Trixie glanced behind her.
Harrison's derby hat sat neatly in the exact middle of the backseat.
It looked as dignified and as correct as its owner.
"Why was Di so anxious about
it?" she asked.
"Oh, you know Di," Jim
answered vaguely. "I think she just wanted to show the rest of
the staff that she was able to look after everything. I can
Trixie frowned. "Well, I
don't understand it at all. It's not like Di to be so bossy."
"Maybe, Trix," Jim said
gently, "it's because you're so used to running things
"But I'm not bossy,"
Jim grinned at her to take the sting
out of his words. "Oh, sometimes you are. Just a little
bit, maybe. But then, I guess someone's got to be the boss."
Trixie wasn't sure she liked this
thought at all.
"I thought we were all
bosses," she said slowly.
Jim decided to drop the subject.
The Mystery of the Headless
Horseman (p. 114-115)
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Headless Horseman
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Joan
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. A Mysterious Disappearance
2. The Search
3. Trixie's Monster
4. To the Rescue
5. Curiouser and Curiouser
6. The Missing Vase
7. The Phantom Rider
8. The Horse Wore Socks
9. Trouble Ahead
10. Derby Surprise
11. Trixie Is Worried
13. The Phantom Rides Again
14. Bob-White Breakup?
15. Museum Mystery
16. "The Butler Did It!"
Sleepyside, New York.
The Bob-Whites plans for a fundraising
Bazaar go awry when Harrison, Di's butler, goes missing. The search leads
them to Sleepyside Hollow where they find Harrison injured and locked in the
cellar and Trixie suspects there is more to the story than he is letting
on. Her suspicions cause a rift between her and Di which widens as Trixie
tries to find a missing vase and clear the name of a dead man. Did the
butler really do it, and can Trixie use a simple riddle and the mysterious
alphabet trees to solve the mystery? Or will she and Honey be frightened
off by the headless horseman that rides the woods of Sleepyside Hollow?
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
Harrison - the Lynches butler
Rose Crandall - the owner of Sleepyside Hollow and widow of Jonathan Crandall,
former curator of the Sleepyside Museum.
Polly Ward - Rose's sister
Dr Ferris - Sleepyside doctor
Janet Gray - museum guide
Charlie Burnside - museum guard
Richard Parkinson - owner of the missing Ming vase
Alfred Dunham - acting curator of the Sleepyside museum
Alfred Dunham - he stole the Lynches Lien-Ting and tried to steal the vase
from the Bob-Whites at gun point.
Points of Interest:
Di, Honey and Trixie are said to be in the ninth grade, while Dan and Mart are
sophomores and Brian and Jim are seniors (p. 18).
Regan must have received a promotion from groom to
trainer: 'His uncle, Bill Regan, who was the Wheelers' horse trainer...' (p.
Trixie refers to a mystery that Honey and the
reader knows nothing about: 'Don't you remember? We were here once before,
quite a while ago. We were tracking down a hot lead on one of our
mysteries, but Brian took a wrong turn in his old jalopy. We found
ourselves on that little road down there.' (p. 40)
The relationship between Di and Trixie is strained
in this book as Di grows into a leader and Trixie doesn't like it:
'Trixie glanced at her sharply. What was
wrong with Di? She had a funny lah-di-dah tone in her voice that Trixie
had never heard her use before. It was almost as if - that was it - as if
Di was playing a part on the stage.
And the role she's playing is Lady Diana of the
Lynch estate, Trixie thought. She was not sure she liked it.'
Trixie was a 'candy striper' but in #16 The
Mystery of the Missing Heiress, she was a 'volunteen' (p. 132).
LOL! Trixie accuses Jim of not noticing
anything (p. 137).
Trixie has a bet with Mart that he can't train
Reddy within a week. They eventually work out that Reddy will do the
opposite of what they tell him to do and Reddy saves the day when the Bob-Whites
find themselves at gun point:
'Trixie had a sudden idea. "Oh, Henry, forgive me!" she
whispered. Then in a loud voice she called, "Reddy! Don't
chase the cat!"
In one second, Reddy was in the room. In another second, he had dashed
between a pair of legs in dark trousers.
Their wearer didn't have a chance. His legs shot out from under him just
as his fingers were closing around the precious box.
"Get him, boys!" Brian yelled, diving for the gun.
Jim, Mart and Dan joyfully obeyed. There were sounds of a loud scuffle on
the floor. Then there was silence.
From the top of a bookcase, Henry yawned and began to wash himself. Reddy,
who had not come anywhere close to catching him, looked bitterly disappointed'