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The Adventure of the Venetian Pearls (part 26)

Daniel went on, "Later it turned out that nobody had actually called an ambulance. So the police concluded the old lady had been feigning the attack while her partner had broken the showcase, taken the pearls and put them in her handbag. Then they had all left in the mock

Chris was torn between disbelief and admiration. "Apart from the perfect timing this sounds like a coup by the Beagle Boys," he said.

"Do you think Mrs Nuzzolo was dressed up as the old lady?" Nicky asked after a while.

Daniel shrugged his shoulders.

Chris couldn't believe they had really stumbled across a crime. "You told us about four gang members. What happened to the two ambulance drivers? Where are they now?"

"Don't you ever watch TV?" Nicky asked, annoyed. "They did away with them."

Daniel laughed. "I think you watch it too much. It's easier to hire somebody for that part than to kill them and have to get rid of their bodies."

"Here talks the specialist," said Chris. "And what has the Major to do with them?"

Nobody knew the answer. So Chris went on, "What if the Nuzzolos are just holidaymakers, who happen to know somebody called Luardi? They have finalized a meeting with him, which had to be postponed because of the weather."

"Do you really believe that?" Nicky eyed him sceptically.

Chris shrugged his shoulders. "At any rate it sounds just as plausible as the murder-tale you've come up with."

"Chris is right," Daniel admitted. "We have no proof that the Nuzzolos are involved in the robbery."

"See!" Chris beamed.

"They could just as well have planned the coup and are now waiting for the courier to bring the loot."

Chris groaned, exasperated.
(To be continued)