“I’ll do that,” said Ralphie and started to type.        

“Where would they have taken us, do you think, Tomcat?” asked Alex.  

“Well, good question, because we weren’t that far away from the Stark residence, so you might have been taken there. It looks as though that was their centre of operations.”

        “How long have they been plotting against us, Clifford?” asked Filly.

        Tompkins stood up and walked around the table to the drawer of a desk. He pulled out a large piece of paper and a pen.

        “Let’s try and work this out, because it didn’t happen too long ago,” he said, writing dates on the paper.

“See these dates here,” he said, pointing to the paper, “we found out about Stalin 2.0’s arrival on this date, just after you returned from Bulgaria. As we now know, the imminent arrival of the great Russian leader appears to have been a hoax and was designed to show some people close to us, how well organised we were and the size of our network of patriotic pals.”

        Tompkins wrote down the names of those involved in any surveillance of Stalin 2.0 and his / her followers.

        “I might be sticking my neck out here, but I believe we can trust those people,” he said placing the sheet on the table, “I should add all those present round this table. All these people volunteered to help, and I looked them all in the eye at the time and they fully believed in what they were doing. You see that the list includes Dapper Dan, but not Stalky and Spinky, which is odd in Spinky’s case but not Stalky’s. I have a hunch we should head back to London and visit two of the people not on that list, namely Dr. Black and Rev Green. If we could work out who Mr. Steeple is, that would be even better.”