Authors: David A. Adler
The Cam Jansen Series
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize
Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54
Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House
Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Barking Treasure Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery
Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery
Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery—25th Anniversary Special
Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries—A Super Special
Cam Jansen and the Mystery Writer Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Sports Day Mysteries—A Super Special
Cam Jansen and the Basketball Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Graduation Day Mystery
ON’T FORGET ABOUT THE
ANSEN SERIES FOR YOUNGER READERS
David A. Adler
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First published in the United States of America by Viking,
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Text copyright © David Adler, 2012
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA
Adler, David A.
Cam Jansen and the millionaire mystery / by David A. Adler.
p. cm.—(Cam Jansen; )
Summary: Using her excellent memory, Cam Jansen, aided by her friend
Eric, investigates the disappearance of Mrs. Scott’s valuable pearl
necklace during a charity brunch.
[1. Lost and found possessions—Fiction. 2. Stealing—Fiction.
3. Memory—Fiction. 4. Mystery and detective stories.] I. Title.
PZ7.A2615 Caaej 2011 [Fic]—dc23 2011039464
Printed in China
Set in ITC New Baskerville Std
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For my Young Aunt Judy
Dedicated to the Cameron Park
Awesome you are.
Table of Contents
“May I take your coats?” the man at the front door asked.
“Will he give them back?” Eric Shelton whispered to his mother.
“Yes. When we’re ready to leave, he’ll give them back.”
The man was wearing a fancy black suit and small black bow tie.
Eric and his mother gave the man their coats. So did Cam Jansen and her mother. They were at the apartment of Ellen and Aaron Scott for a charity brunch. The apartment was on the top two floors of one of the tallest buildings in the city.
“Thank you for coming,” a woman in a fireman’s uniform told people as they entered the apartment. She smiled at Cam and Eric. She gave them each a red plastic fire hat.
The brunch was to raise money for a new firehouse.
Cam and Eric put on the hats. Then they all walked into a large dining room. On the table were trays of food.
“Look at all the fish and salads,” Mrs. Shelton said.
“Look at all the cake and cookies,” Eric said.
A waiter gave them each a plate.
“Fish and salad first,” Mrs. Jansen told Cam and Eric. “Cake and cookies later.”
Cam and Eric put some food on their plates. While they were eating, an old woman in a long gray dress stood by the entrance to the room. She tapped on a large glass.
Ting! Ting! Ting
People in the room stopped eating and talking.
“I’m Ellen Scott,” the woman announced. “Welcome to my home. Later, I hope you’ll come upstairs. There are more desserts there. Music will be played, and from our large windows, you’ll see beautiful views of—”
Ellen Scott stopped talking. She was staring at Cam.
“Are you that girl with the great memory?” she asked.
“Yes,” Cam’s mother said. “This is my daughter, Cam Jansen, and she does have a great memory. It’s as if she has a camera in her head and pictures of everything she’s ever seen.”