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The Mystery of the Green Ghost / Alfred Hitchcock Mystery, Series 4 / the Three Investigators Hardcover – October 12, 1965


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Product Details

  • Series: Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Series (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First British Edition edition (October 12, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039481228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394812281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

A green ghost oozes through the walls of a crumbling old mansion, leading The Three Investigators to an open coffin and a grinning skeleton wearing a string of priceless Chinese Ghost Pearls.  When the ghost disappears--along with the pearls--the sleuths are off on their strangest case ever! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Originally published in hardcover beginning in 1964, these classic

mystery/adventure stories feature three boys--Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw, and

Bob Andrews--who establish a detective firm with the motto "We Investigate

Anything!" Perfect for summer reading, these suspenseful action stories will

appeal to both boys and girls.




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I was in fourth grade when I first read this book.
Degan
This book is the fourth book in the series, following "The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy" and preceding "The Mystery of the Vanishing Treasure."
Lonnie E. Holder
I'm trying to get these books for my son, because they were definitely the best juvenile mysteries I read as a kid.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Quite a few children's mystery book series have become classics. Most people are familiar with Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Tom Swift. Even the Boxcar Children are relatively well-known. However, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators were well-written books that offered an intelligent, interesting and more contemporary alternative to many of the earlier classic series. Many people recall the earlier series well, but the Three Investigators series, which Robert Arthur wrote and debuted in 1964, has, for now, largely been overshadowed by the other series and generally forgotten. Fortunately, all of these books are available either from Amazon or from other internet sources.

This book is the fourth book in the series, following "The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy" and preceding "The Mystery of the Vanishing Treasure." This mystery begins almost immediately as the Three Investigators learn that a green-colored ghost has suddenly appeared in a variety of locations, beginning with the abandoned Mathias Green mansion and ending at a vineyard in northern California.

Soon the Three Investigators find themselves tangling with a mysterious Chinese man claiming to be more than 100-years-old, along with an array of thugs. What is everyone after? They are after an incredibly valuable piece of jewelry that could mean life to the person who possesses it. Someone understands the value, because the Three Investigators are threatened with death!

I enjoyed this Three Investigators novel. There are portions of the book that are relatively easy to figure out, but there are other portions that had to await the end of the book to figure out. The addition of the mysterious Chinese man is the most bizarre event yet in this series of stories.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Quast on December 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Three Investigators was one of my favorites as I kid and I still read them now at 40. The Green Ghost was my personal favorite in excellent series--scary, exciting, and well-plotted--few adult mysteries can make the same claim these days. Lots of great details like the gray pearls make this one stand out, while Jupiter and the gang are great as ever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2001
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While I did not find this story quite as satisfying as the previous three books in the Three Investigators series, it featured some of the most compelling scenes thus far. The chapters describing the boys' dangerous flight through a maze of old mines and caves had me squirming in my seat. Being a claustrophobic-type person, I found Arthur's descriptions of the tight squeezes through spaces barely large enough for a youngster to be quite harrowing and intense. That part of the story really "made" this book for me. While the mystery of the green ghost is fascinating and interesting, I just did not find the conclusion to be 100% believable, although it is certainly adequate and in step with the details of the case. The plot itself basically has two story lines converging into one; while there was some danger of the two story lines not intersecting properly at times, Arthur managed to overcome these potential pitfalls and keep the plot on an even keel. It may be that a youngster reading this book (or having it read to him/her) might get a little confused as the story begins wrapping up, but I don't think such confusion would detract from his/her enjoyment of the book. As I said, the description of the mines was just intense and should produce some pretty wide-opened eyes in youngsters (and adults) following the action. Any parent reading this book to a child should certainly anticipate some "just one more chapter" and "can you leave the light on?" remarks around bedtime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
To update my previous comments, though I still haven't gotten this book in the series, I did obtain #1 (Terror Castle) and #6 (Skeleton Island), and I was pleasantly surprised that my boys, aged 10 and 8, both love these books as well as Animorphs! This was a consistently exciting and entertaining series. Mr. Spock-like genius Jupiter Jones, research specialist Bob, and athletic but nervous Pete were the original ghostbusters, in sneakers, hired by the famous English scary-movie director Hector Sebastian (read as "Alfred Hitchcock," who played this role in the series' original run) to investigate various haunted locales and mysterious phantasms to appear in his films. The stories are well-written and age-appropriate for juveniles. The characterizations are strong (as opposed to the Hardy's, who I couldn't tell apart), the dialogue is witty, and almost every chapter ends with a breath-taking cliffhanger. Quite simply, if you know a young man aged 8--12 who reads a little bit, I can almost guarantee you'll make him an avid reader with one of these wonderful books. One warning--be prepared to be bugged by the young man to buy more books in the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Degan on September 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was in fourth grade when I first read this book. It spurred my interest in reading. Three high-school age boys use an abandoned trailor, in a salvage yard owned by one of the boy's Uncle, as the headquarters for their private investigating firm. Think Hardy Boys meets Scooby Doo, without the slapstick of a talking dog. The boys always find a creepy mystery to solve. It appealed to the part of me that liked Saturday afternoon horror movies and adventure stories. There is nothing too gruesom here for a young reader. And the mysterious adventures would appeal to any young boy with a taste for ghost stories and monster mysteries. This is the seventies worthy pre-cursor to the Goosebumps series. This book is the first in a series of over 20 books. And the titles by Robert Arthur, the original author, are the best. It is a shame these books are out of print. They are perfect for any boy age 9 to 14.
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