By Libba Bray
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Woodhouse. Museum Makes a Pentacle Killing,’ ” Will learn aloud. He frowned and waved the paper approximately. “What’s this? ” Evie snatched the paper away and saved examining. “ ‘New York urban, that bustling city, is not any stranger to violence. Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, and the remainder of the Brownsville Boys of homicide, Inc. , have saved the our bodies piling up quicker than the law enforcement officials can take bribes to appear the wrong way. however the Pentacle Murders have given even hardened New Yorkers the heebie-jeebies. moms won’t allow their little ones play stickball at the streets after darkish. Shopgirls spend their richly deserved dough on taxis instantly domestic to their cold-water apartments in Murray Hill and Orchard highway. The Sultan of Swing, Mr. Babe Ruth himself, has promised a five-hundred-dollar gift for info resulting in the trap of the foul fiend. yet in the middle of this new york homicide mania, there's one joint that’s raking it in—the Museum of yank Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. That’s the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies to you parents within the be aware of. ’ Unc, the museum made the papers! ” Evie persevered. “ ‘Their enterprise is something spooky, and whatever spooky is sweet for enterprise. On a contemporary Friday, this reporter witnessed a mob scene parked outdoor the doorways of the previous Cornelius T. Rathbone mansion close to valuable Park. That’s as the curator of the museum, Professor William Fitzgerald’—oh, Unc! That’s you! ” Evie exclaimed. “ ‘… helps the recent York boys in blue determine what makes this diabolical killer tick within the wish of discovering him ahead of he moves back. He’s aided in his paintings by way of his niece, pass over Evie O’Neill, overdue of Zenith, Ohio, a comely seventeen-year-old Sheba who understands her onions approximately every little thing from witches’ coifs to the bones of chinese language conjurers. but if this reporter attempted to get the products at the hunt for a killer, the dame performed coy. “I’m afraid I can’t touch upon that,” she stated and batted these child blues. Fellas, commence lining up. There’s a couple of killer during this city. ’ ” Evie attempted to maintain the grin from her face. T. S. Woodhouse had come via finally. “Evangeline, did you communicate to this Woodhouse fellow? ” Will demanded. Evie’s eyes went huge. “Unc, I had no thought he was once a reporter! He used to be a paying buyer. I gave him the travel. whilst he begun asking questions, I stonewalled him. He performed me for a chump, that cad! ” “You need to be extra cautious. increase a brand new Yorker’s epidermis. ” Will tapped a moment cigarette opposed to the desk, packing down the tobacco prior to lighting fixtures it. “Whatever occurred to target, fair reporting? ” “Haven’t you heard? It doesn’t promote papers,” Jericho stated. “You’re so correct, Unc. That Woodhouse is a rat. yet he did point out the museum, at least,” Evie acknowledged. “Do you recognize what this suggests? ” Will blew dual streams of smoke from his nostrils. “Trouble,” he stated. the telephone rang, startling all of them. Will took the decision, his expression hardening. “We’ll meet you there. ” “What is it? ” Evie requested. “The Pentacle Killer has struck back. ” THE BOGEYMAN Will and Evie have been met on the entrance door of the Grand Masonic hotel via a small guy with a skinny mustache whose around black spectacles magnified his eyes into huge, blinking blue orbs that made Evie ponder an owl.