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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9. Uncover

Chapter 9. Uncover

That afternoon, Honey, Jim and Trixie went to meet the other Bob-Whites at the clubhouse for a meeting and 'catch up'. They certainly had a lot to catch up on.

Trixie explained the interview to the rest of the group but stopped when she got to the bit where she knew Mr Wheeler had lied. Thankfully for her, she hadn't been the only to notice it.

'I think he lied.' Jim said with absolutely no emotion in his voice.

'What Jim?' Honey gasped.

'When Trixie asked that question about knowing anyone there was a sudden flash of realization on his face. It only lasted a quick second, but i saw it.'

'I did too.' Trixie piped up.

'What? But why would my father lie?' Honey questioned shocked.

'I don't know Honey.' Jim answered.

It turned out that the three friends weren't the only ones who had found something. Brian and Dan had come across something in the rubble of the mansion too.

'We were helping clean up the kitchen area when we came across a thread and button of a coat or shirt of some sort. The evidence has been sent off to find a match as to where the clothing came from. Then hopefully if we find something we can go question the shop.' Brian finished.

'Oh wow that's great!' Honey gasped happily.

'We finally have something to go off.' Di chimed in.

'What about at the station? Have they found anything on Mad Stranger?' Mart asked.

Trixie shook her head. 'The guy always went by that name and never put out photos or left any addresses or emails or anything that we can use to track him. He is one smart guy. It's almost like he had been planing this.'

'Maybe he had?' Mart questioned, 'I mean, who would go to all this trouble over being beaten a few times in chess. You said it yourself that Mr Wheeler looked like he might have remembered something. What if this guy has had a grudge against Mr Wheeler for a while over something more then the chess games?'

'You know Mart, that sounds like the best possible explanation I've heard all day.' Trixie said.

Mart looked shocked that his sister had complimented him. In fact all the Bob-Whites looked shocked!

'What?' Trixie asked looking around.

'Anyway, so i think we should head home and get a good nights rest, then tomorrow hopefully they will have something on the clothing we found and we can head over to the shop and question them with Sergeant Molinson. Sound good?' Jim asked.

Everyone agreed and headed back to Crabapple farm for dinner.

The next morning after everyone had got a well deserved sleep the group headed down to the station to see if there had been any finds.

Trixie was disappointed to hear that there had been no advances on the identity of Mad Stranger but she was happy to hear that they had tracked the clothing to a small store on the outskirts of Sleepyside.

The group decided to split up.

Brian, Honey, Jim, Dan and Trixie all wanted to go to the shop and Di and Mart made the decision to stay at the station and continue helping the search for Mad Stranger.

Sergeant Molinson went along with Trixie to the clothing store.

'Do you think it's weird that this person hasn't asked for any demands yet?' Trixie asked Sergeant Molinson.

'We do think it's strange, but it's only been a day, you never know what could turn up.' He replied.

They entered the shop and headed over to the counter.

'Police,' Sergeant Molinson said holding up his badge to a middle aged man with brown hair and wearing a leather coat. 'We were wondering if we could ask you a few questions?'

'Sure...' The man said.

Then in an instant the contents of the counter had been thrown at the group and the man was sprinting for the door.

'Stop!' Sergeant yelled.

'After him!' Trixie yelled racing out the door after the man.

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