Sep. 2nd, 2017

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I took a trip down memory lane and read another Trixie Belden book. It was Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Missing Heiress by Kathryn Kenny.

After the letdown from the last Trixie book I read, this was a refreshing return to old-school Trixie. She and her fellow Bob Whites learn that Jim may have an unknown cousin in Holland, and that the young woman has inherited a piece of property that is worth $150,000.00. Trixie and the gang head to the Bronx to meet up with Jim's cousin, only to learn she drove herself to Sleepyside. While they are in NYC, someone tampers with their car, delaying the Bob Whites' return.

Upon meeting Jim's cousin, Juliana, Trixie is less than impressed by her. She had pictured a sweet young woman, but they are confronted with someone who is aloof to the point of rudeness. Trixie tries to get along with Juliana for her friend's sake. In the meantime, another young woman turns up in Sleepyside, the victim of an accident. She has no memory, and the hospital staff call her Janie. Janie is a delight, and Trixie and the rest of the Bob Whites vow to help her find her family.

While it was painfully obvious where this was going, it was still fun to see the kids put two and two together. Of course, it can't be a Trixie Belden book without some danger. Janie accidentally falls over a precipice when the ground gives way beneath her, and the Bob Whites, headed up by Trixie, are the ones to save her. A mysterious figure menaces the Belden homestead, and Trixie thinks he meant to harm Janie, who has been staying with the Belden family. The ending was satisfactory, if a bit rushed.

Favorite line: "She's driving the recorder of deeds nuts."
That happens more often than you realize...

Good story, much better than the last one in the series. Four stars:

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