Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators

Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators

Moving on from the Enid blyton famous five and Find-Outers, The Three Investigators was an American detective book series written for youths first published as “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.”

Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators

Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators

 

It was created by Robert Arthur, Jr., who believed using a famous figure like movie director Hitchcock would attract attention. This worked as many beleived the stories to be written by Hitchcock himself.

So who were The Three Investigators? They were made up of Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews and they were based just outside Holywood. Generally the stories involved investigation of baffling phenomena and weird goings on, but with exceptionally good and satisfying answers.

Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators has currently 43 titles in the series, namely:

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#1: The Secret Of Terror Castle (1964, by Robert Arthur)
#2: The Mystery Of The Stuttering Parrot (1964, by Robert Arthur)
#3: The Mystery Of The Whispering Mummy (1965, by Robert Arthur)
#4: The Mystery Of The Green Ghost (1965, by Robert Arthur)
#5: The Mystery Of The Vanishing Treasure (1966, by Robert Arthur)
#6: The Secret Of Skeleton Island (1966, by Robert Arthur)
#7: The Mystery Of The Fiery Eye (1967, by Robert Arthur)
#8: The Mystery Of The Silver Spider (1967, by Robert Arthur)
#9: The Mystery Of The Screaming Clock (1968, by Robert Arthur)
#10: The Mystery Of The Moaning Cave (1968, by William Arden). .Buy this book
#11: The Mystery Of The Talking Skull (1969, by Robert Arthur)
#12: The Mystery Of The Laughing Shadow (1969, by William Arden)
#13: The Secret Of The Crooked Cat (1970, by William Arden)
#14: The Mystery Of The Coughing Dragon (1970, by Nick West)
#15: The Mystery Of The Flaming Footprints (1971, by M. V. Carey)
#16: The Mystery Of The Nervous Lion (1971, by Nick West)
#17: The Mystery Of The Singing Serpent (1972, by M. V. Carey)
#18: The Mystery Of The Shrinking House (1972, by William Arden)
#19: Secret Of Phantom Lake (1973, by William Arden)
#20: The Mystery Of Monster Mountain (1973, by M. V. Carey)
#21: The Secret Of The Haunted Mirror (1974, by M. V. Carey)
#22: The Mystery Of The Dead Man’s Riddle (1974, by William Arden)
#23: The Mystery Of The Invisible Dog (1975, by M. V. Carey)
#24: The Mystery Of Death Trap Mine (1976, by M. V. Carey)
#25: The Mystery Of The Dancing Devil (1976, by William Arden)
#26: The Mystery Of The Headless Horse (1977, by William Arden)
#27: The Mystery Of The Magic Circle (1978, by M. V. Carey)
#28: The Mystery Of The Deadly Double (1978, by William Arden) #
#29: The Mystery Of The Sinister Scarecrow (1979, by M. V. Carey)
#30: The Secret Of The Shark Reef (1979, by William Arden)
#31: The Mystery Of The Scar-Faced Beggar (1981, by M. V. Carey)
#32: The Mystery Of The Blazing Cliffs (1981, by M. V. Carey)
#33: The Mystery Of The Purple Pirate (1982, by William Arden)
#34: The Mystery Of The Wandering Cave Man (1982, by M. V. Carey)
#35: The Mystery Of The Kidnapped Whale (1983, by Marc Brandel)
#36: The Mystery Of The Missing Mermaid (1983,M. V. Carey)
#37: The Mystery Of The Two-Toed Pigeon (1984, by Marc Brandel)
#38: The Mystery Of The Smashing Glass (1984, by William Arden)
#39: The Mystery Of The Trail Of Terror (1984, by M. V. Carey)
#40: The Mystery Of The Rogues’ Reunion (1985, by Marc Brandel)
#41: The Mystery Of The Creep-Show Crooks (1985, by M. V. Carey)
#42: The Mystery Of Wrecker’s Rock (1986, by William Arden)
#43: The Mystery Of The Cranky Collector (1987, by M. V. Carey)

Did you read The Three Investigator stories as a child?

10 thoughts on “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators

  1. Damn yes, we had a few of these in the house, my older brother owned them and I read a few. Hardy Boys too. I think I may have actually read a couple but I can barely remember. I DO remember the covers though!

  2. Why not do a blog or coverage of the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention? It's a retro cool event, much like your web-site here. Just passing on a suggestion, Keep up the good work!

  3. I remember borrowing copies of some of the early ones from the local library when I was 11 or 12 back in the early 70s in England but I can’t recall anything about them !

  4. yes i remember them in the late 60s i read and still have the first dozen of them. i have re read them and some off the storys still hold up quite well. great cover art.

  5. I was a big fan! In fact I am sure I still have at least 20 of them in my Mum’s attic. The Ebay comment is making me think…. 🙂

  6. I loved these books as a boy. I used to go to the library and check out as many as they would allow. Great stories and many fond memories.

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