There wasn't another person in the
world like Jim. He never once even thought of the large sum of money
that would have been his if Juliana hadn't shown up. Trixie was sure
of this. Money didn't seem to mean a thing to him. He'd even
forgotten the half million dollars his great-uncle had left him.
Well, maybe he hadn't forgotten it, but certainly he never thought of
using it for anything except the school for runaway boys he planned for
the future, when he had finished college.
Trixie thought of the frightened
runaway Jim himself had been when she and Honey first found him hiding in
the old abandoned mansion that had belonged to his great-uncle. He
was hiding from that Jones man, his stepfather. It was terrible that
anyone could have been as mean as his stepfather had been to Jim - especially
Jim. He was just the greatest.
So engrossed was Trixie in the
memory of the unhappy time that she bumped her bike into the veranda step
at Manor House and almost fell.
Honey, waiting in her Volunteen
uniform, ran to help her. "Did you hurt yourself?" she
asked. :Weren't you watching where you were going?"
"Huh-uh." Trixie shook her
head. "I was thinking of so many things. My mind was
miles away. Don't you wish that the Bob-Whites could just go on and
on as we are now, just the same age as we are now?"
The Mystery of the Missing
Heiress (p. 89-90)
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Missing Heiress
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Stack.
There are a number of characters in her first book, The Mysterious Code,
that re-appear in this book.
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. Discovery at the Marsh
2. A Mysterious Phone Call
3. The Faded Snapshot
4. Practice for the Turf Show
5. Juliana Is Alive!
6. A Surprise for the Bob-Whites
7. A Victim of Amnesia
8. Janie Might Be Dangerous!
9. What Happens to Missing People?
10. Flight to Disappointment
11. Mystery Car at the Treasure Hunt
12. The Warning Signs Are Gone!
13. Trixie's Courage
14. Report to Sergeant Molinson
15. Spider Kicks Up a Clue
16. A Shadow at the Window
17. Something Curious About the Dog
18. Janie Remembers!
Sleepyside, New York
When the owner of the Blue Heron Marsh land
is sought, Jim finds that the land is owned by his mother's sister. An
investigation by the Bob-Whites reveals that his aunt is dead and Jim has a
cousin, Juliana who is still alive. The Bob-Whites go to find her, but
there car is vandalised and they return home to find she is already in
Sleepyside and staying with Mrs Vanderpoel. Her arrival is over-shadowed
by a woman (nicknamed Janie) hurt in an accident and suffering from amnesia and
captures the hearts of all around her. Trixie tries to help her find her
family and discover who she is, but her attempts are thwarted by Juliana who
tries to stop her from remembering. When another attempt is made on
Janie's life and Juliana begins acting mysteriously, it is up to Trixie and the
Bob-Whites to find out the truth and uncover the true identity of Janie and
Jim Frayne - adopted son of the Wheeler's
Honey Wheeler - Trixie's best friend
Brian Belden - Trixie's eldest brother
Mart Belden - Trixie's "almost twin" brother
Diana Lynch - a Bob-White and neighbour
Dan Mangan - a Bob-White and Regan's nephew
Helen Belden - Trixie's mother
Peter Belden - Trixie's father
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Miss Trask - Honey's governess
Celia Delanoy - the Wheeler's Maid
Regan - the Wheeler's Groom
Tom Delanoy - the Wheeler's chauffeur
Matthew Wheeler - Honey's father
Madeleine Wheeler - Honey's mother
Bob - Mr Wheeler's pilot
Spider Webster - Police Officer, and friend to the Bob-Whites
Sergeant Molinson - head of the Sleepyside Police Force
Mrs Vanderpoel - A friendly Dutch woman who has been a long-time friend of the
Mrs Hendricks - Juliana's neighbour in the Bronx
Dr Gregory - Janie's doctor
Beth Meredith - woman who has lost her sister
Hans Vorwald - Juliana's Dutch fiancÚ.
"Juliana Maasden" - Jim's cousin
Jonesy - Jim's step-father
Jonesy, Jim's step-father, who wants the money from his sister-in-law's
Jonesy's niece, the fake "Juliana", who fools everyone into thinking
she is Jim's cousin.
Bull Thompson, an accomplice and an old foe of Trixie's from The Mysterious
Points of Interest:
Brian says that he thought Jim and Honey would be looking out the window,
"rackets in hand, waiting for us" (p. 13). Were they intending
on playing tennis? All thoughts of this disappeared as they found out
about the car Mr Wheeler had given the Bob-Whites, and then Regan told them to
take the horses out for a ride.
The Bob-Whites were happy to accept the gift of a
car, which goes against a main rule of their club. However, no one brought
this up. In The Mysterious Code, Trixie made a big deal about
accepting a lamp from Di's father.
Mart tells Dan: "Jim and Brian will give you a
driving lesson right away" (p. 24). Therefore, Dan must be older than
Jim's mother's maiden name was Katje Vanderhaiden
and his aunt's maiden name was Betje Vanderhaiden. It is never explained
how Betje came to own that land and how Mrs Vanderpoel knew of Jim's mother and
had a picture of his aunt and her family.
Jim knew he had an aunt Betje Vanderheiden, but did
not know she had married. If his married aunt had died fifteen years ago,
Jim would have been one or two and his mother would surely have known if Mrs
Vanderpoel did. This doesn't quite make sense.
Trixie worked at the hospital as part of the
Volunteen program with Honey.
Dan's horse Spartan can dance and the previous
owner had told Mr Wheeler that Spartan used to be a circus horse (p. 54).
Spartan is 25 years old and "Mr Wheeler bought (Spartan) for Dan to use for
light work in helping Mr Maypenny" (p. 61). However, in The Black
Jacket Mystery, Regan says that "maybe we can spare old Spartan for Dan
Spider and Tad had moved to White Plains, where
Spider had taken a better job.
Mart has been to the Poconos once before (p. 92.)
Janie's accident occurred outside Ten Acres on Glen
Road. The Bob-Whites were in the Bronx trying to find Juliana, but surely
the Belden's would have heard the accident and the emergency vehicles? It
is not mentioned who found Janie.
An extra room and bathroom had been built
downstairs at Crabapple Farm for Trixie's father and mother just after
they married. A few years later, both grandparents died (p. 104).
Mart can play the guitar and pick out a tune on the
melodian, while Trixie is grateful for "Brian's scout training" (p.
Trixie tells Hans that Jonesy "hadn't been
seen around here for two years" (p. 230). Had two years passed since
Trixie and Honey had found Jim?
The fake Juliana was Jonesy's niece. Did Jim
not know that his step-father had a niece or any siblings?