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When an eccentric local artist disappears suddenly, the three investigators look into the matter....

Title : The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints
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ISBN : 9780394864150
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Number of Pages : 175 Pages
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  • Lea
    2019-01-14 05:14

    Bisher gefallen mir die meisten M.V. Carey recht gut. Ich mochte hier besonders die schrullige Art von Mr. Potter und auch Tanta Mathildas viele Auftritte. Das Buch hat Spaß gemacht, obwohl der Fall nie so wirklich spannend wurde.

  • Mark
    2019-01-10 10:25

    original 2009 review - During my last read-a-thon (1993-1995), this book fared worst of all but reading it again 14+ years later, I think I was a little harsh back then. Certainly, the plot (and it’s been so long since I read it, I’d completely forgotten what happens) is thin (the flaming footprints aren’t really explained until much later and there’s a lot of coincidence), but that’s more than made up for in the characterisation, the repartee between the investigators (though Pete gets short-changed) and the general atmosphere that Carey conjures up, especially the way she expands Rocky Beach for the reader. Essentially, the boys are hired to try to find The Potter, who’s run away just as his never-seen daughter and grandson appear, a happenstance that coincides with new people in town, all of whom have an interest in The Potter’s house. I thought this was well-written, it had some nice little set-pieces in and it kept my attention, so well worth the re-appraisal, in my opinion.2015 update - I stand by my 2009 review, though I would add that the flaming footprints is a real macguffin (you could take them out of the story and nothing about it would change - though I’m not sure what you’d then call it). This time around, I particularly enjoyed all of the detail about the junkyard (it’s as if Ms Carey was keen to explore it) and the humour worked perfectly. Chief Reynolds was very grouchy and it was odd that Pete & Bob didn’t appear until chapter 4, but otherwise a great read.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2018-12-17 03:27

    Another good book in the series, but not one of the top notch books.This one dealt with an eccentric old man with a secret. It also dealt with a coup in a European country that occurred long ago but still has repercussions on modern times. And to cap it all off, someone (or someTHING) is leaving flaming footprints.Overall, I still love this series. Highly recommended.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-01-12 07:11

    Surprisingly well done mystery book, but it's hardly worthy to carry the name of the "Master of Suspense".

  • Peter
    2018-12-31 09:09

    This is a relatively late and inferior entry in the Three Investigators series. The series was created by Robert Arthur, a woefully neglected author who did a great deal of work with Alfred Hitchcock; Arthur wrote the first nine and the eleventh book in the series. Unfortunately M.V. Carey was no Robert Arthur!I recently read the book to my son. We've read many of the books in the series together. In this one, there were several ways in which the book simply didn't work. Oh, Carey included the usual iconic elements of the series; Jupiter Jones' family, and the hidden Headquarters (a trailer buried under a pile of junk), and Pete, and Bob. But there are several false notes.One that was particularly annoying was the use of Jupiter's name. Arthur usually referred to him as "Jupiter" or "Jupiter Jones". Once in a while his fellow Investigators, Pete or Bob, would refer to him as "Jupe". But in this book, he is almost always called "Jupe" - not just by other people, but by the narrator. I'm not that picky, but seeing "Jupe" repeated over and over in paragraph after paragraph just got weird! It started to become a meaningless sound - you know how some words get when you say them over and over? I ended up auto-correcting it to "Jupiter" when I read it aloud, except when it was said by Pete or Bob.The mystery itself was just...okay. Nothing particularly clever or memorable about it. If anything, the resolution was rather anticlimactic. I won't bother to give it away, though.But another thing that was quite irritating was a dramatic change in a long-standing supporting character, Police Chief Reynolds. In the early books in the series he was supportive and friendly to the Three Investigators, even going so far as to give them official cards identifying them as Junior Deputies or something like that. In Flaming Footprints, he has been completely changed. He's sneering, abusive, hostile, and sarcastic. The change was so extreme that my son remarked on it. Personally, I found the recasting of Chief Reynolds as a stereotypical negative adult authority figure so irksome that I couldn't resist editorializing: "'What do you want now, Jones?' snarled Chief Reynolds, while busily stomping on a cute kitten and simultaneously farting on a helpless old lady."My son is more generous and/or uncritical than I am. He gave the book 4.5 stars. I feel I'm being generous in giving it three.Oh, as always I should note that there are probably two different versions of the text extant. Older versions feature the character of Alfred Hitchcock. For legal reasons newer editions have been rewritten to replace Hitchcock with a lame-ass ersatz version. If you decide to pick this one up, try to go for an older edition. But if you're new to the series, I strongly recommend starting with the original nine books by Robert A. Arthur.

