Finally, something clicked.
Too overwhelmed by strong feelings to really think things through, Trixie
turned to Loyola. "Why are you poisoning my brother?" she
blurted. "Because he's too much c-competition?"
Loyola burst into tears.
exploded. "Have you gone nuts or something? That's a
mean, rotten thing to say!"
"Trixie, what on earth are you
thinking of?" Honey demanded shrilly.
Trixie hadn't prepared herself for
any reaction at all, much less for this. She stared at her red-faced
brother, realizing this was the angriest she'd ever seen him.
"Brian, I'm sorry, but don't
you see?" Trixie cried. "One of the things on Moms's list
of cyanide sources was apple seeds. This salad is loaded with
seeds! And Loyola's been feeding it to you ever since - ever since
you started this chemistry project at the beginning of the semester.
And Brian - she hasn't been eating any of it herself!"
Brian and Honey, shocked beyond
words, gaped at Loyola. The black girl, in turn, stopped crying and
looked directly into Trixie's eyes.
"I had no idea the seeds were
poisonous," she said simply.
Too many facts were racing through
Trixie's brain for her to take in what Loyola said at first.
"Moms said you had been getting the poison in very small does for an
extended period of time, Brian. You were going to die when it
reached the toxic level!"
"Trixie, didn't you hear what
Loyola just said?" Honey asked.
"And then when I told Loyola
about your being taken to the hospital," Trixie rushed on, "she
started to say something about how you had been her only competition - as
if you were already dead! She always acted as if the project
were much more important than your health. She never even noticed
that anything was wrong with you! I know, because I asked her.
Why, even Di and everyone else was worried sick-"
"That's enough," Brian
ordered. "You have turned into a stark, raving -"
"No, wait, Brian," said
Loyola. She took off her glasses, rubbed her eyes a minute, and put
the glasses back on. "I really didn't know that about apple
seeds," she told Trixie. "You've got to believe
that. And I don't eat this salad because I really don't like
it. You've got to believe that, too."
The Hudson River Mystery
Trixie Belden and the Hudson River Mystery
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Kathleen
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. A Strange Presence
2. Disturbed Dreams
3. Brian in Trouble
4. A Shocking Confession
5. Brian's Surprise Party
6. Still More Surprises
8. "Honey, Help!"
9. A Serious Mistake
10. Sharks Again!
11. More Laughter at Trixie's Expense
12. Unexpected Clues
13. A Recurring Nightmare
14. Growing Suspicions
15. Halloween Terror
16. Danger on the Hudson
17. River Reward
Sleepyside, New York
When Trixie sees a shark fin in the Hudson
River, no one believes her. Brian's lab partner, Loyola Kevins, suggests
Trixie talks to a friend who knows a lot about the Hudson and she tells Trixie
and Honey that sharks are quite common in the Hudson. But Trixie has other
mysteries to solve when Brian becomes ill from cyanide poisoning and she makes
impulsive accusations when she realises the source of Brian's poisoning, only to
find she has jumped to conclusions. Trixie is eager to solve the shark
mystery and stop her friends from doubting her, but when she and Honey stumble
on the truth they find themselves trapped in a car, sinking in the Hudson River.
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
Loyola Kevins - Brian's lab partner
Pat Bunker - local fisherman
Ken & Carl - young boys sailing the Quarter Moon
Thea Van Loon - supposedly a children's author who has a great interest in
marine life in the Hudson River
Sergeant Molinson - head of the Sleepyside Police
Thea Van Loon and her accomplices - they stole Krull's treasure from the
Hudson and tried to kill Trixie and Honey.
Points of Interest:
The book begins on a Sunday in October as a hurricane approaches. The
concept of spoonerisms is introduced in this book and are sprinkled throughout
the story. Bobby finds them particularly amusing.
Dan is described as 'thin and quiet with long black
hair and sideburns' (p. 18).
Trixie describes Loyola to Dan as a 'short black
girl with steel-rimmed glasses. Very skinny and really smart' (p.
21). On a few occasions throughout the book, the author refers to her as
'the black girl' and she is the only 'black' person to appear in a Trixie Belden
Dan, Trixie and Honey go to Killifish Point to pick
up Brian and Loyola, but there is no mention of how they got there to begin
with! Every other visit to Killifish Point is in Brian's jalopy so it must
be too far to walk (p. 25-28).
Loyola's parents are dead and she lives with her
eighty year old grand father in a small apartment in Sleepyside (p. 34).
Is Dan the same age or in the same year as Brian
and Jim? Dan goes home to study after Brian reminds him of the next day's
chemistry test (p. 40).
Thea Van Loon is staying in an apartment on
Wentworth Avenue in Sleepyside (p. 57).
Brian's birthday is on a Wednesday and he is a
Libran (p. 75). It must be his eighteenth birthday, but this isn't
mentioned. Counting back from Halloween (which is on a Friday), his birthday must be October 22
The ghost writer manages to sneak her name into the
book. Pat Bunker's dead partner's name was Lawrence Krull, and his
ex-wife's name was Kathleen Krull (p. 155). Bunker reveals at the end of
the book that Kathleen died last year (p. 206-207).
Mart has a friend named Mary Brendan who takes a
stage craft class and helped him make his and Di's Halloween costumes (p.
180). He went in a paper mache shark costume, Di was a Bob-White and
Trixie and Honey swapper clothes and went at Whixie Helden and Boney Treeler.
The book concludes with 'A Word to Our Readers'
about cyanide poisoning and apple seeds (p. 211).