Title: The Mystery of the Moaning CaveThe Three Investigators #10 - The Mystery of the Moaning Cave
Author: William Arden
Illustrator: Harry Kane
Pages: 176
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

I love The Three Investigators more and more with each book of theirs I read. :)

The Story.

Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw, and Bob Andrews are staying with their friends, the Daltons, on their ranch the Crooked-Y when they become aware that an eerie moaning sound appears to be emanating from a cave on the property. The Daltons’ ranch hands are quitting – they believe that the moans are being made by a famous Spanish bandito who once roamed the California hills and disappeared in the many caves therein.

The Three Investigators don’t believe that the sounds are being caused by a ghost. But they agree that there is something very mysterious about the eerie wails. What is causing them?

Discussion.

Several theories are thrown around concerning the possibility of ghostly presences, but by the end the moaning is proved to have been caused by natural circumstances. The boys also find a skeleton in the cave, but the scene is not really creepy.

‘Gosh’, ‘golly’, ‘gee’ and other euphemisms are used regularly.

Conclusion. A fun installation. Jupiter is, as always, brilliant.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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