Trixie Beldon: The Mystery Off Glen Road

Written by Julie Campbell

The Mystery Off Glenn Road

4-stars

I read this in preparation for NaNoWriMo.  I originally thought about writing a Young Adult mystery, and wanted to do some research into the genre.  I loved Trixie as a kid.  I may have loved Trixie more than I loved Nancy Drew, and that’s saying a lot.

I feel sort of silly reviewing this book, but it was fascinating to read it as an adult so here goes.


What It’s About

Trixie Beldon is a teenager living in the Hudson Valley in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  Luckily for this tomboy, when she gets herself into scrapes, she can count on her brothers and trusted friends.  In this book, #5 in the series, Trixie and her pals take on a job as gamekeepers in order to finance repairs to their clubhouse.  What they find in the woods makes Trixie suspicious.


The Good

Trixie is the original strong female role model.  Nothing keeps this girl down:  her brother Mart, her schoolwork, the warnings of her best friend.  As a girl, Trixie was the definition of intrepid.  As an adult, I’m still impressed.

This story plays out with patience.  It’s a little like watching “Casablanca” when you’re used to seeing “The Avengers”.  It’s not the type of story that we’re used to seeing today, but it holds your interest and keeps you guessing.


The Not-So-Good

I hope I don’t give anything away here, but if you plan to read this, you might want to pass on by here just in case.  I was surprised because this was a mystery in which nothing really happened.  I’m not sure that I’d appreciate that if I wasn’t reading it with nostalgia.  It makes me wonder if all the book are like this.   I’m going to leave it there, just in case.  Perhaps if you read it, you’ll understand what I mean.


Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed re-reading this book.  I know it was written in the early 1950’s, but I was shocked by the chauvinism in this story.  I was also that much more impressed by the strength of the heroine.  If I read this for the first time today, I would’ve given it a much lower rating, but I felt like my childhood love for the series needed to come into play.  There was something intriguing in the style of writing that makes me want to explore other books in the series.