by Phyllis Wong from Phyllis Wong and the Secrets of Mr. Okyto, the first in the Phyllis Wong mysteries series by Geoffrey McSkimming
I may only be a kid, but my friend Chief Inspector Inglis of the Antiques and Fine Arts Squad of the Metropolitan Police says I have a way of thinking that’s unlike most other people. I guess that's because I'm a magician—a conjuror, prestidigitator. We magicians have to think a bit ahead of the game if our tricks are going to work, and if we're going to amaze people.
Well, I sure put my skills to the test when I found out that another of my friends, Mrs. Lowerblast, had a crime committed right under her very nose in her antiques shop! Some thief managed to steal a valuable treasure while she was watching, and Mrs. Lowerblast had no idea it was happening! But that wasn’t all … all over the city, other crimes were going down, and they couldn’t be explained by the police or anyone. It was weird, and I knew I had to try to get to the bottom of it all before something really diabolical might happen.
And then, while I was trying to figure all this out, I discovered a bigger sort of magic …
And book 7, Phyllis Wong and the Crumpled Stranger, is coming December 2019!