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While organizing an ice carnival to raise funds for her pen pal's school library, Trixie investigates a mysterious problem facing Regan and a run of thefts and accidents in the neighborhood....

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The Black Jacket Mystery Reviews

  • Juli
    2019-03-19 06:57

    This 8th mystery in the Trixie Belden series opens with the BWGs (Bob-Whites of the Glen) planning a carnival fundraiser to help the Mexican village of San Isidro following an earthquake. The money they raise will help buy books for the San Isidro school library that was heavily damaged in the disaster. The BWGs are busily planning the event, gathering prizes and doing all they can to have a fun carnival. But as usual, Trixie and the gang get pulled into a mystery. Regan, the Wheeler's groom, is acting strangely and seems to be hiding something. Trixie sees a paper in the Wheeler's tack room that might be pointing to some sort of legal problem. Soon after, there is a new boy on the school bus. He seems very unfriendly and seems out of place in his black leather jacket and hat. His name is Dan Manigan, and he starts talking some pretty rough talk in the cafeteria....gangs, fights, switchblades. Then strange things start happening....Honey's watch is stolen and the clubhouse is broken into. Is Dan a thief? Or are they misjudging him? The plot for The Black Jacket Mystery is a bit predictable, but still an enjoyable read with a good message. There are some nice developments for the BWGs in this 8th story. As an adult re-reading these I am wondering one thing though......when is little Bobby (Trixie's little brother) going to start talking like a 7 year old and not a toddler? What 7 year old says stuff like "Holp! Holp!'' and "I losted it and Trixie tooked it.'' No kid that goes to school talks like that. lol. C'mon Bobby -- you can be cute and little without talking like a two year old. As a middle schooler I loved these books. It was my favorite series. I had every book -- all matching of course -- lined up in series order on my bookshelf. :) And when the last few new books came out (I was in high school) I remember being so excited that the series was continuing. :) As an adult, I'm still very much enjoying the series, but I do notice I look at a few things (like Bobby's dialogue) with adult eyes.Moving on to book 9! Next up is The Happy Valley Mystery! The Trixie Belden series was written from 1948 - 1986. There are 39 books in the series. The first six books were written by Julie Campbell. The rest of the series was written by various authors under the pen name Kathryn Kenny.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-19 05:52

    Oh, Dan, you rogue! Bad boy Dan has to shed his gangland past and move in with the Wheelers gamekeeper Mr. Maypenny. But then his past follows him -- dum dum DUM! The cover of my version of this book has Dan wearing a cheesy leather cap with a visor, which apparently passed for gang haute couture back in the day.ETA: Okay, what is UP with Mrs. Belden that she can't keep an eye on Bobby? I just reread this last night, and Trixie spends much of the book's beginning chapters feeling guilty she isn't doing a better job of keeping Bobby out of her mother's hair. For instance -- Trixie is late one afternoon and enters the kitchen where her frazzled mother is trying to cook dinner AND keep Bobby out of the cookie jar. Um, how about you just tell Bobby he's not eating any cookies before dinner, Mrs. B? Maybe it's just that I read Mystery Off Glen Road the other night, but I don't think the Belden parents are doing a very good job of keeping up with their youngest child. I wonder if Helen Belden has some secret drinking problem and spends a lot of time passed out? That might accout for all the times Bobby is able to run away and get himself trapped in caves...

