INWOOD — Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have nothing on these kid detectives.
Siblings Jack Gore, 10, and Phoebe Gore, 7, founders of the Gore & Gore Detective Agency, already have three solved cases under their belt. They’re organized, quick and know what it takes to build a solid reputation solving mysteries.
With only a few weeks in business — and using nothing more than a whiteboard, notepad, handmade fliers and a customized badge their grandfather, a retired lieutenant of the NYPD, gave them — the brother-and-sister duo have helped their neighbors find everything from a lost dog tag to an earring to a wad of cash.
The red-headed pair have only one demand from their would-be clients: "We don't want them to waste our time," Jack said. "We tell them, 'no dishonesty.' "
For Inwood resident Lisa Rainwater, a call from the pint-sized gumshoes came as a surprise, since she didn't realize she had misplaced her dog Willoby's name tag.
“They told me they had found a dog tag in Isham [Park],” Rainwater said, “and I looked at Willoby and sure enough, it was missing.”
It was their first case, Jack said, but it was nonetheless solved rather quickly. The kids came across the tag while walking in Inwood Hill Park, called the number listed on it and arranged to meet with Rainwater, Jack explained.
Rainwater said that when she met the kids near the entrance to the park, Phoebe handed her the dog tag while Jack handed her a flier for their agency.
“They were very professional,” she said.
Although the kids charge $6 per case, Rainwater said they didn’t ask for money that day, since it was a case the Gore & Gore Detective Agency picked up itself.
“They said, ‘This is our service to you,’” she said with a laugh. “It was the highlight of my day — if not my week or year.”
The kids' mother, Tara Kapoor, said she enjoys seeing the passion they put into solving cases. The “training” comes in handy and keeps them alert as to what’s going on around them.
“They’re pretty in tune,” she said.
Kapoor said her kids' keen sense of observation helped them solve their favorite case — when they found $820 in cash tucked inside an envelope on the ground in the lobby of their apartment building.
The pair put up flier announcing they'd found the money and asking its owner to come forward.
"We asked them to tell us the exact amount, what it was in [and] where they were walking," Jack said.
The real owner — a nanny who worked in their apartment building — called immediately and they were able to return the cash.
"It was her weekly pay," Kapoor said. "She was so grateful."
The kids said they learned everything they know from reading mystery and detective books, like the "Jigsaw Jones" series and Nancy Drew novels.
Jack added that he also gets inspiration from watching “intense” episodes of "Law & Order."
“I can tell if someone is telling a lie by watching their eyes," he said.
Phoebe added she has learned how to dust for fingerprints using simple tools like powder and a brush.
Their mother loves how the work keeps the kids entertained and involved in their community.
“It’s good, old-fashioned fun,” she said. “They’re involved with each other, and it teaches them independence.”
The Gores, however, said they realize some good cases will be hard to come by.
“Not too many people are going to call two kids for cases," Jack said. "They’re mostly going to call the cops.”
“But we’re hoping to get calls for missing dogs or something,” Phoebe added.