The Mystery of the Painted Book: Pen & Quin: International Agents of Intrigue, by K. S. Mitchell | a spoiler free review

Hello! I’m helping petsit my friends bunnies for a few days, and this afternoon I went over to feed them. I spent like half an hour reading with the bunnies, and it was so much fun! Anyways, here is my review of The Mystery of the Painted Book, by K. S. Mitchell.

The Mystery of the Painted Book: Pen & Quin: International Agents of Intrigue

Author: K. S. Mitchell

Release Date: April 30th 2019

Genre: Middle grade

Series? 1st book in series

*this review is spoiler free*


When twelve-year-old twins Penelope and Quintus Grey Reyes are sent to Mexico to spend the summer with their grandparents, Pen creates a website advertising their services as international agents of intrigue. A mysterious client hires them. The assignment? To locate the Codex Cardona – a rare 15th century painted book. 

The twins discover Abuelito, their grandfather, once searched for the same book, but he gave up the search when a friend disappeared. The book is rumored to be cursed, but Pen knows curses don’t exist. Quin isn’t so sure, and when Abuelito is attacked at the museum where he works, both twins are certain it has something to do with the missing codex. 

While Pen and Quin track down the mysterious book, greasy art professor Flores follows their every move, but someone else is watching them too – someone who doesn’t want the Codex Cardona to be found. The twins must draw on their combined skills of art and technology to uncover the mystery of the painted book.

I received a digital review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Mystery of the Painted Book is about twelve year old twins Pen and Quin who end up on an exciting and dangerous adventure after they set up a website announcing their services as international agents of intrigue. Throughout the book, we read about many vibrant characters, an entertaining storyline and an intriguing mystery.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the dialogue. The conversations and banter between the twins were really fun to read. The complex family relationships were also very well written, in my opinion. The twins’ older brother Archie is hilarious, but also amazing. I thought that the text and location app, Odyssey that he made was awesome!

I loved all of the sibling relationships in the book. The twins, Pen and Quin are very close, and do a lot together. However, they are also very close to their older brother Archie, who they look up to.

The mystery was really fun to read about. In the novel, Pen and Quin go looking for a mystery to solve, and before they know it are roped into one much more dangerous and intense than they ever imagined. There was a lot that I definitely did not see coming, and it was very fun to read!

I don’t have any specific things that I disliked about the book. However, I did feel like it just didn’t have the extra spark that some books have.

KS (Kimberly) Mitchell loves journeys, real or imagined. She has hiked the Inca Trail, walked into Panama on a rickety wooden bridge and once missed the last train of the night in Paris. She believes magic can be found in life and books, loves to watch the stars appear, and still dreams of backpacking the world. Now she writes adventures to send her characters on journeys, too.

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This book definitely was better than I thought it would be, and I really enjoyed many aspects of it. The sibling relationship, hilarious dialogue and banter and the intriguing plot. The mystery was interesting, and I really enjoyed watching the detective work that the twins did. Overall, I rated this book 4 stars because I really enjoyed reading it!

My rating: 4/5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Recommendable: Yes

To who? Anyone looking for a easy to read middle grade mystery, with strong family bonds and sibling relationships!

Have you read The Mystery of the Painted Book? What did you think of this review? Chat with me in the comments below!

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