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The Gatehouse Mystery

(Trixie Belden #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,472 ratings  ·  121 reviews
When Trixie and Honey explore an abandoned gatehouse, they discover more than dust and spiderwebs. Stuck in the dirt floor is a huge diamond! Could a ring of jewel thieves be hiding out in Sleepyside?
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by Random House Children's Books (first published 1951)
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Cherie Waggie All the books are fun, especially for young readers. Each one has a different mystery that Trixie and her friends solve. If you haven't, read them…moreAll the books are fun, especially for young readers. Each one has a different mystery that Trixie and her friends solve. If you haven't, read them all. The ones by Julie Campbell are the best. I have all in hard cover, and the covers are quite different from the ones I see listed. These are the original book designs, when the books were first published, I think. And I've been rereading them since getting them out of storage. I was 13 when I was given my first Trixie Belden book. I'm 61 now and I still enjoy them.(less)

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Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I can understand why young adults would like this series, as it is sweet and there is a lot of interaction between brothers and sisters, and even friends. It didn't do much for me for this reason, and by this I mean that I would have preferred more action and mystery. Plus the interactions between the young adults weren’t that interesting to me. Maybe it was just the mood I was in at the time, but I am not sure that I would try to read another of this series.

In this book, Trixie and her new
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trixie Belden is a teen amateur sleuth. She lives in Sleepyside, NY with her family. Her best friend, Honey Wheeler, and Honey's adopted brother, Jim Frayne, live at the large estate next door. Mysteries always seem to come their way. The series is similar to Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. There are 39 books in the series, written between 1948 and 1986. The original six books were written by Julie Campbell. The rest of the series was written by various authors, using the pen name Kathryn Kenny.

Melissa McShane
This third book in the Trixie Belden series has never been a favorite. I could make a case for it being the true beginning of the series, because it sets the tone for future books, all of which are more like this one than either of the first two. Though I remembered very well the plots of book one and book two, this one had me drawing a blank. It's also less compelling a mystery, mainly because Trixie pegs to the villain right up front and is, despite some unconvincing red herrings, never shown ...more
The Gatehouse Mystery is the third in the Trixie Belden series. She has made friends with Honey Wheeler and she and her new friend have helped Jim Frayne solve a few mysteries regarding his heritage and inheritance and Honey acquired a new brother when her parents adopt Jim. It is now the end of summer vacation and while waiting for Trixie's brothers, Brian and Mart, to come home from their summer of serving as counselors at camp she and Honey decide to investigate the run-down gatehouse hidden ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing !!!!!!! - my 10 year old’s review and rating. But yeah, I pretty much agree with him. The Bob-Whites if the Glen have come together and they had an honest to God mystery to solve and dangerous situations to navigate. Not to mention losing the “Object” in question for a while. Naturally, Trixie figured everything out and had to convince the others. The boys’ constant robbing of Trixie and Honey and “girl stuff” gets a little old, but this book IS from the early 50’s and ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is THE Trixie Belden book, the one that establishes the formula for almost every Trixie Belden book to follow. It is the first in which Trixie and Honey declare their intent to be private investigators, and, while previously they kept secrets to protect others, this is the first in which they withhold information for no reason other than because "they want to solve the crime before the police."

Sadly, in this one, the Red Trailer Mystery idyll of girl power and independence is over,
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Always makes my short list of favorites, usually the top 3, very often #1. For this is the book where the Bob-Whites of the Glen are formed and Trixie's older brothers are introduced. I always wanted to belong to a club and as I got older, I got a serious crush on dark, handsome, doctor-to-be Brian Belden.

8-17-12: The perfect summer book and still one of my favorites in the series. I did actually find myself annoyed this read-through by Jim and Honey constantly saying things that made it seem as
May 11, 2014 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.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks ago I went on a girl’s weekend to Savannah with my sister, niece and a friend of hers. We ate, walked, ate, took a ghost tour, ate, shopped and ate some more. It was a fabulous weekend.

One of my favorite stores to visit in Savannah is Books on Bay - a vintage book store on the River. I can usually find something to pique my interest in almost any book store. While I saw several books that I liked that day, nothing screamed ‘you must buy me’. I was standing at the register with my
J.L. Day
May 03, 2015 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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This may be the first novel I've ever read that was constructed entirely (and I do mean entirely) out of slang and baby-talk. This is not a see-crud, I guess, to those of you who are fans of this series. I can already hear you saying, "Natch. And isn't it just yummy-yum-yum?"

To a certain degree, I guess it is. There's a secret-club feel to this series, a belonging and an inclusion that I imagine would appeal greatly to odd little kids. The mystery wasn't very mysterious, but it was fun to meet
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved these books when I was young. If store carried books for any reason, I'd look for a Trixie Belden book. And re-reading them now I'm only a little surprised by how much of the story, dialogue, and description I remember intact.

One reason why I loved them so much is that Trixie seemed like a real person with good points and flaws. And she seemed ... 13 years old. So often children and teenagers seem more like adults in disguise. ("Beverly Hills, 90210" seemed a lot more like people in
Dawn Michelle

I first read this in the 70's when I was really into this series [my love for them never really died, hence the re-reads]. SO glad I get a chance to re-read them!!!

