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The Gatehouse Mystery(Trixie Belden Series, #3)

The Gatehouse Mystery(Trixie Belden Series, #3)

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by Julie Campbell, Ariadne Meyers (Read by)

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When Trixie and Honey explore an abandoned gatehouse, they discover more than dust and spiderwebs. Stuck in the dirt floor is a huge diamond! Could a ring of jewel thieves be hiding out in Sleepyside?


When Trixie and Honey explore an abandoned gatehouse, they discover more than dust and spiderwebs. Stuck in the dirt floor is a huge diamond! Could a ring of jewel thieves be hiding out in Sleepyside?

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Children's Literature
In a reissue of a book originally published in 1951, Trixie Belden partners with her wealthy friend, Honey, to investigate why a valuable diamond has been left half buried in the dirt floor of the abandoned gatehouse of Honey's family mansion. The protagonists of this book are mostly in their early teens, although teenagers of today would probably have a hard time identifying with them. The plot is weak and far from compelling with stock characters that are one dimensional, and sometimes not even particularly likeable. Most of the plot development occurs through incessant, trite dialogue that is generally just as dated as the book itself. The mood is never particularly mysterious, making it difficult to care very much about why the diamond has appeared in the gatehouse. The illustrations fit well with the book but will appear strange and outmoded to modern eyes, with the exception of the cover art, which is apparently new for this edition. With so many better books available, it is difficult to imagine why any reader would choose this book, or bother to finish reading it if anything else was available. This book is in the "Trixie Belden" series. 2003 (orig. 1951), Random House, Ages 8 to 12.
— Leslie Rounds

Product Details

Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
Trixie Belden Series , #3
Edition description:
Unabridged, 2 cassettes, 3 hours
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.13(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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The little cottage, which had been the gatehouse of the manor in the days of carriages and sleighs, was so covered with wisteria vines they could hardly see it. But Bobby’s sharp blue eyes caught a glimpse of the door, and before Trixie could stop him, he raced down to yank it open.
“Wait, Bobby,” she yelled, “don’t go in until we–”
But he had already darted over the threshold. And then he screamed. Trixie, her heart in her mouth, dashed across the remaining stretch of lawn. What could have happened? What on earth could have been inside the old abandoned cottage to make Bobby scream?
Then she saw to her relief that he had merely tripped on the rotting door sill and lay sprawling in the semidarkness of the interior.
“Honestly,” Trixie moaned to Honey, “if there’s anything in the whole of Westchester County to trip over, Bobby trips over it.”
Together, they helped the little boy to his feet and carried him out to the bright light. Blood was trickling from his right knee. Trixie was used to Bobby’s accidents, but she knew that the sight of blood sometimes made Honey feel faint.
“It’s nothing,” she said quickly as she tied her clean handkerchief around the cut. “Bobby is always covered with bandages, anyway. He must have fallen on a pebble in the dirt floor.”
“I wanna go home,” Bobby was wailing.
“Of course you do,” Honey cried sympathetically. “But let’s ask Regan to look at your knee, first. He knows all about first aid, you know.”
“I want Regan,” Bobby said promptly through his tears. “I love Regan. He’ll give me a ride on Lady.”
“That’s right,” Trixie said. “If you don’t cry when he puts iodine on your cut. Do you want to ride pickaback on my shoulders, or can you walk?”
Bobby tossed his silky curls. “I never yell when people put iodine on me.” He started off up the grassy slope toward the stable, first hopping, then limping, and finally, when he caught sight of Regan, he broke into a run.
The tall, broad-shouldered groom scooped the boy into his arms and gently removed Trixie’s improvised bandage.
“First aid me, Regan,” Bobby ordered. “First aid me. Take me up to your room on top of the g’rage and first aid me.”
“That I will,” Regan said, grinning. “You didn’t cut yourself on a rusty nail, did you?”
“We don’t know what he fell on,” Trixie replied and turned to Honey. “I guess we’d better go back and look inside the cottage with flashlights to make sure. If it was a rusty nail that cut him, Bobby should have a booster tetanus shot. Puncture wounds, you know.”
Honey nodded. “There’re a couple of flashlights in the tack room. All right if we borrow them, Regan?”
“Natch,” the pleasant-faced groom said as he strode toward the garage with Bobby. “The kid probably cut himself on a harmless pebble, but you girls had better make sure. Meanwhile, I’ll wash the knee and paint it with iodine.”
Five minutes later the girls stood at the entrance to the old cottage. “He must have fallen right about here,” Trixie said, pointing with the beam of her flashlight. “He’s got short legs, so when he tripped on the sill–” She stopped. Something glittered in the beam of her torch. “A piece of glass,” she said moving cautiously inside.
Honey followed her, and then they saw that the glittering object was imbedded in the dirt floor. Trixie pried it loose with a twig.
“Oh, golly,” she gasped. “It looks just like the stone in the ring Jim gave me. You remember, Honey, his great-aunt’s solitaire which we found up at the mansion before it burned. Dad put it in our safety deposit box at the bank until I’m older. But this couldn’t be a diamond.”
She led the way outside and handed the stone to Honey. Honey examined it carefully. The facets glittered brilliantly in the bright sunlight. After a moment, Honey said in an awed tone of voice, “But it is a diamond, Trixie! I’m sure! How on earth did it get inside this old, tumbledown cottage?”

