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  1.  Terror Castle
  2.  Stuttering Parrot
  3.  Whispering Mummy
  4.  Green Ghost
  5.  Vanishing Treasure
  6.  Skeleton Island
  7.  Fiery Eye
  8.  Silver Spider
  9.  Screaming Clock
10.  Moaning Cave
11.  Talking Skull
12.  Laughing Shadow
13.  Crooked Cat
14.  Coughing Dragon
15.  Flaming Footprints
16.  Nervous Lion
17.  Singing Serpent
18.  Shrinking House
19.  Phantom Lake
20.  Monster Mountain
21.  Haunted Mirror
22.  Dead Man's Riddle
23.  Invisible Dog
24.  Death Trap Mine
25.  Dancing Devil
26.  Headless Horse
27.  Magic Circle
28.  Deadly Double
29.  Sinister Scarecrow
30.  Shark Reef
31.  Scar-Faced Beggar
32.  Blazing Cliffs
33.  Purple Pirate
34.  Wandering Cave Man
35.  Kidnapped Whale
36.  Missing Mermaid
37.  Two-Toed Pigeon
38.  Smashing Glass
39.  Trail of Terror
40.  Rogues' Reunion
41.  Creep-Show Crooks
42.  Wreckers' Rock
43.  Cranky Collector

Book of Mystery Puzzles

Find Your Fate
  1.  Weeping Coffin
  2.  Dancing Dinosaur
  7.  House of Horrors
  8.  Savage Statue

Crimebusters
  1.  Hot Wheels
  2.  Murder To Go
  3.  Rough Stuff
  4.  Funny Business
  5.  An Ear For Danger
  6.  Thriller Diller
  7.  Reel Trouble
  8.  Shoot the Works
  9.  Foul Play
10.  Long Shot
11.  Fatal Error

Authors

Robert Arthur

As the series' creator, Robert Arthur knew the characters best and laid incredible groundwork for decades to come. In 1964, Arthur commenced the series with #1 The Secret of Terror Castle and from that point, until his death, he wrote nine additional Three Investigators titles.

Three Investigators books by Robert Arthur:

  #1 The Secret of Terror Castle - 1964
  #2 The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot - 1964
  #3 The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy - 1965
  #4 The Mystery of the Green Ghost - 1965
  #5 The Mystery of the Vanishing Treasure - 1966
  #6 The Secret of Skeleton Island - 1966
  #7 The Mystery of the Fiery Eye - 1967
  #8 The Mystery of the Silver Spider - 1967
  #9 The Mystery of the Screaming Clock - 1968
#11 The Mystery of the Talking Skull - 1969

William Arden (Dennis Lynds)

William Arden was the first to write for the series after Robert Arthur, although Arden did write #10 The Mystery of the Moaning Cave prior to Arthur's death. Arden wrote thirteen of the original 43 Three Investigators titles and has the distinction of writing the last one to be introduced by Alfred Hitchcock, #30 The Secret of Shark Reef. In addition, Arden wrote the first Crimebusters book, Hot Wheels.

Three Investigators books by William Arden:

#10 The Mystery of the Moaning Cave - 1968
#12 The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow - 1969
#13 The Secret of the Crooked Cat - 1970
#18 The Mystery of the Shrinking House - 1972
#19 The Secret of Phantom Lake - 1973
#22 The Mystery of the Dead Man's Riddle - 1974
#25 The Mystery of the Dancing Devil - 1976
#26 The Mystery of the Headless Horse - 1977
#28 The Mystery of the Deadly Double - 1978
#30 The Secret of Shark Reef - 1979
#33 The Mystery of the Purple Pirate - 1982
#38 The Mystery of the Smashing Glass - 1984
#42 The Mystery of Wreckers' Rock - 1986
Crimebusters #1: Hot Wheels - 1989

M. V. Carey (Mary Virginia Carey)

M. V. Carey's first Three Investigators book was #15 The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints in 1971 and for the next sixteen years she wrote fifteen additional books, more than any of the other authors. Many of Carey's books deal with the paranormal and she is responsible for introducing the memorable characters of Professor Barrister and Allie Jamison, who appear in two of her books. In addition, Carey wrote the first non-Hitchcock title, #31 The Mystery of the Scar-Faced Beggar, with the new character of Hector Sebastian and the last of the Find Your Fate Mystery series, #8 The Case of the Savage Statue.

Three Investigators books by M. V. Carey:

#15 The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints - 1971
#17 The Mystery of the Singing Serpent - 1972
#20 The Mystery of Monster Mountain - 1973
#21 The Secret of the Haunted Mirror - 1974
#23 The Mystery of the Invisible Dog - 1975
#24 The Mystery of Death Trap Mine - 1976
#27 The Mystery of the Magic Circle - 1978
#29 The Mystery of the Sinister Scarecrow - 1979
#31 The Mystery of the Scar-Faced Beggar - 1981
#32 The Mystery of the Blazing Cliffs - 1981
#34 The Mystery of the Wandering Cave Man - 1982
#36 The Mystery of the Missing Mermaid - 1983
#39 The Mystery of the Trail of Terror - 1984
#41 The Mystery of the Creep-Show Crooks - 1985
#43 The Mystery of the Cranky Collector - 1987
Find Your Fate Mystery #8: The Case of the Savage Statue - 1987

Nick West (Kin Platt)

Nick West wrote just two of the Three Investigators books: #14 The Mystery of the Coughing Dragon in 1970 and #16 The Mystery of the Nervous Lion in 1971. West's main distinction is that he is the only author after Robert Arthur to include Blackbeard the parrot in a book, Coughing Dragon.

Marc Brandel (Marcus Beresford)

Like Nick West, Marc Brandel wrote a small number of Three Investigators books, but his contributions were significant, as he is the only author to really delve into Jupiter's past with #40 The Mystery of the Rogues' Reunion. Brandel also wrote one Crimebusters book, #5 An Ear For Danger.

Three Investigators Books By Marc Brandel:

#35 The Mystery of the Kidnapped Whale - 1983
#37 The Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon - 1984
#40 The Mystery of the Rogues' Reunion - 1985
Crimebusters #5: An Ear For Danger - 1989

Barbara McCall

Barbara McCall wrote the text and puzzles for The Three Investigators Book of Mystery Puzzles.

Megan Stine & H. William Stine

Megan Stine & H. William Stine wrote two Find Your Fate Mystery titles as well as three Crimebusters titles.

Three Investigators Books By Megan Stine & H. William Stine:

Find Your Fate Mystery #1: The Case of the Weeping Coffin - 1985
Find Your Fate Mystery #7: The Case of the House of Horrors - 1986
Crimebusters #2: Murder To Go - 1989
Crimebusters #6: Thriller Diller - 1989
Crimebusters #10: Long Shot - 1990

Rose Estes

Rose Estes wrote the second Find Your Fate Mystery book, 1985's #2 The Case of the Dancing Dinosaur.

G.H. Stone (Gale Lynds)

G.H. Stone wrote three published Crimebusters titles, as well as a fourth manuscript that most likely would have been published as the thirteenth title in the series.

Three Investigators Books By G.H. Stone:

Crimebusters #3: Rough Stuff - 1989
Crimebusters #7: Reel Trouble - 1989
Crimebusters #11: Fatal Error - 1990

William McCay

William McCay wrote two Crimebusters books: #4 Funny Business in 1989 and #8 Shoot the Works in 1990.

Peter Lerangis

Peter Lerangis wrote the ninth Crimebusters title, Foul Play in 1990, as well as the manuscript for Brain Wash, the "forthcoming" twelfth title in the series that was never published.

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