Review: The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery

Latayne C. Scott.   The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery   .  Minneapolis, MN: Cruciform Press, 2018, 102 pp. $13.39.

Latayne C. Scott. The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery. Minneapolis, MN: Cruciform Press, 2018, 102 pp. $13.39.

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Short and sweet

One of the commitments of Cruciform Press is to release books that “are intentionally short. … typically about 20,000 to 25,000 words” and, thus, are “looking for men and women whose writing packs a lot of value into a small space.”

If The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery in any indication, the publishers found a capable contributor in Latayne Scott.

Crammed into a book that can casually be read in an afternoon, a number of significant issues are addressed, each with imagination, simplicity, and thoughtfulness. While major foci include that of teenage friendship and art history (some interesting facts about the title painting are included!), questions of epistemology, familial abuse, and the reliability of the New Testament are all cleverly woven into the story as well.

Of course, with the brevity of the book comes some missing details and unanswered questions, but perhaps the rest of the series will shed more light.

Even with the above heavy list of topics introduced, the author writes in a playful and accessible way. I wouldn’t hesitate to hand this book to my own children to read.

NOTE: A copy of this book was received by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.