Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is the 1st in a chain of zany, action-packed middle-grade mysteries that includes platypus police detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley.
 
When a decision is available in a couple of crime down on the docks concerning a lacking schoolteacher and a duffle bag packed with unlawful fish, Zengo and O’Malley are going to need to learn how to set their modifications apart in the event that they are looking to resolve this. specially whilst the clues all aspect to Frank Pandini Jr., Kallamazoo’s first son and its strongest, well-respected businessman.
 
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Unlawful fish,” acknowledged the trainer, shaking his head. “Hopkins was once on a downward spiral. no one round right here may think he might be combined up in it, no longer the upstanding professor. yet I heard the man had funds difficulties. He used to be most likely trying to make a couple of additional dollars the following and there and, good … that’s what you get. hassle. in addition to, Hopkins wasn’t precisely a crew participant. ” “And what do you suggest by means of that? ” Zengo took a step nearer. “Well, I suggest he wasn’t quite … he didn’t care a lot for the welfare of the scholars. I’m now not asserting i needed any damage at the man. He simply, you recognize, simply cared in regards to the numbers. each child learns differently, and Hopkins wouldn’t lower any of my little ones a holiday. ” “Your young ones? ” stated O’Malley. “Yeah, the soccer gamers. Morning practices, afternoon practices—it’s a hectic way of life. I’m no longer announcing they need to get marks they don’t deserve, yet … slightly of realizing wouldn’t were out of line. specially for Blake Cameron. ” Zengo and O’Malley exchanged glances, and the trainer smiled. “Yeah, I knew that’s what this was once approximately. Blake’s a superb child. convinced, he wasn’t doing good in Hopkins’s type, yet I promise you he didn’t have whatever to do along with his disappearance. ” trainer Morrissey checked out his watch. “Excuse me, detectives. ” He blew his whistle. It used to be shrill, and Zengo winced. “Class is over, every body! Hit the showers and get yourselves on your subsequent category on time, please. I don’t are looking to take care of any longer indignant academics barking at me, ok? ” the scholars dispersed, a few sneaking in a couple of extra photographs sooner than heading again to the locker rooms. “We have been puzzling over if we would be capable to check with Blake,” Zengo requested. trainer Morrissey gave the detectives a glance. “Just within the curiosity of being thorough,” O’Malley further. The trainer grew to become slowly and referred to as out, “Blake, come on over right here for a second, please. ” Blake was once jogging again to the locker room together with his classmates, tossing a basketball from side to side. He jogged over, yet his velocity slowed and his face iced over while he observed O’Malley and Zengo. As he approached the detectives, he swallowed deeply and prolonged his hand to O’Malley. “Hello, sir, I’m Blake. i think you’re Vanessa’s dad. It’s great to fulfill you. ” O’Malley took his hand and shook. Zengo regarded Blake complete within the eyes. “Where have been you the day past morning prior to 11 a. m.? ” “Zengo …,” O’Malley began, in a low voice. “I observed you the previous day down by means of the docks,” stated Zengo, ignoring him. “Right the place Hopkins’s jacket was once chanced on. Criminals continually go back to the scene of the crime. Don’t they, child? ” Blake started to shake. “I … I don’t recognize what you’re speaking about,” he stated. trainer Morrissey stepped in. “Blake was once in school the day gone by. I had bus accountability the previous day morning and that i observed him myself. He pulled up in his vehicle, parked within the scholar lot at 8 a. m. , correct on time. ” “And if we double-check the school’s safeguard cameras, we’ll see that glossy pink vehicle of yours stay within the car parking zone until eventually the dismissal bell? ” Zengo’s gaze remained fastened on Blake. “Sorry, Detective, school’s safety cameras are within the strategy of being upgraded.

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