Re-read~August 30, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this one again. You get introduced [FINALLY] to Trixie's brother's and to some of the peripheral players that pop up time and again in the books. You also learn about diamonds and forgery and such! :-) Easy read
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, mystery
Found this book laying around somewhere during my elementary school years, and it started my Trixie Belden collection. I went on to collect all of them, and they're boxed up in my basement today. Preferred Trixie, who was fiesty and middle class, to Nancy Drew, who I perceived as unbelievable perfect and rich. The books have not all been simultaneously in print for some time, and the last few are hard to find. I'm sure I would find them predictable and trite by my current standards. But I did ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is probably the first "big" book I read as a kid. I can say I liked it because my memories of it are good, but I don't remember as much about the story. I do remember thinking Trixie and I were basically the same age and I can't believe what kind of trouble she gets herself into. Anyway, I remember liking it :)
Listening to the audio book for my summer re-read.

Re-reading via audio book/overdrive 8/18/14-8/19/14
I love this book so much! Brian and Mart are home from camp, and the BWG's are formed.

2015 audio reread in September
Teri Pre
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 cents for a phone call?? These books ARE old! :)
Wendy Darling
This is the first one that felt like a complete mystery, and where the series finds its footing, I think. :)
Deanna Anderson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Trixie books because this is when Trixie's older brothers come home from camp and the club Bob-Whites of the Glen are formed. Trixie's brothers are mentioned in both books, but they are absent since the two books take place in the summer and the boys are at a camp as junior counselors. But, after the adventures and meeting two new friends in the first two books, the boys are back and the five characters become best friends. To me, this is the real start of the ...more
Julie Graves
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
I loved Trixie Belden when I was a teenager. I am re-reading them and am enjoying just as much as way back when. My only gripe is that I bought the new re-released ones(as far as they go, I have the entire 39 from when I was younger but thought it would be fun to collect the new ones), anyway, I am finding that some of the word changes in the new ones are driving me crazy! For instance in the first book Trixie interchanged using Moms and Mother. Everyone that has ever read Trixie Belden knows ...more
April Brown
Nov 29, 2012 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 - computer pre - air conditioning, pre - cell phone.

Written approximately? – 1951.

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 -
Priscilla Montes
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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As Trixie and Honey explore an abandoned gatehouse on Honey's estate, they find more than they bargained for: a big, shiny diamond! They set about trying to solve the mystery themselves and soon find they are surrounded by possible suspects: a passing tramp, the new gardener, the old gardener, the new chauffer, the new maid, etc. This book also brings the return of Trixie's brothers home from their jobs at summer camp and the development of something that has Honey claiming all of her dreams ...more
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Just reread in an old first edition I picked up. This has got to be one of the best, if not THE best. So many series tropes are introduced here--I've thought before that in some ways Mansion and Red Trailer are almost prequels; this is the real introduction to the series proper. We get Brian and Mart, and Trixie and Honey announce they're going to be detectives, and the Bob-Whites are formed, and they find the clubhouse. Am always amused, though, that they make it sound like the Wheelers have ...more
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: kids-lit-history buffs or girls who loved horses when they were nine
Okay, I'll admit, I adore this series. I read them addictively when I was a kid, and that affection still stands. But when I read them now, adult perspective still intrudes, and even the early books in this series are formulaic, hackneyed, and all deus-ex-machina, all the time. Compared to the Boy Wonder, Space Boy!-type series of just a few years earlier, Trixie and her cohorts are geniuses and their adventures are original as all hell, so I'll give them some credit for being actually, ...more
Bobbi Rightmyer
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and Young Adults
Recommended to Bobbi by: My own childhood book
Jim Frayne is now officially Honey's new brother because her parents decided to adopt him. And Honey couldn't be happier; she always wanted a sibling. Jim now lives on the Wheeler estate, but he still has his own money in trust account, thanks to the fortune of his great-uncle.

The Gatehouse Mystery focuses on a mysterious new chauffeur hired by the Wheeler family. But Trixie thinks there is something funny going on with this man and she just doesn't trust him. Someone has been sneaking into the
I just love this series! The first time I read the first book it got me smitten with with this series. Julie Campbell is an awesome author. My dad tried to download the whole bunch of the thirty-eight books but no luck! Anyway, in this book Trixie Belden, the protagonist, and her millionaire best friend, Honey Wheeler find a mysterious diamond in the an old gatehouse,thus the title. Meanwhile a chauffeur arrives for a job open in the Wheeler estate. He seems suspicious only to Trixie, with the ...more
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trixie and Honey discover an abandoned cottage covered in vines at the lower edge of the Wheeler estate. Bobby falls over the doorstep and cuts his knee on something sharp. The girls discover a large diamond stuck in the earth and decide to find out how it got there. Mart and Brian come back from the summer job at the boys' camp and join in the investigation. Two new men are hired at the Wheeler estate, a gardener and a chauffeur - Trixie doesn't like the chauffeur and Honey doesn't like the ...more
Laura E
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The 1st Trixie Belden book I read and I was hooked. As with any of the books I enjoyed (and for the most part I'll be listing them at goodreads) I read and reread them.

I was loaned copies of the Trixie Belden by a friend of the family. The books were an illustrated edition, rather than the 1970's edition that I ended up buying. I am glad that the new edition has the pictures again. But I Really Dislike the cameo picture of Trixie on the cover. Bleah.

I tried to read books from the Nancy Drew
Mark Baker
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Trixie and Honey find a diamond in the gatehouse on the Wheeler property, Trixie is certain that there is a thief around. Could it be one of the new Wheeler servants? We also get to meet Trixie's two older brothers and the five new friends form the Bob-Whites of the Glen. While the mystery isn't strong, the characters are great and this remains one of my favorites in the series.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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Julie Campbell was born on the 1st of June 1908 in Flushing, New York and shares the same birthday as her character, Mart Belden. As the daughter of an Army Officer, she travelled widely during her childhood and, at the age of eight, won her first short story contest while living in Hawaii.

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