  • Denise
    2019-02-22 08:34

    In the midst of planning a winter carnival and skating competition to aid a school in Mexico that has been hit by an earthquake, 13-year-old sleuth Trixie Belden half-overhears conversations and half-reads papers she’s told in no uncertain terms are none of her business. She agrees, but can’t help speculating with her best friend, Honey Wheeler, whether there isn’t something bothering the Wheeler family groom, Bill Regan. Through her 6-year-old brother she gets wind of a "sperimen"("experiment". Bobby’s baby talk has got to be one of the most annoying things about these books). Trixie, Honey, Trixie’s brother Mart and Brian, along with Diana Lynch, and Honey’s adopted brother, Jim, form the club known as the Bob-Whites of the Glen, who solve mysteries, irritate the police and foil the plans of many a crook. They live in the Hudson River Valley of New York state, not far from White Plains. The series ran from 1948 to 1986 with various authors. The present book, The Black Jacket Mystery is the eighth of 39 books. Originally released in 1961, it was re-released in 2004. The volume that I have is one of the new versions. The book is attributed to “Kathryn Kenny,” a pen name used presumably by several people. I couldn't find the name of the author of this book. Riding the bus to school one morning, the girls watch as a boy in a black leather jacket and matching cap gets on. Trixie kicks Honey’s shin. "Wonder where he left his motorcycle," she whispers to Honey. It’s the start of a beautiful relationship. When a "catamount" scares their horses and causes them to run away, Honey loses a watch—her dress-up watch. They go back the next day to see if they can find it, but no luck. They do find the prints of cowboy boots like the ones the new kid, Dan Mangan wears. When the watch later turns of up pawned, the girls conclude that Dan must have stolen it. The rest of the book is about trying to decide whether Dan is a hood or not. He’s been given a job working for Mr. Maypenny, the Wheelers’ gamekeeper, so it’s assumed he'a a relative of his. Dan himself is not particularly friendly to anyone, but likes to wow them in the cafeteria with tales of his exploits in the big city. When the Bob-White’s clubhouse is broken into, trashed and burgled to the sum of $3.40, the girls again find the prints of cowboy boots. They’re much too big for Dan and they’re polished brown, while Dan’s are black. Could the girls be mistaken? The moral of the story is not to judge a book by its cover, even if there is some reason to believe that the person is not exactly without fault. There is also one huge plot hole in an incident designed to bring out the hero in Dan. The redemption at the end so contrived it makes Darth Vader’s look natural. But I digress. While the writing is simplistic and the minor are characters super nice, Trixie herself shows the emotional swings of an adolescent. She can be mistaken, she can argue (briefly) with her parents or forget to do chores, but she is a good girl and regrets deeply when she’s wronged someone. While she’s a little over the top, she is not one dimensional either. One of the odd terms (at least to my ears) in the book is "catamount" to refer to a cougar or lynx. Granted I lived in New York state quite a few years after the Bob-Whites did, but I’d never heard that word before, so I doubt that it’s regional. Of course, of the six years I spent there, I don’t recall any sighting of a such a critter anywhere near where lived, that is, the Mohawk River Valley, north and west of Bob-White territory. While they may still exist in remote areas in the Adirondacks or Catskills (I’m guessing), I’d be willing to bet it’s been quite a while since they ventured too close to humans. Too many of them ended up the way the catamount in the book did. This one is hard for me to recommend because of its saccharine sweetness and unrealistic redemption story, but, for a 10-year-old who has read and enjoyed other Trixie Belden stories, this might be quite enjoyable.

  • Meghan
    2019-02-24 07:37

    According to this article examining the Trixie Belden Authorship Question, the unknown ghostwriter who penned this particular volume never contributed any further efforts. Which is probably for the best.- It's got to suck when you're forced to leave New York City for a small town in the Hudson Valley and then all those hicks you look down on make fun of your cowboy boots.- Wait, cowboy boots? Yeah, Dan Mangan belongs to a gang called…The Cowhands. They wear cowboy boots and have their gang name painted on the back of their eponymous cowboy boots. It's pretty embarrassing. To be fair, The Mysterious Visitor depiction of Skid Row was also pretty embarrassing, so it's not just ghostwriters perpetuating bizarre depictions of the criminal underclass.- All of a sudden Trixie and Honey have always had penpals in Mexico. And sent them books for their school library. Which subsequently burned in a fire. It's ice carnival time!- Actually this book reads as though its plot elements were drawn directly from the previous ghostwriter's maiden effort: the gang element, the fundraising event, the one boy in particular who bickers with the Bob-Whites throughout the book. Unlike Tad Williams, however, Dan Mangan gets rushed into full-on club membership, and equally quickly shuffled offstage at the beginning of nearly every subsequent book. I bet the editors really wished they had penciled in a change to the ending of this book.

  • Karsyn
    2019-03-07 08:51

    This is a case of where I wish I could rate parts. The story on the whole is good but I think the adults are stupid in it. If they had just told the BWG's who Dan was and to see if they could befriend him, none of the stuff that happened would have happened. But of course then there wouldn't be a mystery. It was still the stupid adults faults!

