"Honestly!" said Julie crossly. "Mistresses! They don't listen. We want to tell her about a murder and she just charges off to get the tickets-"
"You don't think," said Ricky anxiously, "that we should abandon Ellie and go to the police instead?"
"Well, it's the same old business," said Julie impatiently. "We don't know where to find the police and we wouldn't know what to say to them if we did find them. No, no, Ellie is our only hope. Come on, we must get her to listen."
From CROOKS TOUR, Chapter 13, Crook in the Rain.