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The Secret of the Mansion

(Trixie Belden #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  8,518 ratings  ·  525 reviews
Trixie's summer is going to be sooo boring with her two older brothers away at camp. But then a millionaire's daughter moves into the next-door mansion, an old miser hides a fortune in his decrepit house, and a runaway kid starts hiding out in Sleepyside!"
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 24th 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1948)
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Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Trixie Belden was not perfect. She got into trouble, she got dirty, she argued and lost, and she got kidnapped! Truly, if you cut her, did she not bleed?! yes!

My Mom bought me two Trixie Belden books to take on a family vacation to Florida the summer after 2nd grade. I think I had finished them before we hit the Florida state line much to my mom's dismay. I immediately re-read them. I spent the next two years buying them as fast as my allowance would allow. Until 1986 when they went out of print
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Trixie Belden enjoys a glorious summer exploring and hanging out with her friends. I can see why children enjoy this series. Trixie and friends experience lots of fun activities and their adventures bring back fond memories of fearless summer escapades in my own youth.

I didn’t read these as a child, but the characters are certainly very relatable and realistic; they are definitely in line with the type of childhood I had. Each one has a different personality and upbringing and their differences
Christine PNW
4. Trixie Belden

"Oh, Moms," Trixie moaned, running her hands through her short, sandy curls. "I'll just die if I don't have a horse."

I was first introduced to Trixie Belden in the 1970's. While I was a fan of Nancy Drew - and I'm sure I'll shelve her here down the road a bit - it was for Trixie and the Bob-Whites of the Glen that I reserved my most committed and unconditional adoration.

Trixie reminded me of me. Also a tom-boy, I skied and sledded and was involved in winter sports. My family
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-for-girls
A formulaic series, but what a formula!!! I read probably 95% of the Trixie Belden series growing up and can't wait for Amanda to get into them.

Trixie is a girl detective, much like Nancy Drew, only (I think) much better (and I did like Nancy).

To avoid diluting my goodreads list, I'll spare rating them individually, but know that I recommend them all whole-heartedly.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
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Mark Baker
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meet Trixie, Honey, and Jim as the trio form a friendship and hunt for the treasure that is supposed to be in Jim's great uncle's old house.

This is a very favorite series from childhood on, and I just love meeting the characters again for the first time. They aren't quite themselves yet, and can be annoying as a result. Just know they grow stronger from their friendships by the next in the series.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Girls, my daughter
Recommended to Annie by: My mother
I adored the Trixie Belden series and read all of them for years. I truly credit this series, along with a few others, with fostering my voracious love of reading, and also with sowing the seeds of love of the Adventure/Quest novel. Trixie is a spunky, smart heroine, and I really wanted to be her when I was a girl. Can't wait to share with my daughter one day.
Melissa McShane
I picked this up because Beth is re-reading the series and I needed something light. It's been years since I read the Trixie Belden books and I was surprised they held up at all. But I found this first one charming and way better written than Nancy Drew. (I read the Nancy Drew books when I was eight or nine and Trixie Belden at twelve, and I feel those are good ages for each even though Nancy is a few years older than Trixie.)

So, impressions:

1. My parents bought me the Whitman reprints, the firs
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
When I was in elementary school, there were several girls' book series that I avoided because I thought they sounded so . . . insipid. For example, the Betsy-Tacy books. What kind of a dumb name was Betsy-Tacy? Another series that I gave the stink-eye to when I saw it on the shelves was Trixie Belden. What kind of a name was Trixie?! Trixie sounded like the sugar cereal with the rabbit mascot that I knew from TV commercials, not like the name of a girl who solved mysteries.

Two years ago I final
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-sleuths
The book that started my lifetime obsession with serialized Girl detective books. I had already read Nancy Drew when I discovered Trixie. Trix was far more appealing to me as she was younger and more accessible than Nancy who was elusively glamorous, poised, wore smart suits and drove a car. Trixie was a farm girl in "dungarees" who ride a bike or her horse as her mode of transport.

