"Wouldn't it be smashing if
Priscilla turned out to be on one of the branches of our family
tree?" Gregory said with an admiring glance at Honey's golden hair.
Uh-oh, thought Trixie.Brian
had better watch out. Back in Sleepyside, Honey and Brian had
always had a special interest in each other. Of course, Honey's
so attractive that people take a special interest in her wherever we go,
Trixie thought fondly.
The Mystery of the Queen's
Necklace (p. 137-138)
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Queen's Necklace
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Owenita
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. Honey's Inheritance
2. Yankee, Go Home
3. In the Chamber of Horrors
4. Clues in the Catalog
5. Piccadilly Circus
6. The Crown Jewels
7. The Maroon Saloon
8. The Tweedies
9. A Hostile Host
12. To Market, To Market
13. Family Tree
14. Warwick Castle
15. A Midsummer Night's Dream
16. A Strange Disappearance
17. At the Castle Gate
18. All's Well That Ends Well
Sleepyside, New York and England.
When Honey inherits a necklace from a
great-great aunt, Mrs Wheeler enlists the help of Trixie, Jim and Mart to
research the necklace and the Hart family history in England. They set off
to England under Miss Trask's care, and try to uncover the origins of the
necklace. The four find themselves unwelcome in England and Trixie is
certain they are the targets off a pickpocket. When a stranger saves
Honey's life, he quickly becomes part of their lives as he and Miss Trask become
quite close. Trixie is suspicious of him, but can she convince the others
before it's too late and solve the mystery of the necklace?
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
Helen Belden - Trixie's mother
Peter Belden - Trixie's father
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Miss Margery Trask - Honey's governess
Gordie McDuff - the 'scot' who saved Honey's life
Misses Elizabeth and Mary Tweedie - locals of Stratford-on-Avon who befriend
Trixie and Honey
Andrew Hart - owner of Hartfield House
Anne Hart - his daughter
Gregory Hart - his son
Ferdie - "grey cap" - the pickpocket and McDuff's partner
Gordie McDuff and Ferdie "grey cap" - were con artists and
pickpockets who decided to aim for something bigger, Honey's necklace.
Points of Interest:
Mart was letting his hair grow which made him look more like Trixie, and Brian
is 17 (p. 16). Both Brian and Dan aren't able to go on the trip as they
have to work to earn money for college, and Di is away with her parents.
Honey has a great-great aunt Priscilla who lived in
New England, and whom she never knew (p. 21).
Mrs Wheeler's maiden name is Hart, and she believes
she is related to Shakespeare (p. 24).
The Bob-Whites, especially Trixie feel that they
are resented and Jim tells her that English resented the American tourists after
WWII, as the English were still on rations (p. 36). Later Trixie comments
(a little arrogantly) that there wouldn't be any London if the the US hadn't
entered the war and Miss Trask corrects her (p. 53).
They send postcards home. Mart writes to Di,
Trixie writes to Dan and Honey writes to Brian. Only Honey's postcard is
revealed to reader and she signs it "wish you were here" (p. 61).
Honey is so trusting, yet Trixie is instantly
suspicious of Gordie McDuff. This has tones of #15 The Mystery of the
Mississippi where Honey's trusting nature got them into trouble.
Honey and Trixie fight about McDuff and Honey
accuses Trixie of being jealous and afraid that Miss Trask might marry McDuff.
Trixie thinks Honey is being ridiculous, but is Honey really expressing her own
feelings? (p. 81-82)
Trixie and the others are disturbed by the changes
in Miss Trask's personality. She forgets the time (p. 90) and reprimands
Trixie severely when they are forced to leave the Shakespeare Hotel after Trixie
causes a disturbance with her laughter (p. 100-101).
Miss Trask's name is revealed when McDuff calls her
Marge and Honey tells them her sister writes letters to her, address to Margery
(p. 115). Later she appears in a pink evening gown and they are all quite
shocked (p. 130).
Jim gets a classic line: "I think I'm in love
- with a horse." (p. 149) Poor Trixie! However, his
priorities are clear when he finds the group at the end and 'threw his arms
around Trixie and whirled her until she was dizzy' (p. 207).