|The very first Three Investigators adventure I ever read|
I first encountered ALFRED HITCHCOCK & The THREE
INVESTIGATORS in 1969 or '70, in a book called The MYSTERY
Of The GREEN GHOST which I'd borrowed from my neighbourhood
library. Read it, enjoyed it, forgot about it. Until, that is, a friend told me
around a year or so later about a series of books he was reading starring
the same three amateur detectives, enthusing wildly about JUPITER
JONES, PETE CRENSHAW and BOB ANDREWS and the
adventures they became involved in.
that there was a series of books about the three lads, but I soon started
reading the other ones and very much enjoyed them. I have a vague re-
collection of beginning one book in one house and finishing it in another
(after flitting in '72), as my memory seems to jump between each house
when I think of the book. It may have been The MYSTERY Of
The FLAMING FOOTPRINTS, or The NERVOUS LION,
but I'm no longer certain.
Around 15 years later, I re-read the Green Ghost adventure, and
it was almost as if I was back in the house I'd lived in when I first read
it, so strong were the images in my memory that were revived upon that
second reading. It's now been twice that span again (30 years) and I really
must revisit my past by reading it once more sometime soon. ROBERT
ARTHUR Jr. created the characters in the early '60s and wrote quite
a few of the early stories, then oversaw and edited the tales (some
of which he suggested) of other contributing writers.
|The first Three Investigators adventure|
The kids were aged around 13 in the first series of 43 books (1964-
'87), but a couple of years later, in 1989, a new series started, in which
the three males were now around 17 or 18, and mystery writer HECTOR
SEBASTIAN was their new mentor, who usually opened and closed each
tale. (Alfred Hitchcock last appeared in book 30.) Robert Arthur's heirs
objected to the new stories, and legal disagreements between them and
the publishers put them on hold in 1990, after only 13 new exploits.
I haven't read all of the books in either series, and although
they fall under the category of 'juvenile fiction', they also qualify
as 'adult friendly' for grown-ups looking for diverting mysteries, free
from sex, swearing or sadism. If you've never read one before, why
not give them a try? If you've previously read one in your youth,
you shouldn't need much persuading in getting re-acquainted.
Ah, happy memories. I think I can see
what I'm going to start collecting next.