Nancy Drewery had spent the better part
of her evening over spaghetti dinner ordered
in to the Hardin boys' surprisingly spartan
downtown office-- it was in sore need
of a woman's touch-- puzzling out the
Hardy Boys cover-jacket jigsaw. Working
as a trio they had proved a juggernaut at
jigsaw denouement and finished dinner
and the thousand pieces of cover montage
in something less than two and a half hours.
Now she did the silent checklist as they
both engaged her in shop talk.
Handsomer: Older brother Tim.
Smarter: Tim again.
More intuitive: Joe.
Personality: Tie for first.
Sense of humor, the big one: Jury still out.
Tim's was more New Yorker urbane. Joe's
more early Tom Hanks.
More athletic: She would have to engage
each at tennis singles to find that one out.
Bottom line: Too close to call.
Evening: A smashing success.
When Nancy arrived back at her Maple Grove
flat, she sat by the window, looked out and
wondered and wondered once more:
Did the Bas Bleu Society have a 24-hour
hotline for dilemmas such as this one?
One of the Hardin boys would be calling
first thing in the morning. Would the
Bas Bleu girls, Katherine, Ann or Christie,
have some answers for this distaff detective
in dire distress?
H E L P !