So here we go.
|Collins Hardback First Edition (printed between 1968 and 1971), cover art by Roger Hall|
Eerie screams from an old house - and a dangerous mystery awaits The Three Investigators.
When they discover the coveted Ghost Pearls, with their weird, unearthly powers, Pete and Bob are kidnapped and fear for their own lives. Their fate depends entirely on their partner, Jupiter…
|Armada format A paperback (1970), |
cover art by Peter Archer
This has one of the better opening sequences on the series and manages to maintain the pace and intrigue well, with a good supporting cast and excellent use of location (the ‘haunted house’, the desolate canyons, Chinatown). Splitting the team is a masterstroke, giving each character a chance to shine and show their strengths, right up to the climax and the interplay between the three lads is well handled.
Well told and constructed, this is one of the better Arthur novels and follows the timeline nicely (it mentions Bob having his brace removed just before the story begins and this is the book where the Investigators get their ‘Volunteer Junior Assistant Deputy’ cards from Chief Reynolds). My only niggle is the final chapter, which can’t seem to decide if it’s part of the story or just a simple catch-up of action, though it does end on a high in Hitchcock’s office.
Good fun, with a cracking pace, this is highly recommended.
|Armada format B paperback (1980-1983), cover art by Peter Archer|
Thanks to Ian Regan for the artwork (you can see more at his excellent Cover Art database here)