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The Mystery Of The Magic Circle (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators #27)

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Is former movie star Madeline Bainbridge an innocent victim--or a target of revenge? Thieves have just stolen her valuable old films. And her memoirs have mysteriously disappeared before they could be published. Why would anyone want the aging actress to suffer? When The Three Investigators look into her hidden past, they begin to understand. The lady is a witch--and her s ...more
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Jesse
Jun 08, 2015 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading one of the Three Investigators books is always a happy, nostalgia trip. I think, as a child of the '80s, I was likely on the tail end of this particular nostalgia trip, but I always used to look for these books when I went to the library and I'm having a lot of fun re-reading them. They remind me in a way of Scooby Doo episodes, somewhat. A perplexing mystery with lots of twists and turns, lots of sneaky, devious characters, and the truth is all laid out in detail at the end.

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SmokingMirror
2.5 Jupiter Jones is in good form, but the mystery itself was easy to see through. I had expectations of Hitch giving the boys clues based on some film he made with Miss Bainbridge, but that didn't happen. Miss Bainbridge, a big star whose career began in the silent era, was less Norma Desmond that I either hoped or feared. (view spoiler)
Mark
2010 review - The boys are working part-time at Amigos Press, run by the smart but clumsy Beefy Tremayne. He’s just taken receipt of the potentially explosive memoirs of Madeline Bainbridge, an actress from Hollywood’s Golden era, who might or might not have been a witch. When the Amigos offices are burned down, the memoirs stolen and Bainbridge’s films snatched from a TV studio next door, it’s up to the boys to get to the bottom of things. Starting with a bang, this has a terrific pace and is a ...more
Allan
Mar 29, 2009 Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always maintained that if you are on the lookout for a book that at the same time satiates your thirst for a thriller and quest for more knowledge, then the Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in The Mystery of the Magic Circleis just the kind of book that you want. When I first set my eyes on the title I felt like as if the magic circle would be some kind of witchcraft, but as usual I was mistaken. The magic Circle, though it deals with witchcraft is not the kind of witchcraft t ...more
Mark
Oct 28, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
The boys are working part-time at Amigos Press, run by the smart but clumsy Beeft Tremayne. He’s just taken receipt of the potentially explosive memoirs of Madeline Bainbridge, an actress from Hollywood’s Golden era, who might or might not have been a witch. When the Amigos offices are burned down, the memoirs stolen and Bainbridge’s films snatched from a TV studio next door, it’s up to the boys to get to the bottom of things. Starting with a bang, this has a terrific pace and is a real page-tur ...more
Autumn
Mar 23, 2013 Autumn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Three Investigators book I've read. I never read these as a kid, but recently learned about them and wanted to check one out. This was enjoyable enough as a quick read, but probably wouldn't be anything someone would want to read who hadn't gotten into this series as a kid. I was hoping for more interaction both between the three investigators (Jupiter, who seems to be a mini Hitchcock, dominated the story) and between the three and the main source of the mystery, Madeline Bain ...more
Nicole
Mar 03, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't the strongest installment in the series, but at least it made me nostalgic for a time when former movie stars actually faded out of public life after thirty years. That was the single most anachronistic thing in the whole book.
Yavanna
I read a lot of the three investigators in my early teens, when I was between 11 and 14. I think I read the whole shelf of the library, where those books were kept :) but I remember only a few ...
Mindy
Feb 20, 2016 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Vimal
Jun 19, 2014 Vimal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
thriller and adventures book
Robert Stewart
Feb 11, 2013 Robert Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. MV Carey wrote some pretty weak 3I stories, but when she put her mind to it she could produce some gems. Magic Circle is a great story full of sabbats and witches. I give it a 5, even though she finds it increasingly hard to find useful things for Pete and Bob to do in her books. Her later writings could arguably be renamed the Jupiter Jones books.
Elizabeth S
A good addition to the series. A few parts of the mystery are a little less plausible than usual, but otherwise the book lives up to the normal standards.
Serena
Apr 01, 2016 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Pujiyanto stiffy
Dec 30, 2014 Pujiyanto stiffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bravo Jupiter... lagi-lagi satu petunjuk kecil, sepele dan unpredictable banget nih...
Ria
Jan 30, 2009 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really exciting Three investigators case full of witchcraft.
Saddaf Afrin
Nov 07, 2010 Saddaf Afrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
this book is awesome....
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Dec 19, 2013 Lauchlin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Also known as Mary V. Carey
Personal: Born May 19, 1925, in New Brighton, England; brought to the United States in 1925, naturalized citizen in 1955; daughter of John Cornelius (an engineer) and Mary Alice (Hughes) Carey. Home address in 1993 was 3748 Birch St., Ventura, CA.

Ms Carey passed away in 1994.

Education: College of Mount St. Vincent, B.S., 1946.

Religion: Roman Catholic

Career: Coronet, New
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