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Amateur Sleuths

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“I appreciated your help,” said Inspector Alleyn. “Your young ward, too.”

The Doctor chuckled, patting Vicki’s hand. “No trouble at all, my dear fellow. I’m sure you’d have worked it out yourself.”

“Yes,” he returned. “However, I must follow procedure and obtain evidence – so, perhaps too late for Jones.”

“Oh, don’t mention it.”

“However, one question remains-”

“Oh, dear,” said Vicki.

Alleyn smiled. “I’m afraid I know that ‘Dr Ivey’ is a mere fiction. What, Doctor, is your real identity?”

The pair exchanged a rueful glance, the Doctor sighing: An excellent fellow, charming manners – but far too good a detective.