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Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion, the first Trixie Belden mystery
Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion, the first Trixie Belden mystery

Trixie Belden is the title character in a series of "detective" mysteries written between 1948 and 1986. The first six books were written by Julie Campbell Tatham, who also wrote the Ginny Gordon series; the stories were then continued by various in-house writers from Western Publishing under the pseudonym Kathryn Kenny. Today the rights to the series are owned by Random House. The series was out of print for a number of years, but Random House began releasing a new edition of the books in mid-2003.[1] As of mid-2006, volumes 1 – 15 have been reissued.[2]

Beatrix "Trixie" Belden is a young teen living just outside the fictional town of Sleepyside-on-Hudson, in the Hudson Valley area of New York. She lives at Crabapple Farm, which had been in her family for either three or six generations (this varies between books), with her parents and three brothers, Brian, Mart, and Bobby. The first book establishes her friendship with lonely, sheltered rich girl Honey Wheeler, whose family has just moved into the Manor House next door and soon the girls are embroiled in their first case.

Throughout the series, the two girls solve mysteries that baffled authorities and, along with brothers and friends, form a club called the Bob-Whites of the Glen, have adventures, travel (though not as extensively as Nancy Drew, an older and more sophisticated girl sleuth), and struggle with school. Trixie has particular difficulties with math.

Trixie Belden was one of Whitman's most popular mystery series. In 1977 the publisher launched the Trixie Belden Fan Club, and issued a lower-priced paperback book format of the series. At the time some booksellers stated that the Trixie Belden books were more popular than Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys books.[3]

Main characters

The ages indicated refer to each character's age at the beginning of the series.

Supporting characters

Recurring characters

Series

Main article: List of Trixie Belden books

References

  1. ^ Shontz, Lori, "Waiting for Trixie Belden." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 11, 2003]
  2. ^ "Trixie Belden | Books". Randomhouse.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  3. ^ Belden series spans reader generation, Sun Herald (Biloxi, Mississippi), October 9, 1997, page 27