Jim, Brian, and Mart, who had heard
the girls racing downstairs, joined them in time to hear Honey answer in
her sweetest voice that they would love to have a swim and would be right
over. Playfully taking the receiver away from Honey, Brian asked if
the invitation included only the girls.
"You, too, of course!"
answered Peter gaily. "You think I'm crazy? I'd never
hear the last of it if Cap or the other guys saw me swimming alone with
three beautiful mermaids. I'll meet you in front of our gate in ten
minutes," he added, "so step on it!"
It didn't take them long to get into
their suits, and, taking beach towels as well as shirts and shorts to put
on after their swim, they set out for the gate of the Oldest House.
On the way over, Jim, looking intently at Trixie, said "Isn't that a
new suit, Trix? Nice color." Without waiting for an
answer, he dashed ahead to talk to Brian and Mart.
whispered to Honey and Di, "he actually noticed what color it
The Mystery on Cobbett's Island
Trixie Belden and the Mystery on Cobbett's Island
The ghost writer of this book is uncertain, but it is thought to be Virginia
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. An Unexpected Invitation
2. Foul Weather
3. An Emergency
4. The Neighbour
5. The Letter
6. Mystery in the Toolshed
7. The Gazebo
8. A Sailing Lesson
9. An Accident
10. Jimmy's Place
11. The Captain's Tales
12. The Mysterious Stranger
13. Teacups and Sailboats
14. Another Clue
15. Jelly Doughnuts
16. The Chart and the Compass
17. A Little Black Box
18. Trixie's Tops
Sleepyside, New York and Cobbett's Island - three to four hours from
The Bob-Whites (minus Dan) head to
Cobbett's Island with Miss Trask, where Mr Wheeler has rented a house, The
Moorings, for the summer. The adventure begins as they finish their
journey amidst a storm and they find the caretaker injured. Later that
night, Trixie finds an old letter in a book and as they search for the author
and recipient of the letter, they become good friends with their neighbour,
Peter Kimball. Peter shares with them the joy of sailing and they become
involved in an adventure involving sailboat racing, trying to stop vandalism and
the search for money hidden an age ago that could benefit a family in need.
Jim Frayne - adopted son of the Wheeler's
Honey Wheeler - Trixie's best friend
Brian Belden - Trixie's eldest brother
Mart Belden - Trixie's "almost twin" brother
Diana Lynch - a classmate and neighbour
Miss Trask - Manager of Manor House and chaperone to the Bob-Whites
Celia Delanoy - the Wheeler's Maid
Tom Delanoy - the Wheeler's chauffeur
Peter Kimball - a neighbour in Cobbett's Island
Elmer "El" Thomas - caretaker of The Moorings.
Dr Holmes - old doctor who comes to help El after his accident
Mrs Kimball - Peter's mother
Mr Kimball - Peter's father
Abe White - Cobbett's Island police officer
Captain Price - captain of the Coast Guard
Cap - Peter's friend who goes sailing with them
Captain Clark - seafarer and storyteller
Ethel Hall - widow of the letter writer
Ed Hall - son of the the letter writer
Slim Novarski - responsible for shooting out the buoy lights and shadowed the
Bob-Whites as they tracked down the money. He confronted them with a gun
before Trixie managed to outwit them.
Points of Interest:
It's June and the Bob-Whites have just finished school and weren't sure how
they were going to spend their summer. Timeline goes out of whack given
that they spent the previous two books away from home.
Mr Wheeler rented the house on Cobbett's Island so
he could go deep-sea fishing on the weekends, but he and Mrs Wheeler went to
South America on business.
Cobbett's Island is three hours away from
Trixie has $59.72 in her college fund (p. 18) and
had just graduated from junior high school.
Honey's eyes are described as "hazel and
beautifully soft" (p. 19). Di had "large eyes that were
sometimes deep blue and sometimes almost purple" (p. 25).
Jim "managed by some unobtrusive maneuvering"
to seat himself next to her (Trixie) on the backseat" (p. 28).
Mart tells Peter that Sleepyside isn't far from
Fahnestock and they drive up there to ski whenever they can as it has a ski lift
and snow machine (p. 71-72).
Brian comments that "football was never like
this" (p. 79). Since when did he play football?
Amusingly enough, Mart doesn't know what monogamous
(p. 105) means! Is that a sign of things to come?
Jim has apparently had boxing training (p.
215). He seems to do all the fighting while Mart and Brian stand by and