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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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Nadja A.
Mar 20, 2016 Nadja A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to, spotify
Spannender Fall, einzig am Schluss mir eine Spur zu dramatisch. Spruch zum Schmunzeln: Das Vegetarierhaus. :)

Previous listening: 01.01.2014 (3 stars)
Nathanael Smith
Jul 04, 2013 Nathanael Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
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
Jeff Stephenson
Jan 18, 2017 Jeff Stephenson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AH&T3I Update: 12 read, 16 hardbacks to go!

Dennis Lynds, aka William Arden, took up where Robert Arthur Jr. left off with Book 12, The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow, of the Three Investigators series. The book includes almost all of the classic Three Investigator elements such as the teenage investigators, their secret headquarters, the supporting characters including Alfred Hitchcock and many family members of the boys, the Rolls-Royce, etc. Yet what stands out is the great writing of the
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Tanja
Das ursprüngliche Zuhause dieser Rezension ist der WortWelten-Blog:
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Es ist ein höchst mysteriöses nächtliches Ereignis, das die drei Detektive aus Rocky Beach auf den Plan ruft - ein seltsam geformter Schatten scheint ganz fürchterlich zu lachen. Und außerdem ist da ja auch noch das indianische Amulett, das den Jungen förmlich vor die Füße gefallen ist. Dann engagiert man die Jungen auch noch, eben jenes Amulett zu suchen - ein Auftraggeber, der we
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Pujiyanto stiffy
Bukan karya terbaik William Arden, soalnya jadi bandingin dengan Rumah yang Mengkerut, salah satu buah karya Arden yang brilian sampai halaman terakhir.
Di buku ini dibuka dengan pengalaman aneh ala-ala scobydoo-nya (seperti biasa) yang mungkin akan jadi konyol jika ceritanya ga asyik. Bagian lawan jadi kawan itu sih yang bikin buku ini jadi menarik. Bagian misterinya bisa dibilang cukup standar untul ukuran trio detektif. Perlu baca judul yang lain untuk ngrasain twist yang lebih gila, di buku
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Rob
Dec 26, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
Nov 12, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
original 2009 review - 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 wor ...more
Aurora
Oct 09, 2012 Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Quentin Wallace
Nov 18, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Three Investigators, but I did find them much more fascinating when I was younger. The stories are beginning to seem a little formulaic, but still entertaining.

In this one the trope of the international boy was back, this time a British chap. We had an evil villain out to steal a hidden treasure, and the boys got in trouble but got out of trouble as well.

Overall still good for any Three Investigators fan!
Elizabeth
Apr 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-mystery
This series has hooked some kids in my daughter's class and that's never a bad thing. One of her classmates actually asked her to bring this book home to me as a book recommendation. Needless to say, it warmed my heart. It's a really good mystery series for upper elementary and I admit I wanted to see how it unfolded. It gave me pleasant flashbacks of watching Scooby-Doo as a child. :-)
Jerry
Apr 05, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read and enjoyed a few of these when I was a kid, and enjoyed them. I think the trappings got me: a hidden office hidden behind several secret passages into a junk pile. I was pleasantly surprised by The Laughing Shadow: it holds up well. The mystery is mysterious, the villains are well-hidden. I expect I will read more if I can find them. They seem to be hard to find in used bookstores.
Ryan Mishap
Dec 24, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: when-i-was-a-lad
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.
Andy Deemer
Dec 14, 2012 Andy Deemer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Olivia O'Rourke
Dec 26, 2014 Olivia O'Rourke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like these books. At first I thought they were for younger children and maybe they are but they are good mysteries. They have a good plot, plot twist, and characters. Couldn't put it down!
Tamara
This series was one of my first mysteries. I read all of these before I got to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
Dana
Of all the books I have read about "Three Investigators" so far, this one is my favorite. A good book!
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.
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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
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