Trixie was suddenly furious.
"My Lucy books are no dumber than those Cosmo McNaught
science-fiction things you're always reading."
"It's not the same thing at
all," Mart drawled, cutting himself a huge wedge of pie.
"Cosmo is a superlative writer, and moreover, he's not covered with
Trixie could feel the hot tears
gathering behind her eyelids. She swallowed hard. I won't
let Mart make me cry, she told herself. I just won't!
All the same, she knew she was going to have to run to the blessed privacy
of her own room - and soon.
"I'm going to bed," she
said abruptly. "And by the way, you needn't worry about
tomorrow's arrangements, either of you. Dad, Moms, and the other
Bob-Whites have already been told about the plans for the trip."
"Thank you, 'Lucy' Belden
-" Mart began.
Reddy raised his head in sleepy
outrage as Brian suddenly rose to his feet and shoved his chair roughly
toward the table. "Sometimes, Mart," he said, "you go
too far. And Trixie's right! I don't think that Lucy
Radcliffe's Adventure in Paris is one bit sillier that Cosmo
McNaught's Journey to the Crab Nebula."
Mart flushed at the unaccustomed
criticism from his older brother. "It's not the same thing at
all," he mumbled.
Trixie was already halfway out the
door. But she was gratified to hear Brian add, "And one other
thing, Mart - if I were you, I wouldn't be quite so quick to poke fun at
Trixie's sudden hunches. If you think back, you'll realize they're
The Mystery of the Ghostly
Galleon (p. 30-31)
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Ghostly Galleon
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Joan
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. The Vanishing Pirate
2. A Family Quarrel
3. Mart's Ghost
4. Ready for Action
5. A Narrow Escape
7. Phantom From the Past
8. A Second Disappearance
9. New Worry
10. A Fruitless Search
11. Midnight Mission
12. The Crying Lady
13. Clues to a Treasure
14. The Cave
15. Treasure Island
16. The Vanishing Trick
17. More Worries
19. A Villain Unmasked
Sleepyside, New York and Pirate's Point in the Catskills.
The Bob-Whites plans to spend a few days at
Finger Lakes with the Wheeler's are ruined when Mr Wheeler has to go away on
business, so Miss Trask invites them to join her on a visit to her home in the
Catskills. The Bob-Whites are tempted by the opportunity to solve the
mystery of the disappearing Pirate captain, but Trixie finds other suspicious
happenings occurring at the Inn. Ghostly Galleons, fires, mannequin
wrestling and the disappearance of Miss Trask's brother present a major mystery
for Trixie to solve before the mortgage on the Inn is foreclosed and the Trask
family lose the Inn forever.
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
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Miss Marge Trask - Honey's governess and manager of the Manor House
Frank Trask - Miss Trask's brother and manager of the Inn.
Jerry Vanderhoef - Student at Sleepyside High
Weasel Willis - waiter at the Inn
Smiley Jackson - waiter at the Inn
Marvin Appleton - guest at the Inn and author of Lucy Radcliffe and Cosmo
Gaston Gabriel - Chef at the Inn
Nicholas Morgan - financier of a loan to Frank Trask
Nicholas Morgan and Smiley Jackson - worked together to try and ruin the Inn
so Morgan would have the deeds and be able to sell to a Hotel Chain.
Points of Interest:
This book is set in October and Honey and Trixie are 14, Brian and Jim are 17
and Mart is 15. Dan's age isn't mentioned, but he does go on this trip.
Mart and Trixie fight a lot through this book
although they reach a truce by the end, which parallels Miss Trask's
relationship with her brother.
The Bob-Whites were supposed to fly to Finger Lakes
in northern New York to a cottage owned by the Wheeler's on Owasco Lake, not far
from Auburn (p. 16).
Miss Trask 'had patiently arranged a wedding while
the Bob-Whites were in the middle of searching for a missing heiress and solving
mysteries around Glen Road' (p. 19). This could have been worded better,
as the wedding was for the 'missing heiress'!
Trixie reads Lucy Radcliffe novels and Mart
reads Cosmo McNaught books, and it is suggested that the novels are
autobiographical: 'Her name is Lucy Radcliffe. And she does not write dumb
novels. She's only eighteen years old, but she's had so many wonderful
adventures' (p. 28).
Marvin Appleton becomes a suspect briefly because
of his strange behaviour with a mannequin named Clarence. However, it is
the mannequin that saves the day when they dress him to look like the missing
Frank Trask to trick Nicholas Morgan. The laughs continue when Appleton
reveals at the book's conclusion that he is the author of both Lucy Radcliffe
and Cosmo McNaught books,
'Everyone knew that since Trixie had rescued Jim
from his cruel stepfather, she could do no wrong as far as he was concerned' (p.
Di knows about loans and collateral and explains
how it works to Trixie when she laments about not being able to ask her father,
a banker, for advice (p. 124-125). Trixie must have forgotten all about
loans and collateral from The Mystery Off Glen Road, when she used her
diamond ring as collateral to hold Brian's car until they earned enough money to