(Formerly Mystery of the Black Moriah)
“This multilayered mystery holds readers’ attention well. Interesting characters, a fast-moving plot, and a satisfying and surprising ending make it a quick read. An author’s note includes information about the legend of the Black Moriah, the people, and the island in Maine that inspired this story.” School Library Journal
In this second book in the series, Bean, Ab and their friend Spooky are looking for pirate’s treasure and learn about the somewhat checkered life of Abnezar Twing, a pirate who lived on Penobscot Island many years ago. In the course of the investigation, Ab is kidnapped, and the youngsters soon figure out that some of the guests at the local bed-and-breakfast know more than they’re saying. Adding to the mystery, is that appearance of a legendary spector from the island’s dark past: the Black Moriah.
Bean & Ab’s latest adventures take them from 18th-century pirate ships to 21st-century minisubmarines. A fast-paced plot, and many twists & turns.
The Mystery of the Black Moriah
by David A. Crossman
“What trouble can they possibly get into?”
ooooSpooky always looked as if he were standing in a pretty stiff breeze. As he burst into Bean’s house, he might have just stepped out of a hurricane. His wispy red hair shot out in all directions like exclamation points, and his pale blue eyes danced with the excitement of the discovery he was bursting to make known.
oooo“You’ll never guess what I found washed up on the shore of Indian Creek!” he exclaimed as the screen door slammed behind him. “Sorry, Mrs. C.”
oooo“Oh, please,” said Mrs. Carver, putting down the newspaper with the account of Bean and Ab’s latest experience. “No more adventures. We’re all exhausted.”
ooooBean and Ab, however, having had a few days’ rest, were ready for a little excitement.
oooo“But you ain’t gonna believe this!” said Spooky.
oooo“We aren’t going to believe this,” Mrs. Carver corrected.
oooo“You sure ain’t,” Spooky agreed, the grammar lesson whizzing over his head. “I was walkin’ home ’round the east side of Armbrust Hill when I saw this big yellow thing floatin’ under the bridge.”
oooo“What was it?” said Ab, her excitement rising.
ooooSpooky’s eyes sparkled with mischief. “I ain’t tellin’, ’cause you wouldn’t believe me anyway. You an’ Bean gotta come see for yourselves. An’ we’re gonna need a wrench.”
oooo“A wrench? What for?” Bean wanted to know.
ooooSpooky just smiled. “For the thing,” he said cryptically.
ooooBean cast a quick look of appeal at his mother. It was almost suppertime, and he knew she wouldn’t be thrilled with the idea of his missing the family meal. “I’ll be back in thirty minutes,” he said.
ooooMrs. Carver looked at her husband, her eyebrows arched skeptically. “What do you think?”
ooooCaptain Carver shrugged. “I guess it won’t hurt to hold dinner for half an hour.”
oooo“I suppose,” his wife replied, a little hesitant. “We can find something to do in the meantime.” She winked at her husband, who had just returned from three months of sea duty with the Coast Guard, in a way that Bean didn’t understand. Besides, Spooky’s announcement had Bean too wound up to think about it.
oooo“So, we can go?”
oooo“I doubt he could eat anyway, with another mystery hanging over his head,” Captain Carver decided, tousling his son’s hair. “There’s an adjustable wrench in my toolbox out in the shed. But one thing—”
oooo“We’ll be careful!” the trio chimed as they ran out the door.
ooooMrs. Carver reflexively held up her hand. “And don’t slam the—” Slam. “Door.”
oooo“Sorry!” Ab called behind her. In seconds they had grabbed the pipe wrench from the shed and thundered down the wooden walkway and up the sidewalk. The echo of their footsteps followed them toward Fog Hollow, the narrow dirt lane that led to Indian Creek.
oooo“Thirty minutes,” Mrs. Carver whispered, snuggling herself against her husband’s shoulder.
oooo“As far as Bean’s concerned, thirty minutes might as well be an hour.” He squeezed her around the waist. “Let’s hope.”
ooooMrs. Carver was silent for a moment. “You don’t think they’re in any danger, do you?”
oooo“I wouldn’t worry,” said her husband. “What kind of trouble can they possibly get into in thirty minutes?”
ooooFog Hollow was named for the thick tendrils of mist that drift down the ragged slopes of Armbrust Hill like arms of a ghostly octopus whenever the southeast wind pushes the fog in from Penobscot Bay, as it was doing now. The fog collects in a thick blanket in the hollow between the hill and the shores of the creek.
