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Hot on the trail of seven talking parrots that have seemingly vanished into thin air, the Three Investigators are in more trouble than ever. Danger lurks at every turn as they search for the birds, each of whom can quote part of a coded message from a mysterious dead man.


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Hot on the trail of seven talking parrots that have seemingly vanished into thin air, the Three Investigators are in more trouble than ever. Danger lurks at every turn as they search for the birds, each of whom can quote part of a coded message from a mysterious dead man.

30 review for The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jackie "the Librarian"

    This, not Nancy Drew, was my favorite mystery series when I was a kid. Sure, I read Nancy, but she was an independently wealthy titian-headed paragon who I could never live up to. Why didn't she get a job, or go to college? Was she just killing time solving mysteries until Ned graduated from college and married her? Now, the Three Investigators, they were kids like me, without a car, without much money, and with very human failings. I could totally relate. And they had a cool secret clubhouse, t This, not Nancy Drew, was my favorite mystery series when I was a kid. Sure, I read Nancy, but she was an independently wealthy titian-headed paragon who I could never live up to. Why didn't she get a job, or go to college? Was she just killing time solving mysteries until Ned graduated from college and married her? Now, the Three Investigators, they were kids like me, without a car, without much money, and with very human failings. I could totally relate. And they had a cool secret clubhouse, too. But I am skeptical that the introductions were actually written by Alfred Hitchcock himself. The Investigators solved mystery puzzles kind of like Scooby-Doo but without the lame endings: something supernatural seems to be going on, and the boys uncover the real, human agents behind the phenomena. Except for this one, no supernatural here. Unless you think parrots are spooky. In this episode: If a parrot stutters, pay attention! It could be a clue to a hidden treasure. This series was reissued about 10-15 years ago, and they stripped Hitchcock from the books, replacing him with some fictional Sebastian Barth guy. Sacrilege!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cameron G.

    I recently finished reading The Mystery of The Stuttering Parrot by: Robert Arthur. My dad introduced me to this fast paced mystery book series that he loved when he was a kid. As soon as I opened this book I was immedatly hooked. This book is about three young dectives who promise to find a famous actors missing parrot. When they start on this case they find that it is part of a bigger mystery of a lost priceless art piece! I can relate to the charactors in the book because they always help peo I recently finished reading The Mystery of The Stuttering Parrot by: Robert Arthur. My dad introduced me to this fast paced mystery book series that he loved when he was a kid. As soon as I opened this book I was immedatly hooked. This book is about three young dectives who promise to find a famous actors missing parrot. When they start on this case they find that it is part of a bigger mystery of a lost priceless art piece! I can relate to the charactors in the book because they always help people when they need it and I feel like I do the same. This fast pace book is a pleaser to any audience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Second reading. Still pretty good after all these years! There's still a bit of a stretch that the Three Investigators have an enormous stroke of lick in the end, that wraps the case up... fortuitously. http://www.threeinvestigatorsbooks.co... Using as a "book set in high school", although it appears to be summer vacation just now. Second reading. Still pretty good after all these years! There's still a bit of a stretch that the Three Investigators have an enormous stroke of lick in the end, that wraps the case up... fortuitously. http://www.threeinvestigatorsbooks.co... Using as a "book set in high school", although it appears to be summer vacation just now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid

    One of those in the series I haven't read in childhood. This time, it's about treasure hunting with seven parrots as clues holders, and one of them stuttered. Successfully met up my nostalgic moment!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    "To-to-be or not to-to-be? That is the question." said the stuttering parrot. But can a parrot stutter? This is the best of the Three Investigators, according to me. The trail to a treasure, hidden in the cryptic sentences taught to seven parrots. Jupiter and team must decode each to lead them to a magnificent booty in priceless paintings, before international art thieves get there. All the clues were perfect, as well as the twist in the tail. Jupiter outdoes himself. I still remember some of them: "To-to-be or not to-to-be? That is the question." said the stuttering parrot. But can a parrot stutter? This is the best of the Three Investigators, according to me. The trail to a treasure, hidden in the cryptic sentences taught to seven parrots. Jupiter and team must decode each to lead them to a magnificent booty in priceless paintings, before international art thieves get there. All the clues were perfect, as well as the twist in the tail. Jupiter outdoes himself. I still remember some of them: "Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and don't know where to find them. Call on Sherlock Holmes!" "To-to-be or not to-to-be? That is the question." "You know my methods, Watson. Three sevens lead to thirteen." And the last one: "Never give a sucker an even break, and that is a lead pipe cinch!"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hafsa Sabira

