The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow (Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators, #12)
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The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators #12)

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The three investigators try to solve a mystery involving a gold Indian amulet and a weird laughing shadow that appeared to them in the night.
Published (first published 1969)
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Nathanael Smith
Everytime I end up at my parents house for an extended period of time these days without bringing a sufficient amount of reading material I realize that the only books I have left there are old childhood books. And The Three Investigators probably sum up my childhood more than any other. In my mind these are like the ultimate kid books, full of mystery and sufficiently spooky. Alfred Hitchcock even tends to make appearances in most of them. The thing that I remember the most and that still stick...more
William Arden’s first credited book, this has a legendary lost hoard of gold, a hunchbacked shadow (that laughs, maniacally), suspicious Englishmen and it’s great fun, even if the mystery requires a healthy suspension of disbelief from the reader. Cleverly put together, with some nice set pieces and a real sense of urgency, this works well enough that you allow the odd things - vegetarian societies and the reason behind the laughter - to pass by. A nice use of location works in its favour too -...more
When I was a child, I stumbled upon this series in my school library after I'd exhausted the Hardy Boys volumes available to me. To a certain extent, they are very similar to the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown mysteries I devoured as a kid, though this series featured three young investigators who, for reasons that are unclear to me now, have a close friendship with Alfred Hitchcock. I remember being particularly enchanted by the headquarters of the three investigators: a house trailer buried...more
Natürlich ist es wieder ein typisches Drei-???-Buch: spannend und unheimlich zugleich, aber dennoch eine super Lektüre für Zwischendurch. Die drei geraten diesmal in eine missliche Lage, die nicht ganz ungefährlich für sie ist. Sie werden an der Nase herumgeführt und wissen bald nicht mehr, wem sie wirklich trauen können. Des Rätsels Lösung ist natürlich wieder klasse gemacht und ich kann dieses Buch nur jedem Fan der drei Detektive aus Rocky Beach nur empfehlen.
Andy Deemer
As vapid and one-dimensional as Nancy Drew. Sad... I'd loved this series with a passion as a child. But it hasn't aged well. The single star is only for the scenes with Alfred Hitchcock. Those are classic...
Ryan Mishap
The shadow appeared to be laughing, he wanted people to think he hadn't a care in the world and that his dark plot was succeeding, but that pseudo-mirth was only covering the fact that the shadow was crying inside.
This series was one of my first mysteries. I read all of these before I got to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
Of all the books I have read about "Three Investigators" so far, this one is my favorite. A good book!
Ethan Johnson
Great book. I am going to read every one in the series. There is 59 books. I will have fun.
Vikas Tikare
Jul 24, 2007 Vikas Tikare rated it 4 of 5 stars
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My first Novel!! Couldn't stop until i finished it. Great thriller till the end. Try it out.
Robert Stewart
In the 3I community this book is not very highly rated, but I enjoy it very much.
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Real name: Dennis Lynds.
Beginning in 1968 with The Mystery of the Moaning Cave and ending in 1989 with Hot Wheels, Dennis Lynds wrote fourteen novels under the pen name William Arden for the juvenile detective series The Three Investigators, which was originated by Robert Arthur, Jr.. Under this same name, he also wrote five novels featuring private eye Kane Jackson, a former military policeman wh...more
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