searching for a starry night
Samantha Ann Carlton would rather spend her summer vacation anywhere but a spooky old house in Wisconsin…like Lake Geneva!  Somehow Sam knows it’s going to take more than a couple days to find a missing painting no bigger than her hand.
Maybe things won't be so bad, she thinks, since she gets to take a friend's lovable, nosy, and often mischievous Dachshund, Petey, and her best friend Lita. If they're lucky, the three of them can find the miniature replica of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and help Sam's mother get it to the museum, where it belongs.
But it's not going to be easy, Sam realizes, when she discovers that her own family has some spooky secrets. Then Petey digs up an ancient curse, and Sam fears her friendship with Lita is doomed.
Can she find the miniature masterpiece before it's too late?
Will she and her best friend go home forever friends–or enemies?
Read A Review:

...Exciting, and hard to put down, especially with the spooky old Victorian house, stories of an ancestor who died while burning the barn to exorcise demons then was said to have been seen as a ghost, scary goings-on at night, and a lot of suspense. A nice story, with interesting and educational information about art in general and specifically about miniature paintings.

Stories for  Children Magazine

Enjoyed sleuthing with Sam and Lita--and Dachshund Petey--so much that I can hardly wait for their next case!

Gay Toltl Kinman, Agatha Award nominee and author of SUPER SLEUTH: Five Alison Leigh Powers Mysteries