The people of the Virgin Islands are fortunate to own virtually priceless masterpieces by the famous impressionist Camille Pissarro.

The people of the Virgin Islands are unfortunate to have a governor who inexplicably has played games with those works of art. We all know those childish games: Hide and Seek; Catch Me If You Can; and 20 Questions.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Pissarros began on a dark and stormy night — of course. Hurricane Irma’s Category 5 winds were ripping up St. Thomas and tearing off the roof of Government House — where the Pissarro paintings had hung for many years in full view of the public.

Schoolchildren, tourists, art lovers had stood before them, full of awe at the art and full of pride that Pissarro was born and raised on St. Thomas, not far from where those works were on display.

The mystery unfolded in the weeks after Irma and then Hurricane Maria, another Category 5, had left the islands stunned and struggling. Government House became the setting for the 15-month-long quest to locate the Pissarros, beginning when a wandering tourist noticed the doors were open, walked in and viewed devastation in every room.

What he did not see, and nobody else saw, was the Pissarros.

Where were they?

Were they stolen?

Were they taken to safety?

If so, where? And why were other valuables left behind in a building that was unlocked and wide open to the elements?

Governor Mapp would not give out any clues to the people. Various government spokesmen also refused to disclose the Pissarros’ whereabouts. Everything came down to coy and sly semi-statements alleging the Pissarros were safe. The implication was clear: Governor Mapp did not think the public could be trusted to know about the paintings.

A distinguishing feature of Mapp’s tenure as governor has been his disdain for the public’s right to know, and that is why the Pissarro Mystery became so important.

Now, after all these months of peek-a-boo about the Pissarros, Governor Mapp has reacted to The Daily News editorial December 12 by producing a Sherlock Holmes-style revelation.

Ha. Ha. Joke’s on us. The Pissarros were hanging right there in his office in St. Croix Government House.

OK, we finally know where they are.

But the mystery is far from over. Mapp still has not told the people this:

• What is the condition of the Pissarros — and all the other publicly owned art?

• Who has actually been in charge of the valuables for the last four years?

Why did Mapp withhold the location of the paintings for so long?

• Where is the inventory and catalogue of all the publicly owned art and the valuable antiques that Mapp promised that his hand-picked “conservator” would produce. The deadline was three months ago. We are still waiting.

The people of the Virgin Islands own the art, the antiques, the artifacts. Contrived and convoluted efforts to justify keeping the inventory and locations secret is an assault on the public’s right to know.

The art is real. The excuses are fake.

And the artful dodgers are on the way out.