Solution to Case of the Headless Clown

by Christopher P.N. Maselli

“I’m sure it wasn’t a raccoon,” I stated with confidence. “A raccoon would go straight to that smelly garbage, not a box with a porcelain figurine inside.”

“So what broke it?” Valerie asked.

“Not what,” I said. “Who. A cool mind will realize that without a doubt it was Carl.”

“I did not!” Carl protested. “I told you. I put the package gently on her doorstep.”

“Impossible,” I said. “The front gate locks from the inside. If you delivered the package while Valerie was at school, you must have thrown it over the fence.”

Matthew smiled. “And that kind of fall could easily break the figurine.”

“How did you know that?” Carl said.

“Lying always catches up to you,” I replied.

Biblical evidence: “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment.” —Proverbs 12:19

“I was late for my next delivery and nobody answered.” Carl dropped his head. “I thought the package would be safe.”

“I demand a refund,” Valerie shouted.

“We’ll take care of it,” Carl said. “We’ll deliver the golfer figurine by 5:00 tomorrow.”

“Maybe even a-head of schedule,” Matthew joked.

Jones & Parker Case Files

Find 16 of the best Clubhouse mysteries in the Jones & Parker Case Files. Kids can play detective along with Emily and Matthew. Filled with humor and your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters, it’s no mystery why you’ll love this collection!

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