Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Behind the Green Door by Mildred Wirt

I had heard of Penny Parker but hadn't read any of her books. Thought of her as something of a precursor of Nancy Drew. I had no idea that the creator of Penny, Mildred A. Wirt, also wrote many Nancy Drew books under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene.




Penny is the motherless daughter of Anthony Parker, editor and publisher of the Riverview Star. Full of spirits, Penny goes around sniffing for mysteries, much to her father's discomfort as he worries about the safety of his daughter. In Behind the Green Door, father and daughter have planned a Christmas trip to Pine Top when trouble strikes. A ruthless business man, Harvey Maxwell, slaps a suit of libel against Parker's newspaper. Result, Penny travels to Pine Top alone. She doesn't know it but Maxwell too travels via the same plane to Pine Top. Also among her co-passengers is Francine Sellberg , a reporter with the rival newspaper, Riverview Reporter. At Pine Top, Penny learns that their family friend, Mrs, Downey, is slowly losing out to the gleaming Fergus Hotel as the owner Ralph Fergus uses underhand methods to undermine Mrs. Downey's lodge.

Convinced that something is cooking between Maxwell and Fergus and determined to uncover it before Francine, Penny learns about a mysterious Green Room at the Fergus hotel. All troubles, she surmises, will disappear if she was only to gain access to the room but her entry into it is thwarted every time she tries. Racing against time, Penny has to take some drastic steps...

With the divide between the good and the bad guys crystal clear in the book, the mystery is not so much about the identity of the culprits but rather about what really goes on behind the green door. Nothing memorable about the book, just a plain, simple read with one or two exciting passages.

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First Line: "Watch me coming down the mountain, Mrs. Weems! This one is a honey! An open christiana turn with no brakes dragging!"

Title: Behind the Green Door

Author: Mildred A. Wirt

First Published: 1940.

Pages: 112

Other Books read of the same author: None

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The book can be downloaded for free from many sites. I downloaded it from Manybooks.net

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Submitted for the following challenges: 52 Books in 52 Weeks, 2013 Ebook, 2013 Mystery/ Crime, 2013 Women, Birth Year 2012 - Honors, Color Coded, Criminal Plots III, Let Me Count the Ways, New Authors, Outside the Box,

6 comments:

  1. Interesting that you used the word "precursor" in your blog today. Coincidentally, I used it in my blog today also.

    - Nitu

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    1. Nitu di, what do they say of great minds...? :)

      Why am I not getting the updates from your blog? Have you changed the settings?

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    2. I have not made any changes to the settings recently.

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    3. There seems to be some problem nevertheless as I am unable to access your blog.

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  2. Now, I had never heard of Penny Parker. This is a very interesting bit of pre-Nancy Drew writing that I didn't know Wirt had done. Thanks for pointing this out to me!

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    1. Bev, I am a little surprised about your not having heard of Penny Parker because I thought I first read of her on your blog !!!???

      I too had no idea about Wirt having written the Nancy Drew books till I did a little search on the Net for the review.

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