The Mystery Next Door Author:Audrey & William Roos "Fatso," Wayne calls Adele. "Puny," she calls him. But as much as Adele bond and Wayne Kaufman like making fun of each other, they take themselves seriously. They have to, what with their parents and peers and all. — About the only person they can relax with is their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Smallwood, a delightful invalid who hasn't --more's ... more »the pity--been out of her mansion in nearly two years now. Wayne and Adele are in the habit of dropping in on Mrs. Smallwood, listening to her as she bats out "Red Hot Mama" on the organ in her music room. Then suddenly visitors arrive, and the music stops, and the Smallwood maid leaves town, and Adele and Wayne are turned away from the door. Not even the Major can tell them what's going on! Can Tom the Cat?
A good-humored and gently perceptive farce, in which Wayne and Adele arrive at answers to some of their own problems as they puzzle out the solution to the "mystery" next door.« less