ooooAs they raced through the narrow canyon formed by the Moses Webster House—the B and B where Ab and her folks were staying for the summer—and the brooding Winthrop mansion, Ab couldn’t suppress a tingling shudder of fear. Only days before, she and Bean had nearly lost their lives in the secret tunnel they had found between the houses. Even though Bean always claimed that Ab didn’t have any imagination, what little she had was having no trouble picturing dark, malevolent eyes watching them from the gaunt, gaping windows of the empty old house.
ooooThe same thought must have occurred to Bean, because he picked up his pace. Ab had all she could do to catch up.
oooo“You know what this place makes me think of?” said Spooky, as if he’d been reading their thoughts.
oooo“We know,” said his companions in unison as they sped even faster from the scene of images that would haunt them forever.
ooooOnce they’d put a safe distance between themselves and the mansion, they slowed to a trot.
oooo“So, what’s this great secret?” said Ab. “What did you find?”
oooo“You’ll never guess,” Spooky replied, lowering his voice to a mysterious moan. “Not in a million years.”
ooooFor the next few minutes, Bean and Ab tried every trick they could think of to make Spooky divulge his secret. Ab even knocked him down and tickled him mercilessly. But for once the usually talkative Spooky was silent as the tomb.
ooooThe long, low wail of the ferry whistle wound its way through the fog.
oooo“The last boat’s comin’ in,” Spooky observed, standing up and brushing himself off.
ooooFor several seconds the lonely moan echoed from the trees and granite cliffs, weakening a little with each retelling. It was a melancholy sound, but one that Abby found oddly comforting. Despite the fact she had been born and raised in New York City, and spent most of her life amid the constant clamor of traffic, the wail of sirens, and the traipsing of countless thousands of feet, she was an island girl at heart. This was where her spirit was at home: swimming in the fresh, cold water of bottomless quarries, wading through fields of feathery golden grass, climbing heaped-up piles of granite slag, picking blueberries and blackberries on Lane’s Island, spending idyllic hours on the shore digging for clams or searching the seaweed for crabs, or finding bits of colored glass that the ocean had worn to polished gems.
ooooThe last boat of the day meant Penobscot Island was sealed off from the rest of the world, like a castle with the drawbridge raised for the night.
ooooBean picked a piece of grass and, holding it between his thumbs in that special way Ab had yet to master, blew a shrill squeal in reply to the ferry horn.
ooooIt aggravated Abby no end that Bean could do things like that—skipping stones, making a musical instrument of a blade of grass or a tender shoot of alder. He tried to teach her, but she just couldn’t get the hang of it. “You can’t help it,” he’d tease. “You’re just a city girl.” Next to being called a “summer jerk,” it was the worst thing he could say. She didn’t like being reminded that, no matter how much time she spent on the island, she would probably never know what it was like in the fall, or winter, or spring. Only summer. She would always be an outsider.
ooooNo doubt about it, Bean knew how to get under her skin. But, truth be known—which it never would if she could help it—her summers on the island wouldn’t be the same without him. He had a curious way of finding magic and mystery in ordinary things she wouldn’t even notice under normal circumstances. For Bean, life was one big adventure. When she was with him, she felt part of all those possibilities, and she never knew what might happen next.
“Your turn,” said Bean, handing her the soggy piece of grass he’d just blown spit all over.
oooo“You’re so immature,” Ab retorted, tossing her hair back in a way that seemed to annoy him.
ooooIt worked. “If you keep shakin’ your head like that, it’s gonna pop right off the sprocket,” he said flatly. Fact was, that particular gesture was one of many things about Ab that had changed since last summer, all of which made it hard to overlook the fact she was a girl—from head to foot—and it bothered him in ways he hadn’t figured out yet.
ooooJust a few days ago, when they’d found Minerva’s grave, Ab had grabbed him and kissed him right on the lips, in front of everybody in town. He’d never been kissed before, except by his folks, or his grandmothers, and those kisses were different. Ab’s kiss had shot through him as if she’d been hooked up to a twelve-volt battery. Then she’d just gone on as if nothing had happened, and he stood there gaping like a fish out of water, with his insides all twisted up. He didn’t understand why. Not at all.
ooooNot that it was a bad thing.
ooooFailing in their efforts to get Spooky to share his secret, Bean and Ab had tried Twenty Questions. That didn’t work either. By the time the trio arrived at the soggy little path that wound along the shore of Indian Creek, Spooky declared that neither of them had come within a “billion light years” of guessing what he’d found.
