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The Mysterious Visitor (Trixie Belden #4)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  2,684 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Not long after her family becomes wealthy, Diana Lynch's long-lost uncle appears and starts ruining her social life, causing Trixie Belden to investigate whether Uncle Monty is an imposter out to steal the Lynch fortune.
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1954)
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Jan 11, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
I recently brought home an old box of books my mom had been storing in her basement, so I'm working my way through some childhood treasures, including 4 Trixie Beldens. I'm not sure what happened to the other 20-some volumes, because when I was about 9 or 10, I had the entire set. A comment on another online forum made me wonder - would they hold their charm? Could the adult me experience whatever it was I loved so much then, 30 years later?

Of the four books I have re-read for review, this one h
Leah Good
Aug 03, 2013 Leah Good rated it liked it
Yes, I know I'm too old for these books, but I still love them anyway. According to the Goodreads rating system, three stars means "I like it," and I do. The story was simple, but perfect for a quick, light read. I love that this series is much better written than many children's series and doesn't have any dating clogging up the story. Just good, clean cut adventure.
Jun 16, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-favs
Trixie Belden stands the test of time. I wore out my sister's copies as a young girl, and re-read this one for old times sake.

Trixie still manages to charm me after almost 40 years. She's more down to earth then Nancy Drew, and isn't the Mary Sue that Nancy seems to be.

Flaws and all, Trixie is a delight.
Chaya & Cinnamon
Nov 08, 2016 Chaya & Cinnamon rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery and found it intriguing with looking for the facts and deciding when things were suspicious or coincidence. Love the Bob Whites! Trixie is spunky and I like that she was brave to speak up. Didn't like any arguing. Really suspenseful at the end and I like how that worked out.
Nov 07, 2010 Benna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan Liston
Nov 04, 2016 Susan Liston rated it it was amazing
I haven't re-visited any Trixies in awhile. Since I started with them at age nine, the early ones are pretty much set in stone in my brain, I re-read them so many times. This one is full of famous lines referenced still....eyes like olive pits....if you can't blow a spot of dust off the table top, put something on top of it...If you want my CANDIED opinion... and "So, Mr. Britten, you ARE an imposter after all!" (a spoiler, but was there any doubt?!)
Joy Gerbode
Good again ... I always enjoy this one.

August 2013 ... another re-read, and another enjoyment. I think this was the first Trixie Belden book I read as a kid, although not the first in the series. Brings back many good memories.
Feb 04, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My second-favorite Trixie (after MYSTERIOUS CODE) - I love the Halloween party and the dress shopping!
Debbie Stahmann
I liked this series too. I'm surprised there aren't more of the Trixie Beldon books on Good Reads.
Feb 28, 2017 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The threat and tension built a lot slower this time around - until it made a break for it right at the end. Still fun, but not the strongest outing.
J.L. Day
May 03, 2015 J.L. Day rated it it was amazing
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
Between the ages of 9-11, Trixie Belden was my preferred reading. I think I only was able to find and read 5-6 of the books to read but I clearly remember liking her better than Nancy Drew and whatever else I was reading at the time. I've always meant to go back and try and find the books in the series and see if my adult self still liked her and prompt my memory. My library has 12 or so in the series and the first 3 were checked out so I started with this one. I don't think it matters in which ...more
Dawn Michelle
[ALL the books I owned as a child/teen were paperback, save one. The Mystery in Arizona, which was the FIRST TB book I was ever given. The NEW reviews show the books I now own thanks to a VERY generous friend and benefactor].

"We meet Diana Lynch, schoolmate of Trixie and the gang. Once, she was just a regular middle class girl, but her family is newly rich and she's having trouble adjusting to the changes. Trixie and Honey befriend Di and before you know it a mystery unfolds. Di's Uncle Monty ha
April Brown
Dec 04, 2012 April Brown rated it really liked it
A childhood favorite re-visited.

Is the story as good as I remember? – Yes

What ages would I recommend it too? – Ten and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world - pre internet, computers, air conditioning, and cell phones.

Written approximately? – 1948.

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
Kelly Ferguson
Jun 19, 2012 Kelly Ferguson rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-classics
In the era of Death Eaters and Reapings, a main character who exclaims "Geepers" in all sincerity, and scandalizes the neighborhood by wearing "dungarees" to dinner is a welcome treat.

