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an action packed story set in Victorian Times
on 5 April 2010
The Montgomery Murder is a really exciting ,and sometimes scary, story about Alfie,a Victorian street boy and his gang who live by their wits .The scene is set in the Bloomsbury and St. Giles districts of London where many people lived in extreme poverty a bit like the street people of Calcutta today . Alfie gets caught sealing a loaf of bread and is hauled off to Bow Street police station.
This is where it starts to get exciting!Inspector Denham tells Alfie that he will forget about the stolen loaf if Alfie will use his knowlege of the neighbourhood to help the police solve the murder of a Mr Montgomery who has been garrotted.The gang befriend a young Indian boy,Mallesh, has come in on a ahip from India to find Mr Mongomery Mr Montgomery took a lage diamond that Mallesh's father found and Mallesh is looking for justice but the police think he murdered Mr Mongomery!
Sammy, Alfie's younger brother, who is blind, managed to get a job in the Montgomery household working as a knife boy in the basement. He cant see... but he can hear a pin drop! He overhears the shifty butler and another man talking about a bank. then Denis Montgomery,the murdered man's son and a Mr Scott from India discussing money.On his way home Sammy is kidnapped about what he has heard ,strangled and left for dead but Mutsy ,the gang's dog ,lead the rest of the boys to find Sammy in the nick of time to save his life. Alfie and the gang have more scary adventures following all the clues until they realise that the diamond may have been from a dimond mine that Mallesh's father found.Alfie gets back into the Montgomery house with the help of Sarah the scullery maid. They find a letter with deeds to a diamond mine in Mr Scotts room...so they know who the murderer is..and must get back to Inspector Denham to let him know bfore anyone discovers them but Mr. Scott comes back He dicovers them as they are escaping and shoots to kill!
This is a fantastic story and it really takes you back to what it was like living in Victorian England.