  • Joy Gerbode
    2019-03-01 12:35

    August 2013 ... re-read, a good story, though there are some minor discrepancies in details from the earlier books written by Julie Campbell. Those were not noticeable as a kid ... but I noticed them now. But in general a good read, helping to enforce the lesson that we must not judge people based on what they look like. Some good food for thought.

  • Deanna Anderson
    2019-03-22 10:30

    This is not my favorite of the Trixie books, but it does give us Dan Mangan who is an interesting character, and I am glad for his redemption. The Bob-Whites of the Glen are good at helping people like that. I also like that we do get to see more of Mr. Maypenny. He is such a lovable character and I always enjoy when he is a part of a mystery, helping the kids, or just someone they stop and visit.In this title, Trixie is at again trying to figure out who Dan is and why he is living with Mr. Maypenny. After many false leads and wrong guesses, the story comes out and we learn all about Dan Mangan, a kid from the city who got involved with the wrong people then.There is also the added danger of a catamount (mountain lion) that is loose in the Wheeler preserve and it threatens anyone who crosses the forests threshold, including six year old Bobby who hears about the "kitty" and wants to catch it for Trixie. But, an unlikely hero steps in and saves Bobby. I do love the ending of this book, and often skip to the back to just re-read the happy ending.

  • Bailey Marissa
    2019-03-04 13:56

    (3.9)Again, this is not a mystery in the truest sense, but the reader gets to meet Dan, the final BWofG (and my person favorite male BW when I was younger). We also get to see how all the adults are actually friends (because it's important to see adults being friends in MG/YA books) and how sometimes kind words and just being friendly can help a person (also important in MG/YA).Recommended 10/11+ for scary situations, mentions of gangs, and possible underage smoking (In TB lore, Dan is 16/17 and his friend could be around his age or younger.)

  • Teri Pre
    2019-03-10 11:27

    This was one of my favorite Trixie Belden books when I was a kid. It stands the test of time!

  • Alex
    2019-03-13 07:48

    This book takes the Bob Whites back into the territory of not talking to people to eliminate confusion. If the characters talked, there would be no tension, and therefore no story. So they should have told a different story. There’s almost a complete lack of threat, and both of the sources of external friction in this book are dealt with off-screen. Generally unsatisfying and a weak entry for the series. Good thing that the ghost writer of this volume apparently did not return. I won’t give up, but can’t recommend this one.

  • RaRa
    2019-03-17 11:51

    This story wasn't one of my favorites in the series, and possibly still isn't, but I think I appreciate it a bit more. Gangs, gang involvement, and trying to get out of gangs and live a better life are all relevant today, and the dangers of such activities are far more glaring to me as an adult than they were as a grade school kid.

  • J.L. Day
    2019-02-27 11:42

    a HUGE and most dedicated fan of Trixie and her crew. This is odd, of course, because they were MEANT for teen and pre-teen girls, but I was a young boy that read everything he could get his hands on and when I first stumbled on my first TRIXIE BELDON book I was instantly hooked! I immediately sat about reading them all, as quickly as I could get my greedy little paws on them. Trixie is the star, or "lead" character, followed by Jim and Honey (who quickly became the love of my young life, I had a total crush on a fictional character that only existed in ink) and this brave trio was constantly getting into trouble, solving mysteries and murders; that sort of thing. It falls along the line of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and other similar series, but the Trixie series carries more of the teenage angst and a subtle love triangle of conflicted who likes whom mystery that battles back and forth throughout the series. All of the while though, the same cheerful, effervescent and energetic positive attitude and domineering never quit/never let them see you down philosophy is the major subtext all through the books. It is simply impossible to read these and NOT feel good about yourself and about LIFE, to have a sense of "all is well" in the world and a cheerful demeanor just naturally permeate your soul. I know, it SOUNDS crazy, but it is true. I lost all of my Trixie books years ago, lending them to friends and that sort of thing. Since then, I have been on a quest to rebuild my collection of hardbacks. I find most of them at "Friends of the Library Sales" and things like that, but I am ever watchful at garage sales and places, for I do not have even a third of them built back

