‘So we’re going to spy on him?’ he asked in a whine. ‘We’re going to follow the man to where he lives and then grub about in his private life like pigs in the dirt?’
He did not seem as delighted with this prospect as I might have hoped.
‘We’re not spying on him, George; we’re helping him,’ I tried to point out.
‘Helping?’ George’s eyes narrowed.
‘Mr Crabbit has a problem, and it’s our duty to come to his aid. It’s what friends do.’
‘So we’re his “ friends” now?’
Even I thought I’d overstepped the mark with that one.
‘Mr Crabbit has no friends, but we’re his colleagues, George. That’s almost the same as being friends. And, as detectives, we have a professional obligation to help him.’
‘What did you just say?’ Had my trainee detective just hmmm-ed at me?
‘Nothing. I didn’t say nothing.’ George stared at me obstinately.
Christmas is coming, and yet surely Mr Crabbit—yes, he who rules over the petty cash at
Mr Bruff’s law practice—cannot be so distracted by its approach that he fails to berate
Gooseberry for presenting him with a water-stained receipt. Something is clearly amiss,
and the Victorian boy detective vows to find out what.
Join Octavius and his ragtag bunch of friends as they investigate a shadowy spiritualist medium recently arrived from Boston, Massachusetts, only to discover that somebody desperately wants her dead.
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