As a kid, I'd never been a huge fan of the teenage sleuthers, and I don't know that I'll seek any more of the series out. But as a decompress from the critical articles of grad school, this book was nice treat. Oh, gosh! What will happen to the CLUBHOUSE?!? I have to admit, I was more interested in this book as an
Mar 02, 2012 Lorraine rated it really liked it
Trixie and Honey are back at school, and notice that Trixie's old friend, Diana Lynch, is unhappy. Honey invites her to spend the weekend at the Manor House and learn that Di is really unhappy now that her mother brother, Monty Walker, has come to live with them. Di's father became a millionaire in the last year and the family moved into a huge house with a butler and servants, and just a week ago Monty appeared saying he was Mrs. Lynch's long lost older brother from Arizona where he's worked as ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-ya
Strangely, this no. 4 in the series was my introduction to all that is Trixie Belden. I was enchanted! I loved how spirited she is, how close-knit and loving, her family is, yet she and her brothers bicker all the time, just like me and mine do. That she hung out and played with the "neighborhood" kids and all over the area where she lived, made her feel like she could've been one of my own friends. And what a cool friend she would've been. I wanted to have red hair like hers, but violet eyes, l ...more
Jen Pritchard
Feb 10, 2017 Jen Pritchard rated it liked it
This books has a thrilling ending however I think it was odd that the boys were so keen to make Di part of the club so soon.
Bobbi Rightmyer
Oct 31, 2008 Bobbi Rightmyer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and Young Adults
Recommended to Bobbi by: My own childhood book
In this book, we get to meet a classmate of Trixie and the Bob Whites', Diana "Di" Lynch. Di started out as a regular girl next door, just like Trixie, but her family has recently become wealthy, and she is having trouble adjusting to changes in her life.

True to form, Trixie and Honey befriend Di and before you know it another mystery unfolds. Di's Uncle Monty (her mother's brother) has reappeared after years of living in Arizona. Suspicious Trixie thinks he's a big fake and can't help wondering
Feb 08, 2014 Stacy rated it liked it
Fourth book in the Trixie Belden series and so far my least favorite. This book introduces Diana Lynch as an old friend of Trixie's who is having a problem with a man who claims to be her uncle making her life miserable. Diana was the main reason I didn't like this book as much as she came across as quite the hysterical, irrational girl which made it confusing as to why anybody actually liked her. The adults this time around seemed to be particularly dense. On the positive side, it was fun to se ...more
Jennifer Heise
Jul 21, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it did not like it
Ugh. Not even for nostalgia sake could I like this. The only thing that I enjoyed was Miss Trask getting to the bottom of Diana's angst over being a poor little rich girl, even if it made no sense. Trixie's brother Mart is at his supercilious best here, and unfortunately shows Trixie up as having no sense at all. Most people in this story have no sense at all: Di's 'uncle' should have been too suspicious for words from the get-go, even in the 1950s. Admittedly, you can see that the author carefu ...more
This was one of my favorites growing up, largely because Trixie uses genetics to solve a mystery. Character development for the main characters is pretty decent, Trixie's brother Mart gets to play a good part, and the exciting ending brought back memories.

As usual, the "crooks" are pretty one-dimensional and honestly pretty ridiculous, a product of being aimed at kids in a simpler time, when baddies were bad, and forming a gang involved bobby socks and picking the curtains for your clubhouse.
Apr 08, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-read
A vast improvement over the third book. Trixie and Honey's classmate Diana is miserable and they want to find out why. After learning she's miserable not only because she's rich, but because her mother's long lost brother has shown up out of the blue and is making it impossible for her to make friends, Trixie is certain the man is an impostor!

One thing I love about these old books are the illustrations. I don't know why newer books don't have any pictures. I look forwards to seeing the pictures
Mark Baker
Mar 13, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
The Bob-Whites grow in number as they add neighbor Diana Lynch to the mix. She's unhappy because of her uncle. He's just shown up after being missing for years, and Diana is sure something is off. Could he be an impostor? A good mystery and the characters are still at their best. Another great read in a series I love.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Mar 25, 2012 Greta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
I have had this book in my possession for over 35 years and finally decided to read it. Trixie Belden is like a younger and less sophisticated version of Nancy Drew solving mysteries in the sort of Scooby-Doo fashion (meddling kids uncover imposters trying to steal the loot). The story was enjoyable but simple and predictable. I liked the retro illustrations and the dated characters and limited action.
Julie B
Aug 20, 2014 Julie B rated it liked it
Interesting how much more adventure is in these older books I've been reading with M! Current books all seem very realistic (and sort of boring) compared to these. In this series, the kids get kidnapped & tied up, bitten by snakes (and then Trixie saves him by sucking the venom out of the bite!), thrown from a horse, chased by an evil step-father, question bad guys on skid row... Lots of action!
May 11, 2014 Naomi rated it it was amazing
For Christmas, my parents grabbed me the entire Trixie Belden set and I couldn't put them down. 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. I found that they weren't so "over the top" either. 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.
Jan 18, 2012 Melody rated it liked it
I liked this one considerably less than the first three. Everyone was so annoyingly self-deprecating here, saying they were not bright or not pretty or not adequate or not good at math. Most of this was couched as politeness, but it still really got up my nose. I loathed Di, the whiny, needy, obnoxious little git. I need a break from the Bob-Whites.
Aug 02, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
All of the Trixie Belden books get five stars from me. I read and re-read and re-read them in elementary, middle, and high school. Oh how I wanted to be a Bob-White with Trixie, Jim, Honey, Matt, Brian, Di, and Dan! Trixie was so much more realistic than Nancy Drew, who I never liked.
Jul 21, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK; I really liked it when I was 10. Found this at a used book sale and had to reread it. I remember thinking that 13-year-olds Trixie and Honey and their 15- and 16-year old brothers were so grown-up at the time. Perspective is everything.
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