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The Secret of the Crooked Cat I read this back in the 8th grade I loved this youth oriented series. There s a lot of great elements in this story I absolutely love the carnival details, and the carefully crafted atmosphere making them vaguely ominous I am disappointed that a lot of ominous detail was provided about the old wooden roller coaster, but it didn t get to feature in the climactic chase and showdown Also, the kids didn t seem quite as sharp, nor was their dialogue quite as natural William Arden is no Robert Arthur.That said, the ending did fill my Scooby heart with joy After cat There s a lot of great elements in this story I absolutely love the carnival details, and the carefully crafted atmosphere making them vaguely ominous I am disappointed that a lot of ominous detail was provided about the old wooden roller coaster, but it didn t get to feature in the climactic chase and showdown Also, the kids didn t seem quite as sharp, nor was their dialogue quite as natural William Arden is no Robert Arthur.That said, the ending did fill my Scooby heart with joy After catching the robber they peeled off one disguise And then, no shit, they peeled off a second mask to reveal a Chekov s criminal mentioned throughout the story After this bump and set, they spike it with this The robber snarled, Go to the devil, Carson All of you I d have got away except for those stupid kids So, generally, three stars But I put one back on for that chef kiss ending A superb entry in the series, this has a deceptively simple plot but works in some really good set pieces, detection and intrigue along the way The lads are in the right place at the right time to witness a dispute at a local carnival and things quickly escalate from there bad luck, a human fly, a robbery, this has it all There s an underlying pathos to it similar to the freeways in Talking Skull about the waning carival life and people wanting something for nothing and, coupled with s A superb entry in the series, this has a deceptively simple plot but works in some really good set pieces, detection and intrigue along the way The lads are in the right place at the right time to witness a dispute at a local carnival and things quickly escalate from there bad luck, a human fly, a robbery, this has it all There s an underlying pathos to it similar to the freeways in Talking Skull about the waning carival life and people wanting something for nothing and, coupled with some great imagery the human fly, the rotting fairground elevates this into something quite special This also marks the introduction of the tracking devices and features several characters saying The Jones Salvage Yard has everything , which I thought was cool Highly recommended I pulled this book off our bookshelf It was a hand me down book from someone else It was a bedtime book for my elementary age kids They loved it. I reread Crooked Cat yesterday for the first time in years and years and had mixed feelings about it The carnival and carnival atmosphere in general were fun and it was nice to see Pete getting a chance to put his physical prowess to good use when he and Jupiter are cast adrift on the old boat and he has to get them home again But the plot in general was weak and so was the bad guy When you think back to Huganay, Laslo Schmidt, Professor Freeman, Rawley and the Black Moustache Gang, you reali I reread Crooked Cat yesterday for the first time in years and years and had mixed feelings about it The carnival and carnival atmosphere in general were fun and it was nice to see Pete getting a chance to put his physical prowess to good use when he and Jupiter are cast adrift on the old boat and he has to get them home again But the plot in general was weak and so was the bad guy When you think back to Huganay, Laslo Schmidt, Professor Freeman, Rawley and the Black Moustache Gang, you realize that these were crooks that really made an impression on the reader But in this case, the red herrings arefun than the crook himself Worst of all, once again we see William Arden and his penchant for rubber masks This time it s a clown who wears his make up on top of a rubber mask The solution to the mystery is pretty weak too, and the ending could have been lifted right out of Scooby Doo, with the mask being pulled off and the clown complaining about those stupid kids It wouldn t have surprised me if he had said meddling kids And, of course, he said it with a snarl In this book, Jupiter is at his pushiest and haughtiest, making giant leaps of logic and overindulging in his flair for the dramatic However, he also adds a new gadget to the firm, the famous directional finder All in all, not a bad story by William Arden, but also a bit disappointing I would say that the lack of a really strong and memorable villain put a damper on this one 2009 review A superb entry in the series, this has a deceptively simple plot but works in some really good set pieces, detection and intrigue along the way The lads are in the right place at the right time to witness a dispute at a local carnival and things quickly escalate from there bad luck, a human fly, a robbery, this has it all There s an underlying pathos to it similar to the freeways in Talking Skull about the waning carnival life and people wanting something for nothing and, 2009 review A superb entry in the series, this has a deceptively simple plot but works in some really good set pieces, detection and intrigue along the way The lads are in the right place at the right time to witness a dispute at a local carnival and things quickly escalate from there bad luck, a human fly, a robbery, this has it all There s an underlying pathos to it similar to the freeways in Talking Skull about the waning carnival life and people wanting something for nothing and, coupled with some great imagery the human fly, the rotting fairground elevates this into something quite special This also marks the introduction of the tracking devices and features several characters saying The Jones Salvage Yard has everything , which I thought was cool Highly recommended.2014 update There s not much I can add to my original review except to say that there s great use of the abandoned fairground location both its desolation and spookiness and it features a cleverly written moonlit pursuit that s tense and full of suspense If the ending is perhaps a little simplistic though it does have the villain say I d have got away except for those stupid kids this was published in 1970, Scooby Doo started in 1969 , it still works and doesn t detract from a strong entry in the series Great fun and highly recommended.2019 update Agree with the previous reviews, this is great fun with some nice pieces of detection, well written set pieces and good character work Thoroughly enjoyable This one was a lot of fun, but not necessarily for the right reasons Perhaps the most amusing aspect was the sheer Scooby Doo ish nature of the book From the Carnival setting next to an abandoned amusement park, to the eventual exclamation of the criminal that he would have gotten away with it, but for the meddling of kids It practically emulates the end of the show. I lOve this one most since Jupe brings out his capabilitiesto seen. Another great mystery This one had carnivals, clowns, strongmen, and of a course a bank robber What is it about abandoned carnivals that make them so eerie This featured several twists and turns andthan lived up the series I have yet to read one of the books in this series that wasn t entertaining As I ve stated in previous reviews, I m sure a lot of it is nostalgia, but these are still very well done By the way, the crooked cat is a stuffed animal in case anyone was wondering.If you Another great mystery This one had carnivals, clowns, strongmen, and of a course a bank robber What is it about abandoned carnivals that make them so eerie This featured several twists and turns andthan lived up the series I have yet to read one of the books in this series that wasn t entertaining As I ve stated in previous reviews, I m sure a lot of it is nostalgia, but these are still very well done By the way, the crooked cat is a stuffed animal in case anyone was wondering.If you enjoy this series, you ll probably enjoy this volume With a clue provided by an unusual stuffed cat, The Three Investigators solve the mysterious troubles of an accident prone carnival


About the Author: William Arden

Real name Dennis Lynds.Beginning in 1968 with The Mystery of the Moaning Cave and ending in 1989 with Hot Wheels, Dennis Lynds wrote fourteen novels under the pen name William Arden for the juvenile detective series The Three Investigators, which was originated by Robert Arthur, Jr Under this same name, he also wrote five novels featuring private eye Kane Jackson, a former military policeman who has become an industrial security specialist after leaving the military The first Jackson novel, A Dark Power, appeared in 1968 As Arden, Lynds also wrote the highly regarded espionage short story, Success of a Mission, which was a finalist for the 1968 Edgar Award for best short fiction.


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