oooo“So,” said Bean, stopping on a little spit of mud and seaweed that poked into the creek. “Where’s this big yellow whatever it is?”
ooooSpooky pushed by Ab on the path. “Over this way, in Skoog’s Cove.”
ooooSkoog’s Cove was no more than a dent in the shoreline where, years ago, a man named Gus Skoog had built and launched sailing dinghies. Nothing remained of the boat shed but a rectangle of square-cut granite stones that had formed the foundation. Over time, the cove had become hidden from view by thick vegetation.
oooo“When it floated in under the bridge, I followed it—runnin’ along the shore—an’ this is where it washed up,” Spooky announced as they stumbled through the undergrowth.
ooooBean saw it first, and he stopped in his tracks so fast that Abby ran into him, nearly knocking him over. But he didn’t notice. All of his attention was fixed on the object floating in the water, its nose gently poking the seaweed, prodded by the persistent legion of little waves that assaulted the shore.
ooooAbby had been just about to scold Bean for stopping so abruptly—and had inhaled a good lungful of air for the purpose—when she saw it, and the complaint died on her lips.
ooooSpooky was right. They’d never have guessed in a million years.
oooo“Told ya!” said Spooky, almost dancing with glee.
Chapter Two – Where’s Captain Nemo?
oooo“It’s a submarine!” said Bean breathlessly, his heart suddenly racing with excitement.
oooo“A yellow submarine!” Spooky announced proudly. “Just like the song.”
oooo“It’s not real, is it?” said Abby, quickly jumping a series of stones to the head of the cove. “It’s so small.”
ooooThe awkward-looking vessel was about fifteen feet long and had a tower that stood about four feet above the waterline. “It’s a one-man sub,” proclaimed Spooky. “They use ’em for research. I read about ’em in Popular Science.”
ooooBy this time all three kids were standing at the bow of the little vessel, and Bean ran his hand over the cold steel hull. “Who was in it? Did you see ’em get out?”
oooo“There wasn’t nobody. I stood right here and waited after it come ashore,” Spooky explained. “But no one got out. It just laid there, thumpin’ the rocks. So after a couple minutes I come down an’ banged on it.” He illustrated his point with a loud rap on the hull, which responded with a hollow, bell-like note. “Nothin’ happened, so I looked in the windows on the conning tower—”
oooo“Conning tower?” said Ab.
ooooBean explained. “That’s the part that sticks up.” He pointed to the cylindrical tower that rose from the hull.
oooo“It’s got windows on three sides,” said Spooky. Climbing onto the hull, he pressed his face against the round Plexiglas porthole. “Can’t see much, but it don’t look like nobody’s to home.” He knocked on the conning tower for emphasis.
oooo“That’s like a quadruple negative,” Ab said, thinking it was in Spooky’s best interest to know how to speak properly.
ooooSpooky didn’t notice. Bean was too awestruck to care. “Did you open it?” he asked, crawling up beside his friend. He peered into the porthole, but due to the darkness within and the gathering gloom of the fog, he couldn’t make out much more than the other portholes.
oooo“I couldn’t turn this wing nut,” said Spooky, indicating the sealing latch that clamped the hatch shut. “That’s why I wanted the wrench.” He took the instrument from his back pocket and applied it to the nut.
ooooAbby stood on the shore and held the bow of the sub with both hands to keep it from drifting off. The waves were no longer lapping at the mud. That meant the tide was turning and soon the saltwater fingers that pushed the sub ashore would be trying to pull it back out to sea. “What if somebody’s in trouble?”
ooooBean looked up, his hair hanging in his eyes. “What do you mean?”
oooo“I mean, what if whoever was in this fell overboard or something?”
oooo“How do you fall overboard from a submarine?” said Spooky. He gave Bean a look that said, leave it to a girl to think of something like that.
ooooBean considered Ab’s concern. He studied the conning tower. “It was sealed from the outside.”
oooo“So,” Bean explained patiently, and a little condescendingly, “he was outside the sub when he closed the hatch.”
oooo“Then he could have fallen off,” said Ab, with just a trace of I told you so in her voice. Then she thought of another explanation, one that sent chills up her spine. “What if somebody outside wanted to lock somebody inside?”
ooooBean hadn’t thought of that. “Then why don’t he knock back to let us know he’s in there?”
ooooThat’s the part Ab especially didn’t like. “What if he can’t? What if he’s tied up, or unconscious, or—”
oooo“Dead?” said Bean.
