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The Adventure of the Venetian Pearls (part 27)

Star Castle Hotel from the Hill

"What do you mean by that?" Nicky was rapt and obviously not willing to give up her conspiracy theory so easily.

"Such famous jewellery as the Luardi Pearls is not easy to sell. Too hot for an ordinary fence. The theft was probably commissioned."

"I've just remembered something," Chris said. "At the check-in our bags were thoroughly searched. We even had to pass a metal detector. I didn't know why at the time but had anybody had the jewellery, it would've been found. I saw that Mrs Nuzzolo had to pass the detector a second time because it whistled."

He told them everything in detail and continued, "the Nuzzolos can't have the necklace. Wherever the Luardi Pearls are, they're miles away."

"No. They are here." Nicky banged her fist on the table.

"How can you be so sure?"

"Call it female intuition."

"Look," Chris tried to reason with her. "Suppose you're right, suppose the Nuzzolos are somehow involved in the disappearance of the pearls. Let's also suppose we go to the police and tell them about our observations.
Suppose they believe us, go to the Nuzzolos, question them and search their room... Do you think the loot will lie around openly? The Nuzzolos will deny everything and the police believe them and think we were playing a silly practical joke. We're children! We have to be able to prove our allegations; even more so than adults."

"Chris is right," Daniel said.

"Is there really nothing we could do?" Nicky asked.

Chris answered, "We could keep our eyes open. Perhaps they'll make some mistake."

"Ha!" Nicky exclaimed. "So you do believe that they are in it."

Chris gave a shrug, unwilling to admit anything. "A detective mystery certainly would pep-up our holiday."

"But first let's consider something just as important," Daniel said. "What about those sandwiches? I'm starving."
(To be continued)

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