    Three Investigators is my favourite childhood series. Not one of the favourites, is is THE favourite series. I can't quite love any other series so much and even though I read all the books long ago, yet I try to revise all the nook every year. This year, I decided to try audiobook and this is the first audiobook I tried. What can I say, the audio version was 10 times better than the printed version. I could hear each character speaking in a different voice and I could FEEL the story more than ev Three Investigators is my favourite childhood series. Not one of the favourites, is is THE favourite series. I can't quite love any other series so much and even though I read all the books long ago, yet I try to revise all the nook every year. This year, I decided to try audiobook and this is the first audiobook I tried. What can I say, the audio version was 10 times better than the printed version. I could hear each character speaking in a different voice and I could FEEL the story more than ever. The moment I heard the voices I realized that these are the voices of Jupiter, Pete and Bob ( Bob is almost missing in this story btw)!!! Sadly, only two books are available as audio books. But if you are a fan of the Three Investigators, you must give it a try in YouTube.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leore Joanne Green

    This is a book I found in a carton in the dorms, in a place where old things are usually left for any one who would like to take. It looked familiar and when I looked at it I realized it was part of the 'Alfred Hitchcock' series which I used to read in elemetary school. So I picked it up and took it for the nostalgia. Basically, it reminded me a bit of Enid Blyton's detective novel's for kids, just without the warm, British feeling, and the food. The reading was fun and smooth, the only thing tha This is a book I found in a carton in the dorms, in a place where old things are usually left for any one who would like to take. It looked familiar and when I looked at it I realized it was part of the 'Alfred Hitchcock' series which I used to read in elemetary school. So I picked it up and took it for the nostalgia. Basically, it reminded me a bit of Enid Blyton's detective novel's for kids, just without the warm, British feeling, and the food. The reading was fun and smooth, the only thing that bothered me was the dozens of typos in the book, but I was highly amused by the number of the psychometry words which were there (a test I had to take a year ago). I finished it in two hours. Had fun. 6.3.07

