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The Mystery of Monster Mountain (1973)

by M. V. Carey

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Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw, and Bob Andrews visit the Sierras for a camping trip, but these three investigators don't get a vacation when their companions suspect their long-lost cousin's new husband is up to something. What's more, the local town gossip tells the boys all about the mysterious monster that lives up in the mountain and they start to wonder if the legends could be true...

Somehow I had never heard about The Three Investigators series as child, which is a pity because I probably would have loved it, giving how I devoured all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books available at my local library growing up. This book reminded me of a cross between those famous sleuths and a Scooby Doo mystery with just a soupcon of The X-Files thrown in for good measure. Although a big part of the mystery was obvious to me early on, there were plenty of twists that kept me wondering and guessing. I suspect that young children will be more amazed at the prowess the teen-aged investigators.

Although the characters are a little one-note, the plot keeps you enthralled and this book could easily be read in a sitting or two. My only real issue is that there is only one female character in the entire book (and a brief mention or two of Jupiter's aunt back home). However, she is one strong and independent character, so that's a positive.

This is the only title of this out-of-print series that is available through my library, so it's unlikely I'll read any others in the series. However, if they were more readily available, I'd probably pick up some more for light and entertaining reads that aren't too dark. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Nov 17, 2017 |
The Three Investigators go with Jupiter's parents' Bavarian employees, Hans and Konrad, to visit their cousin Anna's mountain resort lodge. They become enmeshed in a mysterious plot to steal Anna's life savings, and perhaps in a first for the series, the "monster" of the title turns out to be somewhat based in reality. ( )
  burnit99 | Apr 8, 2015 |
A really good story away from Rocky Beach. ( )
  Marcel1972 | Apr 10, 2012 |
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The three young sleuths solve a case of double identity while investigating the legend of Monster Mountain.

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