Monday, September 1, 2014
The Three Investigators #25 Dancing Devil and #26 Headless Horse
The boys are on spring vacation.
This book overall struck me as a bit silly. Over and over, someone dressed as the Dancing Devil jumps out at the boys and scares them. I was reminded of the silly plot devices in some of the higher-numbered Nancy Drew books, such as The Mystery of the 99 Steps when the villains left Nancy warning notes constantly, which actually helped her solve the case.
I enjoyed this book except for the Dancing Devil scenes.
This book starts with the boys leaving school for the day.
My book is the first printing and has two mistakes that I noticed. Page 43, line 11 has an extraneous line by Skinny Norris which should not be there. On page 123, Sebastián is misspelled as Sebastien
Page 52 mentions "the gloomy bust of Alfred Hitchcock on the filing cabinet." This is an interesting reference to the original cover art of #2 The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot.
This book has long stretches where Jupiter and Diego investigate one lead while Bob and Pete investigate another. The Three Investigators make good use of their time by examining two paths at the same time.
This book is outstanding from start to finish.