  8. 5 out of 5

    Don

    I did not read this edition. I read the silver covered 1973 edition. I know that Hardy Boys were edited after the 1950's quite a bit, I am not sure if the same is true for this series. These books just hit me when I was a kid. It's EVERYTHING to a little boy in the late 1970's early 1980's. Three boys, a junkyard full of, well, junk that any boy can do anything with. Alfred Hitchcock, mysteries, spooky houses, it's all there! I much prefer the older editions. Nostalgia I guess, but the pages themse I did not read this edition. I read the silver covered 1973 edition. I know that Hardy Boys were edited after the 1950's quite a bit, I am not sure if the same is true for this series. These books just hit me when I was a kid. It's EVERYTHING to a little boy in the late 1970's early 1980's. Three boys, a junkyard full of, well, junk that any boy can do anything with. Alfred Hitchcock, mysteries, spooky houses, it's all there! I much prefer the older editions. Nostalgia I guess, but the pages themselves (for a book lover) are perfect. This had a great mystery and riddle to it. The Stuttering Parrot certainly holds up, but maybe I'm biased. Everything is so serious anymore. I read serious books. Watch serious shows. Don't get me started on social media. It was great to go back to boyhood imagination and fun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    2019 This was the first Three Investigators book that I had ever read; the first book that made me fall in love with the stories of the three friends who had started a business together. The Three Investigators. With their own business cards, their own logo (a question mark), and each with their own role in the investigations. This book, however, always remained my favorite of their investigations. It begins (as many of the best mysteries do) with someone calling for help. And not one, but two 2019 This was the first Three Investigators book that I had ever read; the first book that made me fall in love with the stories of the three friends who had started a business together. The Three Investigators. With their own business cards, their own logo (a question mark), and each with their own role in the investigations. This book, however, always remained my favorite of their investigations. It begins (as many of the best mysteries do) with someone calling for help. And not one, but two parrots mysteriously disappearing. Then its a race to find the rest of the parrots (seven in all!) and trace the route to the hidden treasure described as "a piece off the end of the rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it." "That isn't a house I want to approach," Pete told him. "It looks like a house full of locked rooms that shouldn't be open." ... Mostly what he had bought was ordinary junk, but perched up at the back end of the truck was an iron deer. It was life-size, with huge antlers. "Hmph!" Mrs. Jones said. Well, we can sell it to a collector, I suppose, but I'll bet you paid too much money for it." "I didn't buy it to sell," Titus said. "I'm going to set it up outside the gate." He hopped down off the truck and gave his wife a squeeze around the waist. "Now I'll have two dears," he said. It was a pretty terrible pun, but Mrs. Jones giggled.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This was loads of fun. The riddle of the parrots and the real threat and stakes of the book made this a lead pipe cinch! I probably knew this before but had forgotten how delightful the old hardcover art is. While some details could be more accurate (like the parrot should have been yellow-headed not red) there are so many of them tucked away that I can look past that. Also the nice Hitch cameos on each cover are an excellent touch. I’ll keep an eye out for how long that is maintained.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    My one unfulfilled childhood dream was to be a real detective or private investigator. The closest I got was investigating some ultra-minor crimes in my area, as well as looking for some missing pets, dressed in my trench-coat and dark glasses, to no success whatsoever! So it goes without saying that I have always loved reading crime/mystery books, of which my all-time favourite series is The Three Investigators mysteries. Sure, the Hardy Boys were more popular at my school, but then I have alway My one unfulfilled childhood dream was to be a real detective or private investigator. The closest I got was investigating some ultra-minor crimes in my area, as well as looking for some missing pets, dressed in my trench-coat and dark glasses, to no success whatsoever! So it goes without saying that I have always loved reading crime/mystery books, of which my all-time favourite series is The Three Investigators mysteries. Sure, the Hardy Boys were more popular at my school, but then I have always favoured brains over brawn. This book is actually the second of a long-running series featuring The Three Investigators, and it is also one of the best pure mysteries they encounter in my opinion. For the uninitiated, the boys who make up The Three Investigators are: Jupiter Jones, first investigator; Pete Crenshaw, second investigator; Bob Andrews, records and research. They operate out of a salvage yard owned by Jupiter’s aunt and uncle, in the fictional town of Rocky Beach, California. Their HQ is inside an old caravan/trailer now surrounded by junk and kitted out with all their investigative needs such as a telephone, filing cabinets for cases and a dark room. The boys are hired by the famed film director Alfred Hitchcock to locate his friend’s missing parrot. Hitchcock appeared in the first book when the boys solved the Secret of Terror Castle, and now respects the abilities of the boys after a difficult start to their relationship. It transpires that the missing parrot was actually one of seven birds, who were all trained by their deceased owner Jim Silver to repeat a specific message. All 7 birds are named after classic literary characters, such as Sherlock Holmes and Blackbeard, and their message seem innocent enough at first, especially as they seem to tie in with their name. For example Robin Hood’s message is “I shot an arrow as a test, a hundred paces shot it west”. However the messages when put together in the right order, may be the clue to the hiding place of a valuable item, which is sought by a number of dangerous individuals. The fact that the birds have all been sold really complicates the mystery. We follow the boys as they hotfoot it around the Rocky Beach and Hollywood areas, piecing the clues together and trying to locate the missing birds, while also staying one step ahead of the crooks who include the famous art-thief (and re-appearing character in the series) Hugenay. It is in this book that the characters of Bob and Pete really step out of Jupiter’s admittedly large shadow, and we get a head-scratcher of a riddle which requires a lot of investigation and research to solve, as well as some instinct in the face of danger. The limitations of being a kid and trying to solve crimes is still relevant, for example not being able to drive themselves anywhere, as well as adults always doubting the ability of the trio. The age-old satisfaction of triumphing over someone older or apparently more experienced, is a theme prevalent throughout the series. I have read all of The Three Investigators mysteries, enjoying them all, but this one along with 4-5 others are a class above the others in terms of the mystery at hand. It was only in adulthood I finally completed and read the complete collection of the series, through exhaustive trawls of second-hand book stores and internet sites, as well as having the means to get those last few rare books. Each book now only takes me about an hour to read (I’m a fast reader) but it is a magical way to spend an hour, transporting me back to my childhood again. I still picture the salvage yard in my head when I read the books, transposing the image onto a place special to me in my own hometown, and imagine myself entering the investigators HQ and assisting them on a case. Maybe I could have used their help with my own “cases” in my short PI career….

