Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Secret of the Haunted Mirror (The Three Investigators)

This was one of my favorite series when I was a kid - I liked it way better than the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. I remember feeling wistful that there wasn't a female main character, but I did like the three boys, and I loved the California setting. It seemed so totally cool to me that the boys could take a bus into Hollywood when they were on a case.  And that they sometimes had a limousine and driver at their disposal! They were so independent and clever, and the mysteries were interesting and evocative.

This one is about a woman who collects mirrors, and when a friend gives her an antique mirror that used to belong to a stage magician, strange and dangerous things start to happen.

It's been ages since I've ready any of the books in this series, and I was a little worried they wouldn't hold up to my fond memories of them. But this one certainly did. They are not big on characterization, but the plot is action-packed and the setting was as fun as I remembered.

The Secret of the Haunted Mirror (#21 in the Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series) by M. V. Carey (Random House, 1974)

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