Benny Uncovers a Mystery

And so it ends–at least the original 19 books written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, which is where I’ll be stopping for the time being.

And it’s a rather strange story. Benny gets it in his head that he absolutely needs a summer job–so he ropes Henry into going with him… and the both of them end up working at the same place? With a mystery in the works to boot? Sure. It works.

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Mystery Behind the Wall

It’s a cute little book. Benny’s friends all wondered off for the summer so Mrs. McGregor invites Canadian son of a friend Rory over for the summer.

One thing leads to another and a telegraph between the boys’ rooms leads to the mystery of a missing coin collection. Along the way, they learn more about the mystery of the house, find a fun old local store, and of course eventually solve the mystery.

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Mystery in the Sand

“This is the funniest thing,” said Benny. “Here we are at Aunt Jane and Uncle Andy’s new trailer at the beach. A day or so ago we were at home without the least idea of going anywhere at all.”

The Aldens go to the beach, find a strange old mansion inhabited by an old anti-social woman, inject themselves into her life, and find buried treasure. It’s actually a pretty fun book and a pretty neat mystery, although not terribly deep and the insistence that everyone needs to come out of their shells is becoming increasingly obvious.

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Bicycle Mystery

Only a few weeks left in the summer, so the Boxcar Children are going on (another) adventure closer to home! This time, they’re going to ride their bikes to Aunt Jane’s and of course find a several mysteries (and a dog!) along the way. It’s really quite strange how close together everything is. They keep going by previous locations, such as Second Landing and Aunt Jane’s. New England I guess?

It’s a cute story and, given their current ages, seems entirely appropriate. Although just how old is Benny supposed to be to plan to ride up to 50 miles a day several days in a row? I don’t know if it’s something that would really make sense where we live in the midwest, but everything in New England is a bit more compact.

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Tree House Mystery

In a nutshell, new neighbors move in, they’re mostly ignored by their parents (back to that in a moment), the Aldens barge in and make friends, they all build a treehouse, find a hidden room, and fix a old (kind of dumb) feud between the neighbor’s father and uncle.

Oy.

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Snowbound Mystery

The children are off at a cabin in the woods and suddenly SQUIRRELS! IN THE CEILING! Oh, and they also get snowed in by a freak storm that dumps four feet of snow on them. But from the way they go on, the squirrels are totally the problem…

In any case, the first 80% or so of the book is pretty good. It’s nice to see the kids mostly out on their own and the setting is fun. The mystery is… pretty terrible. The secret ingredient in family buns? Really? (And we, the read, never find out!)

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Houseboat Mystery

A mystery on a houseboat? Sure! That actually sounds like a really fun vacation.

Grandfather’s still just throwing his money around (what does he even do for work anyways?) and the kids are impressively meddlesome. But you know what? It works.

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The Woodshed Mystery

It’s straight forward, with a nice bit of history for the mystery (which is a nice change) and the return of Aunt Jane (actually being married and happy, yay!).

Not much to say. It’s one of the better ones. I enjoyed it.


Caboose Mystery

That was cute.

Taking a train ride across the country is on my list of things to try one day and in a caboose would be even more interesting.

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Schoolhouse Mystery

All right. Another instance of getting sidetracked from Grandfather’s plan by something random, stumbling into a mystery–that may or may not be one–, another old woman that just wants to be left alone–but not from these children–and more of showing off just how rich they are without realizing it. Oh these books.

Basically, they go to a very poor little island, end up buying supplies and teaching the local kids (since the Aldens know everything, much more than those poor islands), and mess up a man that everyone loved because he was buying local coins and old things for crazy rates.

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