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lelyana

    two two two be or not two two to be that is the question Famous wisdom :P

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    2008 original review - For some reason, I’ve never pressed to re-read this book and, having just done so, I can’t understand why. It’s quick, tightly-written, has some nice action sequences and well-drawn characters and is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the interplay and the deductions and the willingness of Arthur to look at the less-well-off, but the treasure was found a little easily for my liking and where, exactly, does Carlos go after this book? Very entertaining, a good, solid TTI mystery. 2013 u 2008 original review - For some reason, I’ve never pressed to re-read this book and, having just done so, I can’t understand why. It’s quick, tightly-written, has some nice action sequences and well-drawn characters and is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the interplay and the deductions and the willingness of Arthur to look at the less-well-off, but the treasure was found a little easily for my liking and where, exactly, does Carlos go after this book? Very entertaining, a good, solid TTI mystery. 2013 update - Once again, I was a little dubious about starting this and, once again, when I’d started I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a terrific, extended opening that works brilliantly and includes this fantastic quote: “That isn’t a house I want to approach,” Pete told him. “It looks like a house full of locked rooms that shouldn’t be opened.” With this taking up so much space, Bob doesn’t actually appear until a quarter of the way through and misses the ending altogether, which is a shame (especially since it’s revealed that The Ghost-to-Ghost hook-up was his initial idea). The ending itself - which I won’t reveal - uses a great location that, filled with coastal fog, is incredibly atmospheric. The salvage yard and headquarters are key locations and this not only reveals the secret code to get into HQ but uses descriptions for the entrances which I don’t think are ever used again. A couple of small points though - I think Blackbeard the bird appears in “The Whispering Mummy” and then disappears and whatever happens to Carlos? Otherwise this has great pacing, well realised characters - plus the Arthur touch of focussing on change and societal differences - and a great plot and is very much recommended. (nb - I think my issue with the book is that the audio version has a lot of Carlos material, clouding the story to an extent and I think I’ve got the tape and the book meshed in my head). 2017 update - I’m in agreement with my previous comments - it’s a tightly told story that, although it does leave some loose ends (and has the peculiar ‘Alfred Hitchcock speaking’ final page), is well written, well paced and packed with vivid characters and set pieces.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This is a re-read - thought I would read it again after I listened to an audio dramatization last week. The book holds up great (I grew up on the Three Investigators) but it is what it is...juvenile 1960's detective story written for teen boys about three friends that hook up with Alfred Hitchcock, have a Rolls Royce on hand, have a great clubhouse in Jupiter Jones's junkyard and run a detective agency. Not realistic in the least but it's not supposed to, it's supposed to be escapist for teen boy This is a re-read - thought I would read it again after I listened to an audio dramatization last week. The book holds up great (I grew up on the Three Investigators) but it is what it is...juvenile 1960's detective story written for teen boys about three friends that hook up with Alfred Hitchcock, have a Rolls Royce on hand, have a great clubhouse in Jupiter Jones's junkyard and run a detective agency. Not realistic in the least but it's not supposed to, it's supposed to be escapist for teen boys.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    I didn't like this one quite as much as the first volume. Still a big fan of the series. This one seemed a little more formulaic, but I think that's typical for these type of YA mysteries. This one has parrots, art thieves, and of course Alfred Hitchcock. Still a good read for any fan of the Three Investigators.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    A Quickie Review A fun, cute little old-school mystery. This kid at heart enjoyed it. Score: 4/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Campbell

