Trixie, clearing out a drawer in her
dresser for Honey's things, glanced out of the window and saw her friend
coming. She flung up the window to yell a welcome to her, but as she
did, and with the words, "I'll be right down!" still unspoken on
her lips, she stared in silent surprise.
Brian, looking dark and handsome, as
usual, and wearing his new cashmere sweater and best trousers, was
hurrying down the path to meet Honey.
Close at his heels, also slicked up
and wearing his sharpest ski sweater, went Mart. Even at this
distance Trixie could see that he was trying to overtake his longer-legged
brother and be the one to help Honey carry her bag.
Brian won. He took the bag and
got a sweet smile as his reward as he and Honey headed up the path
But Mart wasn't left out. He
promptly too his place on Honey's other side, and Trixie giggled as she
saw him take over the conversation.
The Black Jacket Mystery
Trixie Belden and the Black Jacket Mystery
The ghost writer of this book is unknown. It is not thought to be Stack,
but a later book by Stack, The Happy Valley Mystery, makes many references to
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. An Emergency
2. Mysterious Errand
4. The Missing Skate
5. Bobby's See-crud
6. The New Pupil
7. The Rebel
8. The Black Leather Jacket
9. Jim's Advice
10. The Big Cat
11. More Suspicious
12. Strong Evidence
13. A Thief in the Night
14. Mr. Maypenny's Accident
15. A New Mystery
16. A Terrible Discovery
17. Runaway Dan
18. Double Danger
20. Thanks to Dan Mangan
21. The Carnival
Sleepyside, New York
Trixie is intrigued by Regan's problems and
the sudden appearance of Dan Mangan, a black-jacket wearing city kid who has
come to stay with My Maypenny. Although the Bob-Whites are busy organising
an Ice Carnival to aid their Mexican pen-pals, Trixie is determined to find out
why Dan is here and what is troubling Regan. When Honey's missing watch is
pawned and the clubhouse is broken into, the finger points squarely at
Dan. Trixie's dislike of him is evident, but when she and Bobby find
themselves in trouble he is the only one who can save them
Jim Frayne - newly 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 classmate and neighbour
Mrs Belden - Trixie's mother
Peter Belden - Trixie's father
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Miss Trask - Honey's governess
Mr Lytell - owner of the village store
Celia Delanoy - the Wheeler's Maid
Bill Regan - the Wheeler's Groom
Tom Delanoy - the Wheeler's chauffeur
Dan Mangan - the newcomer and Regan's nephew
Mr Maypenny - the mysterious man who lives in the game preserve
Luke - a member of Dan's New York gang, The Cowhands. He broke into
the clubhouse, assaulted Mr Maypenny and was planning on robbing Manor House.
Points of Interest:
Regan gets a first name in this book - Bill (p. 17). Up until now, it had
been safe to assume his first name was Regan as all the Wheeler's staff are
called by their first names.
Aunt Alicia becomes Mr Belden's sister in this book (p. 28). In a past
book, she was said to be Mrs Belden's sister.
Both Mart and Brian are rivals for Honey's attention, dressing up to impress her
and fighting to carry her suitcase.
Honey tells Trixie that Regan had to send money to his sister to help make ends
meet (p. 33) but later in the book, Mr Maypenny tells them that Regan and his
sister were brought up together in an orphanage and he hadn't heard from her
since she ran off to get married (p. 189). So either Honey was
wrong, or the author contradicts herself. Dan's father is called Tim and
was killed in a car accident.
The Wheeler's have a horse called Thunderer. It is not mentioned again in
Mrs Belden apparently sings in a choir, as Trixie says that Moms has choir
practice (p. 95).
The Sleepyside Police force has a Police Chief Moran (p. 134) and Sleepyside apparently
new doctor, "Doc Tremaine" (p. 171).
The author tells us that the Wheelers bought Susie for Trixie to ride with
Honey, when originally the horse was bought for Miss Trask and previous Campbell
books enforced this.
In the previous book, The Mysterious Code, Regan installed an alarm in the
clubhouse. The clubhouse was broken into in this book. Had the alarm
been disabled or did the author simply forget?
The ice carnival is held on Saturday, the 27th. In the Mysterious Code, Di
has a pre-Valentine's Day party, so it seems that this book would probably have
been set in March.