Trixie, 13, exits in that fleeting period between childhood and teenagerdom, when girls and boys still co exist as
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prologue, favorites
Forget Daphne and Velma, Trixie Belden is the real deal for any young amateur sleuth. Around about the late 80’s after I had read through everything the library had to offer on The Boxcar Children, I found myself needing more. Nancy Drew was too old fashioned for my taste and the Hardy Boys could have went and sucked an egg for all I cared. What I finally did stumble upon was this read and it had so much to offer a little girl looking for some mystery mixed with a whole lot of relatable main cha ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when I was about 9, same as my son. My first Trixie Belden was No. 4, a gift from my aunt. I became a huge fan and read more than 30 of them over the course of about 6 years.

I’ve been keen to read one to my son, hoping he would like it despite the female main character. He did! He was captivated and never wanted me to stop reading. Cliff hanger-y chapters didn’t help!

They read really well out loud, despite the 40s/50s language. A bit old-fashioned, lots of goshes and gol
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first discovered this series when I was about 12 years old or so. If I remember correctly, my sister gave me the first two books for my birthday, and from there my Trixie Belden collection grew to fill my small bookcase. I absolutely loved this series! I think I identified with Trixie a bit....but the sometimes pesky, cute kid I had to deal with was my nephew and not my little brother. :) I remember wishing I could have picnics in the woods, ride horses and have adventures like Trixie, her bro ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun sweet book! And it reminded me of one of my fave series as a child, The Happy Hollisters! Oh, how I devoured their adventures!

A perfect summer read and even if it'll be a bit of a different read for younger kids these days, given how old timey it can read at times, it was full of charm and reminded me a lot of both very loved books I read when I was Trixie's age and also of the summers of my childhood, that I also spent under very little supervision, safely roaming and playin
I know many wonderful people who love, love, love Trixie. My earliest memories of this series center around a supermarket in Coldwater Michigan which sold cheap Whitman hardcovers for 69 cents. Every so often, if I'd completely run out of REAL books (which is to say, books about HORSES), my mom would buy me a Whitman book. It's where I first learned about abridged books, to my everlasting shock and chagrin. I remember the odd Trixie Belden, but didn't retain anything more concrete than a dismiss ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
June 13, 2013: Re-reading the first three in the series again. A summer tradition! :)

August 9, 2012: Just another summer re-read. Partly because I'm trying to get back on pace with my reading goal (I have three YA books on hold at the library to pick up this weekend) and partly because I just love this series and the first three are awesome books to read in the summer! :)

A great start to a wonderful series that is still making an impact in my life. Even the bad books are good because they're the
When I was a kid, before my dad died, he used to take me to the bookstore when my mom was shopping. He bought me any book I wanted and of course it was a Trixie Beldon book every time! This popped into my head driving home from work tonight. It was no Harry Potter but it was what we loved as kids.
Emma Grace
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
3.5 stars
Lisa C
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, mysteries
Even though the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew TV show was a big hit at the time, like much of my generation, I was hooked on Trixie Belden. These were the first books that I bought on my own -- waiting until the newest were published, scrambling to find the older copies that were slightly cheaper, taking them to the counter all by myself. I'd get so excited when I figured out how it was going to end, that tears would stream from my eyes as I tried to finish the last chapters (not crying, just an odd ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing the first fifteen books. I am 60 years old and I can still remember how much I loved these books. Trixie and Honey were my best friends. I would buy them at k-mart for 89 cents. The only problem was finding all of them. (I later completed my set through e-bay. I had the hardbacks with the portraits of Trixie and Honey on the inside cover. They had the full color illustrations that I just loved. I trace my penchant for twin sweater sets from #8 in which Trixie, Honey and Di wore th ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Trixie is that 13 year old teenager who finds every single thing suspicious or it's just written in a way that even the compliments sounded like "there's something crazy going on with the other person".
And because of that reason alone, each chapter had some ridiculous twist. This book literally went from buying a horse and learning how to ride it To
1) Suspecting there's ghost next door
2) Finding out there's not a ghost
3) getting attacked by a mad dog who has rabies
4) Her little brother getting
Clara Ellen
I used to love the Trixie Belden books back when I was young. That's why it was extra special to share this book as a read-aloud with my daughter! I couldn't remember much of the story line, but I remembered that when I was young, my favorite character was Honey, because she wasn't too bold and had hazel eyes and brown hair, like me. The story was really good and full of interesting details, like what Honey's fancy house looked like inside or how Trixie began to learn to ride a horse through Reg ...more
Sarah Booth
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memories of childhood