    I loved the Three Investigtors books as a kid and, inspired by Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Boyhood Island", I'm going to re-read it to see what, if any, childhood memories it unlocks. Well, that was unsuccessful as a memory-evoking experiment but I'm glad I reread it nevertheless. A fun little book with nothing particularly objectionable in it. I'm sure that some today wouldn't be happy about the almost complete lack of female characters, at least any that are in any way necessary to the plot. And the I loved the Three Investigtors books as a kid and, inspired by Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Boyhood Island", I'm going to re-read it to see what, if any, childhood memories it unlocks. Well, that was unsuccessful as a memory-evoking experiment but I'm glad I reread it nevertheless. A fun little book with nothing particularly objectionable in it. I'm sure that some today wouldn't be happy about the almost complete lack of female characters, at least any that are in any way necessary to the plot. And there was a fairly straight-out-the-box Mexican peasant stereotype but these are typical of three time in which they are written. I certainly would have no qualms about letting children today read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A case involving talking parrots? Of course. Why not. These parrots sound amazing. Jupiter, Pete, and Bob all get involved with this one, with their nemesis Skinny Norris. I was hoping Skinny would get his comeuppance but alas, he did not. Skinny reminds me of Bugs Meaney from Encyclopedia Brown. I loved those books! Anyway, back to the mystery. We have parrots who hold the secret to a missing treasure, and the boys are hot on the case. We have a mildly scary scene in a cemetery with a lot of fo A case involving talking parrots? Of course. Why not. These parrots sound amazing. Jupiter, Pete, and Bob all get involved with this one, with their nemesis Skinny Norris. I was hoping Skinny would get his comeuppance but alas, he did not. Skinny reminds me of Bugs Meaney from Encyclopedia Brown. I loved those books! Anyway, back to the mystery. We have parrots who hold the secret to a missing treasure, and the boys are hot on the case. We have a mildly scary scene in a cemetery with a lot of fog, and Hans and/or Konrad (always getting those two confused) are right there to play getaway driver, as usual. Satisfying if you ignore a few plot holes, and I will. 3 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Inga

    This is one of my all-time-favourites - in the radio play version of my childhood. This is my first time reading it. The story unfolds around a stolen parrot and quickly turns into one of the typical riddles that the ??? have to solve. The radio play is very close to the book - I knew a lot of the scenes and sentences by heart. But some scenes were a bit more detailed and the characters of Carlos and his father were given more room which I liked.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Akash Raj

    This was one of my favourite books as a child. A refreshing mystery.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma Darcy

    Just too heavy handed to be good. I'm not sure what it was about the late 70s/ early 80s with having teen detectives with ridiculous speech gimmicks but it gets old really fast

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nira Ramachandran

    The second in The Three Investigators series, this is every bit as good as the first. After their stunning success as investigators in their first case, Hitchcock unbends enough to send them on another. Finding a lost parrot doesn't seem very exciting, but the number of lost parrots grows by leaps and bounds, and the three investigators find themselves caught up once more in a mesh of intrigue, tantalizing clues, villains of every hue and even a lost treasure. Jupe's ability to make sense of see The second in The Three Investigators series, this is every bit as good as the first. After their stunning success as investigators in their first case, Hitchcock unbends enough to send them on another. Finding a lost parrot doesn't seem very exciting, but the number of lost parrots grows by leaps and bounds, and the three investigators find themselves caught up once more in a mesh of intrigue, tantalizing clues, villains of every hue and even a lost treasure. Jupe's ability to make sense of seemingly senseless clues shines out once again. A really good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Merida

    Excuse me my bad English :) Well, now I know why I remember it most from the childhood from the adventures of Jupiter, Pete and Bob - it's certainly the best part of Three Investigators stories! Very interesting story, original, captivating adventure for lovers of literature, such a Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island. There is - as usual - a lot of humor, and we can smile under our nose on the way of speaking of Jupiter or comments of Pete. Besides, it is practically one big treasure hunt - how ca Excuse me my bad English :) Well, now I know why I remember it most from the childhood from the adventures of Jupiter, Pete and Bob - it's certainly the best part of Three Investigators stories! Very interesting story, original, captivating adventure for lovers of literature, such a Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island. There is - as usual - a lot of humor, and we can smile under our nose on the way of speaking of Jupiter or comments of Pete. Besides, it is practically one big treasure hunt - how can you not like a treasure hunt? :) If you have not read The Three Investigators adventures, this book will encourage you to reach for more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Another great book in this series, the Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot gives its readers an exciting mystery which you will be puzzling over just as much as the boys. We're expertly led on an investigation which from the beginning is more exciting than looking for a lost pet suggests. The climax is thrilling, has a element of danger, and shows one of Pete's skills other then just being the muscle. All in all an excellent second book. P.S. We still don't know what the E in Skinny's full name stands Another great book in this series, the Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot gives its readers an exciting mystery which you will be puzzling over just as much as the boys. We're expertly led on an investigation which from the beginning is more exciting than looking for a lost pet suggests. The climax is thrilling, has a element of danger, and shows one of Pete's skills other then just being the muscle. All in all an excellent second book. P.S. We still don't know what the E in Skinny's full name stands for.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucky Vaunda

