By Gertrude Chandler Warner

Whilst their buddy Sam will get a letter packed with riddles from an eccentric millionaire, the Aldens are desirous to aid him crack the code. If Sam can resolve the puzzle in time, he'll inherit the millionaire's cash!

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Benny perched on a wood footstool. “Will you let us know concerning the invitation now, Sam? ” He couldn’t wait to listen to all in regards to the secret. “Sure factor. ” With a nod of his head, Sam pulled an engraved invitation from his blouse pocket. He held it up for everybody to work out. “This is it,” he acknowledged. “I acquired it within the mail this day. ” Henry, Jessie, and Violet sat down jointly at the quilt-draped love seat, whereas Mrs. McGregor settled into one of many rocking chairs by means of the window. They waited with a bit of luck for Sam to proceed. “My first thought,” Sam went on, “was that it was once a few form of useful funny story. That’s why I requested Thomas to forestall by means of. ” “It’s certainly now not a pragmatic joke,” Thomas acknowledged firmly. “There’s some huge cash watching for the 1st individual to resolve the secret. ” The Aldens checked out each other in shock. “Money? ” echoed Benny. Thomas nodded as Mrs. McGregor poured his tea. “I’m a legal professional, and certainly one of my consumers was once a really prosperous businessman. prior to he died, he got here up with the belief for a secret. Whoever solved the secret may inherit a section of his estate—that capability an excellent chew of his cash. ” “Who was once he? ” Benny desired to comprehend. “The businessman, I suggest. ” Thomas stirred cream into his tea. “My shopper sought after that to be saved a mystery, Benny. ” “You suggest, until eventually after the mystery’s solved? ” Mrs. McGregor seemed wondered. “Before and after, Mrs. McGregor,” replied Thomas. “The millionaire’s identify isn't published. ” Henry scratched his head. “Why did he are looking to hold it a mystery? ” Thomas acknowledged simply, “I’m yes my shopper had his purposes. ” Sam appeared round at every person. “The entire factor sounded form of fishy to me. yet Thomas swears that the invitation is for actual. ” Sam used to be patting his blouse wallet. “Now, the place did I placed my glasses? ” He glanced over on the Aldens. “Could an individual learn the invitation out loud for me? ” Jessie stood up. “Of path. ” She took the invitation from Sam, then started to learn it aloud: To Samuel Snow, you're cordially invited to resolve the secret of the Spider’s Clue. In a separate envelope, you can find a chain of clues that may lead you thru Greenfield to a mystery code note. while you are the 1st to resolve the secret of the Spider’s Clue and observe the key code be aware, you can be the winner of an inheritance. This code note needs to he given to Thomas Paintner, on the legislations company of Paintner and Bradley, via July 12. sturdy success to 1 and all! while she was once accomplished, Jessie sank again opposed to a cushion. She had by no means visible this sort of unusual invitation prior to. “There isn’t a lot time to discover the code word,” Violet mentioned. “The 12th of July is just one week away. ” Thomas took a sip of his tea. “That’s true,” he stated. “And there’ll be others attempting to resolve the secret too. ” “It turns out odd,” Henry stated thoughtfully. “Why may the millionaire make a video game out of gifting away his funds? ” Jessie was once curious, too. “Why didn’t he simply identify a person in his will? ” “I wager the millionaire cherished mysteries,” Benny guessed, his eyes shining. “Maybe he sought after every body to have a few enjoyable attempting to remedy one.

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