The Ted Wilford series by Norvin Pallas is lauded as an outstanding juvenile series. The series is extremely difficult to complete. A number of the books are nearly impossible to find or are impossible to find. The higher-numbered titles are easier to find than the lower-numbered titles. I wanted to try this series, but I quickly determined that I could not put forth the investment in purchasing more than one or two books without making certain that I would end up liking the series. The series consists of 15 titles.
1. The Secret of Thunder Mountain, 1951
2. The Locked Safe Mystery, 1954
3. The Star Reporter Mystery, 1955
4. The Singing Trees Mystery, 1956
5. The Empty House Mystery, 1957
6. The Counterfeit Mystery, 1958
7. The Stolen Plans Mystery, 1959
8. The Scarecrow Mystery, 1960
9. The Big Cat Mystery, 1961
10. The Missing Witness Mystery, 1962
11. The Baseball Mystery, 1963
12. The Mystery of Rainbow Gulch, 1964
13. The Abandoned Mine Mystery, 1965
14. The S. S. Shamrock Mystery, 1966
15. The Greenhouse Mystery, 1967
I found a copy of #14 The S.S. Shamrock Mystery
to try. I had the book in my possession for a while before I finally
read it. While I enjoyed the story, I was not able to determine whether
I liked it enough to want to purchase any additional titles. I looked
over the online offerings, but most of the books available were not in
very good shape and were a bit expensive overall.
kept having this nagging feeling that I needed to read another Ted
Wilford to see what I thought. I did manage to find copies of #11 The Baseball Mystery and #15 The Greenhouse Mystery
which were priced reasonably enough for me to be willing to purchase
them without being sure of how much I would enjoy them. Around five
months passed before I finally got around to reading The Greenhouse Mystery.
The plot moves slowly, but the story is interesting and very engaging.
I greatly enjoyed the book, enough to finally make the difficult
decision to commit to purchasing as much of the set as I could.
goal was to get the few copies in dust jacket that I could and then to
acquire library bindings with the picture on the front cover. That way,
I would have a book with a cover illustration regardless. Besides, I
enjoy library editions and do not mind library editions. As long as I
had a representation of the cover art, I would be happy.
few books can be found for under $30, but the supply is very limited.
Most titles will cost more than $30, and some of the books are
practically impossible to find. Furthermore, the books will be reading
copies, not collector editions. I managed to acquire 10 of the 15
books, most of which are reading copies.
All books are library discards except for The Big Cat Mystery, which is a copy sent out by the publisher for review.
I finished reading other sets of books that I had recently acquired, I
commenced with reading the second book in the Ted Wilford series.