TITLE: Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls
GENRE: MG Mystery
Imogene Walters leaned against the parlor door jamb, listening. Dottie, the maid, had told her this was a good way to find out things. All morning Mama was in tears over her missing pearls, until Papa sent a post. Now a famous man and his friend sat in the parlor, asking questions.
The two men were a tall, skinny detective named Sherlock Holmes, and his partner, Dr. Watson. Papa, a junior partner in a small bank, said Mr. Holmes was famous for his calm brilliance in solving mysteries.
Imogene had watched for Mr. Holmes's arrival from the upstairs window of the school room. When the hansom cab drew up in front of the house, her governess, Miss Mullin, said, “All this excitement is bringing on a headache,” and went to lie down in her room.
Imogene immediately raced downstairs to the small entry hall just as Dottie opened the door. Then Imogene’s parents appeared in the hall.
Papa raised his eyebrows. “Don’t you have lessons, Imogene?”
“Miss Mullin isn’t feeling well.”
Frowning distractedly, he waved a hand. “Run along and play, then. Your mother and I have something to discuss with Mr. Holmes.”
“And with Dr. Watson,” Mr. Holmes had said. “You may tell him anything you would tell me.”
Now, as Dottie fetched tea, Imogene tried to catch every word. Absentmindedly she fingered the silver locket her parents had given to her when she turned ten last month.
“It must be an inside job.” That was Papa’s voice.