ooooSpooky suddenly stopped wrestling with the wrench. “Dead? You mean you think there might be a dead body in here?” All at once he wasn’t so eager to loosen the bolt.
ooooBean collected his thoughts. “Well, we still have to open it an’ find out. If there’s somebody in there, he might need our help.”
oooo“If he’s alive,” Spooky reminded. “Here. You do it.” He handed the wrench to Bean.
ooooBean looked at Ab in the hope she would be annoyingly practical, as always, and tell him to go get Constable Wruggles. That would give him an excuse not to open the sub. But all she said was, “If somebody needs us . . .”
ooooHe felt like saying, Big help you are, but he didn’t.
ooooMarshaling his resolve, Bean clamped the teeth of the wrench on the nut and gave it a sharp, downward tug. The nut held fast for a second or two—long enough to give Bean hope that he wouldn’t be able to loosen it. Then, with a loud snap, it turned freely on the thread.
ooooSpooky backed carefully off the sub and planted his feet on the shore. “I’m goin’ to help Ab hold it still.”
oooo“Thanks a lot,” said Bean sarcastically. He took a deep, steadying breath, unscrewed the nut until the bolt swung free of the latch, and stood up so he’d have leverage as he opened the hatch. He clamped his fingers around the lip of the cover and pulled.
ooooThe hatch squeaked open with unexpected ease. Bean, who had overbalanced against the expected resistance, nearly fell off the sub deck.
ooooReflexively, he dropped to his knees to steady himself. He looked at the hatch and realized why it had opened so easily: a heavy-duty spring was wound around the hinge bolt.
oooo“What’s inside?” Ab asked, just above a whisper.
ooooBean didn’t really want to look. They’d already found one body that summer, and he didn’t relish the thought of finding another. But, as his dad always said, there are some things you just have to do, whether you want to or not. He decided this was one of those things. Closing one eye and squinting with the other, as if that would somehow minimize the impact of whatever he was about to see, he bent over the open tower and looked inside. “Hello?” he said.
ooooHe opened both eyes. No body. He exhaled a long sigh of relief.
oooo“Any dead bodies?” Spooky asked expectantly.
oooo“Full of ’em.” Bean placed one hand on either side of the tower, then swung himself over the opening and down into the belly of the sub, feet first.
“He’s kiddin’,” said Spooky, looking at Ab. “You’re kiddin’, right?” said he to Bean with the slightest trace of disappointment. Reassured, he abandoned Ab to her chore and scrambled over the deck to the conning tower for a look inside.
ooooBean had already dropped to his bottom on the little iron and wood bench that spanned the hull.
oooo“How cool is this!” said Spooky.
ooooIt was better than cool, Bean thought. This was no Disney World ride. It was real. He took a quick verbal inventory of the various controls, most of which were toggle switches. “Battery on/off. Forward and rear ballast tanks. Port and starboard thrusters.” For the latter there was a little joystick, which he moved as he read the markers: “Forward, reverse, left, and right.” His feet came to rest on metal pedals suspended on a bar just above the floor. “I bet this is the rudder.” He pushed the pedals back and forth, and the sub’s stern wiggled subtly in response. “Yup.”
oooo“What are you doing?” Ab called, her voice nearly muffled by the thick steel hull. Bean ignored her. All of his senses were focused on studying the controls.
oooo“What’s this, I wonder,” he said, gently pulling a lever that rose from the floor on his right. There was a slight motion of the sub, as if something were tugging it from below.
oooo“Do it again,” said Spooky. He extracted himself from the hatch, then knelt on the deck and, with one hand on the conning tower for support, leaned over the side.
ooooBean repeated the process, and Spooky saw a narrow metal plate tilt up and down. The plate was affixed to the hull by a shiny stainless steel rod. “Stabilizers,” he said, poking his head into the tower. “Push ’er forward and she goes down, pull ’er back and she’ll come up.”
ooooIn the bow, just in front of Bean’s feet, was a large underwater porthole made of Plexiglas that would give the driver a clear view of the ocean floor. There was also a radio, tuned to a frequency that Bean didn’t recognize.
oooo“You got room in there for me?” said Spooky. Not waiting for a reply, he swung his legs through the opening. Bean squeezed himself as far forward and to the left as possible. In an instant, Spooky was wedged so tightly into the seat beside Bean that neither of them could move. “This ain’t gonna work,” Spooky decided.
