tartarughe and Mattei family. While the mystery might have been stronger without its reliance on Beatrice's hunches and philosophy of "synchronicity," readers will enjoy exploring ancient palaces, ruins, and secret rooms with this intrepid detective. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall

When thirteen-year-old Bostonian Beatrice Archer moves to Rome with her father, she is excited to delve into the city's copious history. One night, she witnesses the theft of four bronze turtles from the beautiful fountain in the piazza outside her apartment and decides to investigate. Beatrice is a smart, fearless heroine, reminiscent of a modern Nancy Drew, which should please young mystery fans. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 January #2

Beatrice Archer isn't pleased when her art historian father is offered a position at the American Academy in Rome. However, the 13-year-old quickly discovers that there are advantages to being a young expat in Italy beyond ready access to gelato. From her window overlooking Piazza Mattei and the famous Fontana delle Tartarughe in the Jewish quarter, Beatrice witnesses someone steal the bronze turtles that give the fountain its name, then replace them with fakes. Her father refuses to believe her story, so Beatrice enlists a local boy, Marco, to help her investigate. Debut author Parks, herself an expat living in Rome, laces Beatrice's fictional investigation with Italian phrases (translated in footnotes) and information about Roman architecture, art, and history, giving readers a window into contemporary life among centuries-old artwork and ruins. She keeps Beatrice's adventure moving at a fast clip, even addressing a few things that skeptical readers may find overly coincidental through a conversation with a neighbor who explains synchronicity. It's a charming love letter to Rome with an exciting mystery at its core. Ages 8–12. Agent: John Silbersack, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.