  • Jeff Stephenson
    2019-01-09 03:16

    AH&T3I Update: 15 read. 13 hardbacks to go (and 15 paperbacks on top of that)!This was the first of the Mary Virginia (M. V.) Carey books and you can certainly notice a difference in tone with this story. It is a fun book. All of the T3I elements are there--even Worthington gets a few pages in which to shine as an Investigator and not just as a chauffeur. However, the voice of the book--the narrator--speaks in a different way and with a different style. For the first time in the series, the author is female, and for whatever reason, I hear the narrator of the book as a female simply because I know that a female wrote the book. That is certainly not a bad thing at all--just different. While I did not attempt to compile a reading level on this book, I would guess that this story targets a slightly older (by maybe a year or two) reader for a couple different reasons. First, the character descriptions seem to be more involved and detailed. Second, some of the vocabulary seems a little more advanced than some of the earlier Robert Arthur tales. Third and final, the European subplot is quite involved with lots of details and multiple bad guys. Overall, it was a good book and collectors / fans of the series such as myself will enjoy the mystery even if some of my much younger colleagues might struggle somewhat with it. A good start for the M.V. Carey books, but I do hope her writing style grows on me as I read some of her other T3I titles later in the series.

  • Mark
    2018-12-20 07:04

    During my last read-a-thon (1993-1995), this book fared worst of all but reading it again 14+ years later, I think I was a little harsh back then. Certainly, the plot (and it’s been so long since I read it, I’d completely forgotten what happens) is thin (the flaming footprints aren’t really explained until much later and there’s a lot of coincidence), but that’s more than made up for in the characterisation, the repartee between the investigators (though Pete gets short-changed) and the general atmosphere that Carey conjures up, especially the way she expands Rocky Beach for the reader. Essentially, the boys are hired to try to find The Potter, who’s run away just as his never-seen daughter and grandson appear, a happenstance that coincides with new people in town, all of whom have an interest in The Potter’s house. I thought this was well-written, it had some nice little set-pieces in and it kept my attention, so well worth the re-appraisal, in my opinion.

  • EverAfter1904
    2018-12-18 04:30

    This book is a great book to read. When I first read it I couldn't put the page down! The Three Investigators are Jupiter, Pete, and Bob. They have a gold plated Rolls Royce which Jupiter has won in a contest. With the car, there also came a chauffeur called Worthington. Worthington likes to drive the boys everywhere they go. This series is an addictive series. When I first read it, I couldn't stop reading other books of the series. I hope you can read all of the books and enjoy them as much as I did, even though I had only read 9 books of this series. Good luck reading them!

  • Tantri Setyorini
    2019-01-10 06:19

    Aku dapat buku ini gratis dari temen kakakku. Kondisinya memang sudah jelek, tapi yah, I love old books.Kali ini Trio Detektif dipekerjakan oleh remaja seumuran mereka, cucu seorang seniman terkenal Rocky Beach namun eksentrik bernama Alexander Potter yang menghilang begitu saja. Lingkungan tempat tinggal Potter mendadak didatangi orang-orang mencurigakan. Anak dan cucunya diteror jejak kaki bernyala dan penyusup. Jupe dan kawan-kawan pun nyaris celaka saat melakukan penyidikan. Ternyata semua masalah ini ada kaitannya dengan sebuah negara bekas kerajaan bernama Lapatia, yang berhubungan erat dengan masa lalu Potter.Mungkin banyak yang tak terlalu menikmati buku Trio Detektif ini. Secara pribadi aku berpendapat buku ini salah satu kisah Trio Detektif yang terbaik. Kenapa? Karena aku penggemar berat sejarah, terutama sejarah yang berhubungan dengan monarki, apalagi yang dibumbui intrik dalam kejatuhannya seperti Kekaisaran Romanov. Wangsa Azimov, yang seluruh anggota keluarganya dibantai rezim komunis, dan pewarisnya tak ditemukan jenazahnya (setidaknya bagi Potter). Kelihatannya buku ini memang terinspirasi dari kejatuhan wangsa Romanov ya.Pokoknya suka banget.

  • Raja99
    2019-01-17 07:11

    (Previously rated September 16 2007.)Why I Reread this Book: It's one of 5 Three Investigators books by M. V. Carey that I saw in the Kindle store.I found this book in the Kindle store, along with 4 others by M. V. Carey, so I eagerly snatched it up. (It turned out I unable to purchase the fifth book, The Mystery of the Scar-Faced Beggar; as of 2014-09-07, it's marked "Item Under Review" and "This book is currently unavailable because there is an issue with its description, content, or formatting.")The Kindle edition turned out to be badly formatted and full of British spellings; I suspect it's based on a "pirated" ebook. I spent a few days cleaning it up (and rereading it). I remembered so little about this story that only the fact that I rated it 3 stars here on September 16 2007 convinces me that I had read it before. One thing I found amusing this time: "Azimov" is an important family name in the story.(Finished rereading by noon 2014-09-07.)