  • April Brown
    2019-02-27 08:29

    A childhood favorite re-visited.Is the story as good as I remember? – YesWhat ages would I recommend it too? – Ten and up.Length? – Most of a day’s read.Characters? – Memorable, several characters.Setting? – Real world, pre - computer pre - air conditioning, pre - cell phone.Written approximately? – approximately 1961.Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. A slight mention of the time frame of the story - as the teens are given far more freedom to come and go as they please than would be safe today. Also, the absence of computers, cell phones, and air conditioning in homes, especially the mansion.Short storyline: Trixie Belden, Honey, Jim, and her brothers decide to create an ice carnival, and determine Regan the groom's secret. In the midst is Bobby and the wildcat, as well as city boy Dan and the destruction of their clubhouse among other events that appear to be caused by him.Notes for the reader: A great mystery! No violence (only referred to from the past), no murder.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-02-21 12:33

    A tough new kid by the name of Dan Mangan arrives in town and starts living and working with Mr. Maypenny (the gamekeeper for The Manor House). Trixie becomes suspicious of who he is and if he's responsible for some bad things that have been happening around Sleepyside. Meanwhile, a catamount is loose on the game preserve.(Copied from The Trixie Belden Fan Website)**OMGness...does Dan become friendly with the BWG's and end up becoming one of them OR does he go to jail????? Oooooooooo :)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~RE-read~11/16/2013 I would still give this 5 stars as it still is on of my favorites of the series. We are introduced to Dan Managan and he is trouble from the get-go. It takes great faith and a daring rescue to convince the BWG's that he is really a good guy deep down, that he just came from a really bad place and needed to see what REAL friendship was all about.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-21 09:56

    Reread 2017 (research purposes): I had to drop this a star this time. Little things really annoyed me throughout. Starlight suddenly being a mare probably always bugged me. This time it was the location of the lake, which suddenly seemed to be out in the middle of the woods, accessible only by horseback, and yet this is the same lake where the kids swim in the summer and the Wheelers' maid walks down to bring them refreshments. Bits and pieces of Dan's backstory, and Regan's too, don't really make a lot of sense to me, which is probably why I ignore so much of it when I'm writing fanfic. And the constant flip-flopping of the Bob-Whites (particularly Mart) to liking or hating Dan was really annoying. Still ... it's Dan. :) And the whole Dan/Trixie/Bobby scene in the woods really touched me.

  • Clare
    2019-03-16 09:43

    Okay let me just say how FRICKEN ANNOYED I HAVE TO GO LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SERIES TOO MUCH. I legit feel like I may die trying to find these books cause they are that old. First of this is the 8th book of the Trixie Belden and you don't even have to bother reading the first 7 books(EVEN THOUGH I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THEM). There are sometimes you may feel a little lost, but Kathryn Kenny always explains after. In this book a mysterious character named Dan Mangan comes to stay with Mr. Maypenny, just in time for the ice skating show Trixie and Honey produce to help raise money for their pen pals in Mexico. The Bob-Whites clubhouse is messed up and trouble comes up at every turn. Is Dan to blame, READ TO FIND OUT!

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-02-26 10:50

    For Christmas one year, my parents grabbed me the entire Trixie Belden set and I couldn't put them down. After I finished with them, they continued to purchase them as quickly as I could read them. Even with a learning disability, I devoured the books. I look back now and I find that Trixie Belden was much more age related to young girls, particularly to me, reading the books than Nancy Drew. There was something in these books that I found to be a greater escape than I did ND, too. I found that they weren't so "over the top" or dated. I will be doing the same thing with my granddaughters, if and when I have them, even if I have to stalk every used bookstore to get them.

  • Bobbi Rightmyer
    2019-03-14 10:36

    Dan Mangan comes to town and he appears to be a bully. He will be living and working with Mr. Maypenny. However, the Bob-Whites think the new kid is nothing but trouble.Naturally, Trixie becomes suspicious of who Dan really is and if he's responsible for some bad things that have started happening around Sleepyside. In another storyline, a catamount (short-tailed wildcat) is loose on the Wheeler's game preserve. Is the gang safe when they go horseback riding? Just another mystery for the Bob-Whites to try and solve.

