Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Trixie Belden #27 Mystery of the Ghostly Galleon and #28 Hudson River Mystery

In Trixie Belden #27, The Mystery of the Ghostly Galleon, the Bob-Whites spend the weekend at Miss Trask's family home Pirate's Inn, on the Hudson River.  Trixie hopes to solve the mystery of how old Captain Trask vanished from the dining room many years before.  Instead, Trixie finds herself working on the mystery of how Miss Trask's brother, Frank Trask, disappears from the dining room during dinner one evening.  Even worse, Mr. Trask's money has disappeared, and the Trask family may end up losing the inn when they fail to pay back their creditor.

Pretty much everything about this story is great.  I enjoyed Miss Trask's behavior when the Bob-Whites worry about imposing on her trip back home.  The banter between the Bob-Whites is quite good, and the story is quite engaging.

This is a very suspenseful story.  It is excellent.

In Trixie Belden #28, The Hudson River Mystery, Brian begins acting strange.  He is forgetful and uninterested, and he has a car accident.  Meanwhile, Trixie sees a shark in the Hudson River, but no one will believe her.  Trixie asks for help from an author who is staying in Sleepyside, and later, Trixie realizes that the author knows nothing about sharks.

The author of this book outs herself on page 153.  "Lawrence Krull was believed to be the only victim of the boating accident... Kathleen, his ex-wife, stated that Krull hunted sunken treasure."  This book was written by Kathleen Krull.  Clever!

This story is a bit weak.  It really has two unconnected plots that should have been connected.  When Brian gets sick, his illness should have been caused by a contaminant found near the Hudson River, since Brian had been spending his free time there.  After all, the book is The Hudson River Mystery, so it's odd that Brian's illness has nothing to do with it.

The other part of the plot has to do with someone trying to retrieve treasure from the river, and this part is a bit stupid.

All that aside, I really enjoyed the book and still consider it to be an excellent story.

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