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When Connie Blair takes a temporary job modeling glamorous clothes at Campion's in Philadelphia she becomes involved in a baffling mystery taking place behind the scenes of the great department store.It all starts with a missing fur beret. Connie's dashing young aunt, stylist for Campion's, is deeply concerned. The hat, a Paris original, is fabulously expensive. But what rWhen Connie Blair takes a temporary job modeling glamorous clothes at Campion's in Philadelphia she becomes involved in a baffling mystery taking place behind the scenes of the great department store.It all starts with a missing fur beret. Connie's dashing young aunt, stylist for Campion's, is deeply concerned. The hat, a Paris original, is fabulously expensive. But what really worries Aunt Bet is that it is not the first article in her care to vanish mysteriously, only to reappear later even more mysteriously.Connie is faced with one unanswerable question after another. Who was the man in the woman's hat, that Sunday afternoon in the deserted store? Why was Grace, the little stock girl, sobbing in terror in the models' dressing room? Most important of all, what unknown enemy is trying to cast the shadow of suspicion on Aunt Bet? Determined to find the culprit, Connie enlists the aid of Larry Stewart, the young display man, and finally comes face to face with a far more ruthless enemy than she had ever imagined in her wildest speculations....

Title : The Clue in Blue
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ISBN : 3197995
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 157 Pages
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The Clue in Blue Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-28 07:23

    A pleasant "career girl" mystery from the late 1940s. Connie is personable, intelligent, brave and (yes) very pretty. She's also ambitious and pounces on the opportunity to model college clothes for few weeks at a fine department store where her vivacious young aunt works as a stylist. Connie can't help but do some detective work of her own when valuable merchandise begins to vanish. The mystery was, on one hand, rather obvious in that I picked out "the bad guy" (or girl--no spoilers here) almost instantly. I was surprised by the full story of the criminal endeavors and also by a touching side story that showed that criminal activity is not always motivated by greed but by love. I appreciated the "girl power" here -- not only Connie's intelligence and spunk but most of the managers at the store are women and one very important role later in the story is held, surprisingly (in that day and age) by a woman. I also found the glimpse into department stores of the era interesting--with the models walking the store showing off the new fall fashions. This author was prolific and I believe her work is of above average quality for this genre. Some readers may know the author by her other nom de plume, Betty Cavanna.

  • William Land
    2018-12-31 04:21

    Connie Blair eagerly begins a new job, modelling clothes at Campion's Department Store in Phildelphia and soon becomes embroiled in a mystery! What has happened to the expensive French beret, and a valuable choker of cultured pearls, and other items that have disappeared from store stock? Connie becomes further alarmed when the missing pearls, oddly, appear wrapped in blue tissue in her aunt's pocketbook! Connie instinctively knows her aunt, esteemed Campion's buyer Elizabeth Easton, could not possibly be a thief. She works tirelessly to clear Aunt Bet's good name while finding the real culprit. Descriptions of life from a bygone age are charming: hats and hatboxes, a large exclusive department store, a look into the working world of the 1940s, and the explorations of a young girls dreams, hopes, and successes are included in this entertaining first volume of the Connie Blair series.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-19 05:20

    Connie Blair could totally kick Nancy Drew's ass. Independent, self-sufficient and big city teenage sleuth vs Nancy's nanmby pamby country club college-boy dating subsistence on Daddy's largess. These were the bookshelves at my grandma's house, read by my mom and her two older sisters in the early 50's and me as i trolled for something (anything) to read on long summer visits. I've started finding old copies on eBay to give to my niece.

  • Kim
    2018-12-23 02:06

    LOVE the career girl sleuth of mid century novels! So strong and refreshing compared to the heroines of today's teen novels

  • Roberta
    2019-01-03 04:19

    A teen mystery set in the present day which was 1948. Connie and her twin sister, Kit, have just graduated from high school. Kit wants to stay in the country, get married, and be a stay-at-home mom but Connie wants to move to the city and be a "career gal." When her Aunt Bet, who has a job in advertising at Campion's department store in Philadelphia, invites one of the girls to model college girls' clothes for 10 days at Campion's, Connie jumps at the chance. Connie can't help but do some detective work of her own when valuable merchandise begins to vanish.Inside information about the back rooms at old-style department stores was interesting. I only dimly remember back in the day when there were still stores that had models. Bridal shops or formal wear, in particular, would only have one dress in each style. A model would wear it to show what it looked like when it was being worn, the customer would be measured, and the dress was ordered in the proper size. Connie is pretty and spunky. When small but valuable items start disappearing from the department store and Aunt Bet is suspected, Connie decides to turn detective. Too bad that her other choices, stay-at-home mom or career gal, work or college, were strictly limited to one or the other. A lot of other things were different in 1948. Connie tells Aunt Bet that she has eight girls to model the clothes Aunt Bet his bringing: two size 12, four size 14, and two size 16. Had to laugh at the clothes girls were buying to wear freshman year at college. Packing for my freshman year involved a couple pair of jeans and some sweatshirts. The big decision was not about choosing hats and gloves to match my suit but about finding another parka when the one I had intended to buy turned out to have real wolf fur around the hood. One thing that I found disturbing was right near the beginning of the book, Connie is hit over the head and knocked out in the department store. The time and place were inconvenient (when is it convenient to be assaulted?) so her Aunt Bet tells her not to say anything more about it -- to just forget about it. page 51: "Aunt Bet thanked Connie with a smile for dropping the subject." Aunt Bet at first lies to the store night watchman and then persuades him not to do anything about it or report it. Later that evening, Connie realizes that she is starting to doubt that the incident actually occurred.

  • Dina
    2018-12-18 07:13

    3.5 stars

  • Terri Too
    2019-01-10 07:24

    Fun to step back in time! Connie is a bright young lady striking out for a career in the big city, at a time when being a housewife was more common. Turns out she not only has the poise and drive for a city career girl, but also finds she has the instincts of a sleuth. I can't wait to read the next one -- Riddle in Red.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-23 03:10

    An easy read, and I like these old, girls' mysteries because I can actually often solve part of the mystery before the end. Of course the young ladies in the book searching for a careers is not to my liking.

  • Megan
    2018-12-29 04:29

    Not first reading (date below)

  • Mikayla
    2018-12-22 10:17

    This is a very cute start to the series, I can't wait to read the others!

  • Olivia
    2019-01-03 05:17

    Although this book was good I didn't find myself very eager to see how it was going to turn out. It is very much a leisure read.

  • Melanie
    2018-12-20 09:26

    Book #3 in the girls' mystery series project.