  • Madeline Henricksen
    2019-03-22 09:49

    Trixie Belden and the Happy Valley Mystery is book number nine in the Trixie Belden mystery series. Trixie Belden and Honey Wheeler are best friends, horse lovers, and detectives who always seem to accidentally find a mystery waiting to be solved. In this book, the pair find themselves meeting a suspicious boy from New York, named Dan, who wears a black jacket and cowboy boots. Trixie and Honey are determined to find out who this suspicious boy really is.I love the Trixie Belden Mystery Series because it combines two of my favorite things - - horses and mystery!

  • Miri
    2019-02-25 12:50

    Trixie and the gang get together to organize an ice carnival to raise money for a library for their pen pals. There's a new boy in town named Dan who is staying with Mr. Maypenny and Trixie instantly disliked him, he dresses in leather and brags about belonging to a gang in the city. When things get stolen, Trixie is sure Dan is the culprit. Will the Bobwhites be able to catch the thief and get their Ice Carnival off without a hitch?

  • Debi
    2019-03-01 07:47

    This is one of my favorite all time books. The Trixie Belden series is my favorite series. In Black Jacket Mystery, I think the reader learns not to "judge a book by it's cover" when Trixie learns that the new boy, Dan Mangan, is not at all the bad guy she thinks he is at first. The book gives you a warm, cozy feeling even though it's set in the cold winter in New York state. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages from about 7 years old to adult.

  • Dayna
    2019-03-06 06:57

    The eighth book in the Trixie Belden series and the introduction of Dan Mangan to the series. I have to say, I didn’t like Trixie’s judgemental attitude in this one – they all have shades of it from time to time as you read the books, but she was particularly bad in this one.There were some good twists and turns with the story on this one, and I really quite enjoyed the story aside from Trixie’s attitude towards Dan.

  • Elizabeth S
    2019-03-18 08:43

    This is my first time to read a Trixie Belden mystery. I wonder why I never found these as a kid, I would have loved them. As an adult I find it not bad and not as formulaic as other series that could be mentioned. It is weird to read about kids who have so much energy and initiative for big projects. But then, if we took away the TV/video games and overscheduling from our kids, maybe they'd have that much time and energy too.

  • Meadow Frisbie
    2019-02-24 05:41

    This was one of my least favorite Trixie books so far. the plot was a little childish. And Bobby couldn't stay still! In the middle of a snow storm, Trixie just happens to pass by a hole in the middle of the forest where her brother is stuck. I do like Trixie, and the idea of her and Jim together...but only time will tell.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-03-24 08:33

    There's a new kid in town, and since strange things have started happening, Trixie thinks he's up to no good. Besides, he's always wearing that black jacket. Is she right? I love this book to this day, especially the great climax.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-04 11:29

    It was an okay Trixie Belden. The mystery was extra light; Main characters were: Reagan & Mr. Maypenny. I did enjoy getting to know them both a little better. However, the excitement was a new bob-white, a wild animal & a super rescue! Worth reading via the library.

  • Annabel
    2019-03-08 08:28

    Just like Trixie Belden's 7th book in the serious, Black Jacket Mystery was amazing! I loved every part in the story, and would once again reccomend this book to evreyone! Trixie Belden is a great mystery series.

  • Alyssa
    2019-03-08 06:49

    Well, if you can get past the old fashioned words like Gleeps and squaws then this is a decent book. The plot was a little bit too predictable. This book made me anxious, I just couldn't believe how STUPID they were. It was sweet though, especially if you don't read mysteries as much . . .

  • Tacey
    2019-03-13 07:31

    It's easy to see this was not authored by Mrs. Tatham. In the first six stories, Mr. Belden was a quiet and kind authoritarian, not the stereotyped, old-fashioned, sexist "man of the house." Certainly not one the series better texts, but it introduces Dan Many an and completes the BWG family.

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-03-22 08:27

    Not one of my favorites, though it's nice that there was a little bit of diversity in this book (For the 50s anyway...not by today's standards). This consisted of a NYC street tough, and mention of her Mexican Pen Pals. (They had a fundraiser for them following a natural disaster)