It's been a while since I picked up a book of 'The Three Investigators'. I find them immensely enjoyable, with just the right amount of suspense, storyline and knowledge that makes for a breezy read. My subsequent read 'The Mystery of The Talking Skull' was infinitely better than this one. Also, my other two ensuing ones authored by Alfred Hitchcock, namely the mysteries of the Silver Spider and the Fiery Eye were excellent reads.
This book however was rather a let down. The plot line is thin for the expertise displayed by the trip in the previous books. Also, it flows like a travelogue, with the tourists travelling and sightseeing across the length of America. The mystery is not deep enough, nor is the action.
I loved the characterisation of Pete's grandfather immensely, though. The excentricity of the jolly old man wins our hearts at once. Jupiter's brain takes too much time to figure out what is obvious to readers at once. Pete had far lesser athletic prowess to display than in his previous adventures, even with the scene of the bike escapade. Bob too seems wasted, with his records playing very little role in the progress of the story.
Overall, it's readable once, if you have nothing else to read. Rating: 3.2 out of 5.
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