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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3. Regan

Chapter 3. Regan

Honey looked across at Jim and Trixie, worry filling her eyes. A silent agreement passed through the three. They wouldn't explain what Regan had really been doing there, but would tell the police that he was innocent.

'Regan came down to check everything was in order at the house to sell.' Trixie spoke up.

Sargent Molinson glanced sideways at Trixie, unsure about what she was saying.

'We all saw him. We went up and helped him.' Honey chimed in.

'Yeah, he probably just left his jacket there.' Jim added.

'When was this?' Sargent Molinson asked the three.

'A few days ago.' Trixie said after a long pause.

'Okay. Thanks for the information. Matt, would it be alright if we talked to you and your wife for a minute. Helen and Peter, you can join us too, if you like.'

The parents nodded and left the room, following Sargent Molinson outside.

Honey, Trixie, Jim, Brian, Mart, Di and Dan all exchanged looks.

'Regan couldn't have done it, right?' Di asked no one in particular.

Trixie looked around at her friends, 'I hope not,' was all she could say.

The minute the parents had been taken away for turned into a very long hour. The Bob-Whites grew restless and decided that they would have to confront Regan themselves.

'Is he home at the moment?' Brian asked Honey.

She frowned, 'I think he is staying in Sleepyside at the moment. He wouldn't have been able to come out to the house so easily if he wasn't.' Honey replied, logically.

'Well we had better find him before the police do. We need to know the truth.'

The Bob-Whites took the back door out and climbed into Brian's Jalopy. Brian drove them to one of the three hotels that were in Sleepyside.

They asked the receptionist if Regan was staying there, and were disappointed when she replied no. The second place provided no otheranswer either.

The third Hotel, however, had in fact had a Regan staying in it for the past week. The Bob-Whites asked for the room number and went to head up the stairs before the receptionist stopped them.

'It has been quiet in that room for the past day. No room cleaning has been done as no one has come to open the door. Your Mr. Regan might just be out.'

Trixie nodded and thanked her before heading off.

The group made it to room 204 and knocked twice. No answer.

'Knock again?' Di asked.

Dan did so and was still faced with no reply.

'What now?' Brian sighed.

Honey tried the door, 'guys... its unlocked...'

Trixie pushed the door open and gasped at what they found inside.

The Bob-Whites pushed into the room and looked around, shocked. The whole room had been ransacked, and Regan was no where to be found. Honey pointed a shaky hand to the door frame.

There, as fresh as wet paint, was a bloodied hand print. One of the same size of Regan's.

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