Friday, 26 April 2013

Fiction Reads: Skeleton Island by Robert Arthur, Jr

Skeleton Island from The 3 Investigators series is a fun read and indeed a page turner. Written by Robert Arthur, Jr. (November 10, 1909 – May, 1969) for children and teenagers, this series was first published as Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators. The writer believed that using the name of a legendary film director would garner interest in the books from this series. Later it came to be titled as the The 3 Investigators. Each book has the presence of Alfred Hitchcock. In Skeleton Island too, he meets the three amateur teenage sleuths (the protagonists in the series) Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews before the start of a journey and an adventure on an island at the Atlantic Bay: Skeleton Island.

Jupe or Jupiter Jones is the ‘brains of the firm’ while Pete Crenshaw is the athlete, and the third sleuth Bon Andrews is the one involved in research (Records and Research). Their motto states ‘We investigate Anything’. In Skeleton Island, Hitchcock introduces them to Skeleton Island where Crenshaw’s father who is working on a film project.  Strange things go on with the inclusion of urban legends and thievery on this island. This is yet another exciting inception of a nail-biting adventure.

(Review by Kabita Sonowal)

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