  • an
    2019-01-16 04:05

    cover na sudah mengidentifikasi siapa pelaku kejahatan na.sayang sekali dari desain cover na, buku ini jadi tidak begitu membuat penasaran. saat gambar pertama muncul dan orang dalam gambar tersebut sama dengan gambar cover na, langsung ketebak d. pasti dia pelaku na.yang beda, buku detektif ini ga tentang pembunuhan. menginggat kasus detektif biasa na mencari pembunuh dari kasus pembunuhan. namun trio detektif ini memecahkan kasus yang berbeda. ntah apakah semua seri na seperti ini karena ini butu trio detektif pertama yang rhe baca.bersama jupe -yang kliatan na ga pantes klo bebadan tambun-, bob dan pete. klien merekan pun juhga seumuran. tom cucu dari potter yang ternyata merupakan sebutan untuk pembuat gerapah. -tapi kenapa harry potter itu penyihir ya?-penampilan yang digambarkan sebagai kakek eksentrik kurang mendukung persembunyian na selama ini untuk melindungi mahkota lapatia. tapi bagaimanapun juga dia telah melakukan na sebaik mungkin sampai kepentingan keluarga sempat dikorbankan. dan bagaimana akhir na?tentu saja bisa dipecahkan oleh gerombolan pembuat onar yang hanya bisa disaingi dengan kemampuan mereka memecahkan masalah-109-

  • chris wood
    2019-01-12 02:08 the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers... REV 2:27 The Three Investigators get two strange foreign visitors to the Jone's Junkyard one day. The eccentric potter "Mr. Potter" who lives nearby speaks to them briefly and then flees the novel until the climatic end. The potter's long lost beautiful daughter...unknown to anyone appears suddenly and insists in living in the potter's abandoned house. The strangers keep close watch over the potter's house as Jupiter Jones unravels elusive clues and uncovers facts leading back to a forgotten land with a bloody past. A land cursed with the legend of a ghost who leaves flaming footprints! This M.V.Carey written THREE INVESTIGATORS story is a notch below the THREE INVESTIGATOR'S books authored by Robert Arthur. A coffee table book left conveniently in front of the young detectives in the junkyard help Jupiter solve one lead. The other leads are conveniently explained in the Three Investigator's report to Alfred Hitchcock at the very end of the book which leaves the story simple and hard to solve. The pot in this case is not broken but opened to reveal the secret of the tale!

  • Ann Moody
    2019-01-01 02:33

    Back in the day, I enjoyed the Three Investigators far more than any of the other children's mystery series. Why did their tone fit? I think it was the contemporary setting and the resourcefulness of the characters in their junkyard business headquarters. Okay, contemporary seems a silly description of the series now, with the books produced in the late 60's and early 70's, but I remember the rise of disco, so it was pretty current stuff for me. Other series felt a little tired and remote, but I wanted to hang out with Jupiter Jones. So finding this copy somewhere in my travels, I was eager to return to my old friends and enjoy a romp with them. And enjoy I did. Enough to find out what kind of legacy they left, and to learn they are a Big Deal in Germany, where books are still being produced. I found this pretty gratifying and not entirely surprising, being a bit of a Europhile myself. In my humble opinion, I think the series could, with a little strategic promotion, be revived here and be enjoyed by a new generation.

  • David Phipps
    2018-12-22 10:34

    The Three Investigators is a juvenile detective series published in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that spans about 43 books. They feature three teenage boys who mostly investigate paranormal type stuff that they debunk (somewhat like Scooby-Doo) or other abnormal crimes that the police do not handle. They report their cases to Alfred Hitchcock or a fake director depending on which versions you read. Their base of operations is hidden away in the depths of a junkyard and it has multiple hidden entrances. I discovered these books in the library during middle school and promptly read them all. As such, I have a lot of nostalgia for these books. Unfortunately it seems only a handful are available in Kindle format at this point.The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints is #15 in the series. The story itself was OK but this was mostly about the trip down memory lane for me as I got reacquainted with all the characters. This only took about 2 hours to read.

