"Trixie, this is Nick
Roberts," the solemn voice said. "I just wanted you to
know that my father is home. Sergeant Molinson released him without
pressing charges - although he made it clear that Dad really isn't off the
"Oh Nick, I'm so glad.
About your father's being released, not about his not being off the
hook," Trixie told him. "I bet he's glad to be home."
"Well," Nick said slowly,
"actually, he doesn't seem glad about much of anything. He's
really acting as if it's all over - as if he'll never be able to get his
life back together again."
"Oh, Nick, that isn't
true," Trixie protested. "I know this whole thing is
awful, but it can't last forever."
"I know that," Nick
said. "I told Dad we should just keep moving ahead. The
insurance company is holding off on paying our claim, of course. But
we have lots of inventory in the basement of our house - I told you the
store was too small to hold everything. It's all paid for, and we
have enough in savings to buy new equipment. We could rent a new
store or work out of the house." Nick's voice had gathered enthusiasm
as he spoke. The enthusiasm left suddenly, though, as he added,
"Dad won't even talk about the idea. He just doesn't seem to
have the energy to start over."
There was a long silence.
Trixie couldn't think of any way to respond.
"Well," Nick said, "I
shouldn't be bothering you with all of this. I really only called to
tell you that Dad is home, and to thank you for your help this
"Oh, Nick, you mustn't think
you were bothering me," Trixie said emphatically, realising that her
silence had been misinterpreted. "I'm bothering me,
because I can't think of anything to do about all this. But I'd feel
even worse if I thought you were avoiding talking to me about it."
"I really believe you mean
that," Nick said.
"I do!" Trixie told
"That means a lot, Trixie, it
really does." Nick's voice suddenly sounded choked.
"I'll keep you posted. Good-bye."
Trixie felt tears welling up in her
eyes as she hung up the phone. Nick was so grateful for simple
friendship, but it was going to take more than friendship to get his
family back on track.
The Mystery of the Memorial Day
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Memorial Day Fire
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Laura
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. The Torchlight Parade
2. Retreat to Crabapple Farm
3. A Meeting of the Bob-Whites
5. A Trip to Jail
6. At the Scene of the Crime
7. Trixie Has a Plan
8. One Clue Lost... One Clue Found
9. Selling and Sleuthing
10. Was It a Payoff?
11. "We're Going to the Police!"
12. The Right Suspect
13. Who, What, When, Where and Why
Sleepyside, New York
The Bob-Whites are looking forward to a
memorable Memorial Day Parade, but what they don't expect is the explosion that
shatters the excitement and threatens to ruin the life of one of their school
friends, Nick Roberts. Nick's father's store is ruined in the explosion
and his father becomes the prime suspect of arson. Trixie is determined to
find the arsonist and her suspicion turns to Jane Dix-Strauss, a journalist
Trixie has taken an immediate dislike to. When the Bob-Whites attempts to
help Mr Roberts and earn some money to repair the clubhouse are thwarted by
another fire and the finger is again pointed at Mr Roberts, Trixie accuses
Dix-Strauss of arson and starts a chain of events that will reveal the true
arsonist and clear Mr Roberts' name.
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
Helen Belden - Trixie's mother
Peter Belden - Trixie's father
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Diana Lynch - a Bob-White and neighbour
Dan Mangan - a Bob-White and Regan's nephew
Miss Trask - Honey's governess and manager of the Manor House
Jane Dix-Strauss - a reporter for the Sleepyside Sun with an interest in
Nick Roberts - an artist and classmate of the Bob-Whites
Sergeant Molinson - head of the Sleepyside Police force
Pat Murphy - the attorney representing Mr Roberts
Mr Slettom - owner of the buildings that were the arson targets
Mr Slettom - he set both fires and attempted to frame Mr Roberts' and kill Jane Dix-Strauss when Trixie made her a reasonable suspect. His
secretary was an accomplice.
Points of Interest:
The story commences on Memorial Day in early June. The Bob-Whites see Nick
and re-tell the story of The Mystery Off Old Telegraph Road which was the
author's first Trixie Belden book. Nicholas Roberts, Nick's father, is
described as 'a dark, heavy-set man' (p. 17).
'Dan Mangan, too, had once been at the mercy of a
mean stepfather' (p. 11). Since when did Dan have a stepfather?
After the explosion, the Bob-Whites hurry back to
the car where 'Di burst into tears and stood sobbing softly against Dan Mangan's
shoulder' (p. 29)
The Beldens drive a maroon sedan (p. 31).
The explosion occurs on West Second Street and the
location of the Roberts' store is 431 West Second Street (p. 36-37).
It was the first week of June (p. 75) which means
Mart should have celebrated his birthday after Memorial Day (the last Monday in
May) on June 1, but this is not mentioned.
Trixie suggests that the Bob-Whites sell
embroidered shirts and caps made by Nick Roberts to help their business and earn
them a commission to repair the clubhouse (p. 97)
Mart has his junior driver's license (p. 112) but
he is not permitted to drive without an adult.
The stables are on fire and the horses were
fretting, but there is no sign of Regan! Where is he?