Before she could turn and head
toward the surface, a strange, awful thing happened. Tremendous
suction suddenly drew her toward the bottom. With all her might,
Trixie fought, kicking hard against the concrete floor to force herself to
the surface of the water. With every thrust, she was caught tighter
in the whirling maelstrom that drew her murderously into her vortex.
The drain had been opened!
Water was flowing with monstrous force through the outlet. Trixie
was caught in its spiralling speed!
For a brief moment, her head rose
above the water. Gasping, she caught a deep breath and screamed in
terror. With renewed strength, she slashed the water, kicking
desperately and flailing her arms. Using every ounce of strength,
she fought her way out of the pull of the water to safety at the pool's
There, summoned by her scream, the
boys and Honey found her. Huddled around her, they soothed and
reassured her. Honey held her dearest friend and soothed her sandy
curls. Color returned to Trixie's face. Strength slowly
returned to her body.
"Somebody tampered with that
drain," she said faintly.
The Mystery on the Mississippi
Trixie Belden and the Mystery on the Mississippi
The ghost writer is unknown but could possibly be Stack
as she lived in St Louis, Missouri where this book was set.
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. Promise of Adventure
2. Catfish Princess
3. Good News
4. Something in the Air
5. Moonlight Music
7. Bob-White Luck
9. Early-Morning Swim
10. Off to Hannibal
11. Surprise at Jackson's Island
12. St. Peter
13. The Aguileras Again
14. A New Development
15. On the Steamboat
16. A Key
Sleepyside, New York and St. Louis, Missouri
The Bob-Whites take a trip to St Louis on a
business trip with Mr Wheeler with thoughts of seeing space ships and re-living
the adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But mystery calls when Trixie finds
some stranger papers in the waste basket of their room and they are followed
everywhere by a mysterious stranger who wants his papers back. The
Bob-Whites become involved in a dangerous adventure that sees Trixie almost
killed on several occasions and Honey's trusting nature leads them to the most
dangerous situation of all.
Jim Frayne - newly 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
Dan Mangan - Regan's nephew and a Bob-White
Mr Wheeler - Honey's father
Mr Brandio - Mr Wheeler's business associate
Pierre Lontard - strange man in Trixie and Honey's room
Captain Martin - Captain of the Catfish Princess
Elena Aguilera - cook on board the Catfish Princess
Juan Aguilera - husband on Elena and deckhand on Catfish Princess
Paul - deckhand on Catfish Princess
Deena - waitress on Catfish Princess
Bob - offers the Bob-Whites a ride in his speed boat, Comet
Lem Watkins - a boy who takes the Bob-Whites on a real Huck Finn experience
and holds another piece to the puzzle
Pierre Lontard alias Diego Martinez was a South American gun smuggler who
kidnapped Trixie and Honey and threatened to kill them.
Elena and Juan Aguilera were his accomplices.
Honey trusted Elena despite Trixie's suspicions, but Elena's compassionate
nature may have saved them from certain death.
Points of Interest:
Dan coaches little league baseball, but is able to find a replacement for
this trip (p. 15). Di is unable to go as she is away for a month with her
Brian and Jim are both seniors (p. 17). So
this implies they're about to enter their senior year, although earlier books
(#10) suggest that they were in their senior year before the academic year
Trixie admits to having premonitions (p. 24).
Now her hunches seem to have a supernatural basis!
Jim tells Trixie "Don't let Brian and me
influence you, Trix" (p. 26). Since when did Brian and Jim want to
stop influencing Trixie?
Dan is finally given a brain and a role in this
book, and he is as suspicious as Trixie and supports her theories. This is
really only the second mystery he's been on with Trixie, yet he knows better
than Brian, Jim and Mart.
Trixie explains the Bob-Whites to Captain Martin
(p. 66). For a club that's supposed to be semi-secret, they seem to tell
almost everyone they meet and in front of Mrs Aguilera, whom Trixie was
instantly suspicious of.
According to Honey, Jim calls Trixie:
"Intrepid Trixie" (p. 67). Since when?
Honey says of Mrs Aguilera: "I think I know
people pretty well, and I'd trust her with anything. She's so
motherly." (p. 89)
Dan gets the best lines: "I wish the time
would come when you don't know all the answers, Mart" (p. 93).
Jim apparently has a speed boat of his own on the
Hudson (p. 105).
Honey suggests they foster a child with the reward
money (p. 233-234).