The Clue in the Embers (Hardy Boys, Book 35)

By Franklin W. Dixon

Tony Prito enlists the aid of his detective acquaintances Frank and Joe Hardy whilst a sinister stranger calls for that Tony promote him the weird curio assortment he has simply inherited. whereas the lads are discussing this suspicious incident, the stranger, Valez, phones and threatens Tony. that very same afternoon the 3 boys gather the circumstances of curios at a freight station just for Joe’s lifestyles to be in danger on their as far back as Tony’s condominium. tomorrow a seaman claims medallions within the assortment that coincidently cross lacking. Did Valez scouse borrow them? And what used to be their value. Unraveling the clues during this intriguing secret takes the Hardys and their acquaintances to a desolate sector in Guatemala and instantly into the arms of a gang of risky thugs.

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Jorge, who used to be surprised, was once pulled out by means of Joe and Frank. The trio scrambled over the boulders, following Tony and Chet of their determined flight to get as far-off as attainable from the trail of the lava. Seconds later, the damaging move gushed over Jorge’s wrecked motor vehicle, sporting the taxi with it to the valley less than. “Whew! ” sighed Joe, once they stopped working and regarded again on the fiery spectacle. “Boy, that used to be an in depth name! ” “Thank goodness we’re all secure! ” acknowledged Frank. “All yet my little taxi,” acknowledged Jorge. Then by surprise his face brightened. “It’s hokay! We bought coverage. i'm going to get new taxi from the company,” he stated, “with louder horn. ” “But what’ll we do? ” requested Chet. “We’ve misplaced our provides and kit. All that food,” he moaned. “We get extra! ” Jorge acknowledged cheerfully. however the boys didn't percentage his lightheartedness. They have been miles from any urban or city and now had no technique of transportation. “My cousin Alvero Montero owns finca,” Jorge stated. “It is lengthy distance yet we will be able to stroll it simply. He has mules we will borrow. ” the men gladly approved the provide and Jorge down the mountainside. For the rest of the day, they trekked throughout the thick undergrowth of the valley. almost immediately prior to nightfall, the crowd arrived on the fascinating Montero plantation. paintings had ended for the day, and because the boys approached, the aroma of cooking reached them. A tall, pleasant-looking guy, wearing paintings outfits, seemed on the entrance of the most condo. “My cousin,” stated Jorge, and hooted a sign to his relative. Montero waved and moved quickly to satisfy his unforeseen site visitors. “Welcome, Jorge! ” he cried in Spanish. “You deliver acquaintances? stable. you're all simply in time to take dinner with us. ” Then, because the crew got here nearer, he spotted their raveled . “You were in a conflict with rebels? ” he endured. “And what are you doing taking walks? the place is your taxi, Jorge? ” Almeida brought the lads and instructed his cousin of the close to tragedy. After expressing his sympathy, the planter regarded in entertainment at Tony’s conceal. “You had me fooled. ” Montero laughed. “And I see Indians each day. They paintings the following. ” He invited the crowd inside of and awarded the lads to his attractive Spanish spouse and their small sons. Their host supplied the viewers with swimming trunks, they usually swam within the chilly, transparent mountain water of a dammed-up flow close to the home. Later, they sat all the way down to devour a lavish steak dinner. The hungry boys had by no means tasted a greater meal, particularly the dessert—bowls piled excessive with papayas and pineapples. After dinner Senor Mr. Montero, smoking a slim black cigar, instructed them that he had no longer heard of Texichapi. yet he will be blissful to lend them 4 mules to take them to the purpose the place they deliberate to hire animals and gear for the remainder of their journey. “If a person in Guatemala is familiar with approximately Texichapi,” Montero persisted, “it could be a outstanding previous Indian who lives in a village around the subsequent mountain. ” “Will he check with us? ” Frank requested. “Yes,” Montero answered. “His identify is Tecum-Uman.

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