Dan grinned and jumped to herd
Trixie in the right direction. As he touched her arm, his grin
vanished, and Trixie felt his grip tighten on her arm.
"What's the matter, Dan?"
Glowering at her, Dan yanked her
toward Honey and seized her arm, too. He raised it toward his face.
"Dan?" Honey asked in an
"You crazy kids!" Dan
snapped. "You've been smoking marijuana!"
"No!" they protested.
"Don't lie to me. I know
the smell of it. I can smell it on you!"
Regan's face quickly flushed with
anger, matching Dan's. The yard filled with the sound of accusations
The clamor brought Miss Trask
hurrying from the house. The boys were shouting. Honey was
crying. Trixie was on the verge of tears herself.
Miss Trask put her arm about
Honey. "That's enough! All of you. What's this all
"Can't you smell it?" Dan
demanded. "They've been smoking marijuana!"
The Mystery of the Unseen
Treasure (p. 173-174).
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Unseen Treasure
The ghost writer of this book is believed to be Carl
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. Strangers in the Garden
2. Clues - and More Mystery
3. "Something Squishy"
4. Mr Hartman's Secret
5. Dan's Discovery
6. A Series of "Accidents"
7. Trixie Finds a Link
8. Night Watch
9. A Strange Plant
10. A Confession
12. The Unseen Treasure
Sleepyside, New York
A ride at the start of the summer holidays
leads to mystery when the Bob-Whites see a man pouring gasoline on the shed of a
kind neighbour. Trixie is determined to find the culprit who is trying to
destroy the small business of Mrs Elliot and they stumble across a marijuana
plantation and find themselves having to prove their own innocence. Trixie
manages to uncover the truth with the help of a retired policemen and a good
idea reveals a hidden treasure.
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 Bob-White and neighbour
Dan Mangan - a Bob-White and Regan's nephew
Helen Belden - Trixie's mother
Peter Belden - Trixie's father
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Miss Trask - Honey's governess
Celia Delanoy - the Wheeler's Maid
Regan - the Wheeler's Groom
Tom Delanoy - the Wheeler's chauffeur
Sergeant Molinson - head of the Sleepyside Police Force
Ethel Elliot - neighbour who has a small flower business
Max Elliot - step-son of Mrs Elliot
Charles Hartman - Mrs Elliot's neighbour and a retired policeman
Mrs Hartman - his wife
Al Finlay - "Mr Manton" owner of the Manton's Flower shop and a
criminal from New York
Ann Rinehart - used to live in Sleepyside and works as an assistant in the
Al Finlay - Dan knew of his from his New York days and he had some dealings
with Mrs Elliot's dead husband, Sam. He tries to ruin Mrs Elliot's
business and force her to sell her property to him.
Points of Interest:
This is a well written and researched book with no obvious inconsistencies.
It is summer time again and the Bob-Whites have
just finished school. The book commences in June.
Brian is seventeen years old. Mrs Belden
reveals that Ethel Elliot nee Rogers used to be her baby sitter when she was
Trixie is mad when Brian offers to drive her around
the lake, instead of going with Sergeant Molinson. Brian tells her that
because she is no longer a girl, but a young woman, Molinson must be accompanied
by a female policewoman to ride with Trixie (p. 71-72).
Charles Hartman is a lively old man who had retired
from the Albany police force and is still very much in love with his wife, who
he refers to as his bride.
June turns into July and Brian and Jim leave to
work as counselors at a boys camp. Strangely enough, Mart doesn't go but
Dan now has his driver's license and drives the Bob-White station wagon (p. 87).
Dan accuses the Bob-Whites of smoking marijuana in
an emotional scene that has Honey in tears and everyone else angry and upset (p.
Trixie has a useful ally in Charles Hartman and
they work well as a team. It would have been nice to see him appear in
later books. I think he would have enjoyed the challenge.