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Book Title: The Secret of Terror Castle|
The size of the: 714 KB
Edition: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: May 12th 1985
The author of the book: Robert Arthur
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780394864013
Read full description of the books The Secret of Terror Castle:I loved The Three Investigators Series as a kid, and loved re-reading almost all of the 30-plus books as an adult. "The Secret Of Terror Castle" is a worthy introduction — full of spooky pre-Manson Family atmosphere in the Hollywood Hills, loaded with genuine mystery and populated by humorous but likable characters. Plus, you know ... Alfred Hitchcock himself.
The story: Jupiter Jones and friends Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews (their ages are never given, but they seem to be about 14 or 15 years old) decide to launch their own investigative agency from their home base in the fictional Southern California beach town of Rocky Beach. Jupiter decides that the best way to get established is to convince film director Alfred Hitchcock to be their advocate. Hitchcock is equally amused and irritated by their persistence to enlist him, but finally he allows them to help him find a suitable nearby location for a haunted-house movie. That leads the boys to the secluded Terror Castle, once home to a silent-film star who disappeared years before. The castle, true to its billing, is full of creepy atmospherics that send the boys running — and then coming back. Eventually they discover that real people are behind the frights — and then they set out to discover who they are, and why they're terrorizing anybody who darkens their doorway.
The story is fast-paced and formulaic. But in the hands of Arthur, who penned the first 10 volumes in the series, the writing is better, deeper and richer than, say, any tale in the Hardy Boys mysteries. The action breathes a little easier, allowing more room for context and character to emerge fully formed. And the mysteries themselves are satisfying — Arthur gives the reader a chance to figure out the solution along with his young sleuths, but usually tucks away some surprises in store that only the smartest youths could possibly puzzle out. I'm happy to say that I was rarely equal to challenge of these intricate plots.
I love these books. Even though I'm 45 years old, I own most of them, and I'll probably read them all again before long.
Read information about the authorRobert Jay Arthur, Jr. was a mystery writer known for The Mysterious Traveler radio series and his Three Investigators series of novels. He is frequently confused with the film producer Robert Arthur, who was nine days older than mystery writer Robert Arthur, Jr.
Robert Arthur, Jr. wrote a number of mystery books, mostly for children, and he also worked on the anthology television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
In the 1950s and 1960s, as an uncredited ghost editor, Arthur anonymously compiled more than a dozen anthologies of mystery, suspense and supernatural stories which were purportedly edited by Alfred Hitchcock; these books were authorized by the real Hitchcock but were entirely edited by Arthur, who typically included at least one of his own stories in most of the anthologies in addition to ghostwriting for each book a foreword allegedly authored by Hitchcock.
Arthur, along with his writing partner David Kogan, was twice honored by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama: In 1950, for Murder by Experts, and again in 1953, for The Mysterious Traveler. Robert Arthur, Jr. died in Philadelphia in 1969.
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