    My first reading experiences! And the first book of The Three Investigators series i read. Then I get addicted. Go figure! Each central character of the group has his own unique ability, job and duty, and rich characterization. Just love it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rosalina Suhartono

    I remember the line from Hamlet said (said?) by the parrot, "to to be or not to to be" which shows location 22B. This book amazing! I read this book when I was a kid and now I keep thinking that it's amazing coz it's indeed a good book to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dominika Košútová

    For me the best part of the book was certainly when the parrots were saying their quotes. Haha I really like the connections between everything. Maybe it´s predictable but .. :D

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sri

    Among other titles in this series that I read in my childhood, I remember this one the most.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mella

    I read a few of these when I was younger and always rather enjoyed them. It's always different reading such stories when you're older but I still really enjoyed the first two in the series. Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews are three boys who have decided to start a detective agency, aptly named The Three Investigators. They use 3 question marks as their symbol and are willing to solve any mystery, riddle or puzzle. Jupiter is the brains of the operation, Pete the muscle and Bob the r I read a few of these when I was younger and always rather enjoyed them. It's always different reading such stories when you're older but I still really enjoyed the first two in the series. Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews are three boys who have decided to start a detective agency, aptly named The Three Investigators. They use 3 question marks as their symbol and are willing to solve any mystery, riddle or puzzle. Jupiter is the brains of the operation, Pete the muscle and Bob the researcher. The boys have their own secret Headquarters - (a portable office that's been hidden under many piles of junk) that has secret entrances and a phone, use chalk (each boy a different colour) to leave directions, clues and messages to each other - and even a driver (Worthington) with Rolls Royce - courtesy of a competition Jupiter wins to have a chauffeur for 30 days. I'm not sure how long they actually have the car for - I don't think I ever read any without it but I haven't read all of them, so who knows. The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot has the boys going on a treasure hunt. Reminiscent of Treasure Island, "John Silver" has trained seven parrots to speak the clues that lead to his buried treasure. The boys are busy hunting down missing parrots, dodging 'the fat man' who keeps threatening them and creating havoc with Ghost to Ghost hookups (which is actually really cool - although might be better known as a phone tree. I enjoyed how this worked to help them solve the case). The mystery is interesting and I still really enjoy the characters. The adult figures aren't particularly fleshed out but then again - they so rarely are. I'll definitely be reading (and rereading for some) the rest of the series. 3.5 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jason Payne

    Someone must've remembered this was my favorite book as a kid, because they left a copy of it in my office mailbox. More than forty years since I first read it, and it's still a great read. The premise of the series was simple: three kids (one smart but pudgy, one athletic but a bit dim, and one slight but focused and thoughtful) form their own "detective agency" and solve mysteries around the coastal towns of Southern California. Their benefactor--the director Alfred Hitchcock; their transporta Someone must've remembered this was my favorite book as a kid, because they left a copy of it in my office mailbox. More than forty years since I first read it, and it's still a great read. The premise of the series was simple: three kids (one smart but pudgy, one athletic but a bit dim, and one slight but focused and thoughtful) form their own "detective agency" and solve mysteries around the coastal towns of Southern California. Their benefactor--the director Alfred Hitchcock; their transportation--the use of a Rolls Royce (with chauffeur!) won by the smart kid in a local contest; their headquarters--a clubhouse in a junkyard owned by the aunt & uncle of the smart kid. In their second adventure, The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot, the boys find themselves embroiled in what first appears to be a simple stolen bird, but soon becomes a case about stolen art and international thieves. Their only clues: a handful of parrots & a mynah, all of which are taught a portion of a riddle. Great fun and a wonderful blast from my own past.

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