The Ghost of the Chattering Bones (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #102)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children knew they would be investigating a mystery at Eton Place, but they had no idea there would be a ghost there, too! An old family friend, Norah Eton, believes there is a valuable piece of jewelry hidden somewhere on her property.
smoke coming from the chimneys,” added Henry. “Did you notice?” Violet bent closer. “Now that you mention it …” “Let’s go over everything.” Henry ticked off what they knew on one hand. “This picture wasn’t taken in the afternoon. It wasn’t in the summer. And it wasn’t 1810.” The children looked at one another. How did Meg get so much wrong? “I guess Jon Eton wasn’t the only one who made mistakes,” Benny pointed out. “Jon Eton?” Henry gave his little brother a questioning look. “He made a
too stunned to speak. “You went outside in the middle of the night, didn’t you?” Henry went on, watching Pam closely. “Then you played the tape back.” Pam didn’t deny it. “I had it all planned before you got here.” She could hardly look the Aldens in the eye. “But I hadn’t counted on you being so nice.” “We were hoping we could be friends,” Violet said quietly. “You might not believe this,” Pam said, looking sad, “but I’d already decided not to try to scare you anymore.” Norah hadn’t said a
Twelve-year-old Jessie looked up from the map she was studying. “We make a left at the next road, Grandfather,” she told him. Jessie was the best map reader in the family. She always knew how to get where they were going. “Oh, now I remember!” Mrs. McGregor nodded. “It’s been so long since I’ve been out this way, my memory’s a bit foggy.” “How long has it been, Mrs. McGregor?” Grandfather Alden asked, as they turned off the highway onto a gravel road full of twists and turns. “Let me see, now
wearing a watermelon-pink dress with pearly buttons. Violet had changed into a lavender T-shirt and pale blue skirt with lace pockets. Henry wore a blue shirt and black pants. And Benny had on a short-sleeved white shirt and tan pants. Just then, Pam came out of the kitchen holding a covered dish. The cream-colored headband in her hair matched her dress. Norah, in a ruffled blue dress, was right behind her. “Pam made pasta salad for the potluck,” Norah said proudly as they headed out to the
car. “Oh, do you enjoy cooking, Pam?” Violet asked. Pam nodded. “I’m not very good at it yet,” she said. “But I’m learning.” “Pam’s being modest,” Mrs. McGregor said as they pulled out of the driveway. “It just so happens I had a taste—and it was delicious!” “It smells delicious!” Benny piped up from the backseat. Pam, who was sitting up front between her great-aunt and Mrs. McGregor, turned around and smiled. “I’m making cookies tomorrow, Benny. You can help me decorate them if you want.”