  • M.
    2018-12-30 07:30

    I picked this off the shelf on impulse. My aunt bought a set of these for me as a kid, and I kept but never read them. Why? This book was an unexpected and welcome surprise! The Hardy Boys remain the joy of my reading youth, but the Three Investigators should have been there too.The characters (Jupiter Jones, Bob Crenshaw and Pete Andrews) are engaging, as is the supporting cast. These characters have dimension, flaws and layers. Also atypical for young adult books is the dialogue. It is not stiff or forced, and there is a lot of sarcasm and wit. There is a lot of edge here, surprisingly. The plot isn't bad, either...a beloved resident of Rocky Beach disappears as a quintet of suspicious newcomers arrive. The answer to the mystery is long ago and far away.There are eight more of these on my shelf...can't wait.

  • Robyn
    2018-12-20 05:31

    WKKPL | A clunky plot with weird pacing, still worth reading for real fans of the series but definitely not a good introduction to the boys. | I really don't think Carey had any idea where it was all going to end when she started scattering clues. In the end she really had to reach to fit everything back together, and the denouement was rushed. Still, if you're a reader of the series and want to spend a short time in a familiar setting with characters you know, might as well give this one a go.

  • Eva
    2019-01-08 05:26

    ceritanya menarik juga, meski place setting-nya monoton. kekurangan saya membaca seri trio detektif, I can't grasp the landscape and time, jadi imajinasi saya tidak terbentuk sempurna saat membayangkan (setiap kali) deskripsi landscape. Yang terbayang cuma landscape gurun-nya show CSI-LV --->> GATOT!! wkwkwk..Tapi dengan ketidaksempurnaan itu saja, saya dapat menikmati bacaan yang satu ini. Mungkin memori masa kecil saya cukup kental dengan TV show amerika berbau action jadi I really love reading this series. Dan setelah Trio Detektif, harus baca Hardy Boys dong ;p

  • Ryan Mishap
    2018-12-31 02:04

    I never thought to wonder, as a kid, why there couldn't have been a girl in the group. One token girl and you double your potential market. It never occurred to me to read Nancy Drew, either, because that was for girls. Come to think of it, how come only Nancy got billing? Jupiter may have been the brains of the outfit, but the title isn't "Jupiter Jones and the Other Two Investigators."

  • David
    2019-01-14 10:30

    One of my favorites in the series when I was a kid. The action is good throughout, though the ending is a bit of a letdown. As an adult looking back, it's not as good as I remember, but still a decent read. Also, I don't like the way Chief Reynolds is portrayed in this book. He is a jerk to the trio, whereas in the other books he works with them. 3.5 Stars.

  • Ewan
    2018-12-30 05:11

    Re-reading a couple of these for some childhood nostalgia. Just reading up on them, it seems this is a later entry in the series, with a different author from the original books.I surprised myself by remembering most of the plot (Eastern European nobility), even though I haven't read it in 30 years.I'll need to read one of the "original" books next I think.

  • Nuning Indani
    2018-12-24 02:11

    This three investigators series has 3 different authors so far that I've known.And amazingly there are some annoying descriptive in the books which are not written by Robert Arthur. I think, especially Carey, should read more carefully about the character in this series so she will not make any annoying mistakes again.On the other hand, the story itself is good.

  • Trey
    2018-12-20 08:09

    For some reason, even though the Three Investigators live in a fictional town in California, I find it off-putting for them to solve mysteries revolving around the royalty of fictional countries in Europe. Why put so much more energy into the Lapathian lineages than what actually causes the titular flaming footprints?

  • MsAprilVincent
    2019-01-03 08:05

    This was very much in the same vein as Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys: no murder, and a bunch of kids who are smarter than the police.I didn't particularly care for the main mystery in this one, and one of the secondary mysteries wasn't even resolved. Also, Jupiter Jones gets on my nerves.

  • Julie Church johnson
    2018-12-30 08:22

    I absolutely love this book! I read it as a child & have read it to my children. Even before grade school they have been sucked into the suspense & mystery that I love so much. This is a really fun read.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-17 09:34

    This was my favorite Three Investigators! Th eccentric "Potter" from down the road turns out to be Lapathian royalty! The plot borrows heavily from Russian history and is a great read.

  • Mickey Schulz
    2018-12-26 06:11

    The first one of these I ever read. LOVED IT!

  • Melanie
    2019-01-03 08:12

    I saved this from the to-donate pile when the husband went through his childhood belongings. It was really fun to read. I enjoyed the plot, and it reminded me of the books I read as a kid.

  • Frederick Tan
    2018-12-28 05:22

    Good read.

  • Serena
    2018-12-28 03:15

    My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • Josh Thomas
    2018-12-27 06:25

    This was the first mystery book that I ever read, way back in grade school! I think I had this one checked out of the library for most of the year, just reading and re-reading it!