A Summer To Remember - The Mystery of the Fire

The Bob-Whites have solved their second case after finally being reunited. They are safe and happy and looking forward to the rest of their summer. But when the Wheeler's old home goes up in flames, what extent will Trixie and her friends go to to find the culprit? And has their summer back together been ruined for good? Book 3 of the Bob-Whites Summer series.

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4. Hunch

Chapter 4. Hunch

Trixie moved towards the hand print.

'Gleeps!' she whispered as she inspected it.

'Get Sargent Molinson over here now.' Brian said to Dan, chucking him the keys to his car.

With one simple nod, Dan was off.

'I'll come.' Di said following Dan.

'Just get him here as fast as you can.' Trixie said before moving to inspect the rest of the room. Honey stood, staring at the hand print.

'Oh Regan.' She murmured, 'what has happened?'

Jim headed over to Trixie who was standing in front of a small desk.

'Anything interesting?' he questioned.

She shook her head, unsure. 'I don't think so. But I cant be sure. I don't want to touch anything in case there are finger prints.'

He looked at her, 'do you think this is related to the fire?' He asked, shuddering at the thought that someone was doing all this to hurt them.

Trixie returned the look, 'maybe. I can't be sure,' she answered.

Trixie looked off, past Jim, and into the distance.

'What are you thinking, Shamus?' Jim asked.

'I have a hunch. Come check the bathroom with me. If i find what i think ill find in there, then maybe i could be on the right path.'

'After you.' Jim said, pointing towards the bathroom.

The two entered the bathroom, and did indeed find what Trixie had been thinking she would find. Clear signs of a struggle.

The bath rug was stained with blood and fresh puddles covered the floor and bath. There was a smear of blood on the wall, and a clear message on the mirror, also in blood.

Mad Stranger was here

Trixie looked at the message.

'Mad Stranger?' Jim questioned.

'Who is that?' Brian asked coming up behind her sister and best friend.

'What the hell happened in here?' Mart asked, shock clear on his face.

'This is horrible!' Honey squealed as she entered the room. 'Who would do this to poor Regan?'

'I don't know Honey. But we will find this Mad Stranger. I'll make sure of it.' Trixie said firmly.

At that moment Sargent Molinson arrived, closely followed by Spider, Dan and Di.

'What happened here?' He asked.

Brian came forward and explained how they had found the place like this and what they had come there for. This time Honey stepped forward and explained everything. Including why Regan was in Sleepyside and why he had really been visiting the mansion.

Jim turned to Trixie, 'still have that hunch?' he asked.

'I sure do.' She replied.

'What hunch?' Mart asked loud enough for everyone to hear.

Sargent Molinson turned to face Trixie, 'Miss Belden, would you care to share your hunch with us?'

Trixie took a deep breath, 'I think Regan has been kidnapped by this 'Mad Stranger', and i think the fire at the mansion was a decoy, so Regan could be taken while the police and fire department were all out at the Wheeler's home.'

There was a chorus of gasps and shocked looks.

'But why?' Honey asked.

Trixie shook her head, 'that's what we will have to find out. That, and who.'

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