Monday, December 1, 2014

German Three Investigators Poisoned E-Mail, Dangerous Quiz Show, and Canyon of Demons

In Poisoned E-Mail, Mrs. Baker was attacked by jellyfish while diving near Rocky Beach.  She is now traumatized, because her computer is infected with a virus that has filled the screen with images of jellyfish.  Both the Three Investigators and Santa Monica detective Dick Perry were called about the case, and Mrs. Baker ultimately gives the case to Perry.  Undaunted, the Three Investigators decide to try to solve the case before Perry.

This book contains expletives.

On page 9, the titles of several Hitchcock movies are mentioned, and on page 76, a man is said to look like he could be Alfred Hitchcock's brother.

In the German books, the ghost-to-ghost hookup is called a "phone avalanche."  In this book, the Three Investigators instead use an "e-mail avalanche."  The boys have adapted to modern times!

It took me a bit longer to get through this book.  The story dragged for me, and I felt like events were not progressing fast enough or in a very interesting fashion.  I began skimming the book during the last 30 or more pages.

In Dangerous Quiz Show, Justus won a contest and will appear as a contestant on a quiz show on television. Upon his arrival, host Nick Nobel behaves like a desperate man.  He pulls Justus aside and tells him that his daughter has been kidnapped.  Justus must answer riddles supplied by the kidnappers while live on the air, or else Clarissa may not ever return home.

Morton makes an appearance.  Morton is the name given to Worthington in the German books.  It is explained that Morton's service with the Rolls Royce was won in a contest for a period of 30 days, which was later extended by a thankful client.  The Three Investigators do not wish to take advantage of the offer, so they only ask for Morton's services occasionally. 

This story has mild expletives.

I enjoyed this story.

In Canyon of Demons, Ewan Donovan's beloved horse is stolen while at a horse show.  The Three Investigators take the case and soon learn that the horse may carry a clue to a hidden treasure.

Native Americans are referred to as "redskins" all through this book.  The story contains mild expletives.

While I enjoyed this story, I suspect that the quality was impacted when the story was condensed for the English translation.  The original German text is probably better.

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