Oval paperback 1978

 

"I guess Eric isn't such a sadistic guide, after all."  

"He certainly is very good-looking," Di sighed. 

"You would think so," said Mart jealously.  Pointing to his short blond hair, he muttered to Brian and Jim, "Maybe I should grow wild curls myself.  They seem to drive the ladies mad."  

"Don't you dare!" cried Di.  "We like you just the way you are.  You're a real individual, Mart."  

"Good-bye, wild curls - hello, Di," Mart said happily.

The Mystery at Mead's Mountain (p. 80-81)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title :
Trixie Belden and the Mystery on Mead's Mountain

Author :
Kathryn Kenny
The ghost writer is thought to be Virginia McDonnell

First Published :
1978

Chapter Titles :
1.  Mr. Wheeler's Plan
2.  Swirls in the Snow
3.  A Dubious Welcome
4.  Locked Doors, Missing Quarters
5.  A Ski Lesson
6.  A Cabin in the Woods 
7.  Snowfield Danger
8.  Clues and Conversations
9.  Mr. Moonshine
10. An Evening to Remember
11. A Brush with Death
12. An Accident - and a Warning
13. Some Answers
14. Evidence!
15. In the Cabin
16. Suspects
17. A Meeting at Porcupine Pond
18. Where is Ellen?
19. A Very Happy New Year

Setting :
Sleepyside, New York and Groverville, Vermont.

Synopsis :
When the Bob-Whites struggle to find money to pay for their car insurance, Mr Wheeler offers them a job investigating a ski lodge he is considering buying.  They take this job seriously but also get caught up in some strange occurrences at the lodge.  Everyone becomes a suspect as they try to find out who wants them off Mead's Mountain and the mystery behind the strange white-haired man in the mountain.

Characters : 
Trixie Belden
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
Tom Delanoy - the Wheeler's chauffeur
Matthew Wheeler - Honey's father
Madeleine Wheeler - Honey's mother
Bob Murphy - Mr Wheeler's pilot
Pat O'Brien - caretaker of the ski lodge
Katie O'Brien - Pat's wife and caretaker
Rosie O'Brien - their daughter
Eric - ski instructor at the lodge
Wanda and Linda Fleming - staff at the lodge
Jenny Fleming - their younger sister
Mrs Fleming - their mother
Bert Mitchell - a marine and a guest at the lodge
Jack Cardiff - a marine and a guest at the lodge
Jim Carlyle - music teacher who performed at the Purple Turnip
Carl Stevenson - the white-haired man who lives in the cabin in the woods
Ellen - Eric's mother and Carl's daughter

Villains :
Bert Mitchell and Jack Cardiff - they force Stevenson to make counterfeit money by kidnapping his daughter.  Bert planned to double cross Jack.

Points of Interest:
It's strange to have another counterfeiting plot so soon after #20 The Mystery Off Old Telegraph Road.

There is an immediate link with past books of this author when Mr Wheeler mentions George Kimball, a character in #13 The Mystery on Cobbett's Island.

It's ironic that the Bob-Whites had no problems accepting a car from the Wheeler's, but they won't accept a loan or a gift of money to pay their car insurance.

This is another trip Dan can't go on - 'he promised Judge Harding he'd spend vacation working with young kids from the juvenile home' (p. 25).

Trixie tells Bob that she can't drive, but in an earlier book she says that she practices on her driveway (p. 31).

Their beige volkswagen is christened the Tan Van by Mart and Di (p. 30).

Di claims that she's interested in art (p. 60) and later tells Jim that she wants to major in art at college (p. 142).  She is currently taking art and has to have 25 good sketches for art class ready by the end of semester.

Honey manages to lose her good gold watch again, after losing it in #8 The Black Jacket Mystery (p. 70). 

Di's art knowledge and her parent's connections come in handy when she solves the mystery of the white-haired man.   He is the hermit artist, Carl Stevenson.

Trixie demonstrates a handy skill.  She can unlock a door with a plastic card (p. 165-66).

"Are you three alright?" Miss Trask asks after Trixie, Honey and Jim walk in - Jim has a cut on his forehead, a badly bruised eye and a puffy face!  (p. 198).