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By Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew solves her first secret while the unintentional rescue of a bit lady who lives along with her great-aunts leads on an adventurous look for a lacking will.

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She pleaded. “I’m none of the thieves! If you’ll basically enable me out of the following, I’ll clarify every little thing! ” there has been silence for a second. Then the voice at the different aspect of the door acknowledged dubiously, “Say, you aimin’ to throw me off, imitatin’ a lady’s voice? good, it won’t do you any stable! No, sir. previous Jeff Tucker’s no longer gettin’ fooled back! ” Nancy made up our minds to persuade the fellow past doubt. She gave an extended, loud female scream. “All correct, alright, ma’am. i feel you! No guy can make that racket. this manner out, woman! ” hopefully Nancy waited. however the door didn't open. Then she heard to her dismay: “If that ain’t the restrict. The key’s long gone and I’ve left my ring o’ additional keys someplace. It’s now not in my wallet. ” Nancy groaned. “Oh, Mr. Tucker, you want to locate it. have you ever appeared in each of your wallet? Please hurry and get me out. ” “Hold on, ma’am,” the caretaker acknowledged soothingly. “I’ll simply money back. ” Nancy used to be commencing to imagine she may nonetheless need to holiday down the door, while she heard Jeff Tucker exclaim, “Found it! You have been correct, ma’am. Key used to be in my again pocket forever. It—” “Please open the door! ” Nancy broke in desperately. A key grew to become within the lock and the bolt clicked. Joyfully Nancy driven the door open and stepped out. For a second the intense sun within the room nearly blinded her. while her imaginative and prescient adjusted, she observed a really tall, skinny, aged guy in blue blouse and overalls. He stared at her with trouble and amazement. “Mr. Tucker,” she defined quick, “I’m Nancy Drew. i used to be the following searching for you whilst these lousy thieves got here and locked me within the closet. ” She paused and gazed on the caretaker. “I’m completely happy to work out that you’re o.k.. Their chief advised me they’d locked you up too. ” She then requested the aged guy to inform his tale. Jeff Tucker appeared embarrassed as he started to communicate. “I was once simple hornswoggled by way of these critters, pass over Drew. They pulled up the following in a movin’ van, and advised me I’d greater get after a few trespassers they’d obvious close by. So,” the aged guy went on with a sigh, “I believed ’em. one of many males went with me all the way down to the lake and locked me in a shed. I simply received out. ” He shook his head unfortunately. “And all this time they used to be robbin’ where. wager I’ll be fired. ” Secretly Nancy was once vulnerable to agree, realizing the Tophams. yet aloud she stated reassuringly: “Don’t fear, Mr. Tucker. We’ll file this theft to the country Police instantly. probably the soldiers can trap the thieves prior to they do away with the stolen furnishings. ” The caretaker appeared a little relieved. “And i will yes supply a superb description o’ these crooks. I’d always remember their gruesome faces! ” “Fine,” acknowledged Nancy. A unexpected notion struck her. “Oh, ahead of we cross, Mr. Tucker, inform me, used to be there an outdated clock during this residence? A tall, square-faced mantel clock? ” Jeff Tucker’s vivid blue eyes squinted. “Mantel dock? Hm. Why, convinced adequate! ” He pointed to the mantel over the living-room hearth. “Sat correct up there. bought so used to seein’ it, I couldn’t be mindful for a minute. Don’t know the way come they took that too.

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