I read these as a kid and loved them. It’s childhood from a simpler time when kids went off exploring and everything wasn’t brand placement, advertising and electronics. Kids did chores and rode horses and had manners and I hadn’t turned into my grandmother yet. Forty years later I am reading these again. It makes me miss living with a yard and garden and being an indestructible kid again. These are great stories for young girls and even boys if they like reading about girl
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trixie-belden
I was wondering if I would like Trixie as well at 58 as I did at 11 or 12 (or whenever I read it as a child). The answer was yes. I have a different perspective of Trixie than I did when I was a child. (Of course.) Trixie tends to do something before she thinks and is constantly having mishaps because of that. She is also rather careless. I'm sure as a child I was awed by her daring.

I don't remember the story line at all in this book and I'm not sure as a child if I read all of the books or even
Lydia Therese
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**2nd Review, 2020**
I love this book! It's so sweet and charming. A missing heir, an abandoned old mansion, and romping through the countryside in rural 1950's New York makes for a fun summer read!

**Original Review, 2016**
This is my favorite mystery series I've ever read - and it's so much better than Nancy Drew, I've realized, after reading so many of her books for The Nancy Drew Project. Definitely read these books, especially the first six! I totally recommend it. :)
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved these when I was a kid. I always preferred Trixie Belden to Nancy Drew. I still enjoyed this, although it seems funny to me how free these kids are to run around and have adventures. I say this having grown up in the sixties and seventies with a fair amount of freedom myself. As an adult I did find the story a bit too simple and problems too easily solved but it was fun nonetheless.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has been on my currently reading shelf for a long time, not because it was such a difficult read but because I only read it when I was at Grandma's house spending the night. We would read either on the couch or outside. A few times, we read right before bed, but we almost never do that because Gwen and Poppy, my sisters, aren't as interested as Grandma and I are.

Sometimes, when we read, I would be a little distracted because of a dog or GWEN and Poppy. I really enjoyed reading.

I'm goin
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Over Thanksgiving, we had fun digging through Mom and Dad's closet to find Sheila's old set of Trixie Belden books. She's missing some of them, but I'm going to spend some time re-reading the ones we found. I won't do an entry for each one, so you might not hear from me for awhile. We both LOVED these books growing up!!
As 2019 drew to a close, I decided to spend my end-of-year reading with Trixie Belden and the Bob Whites. In the last several years I have started collecting vintage editions of both Trixie and Nancy Drew--the two girl detective series that were most important to me when growing up. It had been a long time since I had read the first two books of the series where Trixie meets the new friends who will become her very best friends. Trixie Belden & The Secret of the Mansion (1948) was most likely th ...more
Ari Sinclair
Five stars for two reasons: First, nostalgia, because this was my favourite series when I was younger. (Tbh, I still love it.) The characters were so darn funny, and relatable, and MY AGE, which was pretty new, for a kid who read mostly classics xD
Second reason, because these were legitimately good books. (Far better than Nancy Drew, imho...) The characters are fabulous (imayormaynotstillhaveacrushonJim), the mysteries were creative and new in every book, and I love that they're about ordinary k
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