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Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting is the 32nd book in The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery series.

Back Cover Summary[]

Claudia is helping Rebecca Madden prepare to sell her grandmother's house. Grandmother Madden was a famous artist, and finding more of her valuable paintings would help Rebecca and her family a lot. But everybody says it's impossible: Grandmother Madden destroyed all of her paintings before she died.

Claudia thinks everybody is wrong—no artist would destroy her life's work. But if she's going to prove her theory, Claudia will have to work fast. Everything in the house will be sold in less than a week!


Characters in this book[]

Claudia's Family

BSC Members




Places in this book[]

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Pelé, a Brazilian soccer player, is referenced by Abby on page 104.
  • Van Gogh, Edgar Degas (artists)

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Claudia said she grew up using the electronic card catalog at the library, when in previous books she and the rest of the BSC used a regular card catalog.


  • Claudia is still trying to never repeat the same outfit twice.
  • This is the first mention of an electronic card catalog at the library in the mystery series.
  • Elizabeth Brewer gave Ms. Madden the BSC's number and Kristy met her already.
  • Claudia researches a client's family before baby-sitting the child.
  • The mystery is solved the same way the mystery was solved in Mallory and the Mystery Diary.
  • Claudia carries extra tissues when she's baby-sitting.
  • Grandmother Madden painted a picture of Stoneybrook that Kristy recognized immediately.
  • Margo has been going through a bossy stage.
  • Stacey carries a calculator in her purse.


Mystery Books
#1 Stacey and the Missing Ring | #2 Beware, Dawn! | #3 Mallory and the Ghost Cat | #4 Kristy and the Missing Child | #5 Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic | #6 The Mystery at Claudia's House | #7 Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs | #8 Jessi and the Jewel Thieves | #9 Kristy and the Haunted Mansion | #10 Stacey and the Mystery Money | #11 Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum | #12 Dawn and the Surfer Ghost | #13 Mary Anne and the Library Mystery | #14 Stacey and the Mystery at the Mall | #15 Kristy and the Vampires | #16 Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph | #17 Dawn and the Halloween Mystery | #18 Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House | #19 Kristy and the Missing Fortune | #20 Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery | #21 Claudia and the Recipe for Danger | #22 Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade | #23 Abby and the Secret Society | #24 Mary Anne and the Silent Witness | #25 Kristy and the Middle School Vandal | #26 Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter | #27 Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost | #28 Abby and the Mystery Baby | #29 Stacey and the Fashion Victim | #30 Kristy and the Mystery Train | #31 Mary Anne and the Music Box Secret | #32 Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting | #33 Stacey and the Stolen Hearts | #34 Mary Anne and the Haunted Bookstore | #35 Abby and the Notorious Neighbor | #36 Kristy and the Cat Burglar
Super Mysteries
#1 Baby-sitters' Haunted House | #2 Baby-sitters Beware | #3 Baby-sitters' Fright Night | #4 Baby-sitters' Christmas Chiller
Other Series
Baby-Sitters Club | Super Special | Portrait Collection | Readers' Request | Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever | California Diaries | Baby-Sitters Little Sister | The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class