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Gatehouse Mystery 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was stunned to read the poor editorial review this book was given. I wonder what sort of books, if any, the reviewer chose to read when young. As a child in the 1950's, Trixie and friends immediately became my friends. I found Nancy Drew and other series to be shallow and undeveloped. Nancy was rich. She didn't work. She had everything. Everyone she encountered fell at her feet, or you knew they were villains! Had they been written today, i would suspect them to be computer generated quickies. Someone could just fill in the blanks with new names and plots. In contrast, the Trixie Belden series has well developed characters and places that seem meaningful to me even now. I often went to look up New York and Westchester county. Yes, they were real places. Those museums really did exist. Myths discussed were real to the region. These characters went to school, had families that were integral to the plots, sometimes traveled to real places, were expected to work for what they had. They were not simply adored by everyone they came in contact with. I wish today's novels were written with as much attention to grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. A few years ago, i bought the first 34 Trixie Belden books on ebay. I quickly read them all, with pleasure. Now I am probably going to buy these for my nook. I am more selective now about what goes into my home library than i was as a child. Trixie sits just as comfortably on my shelves as do old favorites, such as a Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre, and my annotated Complete Sherlock Holmes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books have different and well devoloped characters with different backrounds. These books also make you want to read more and more. They are very good at describing the suspects and characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read a Trixie Belden book, now is the time! Trixie and friends are great role-models for young girls and boys as they forge friendships and solve mysteries. Unlike some other children's series, this one places high value on hard work, helping others, and letting kids know that you don't have to be perfect. In this book, Trixie and her new best friend Honey (from books 1 and 2 in the series) find a diamond embedded in the floor of an old gatehouse. The girls and their siblings (Trixie's brothers Mart and Brian, along with Honey's adopted brother Jim) use their wits and some good detective work to solve the mystery of the lost diamond, while having fun at the same time. If you're looking for a book for an 8-14 year old girl (or boy, although girls usually tend to gravitate more to Trixie), this is a GREAT choice, probably the best. Trixie is a character for the ages--even now, she still reads as well as she did when she was first introduced in 1948. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Trixie Belden book as a young girl, given to me with other Trixies and Nancy Drews from my wonderful babysitter, Virginia, was this wonderful mystery where I could imagine myself in the story. Sometimes I would want to be Trixie, but at times Honey. Series is one of my favorites when a young girl. Trixie was more real, with chores, brothers, homework (which was sometimes a struggle), a guy she has a crush on who is very nice, a best friend, and people of different ages that are characters in the stories. She sometimes cannot do everything she wants due to family responsibilities. I would like to see the rest of the series online, as those of us who enjoyed these books may not have read the later ones, and yes, I would read them just for the nostalgic enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when are you going to have Trixie Belden in the nook book I would like to read all of them give it a 5 star
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An awesome book.
Jennifer54NY More than 1 year ago
I loved this series as a kid & now my daughter loves reading it too.
BookishBecky More than 1 year ago
The Trixie Belden Series is one of the best available for young girls. Trixie and her friends are good-hearted kids that like real people, don't always do the right thing, sometimes throw tantrums, and occasionally get into trouble. But they try their best and learn important lessons. These colorful characters are pulled into fun adventures that leave the reader never wanting to put the books down. Lessons on treating snake bites and rescuing a drowning person, for example, are cleverly interwoven into the story line. Meanwhile, the language is so vibrant, you want to be invited for dinner.
Bibliophile60 More than 1 year ago
What more can I say?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Most won't agree with me that I am glad that the Trixie Belden series was discontinued because it gave my generation a chance to take a break from her since my mom's generation read them. Don't get me wrong, I love the books but it gave some time for her to get big again. When I found this book, my mom and I were looking for a different book and when I picked it up my mom went nuts and she bought the first four of them and she said she had read them when she was little. She used to spend all of her babysitting money on them. When i read them I loved them too and made her buy the rest of them which I finished last october and now I'm still holding out hope that Kathryn Kenny will make more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the Trixie character is a bit dated from her 1950s debut, she is likable and is the kind of girl to take action to resolve problems and solve mysteries. Like Nancy Drew, she is part of the cultural literacy regarding schoolgirl sleuths, and should be read by all young mystery lovers. Some more current versions of young detective/mystery books are included below.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trixie is a funny girl and is fun to read too!one time I got it from the library I couldn't keep it down this book is GREAT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for any age really!!! If u like adventures this is the book for u!!!! I highly reckimend it!!!