By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Alden teenagers knew they'd be investigating a secret at Eton position, yet they'd no inspiration there will be a ghost there, too! An outdated relatives pal, Norah Eton, believes there's a important piece of jewellery hidden someplace on her estate.

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The Aldens checked out one another in alarm. “I’m hoping on your droop being right,” the fellow acknowledged. “Everything will depend on it. ” “I’m telling you, that plaque’s the ultimate clue,” stated Annette. “The hiding position is true in the back of that stone. ” Jessie checked out Henry. It hadn’t happened to them ahead of, however it made experience. in spite of everything, didn’t the clues result in Jon’s Blunder? Wasn’t that the identify at the bronze plaque bolted to at least one of the stones? out of the blue, the battering noise stopped. “I imagine the stone’s able to come out,” the guy acknowledged. “Keep your hands crossed. ” “Thief! ” Benny shouted. In a flash, he had scooted out from in the back of the shrubbery. there has been no preventing him. The time for motion had come. Henry and Benny raced onto the bridge from one aspect, Violet and Jessie from the opposite. Annette whirled round so all of sudden, she dropped her flashlight. It rolled alongside the bridge. “Who’s there? ” she shouted, blinded by means of Henry’s flashlight. “The Aldens,” Jessie spoke back. “I should’ve recognized! ” Annette acknowledged. “This has not anything to do with you. ” She made a shooing movement along with her hand. Henry regarded her instantly within the eye. “We’re unlikely at any place. ” Then he shone the flashlight’s beam at the guy close by. The Aldens may well hardly ever think their eyes! It wasn’t Spence Morton. It was once Bob Ferber! “You’re the guy from the potluck dinner,” Violet acknowledged in shock. yet Bob Ferber paid no awareness to the Aldens. as a substitute, he plunged his hand into the darkish area the place the stone have been. “Nothing! ” He rotated, empty-handed. “Absolutely not anything. ” Annette’s jaw dropped. “How can that be? ” “You inform me! ” Bob shot again. “You continually appear to comprehend quite a bit. ” “This is your entire fault! ” Now Annette used to be nearly shouting. “You and your loopy principles. ” simply then, the naked bulb over the again door flicked on. Norah and Mrs. McGregor rushed out, pulling their gowns round them. Half-walking and half-running, they moved quickly over to the bridge. “Well, what’s the entire fuss … oh, my …” Norah stopped and stared on the gaping gap the place the stone were. “What in heaven’s identify is occurring? ” Mrs. McGregor demanded. “They’re attempting to thieve Meg’s brooch! ” Benny acknowledged accusingly. Norah seemed from Annette to Bob and again back. “You understand one another? ” Bob struggled to discover whatever to claim. “Uh, good … I, er …” without notice, he stopped speaking. His shoulders slumped and he leaned opposed to the bridge, taking a look defeated. “Annette Tanning is my cousin. ” He might not often examine Norah. “What …? ” Norah was once too surprised to talk. For a second, Norah and her assistant simply checked out one another. Then Annette by surprise wheeled round to stand Bob. “The complete factor used to be his idea,” she shrieked, pointing a finger of blame. Norah threw a pointy look at Bob Ferber. “What must you say for your self, Bob? ” Bob opened his mouth numerous occasions as though approximately to talk, then closed it back. eventually he set free a sigh and acknowledged, “All correct, it’s precise. i used to be after your great-great-grandmother’s brooch. ” Norah stared at him, open-mouthed. “The fact is, I occurred to encounter an previous letter,” Bob confessed, “when i used to be engaged on your home, Norah.

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