oooo“There’s nowhere to go forward,” said Bean. “aft?”
ooooSpooky folded his skinny frame as tightly as possible and leaned back farther and farther until, suddenly unwedged, he tumbled into the aft compartment with a thud. “Ow!”
ooooOnce more free to move, Bean turned to see what had happened. Spooky was sprawled amidst a tangle of wires, tubes, and hoses. “You okay?”
ooooSpooky rubbed his head, which had banged sharply against the cast-iron bracket holding a bank of batteries in place.
oooo“What are you guys doing down there?” said Ab. In all the commotion they hadn’t heard her crawling across the deck to the tower. Her hair was hanging down in Bean’s eyes. He tried to brush it out of the way.
oooo“Hey, this is a one-man sub!”
oooo“That’s okay,” Abby replied, “I’m not a man. And neither are you.” She shimmied through the narrow hatch and dropped down beside Bean on the seat formerly occupied by Spooky. “See? Perfect fit.”
ooooAbby was smaller than Spooky, so she didn’t take up quite as much room. Besides, Bean didn’t necessarily mind having her so close. “Who’s holding us ashore?” he said.
oooo“Nobody,” said Ab. “The bow’s in the mud. It’s not going anywhere. What’s this?”
ooooTaped to the inside of the conning tower, just below eye level, was a piece of lined yellow paper. Bean lifted it up by the bottom edge, revealing a rough diagram in blue ink. “Looks like a map,” he said.
ooooBean lifted the edge a little farther, until the faint light from the starboard porthole made it somewhat more legible. “Here’s Indian Creek,” he said, tracing the outline with his finger. “There’s Armbrust Hill and the bridge.”
ooooAb shifted in her seat. “What’s that?” she asked, pointing at a small X that had been marked in red.
oooo“It’s the Reach,” said Bean, tilting the map slightly for a better perspective.
ooooSpooky, who had twisted himself around so he was on his knees in the cramped compartment, stuck his freckled face between his companions’ shoulders and studied the map. “It’s out on the southwest end of Pogus Point. They call it Hurricane Reach ’cause it takes the worst of the weather. Some of the highest cliffs on the island are out there.”
oooo“Why would somebody mark it with an X?” Ab wondered aloud.
ooooThe answer was obvious to Spooky. “Treasure!” he said. “What else?”
oooo“You’ve got treasure on the brain,” said Bean. “Besides, you don’t go lookin’ for treasure in a submarine. I bet it has something to do with scientific research. That’s what they use these subs for.”
ooooAbby fidgeted in the seat. “What kind of scientific research?”
ooooBean shrugged. “Marine biology an’ stuff.”
oooo“But that doesn’t explain how it got here,” said Ab.
ooooBean theorized. “Most likely it was tied up somewhere an’ just pulled free. Let’s get out an’ see if there’s a line on the bow.” He nudged Ab in the ribs. “You go first.”
ooooAbby reached up, grabbed the rim of the conning tower, and pulled herself halfway out, then stopped suddenly. “Uh-oh.”
oooo“What’s the matter?” said Bean. “Climb out, will ya?”
ooooAbby’s legs disappeared up the tower, and her feet thudded to the deck. Bean was right behind her and immediately saw the problem.
Apparently the weight of all three of them moving about in the sub had rocked the bow free of the shore, and they had drifted out into the creek. At the same time, the fog—cold and clammy—had swept in with a vengeance, cutting visibility to no more than six or eight feet. “I thought you said the bow was in the mud!”
oooo“Well, it was,” Ab snapped. “If you hadn’t been fiddling with the rudder . . .” It was a weak defense, and she knew it. “What are we going to do?”
oooo“Hey!” Spooky complained from below. “Move, will ya? I can’t get out.”
oooo“Not much point,” said Bean, climbing out onto the deck. He stood opposite Ab, his hands holding the hatch door.
ooooSpooky’s head poked out of the tower. It didn’t take him long to grasp the situation. “Uh-oh. Looks like we’re in trouble again.”
oooo“Help!” Abby cried, but the fog sopped up her voice like a huge sponge.
oooo“That won’t do any good,” said Bean. He knew how the fog played tricks with sound, making it seem to come from all directions at once. Anyone who heard the cry would never be able to tell where it was coming from.
oooo“Well, we’ve got to do something!” Ab protested, desperation rising in her voice.
oooo“Let me think,” said Bean. “We can’t be far from shore . . .”
oooo“But which way is shore?” Ab wanted to know.
ooooBean had an idea. “Spook, get down below and find the compass.”
ooooSpooky’s head popped out of sight. “Got it!” he said seconds later.
oooo“Which way is east?” said Bean.
ooooSpooky studied the gauge and reemerged. “That way,” he said, pointing to the right.
oooo“Then all we gotta do is find a paddle or something,” said Bean, “and we can row ashore.”
ooooOnce again Spooky disappeared from sight, but this time his search was fruitless. “There’s nothin’ that ain’t screwed down.”
There wasn’t anything on deck either.
oooo“Well, what now?” said Abby.
oooo“We could swim ’er in,” Bean replied, though it was clear from his tone of voice that he didn’t hold much hope for that option.
oooo“I’m not getting in that water!” said Ab. “Not when we can’t even see where we’re going. Besides, this thing’s too heavy for me to paddle. I’m just a girl, you know.”
oooo“How convenient,” said Bean.“Two of us could do it.” He looked at Spooky.
oooo“That’d be you and who else?”
oooo“You,” said Bean.
ooooSpooky shook his head emphatically. “Your name must be José, ’cause there ain’t no way.”
ooooBean was a little relieved. Fact was, he didn’t think it was a great idea. But Ab was right, they had to do something. “We’ll have to crank ’er up,” he said after a little thought.
ooooAb didn’t think that was a good idea either. “You don’t know how to drive a submarine.”
oooo“How hard can it be? Everything’s marked,” said Bean. With a quick warning to Spooky to get out of the way, he swung himself back down the hatch. “You get on the bow,” he commanded Abby. “Watch for rocks and ledges.”
ooooAbby started to complain, but Bean cut her off. “The tide’s goin’ to take us back toward the bridge. If we get caught in that current . . .” He didn’t know what might happen, but he was pretty sure it wouldn’t be good. “Anyway, we gotta try to drive ’er ashore before we get there.”
ooooAs Bean sank out of sight, Abby crawled toward the bow on her hands and knees. Despite her protests, she felt it was her fault they were in this mess, and if anyone could get them out of it, Bean could. She hoped.
ooooOnce back in the seat, with Spooky tucked out of the way in the aft compartment, Bean studied the instrumentation in earnest. “Okay,” he said at last. “All we have to do is figure out how to turn these thrusters on.”
oooo“How ’bout that button by your left knee?” Spooky suggested.
oooo“The one that says Thrusters On.”
ooooBean inhaled slowly, not sure what might happen, and flipped the switch. Nothing.
oooo“Maybe the batteries are dead,” said Spooky.
ooooThat reminded Bean of another label he’d read. “Batteries,” he said to himself. “Batteries. Here! Battery Power.” He flipped the designated switch and instantly a faint crackling hiss surged through the wires.
oooo“Now try it,” Spooky urged.
ooooBean pinched the Thrusters On toggle between his fingers and, closing his eyes, flipped the switch. A deep electrical hum made the hull vibrate slightly, and the vessel surged forward.
oooo“That’s it!” Spooky proclaimed loudly. “You got it! She’s movin’.”
oooo“Now all we need to do is figure out how to steer,” said Bean under his breath. He pressed lightly on the right pedal, and the sub obediently turned in that direction. When he applied counterpressure to the left, it straightened out of the turn. “Hey, this is easy!”
oooo“Let’s dive!” Spooky suggested enthusiastically.
oooo“I don’t think Ab would like that much.”
oooo“Oh, yeah,” said Spooky. “I forgot.”
oooo“Besides,” said Bean, “the creek’s only six to ten feet deep and the bottom’s all mud. We’d get stuck.”
oooo“If we could get ’er out through the Race, we’d be in deep water. We could take ’er under there,” he said, using the local word for a narrow opening where the tide flows swiftly from one body of water to another.
oooo“All I care ’bout right now is gettin’ ’er ashore,” said Bean. He glanced at his watch. “I’m supposed to be home ten minutes ago.”
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I hope you’ve read Bean and Ab’s first mystery adventure The Secret of the Missing Grave, and enjoyed these sample chapters of The Mystery of the Black Moriah. If you’re sufficiently intrigued to order the book, click here for the paperback, or click here to download. Once you’ve enjoyed The Mystery of the Black Moriah be sure to download the sequel, The Legend of Burial Island. Meanwhile, PLEASE Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail everyone you know, tell them how much you love Bean, Ab, and Spooky, and send them to http://www.davidcrossman.com!
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