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One moment Connie Blair is a pretty girl playing happily on vacation. The next moment, Connie lies unconscious in a crumpled heap, collapsed upon a shell pile after being hit by an unknown assailant, and her mind is swirling downward into a black and bottomless pit from which there seems to be no return. After Connie awakens, she is left with the unanswered question of who did this to her - and why? Did Connie almost stumble across a secret which she was not supposed to discover? What was the relation between the New York bank robbery, Mr. Sterling Witherspoon or possibly some other unsuspected guest at the club, the itinerant musicians, and her own strange attack in the cove? Connie had to find out, before something even more terrible happened!
This is the first book in a fascinating new series for girls. It is the thrilling story of Connie Blair's first assignment as a fashion model at Campion's in Philadelphia, and how she becomes involved in a baffling mystery. It all starts with a missing fur beret. Connie's dashing young aunt, stylist for Campion's, is deeply concerned. The hat, a Paris original, is fabulously expensive. It is not the first article in Aunt Bet's care to vanish mysteriously. But what worries Connie is that an unknown enemy is trying to cast the shadow of suspicion on Aunt Bet. Determined to find the culprit, Connie enlists the aid of Larry Stewart, the young display man, and finally comes face to face with a far more ruthless enemy than she has ever imagined in her wildest speculations. Connie Blair is one of the nicest heroines you will ever meet, and her exicting experiences will be followed by girls everywhere.
Connie is willing to believe almost anything about the eerie old mansion on top of Eagle Rock - but a violin-playing ghost is too much for even her vivid imagination. On vacation in aristocratic Newport, Rhode Island, Connie and her twin sister Kit are invited for a moonlight sail with their cousins Tom and Randy. Passing the long-deserted mansion, Connie and Randy are sure they see a strange light in a window, and Connie is determined to search the imposing old house the first chance she gets. Her chance comes all too soon, and almost spells disaster for our intrepid sleuth. Only her quick wits and daring resourcefulness save her and her friends from something more dangerous than a musical ghost.
It's contest time at Atlantic City! - and Connie is there to cover the cooking contest for a Reid and Renshaw appliance account. Everything seems to be running fairly smoothly when Connie checks into the resort hotel, and she looks forward to an interesting stay. But later, when Connie finds a small purse and attempts to return it to its owner, she finds herself walking into a roomful of trouble. Attacked from behind, Connie has no idea who her mysterious assailant could be - but she has a hotel full of people to pick from. Everyone is under suspicion, from aged, aristocratic Miss Whitney; to Paul, the bellhop and part-time dog walker; to the chambermaid . . . and, for good measure, any one of a hundred other employees or guests whom she doesn't know! The Gray Menace And, later, when a golden falcon brooch is missing, Connie herself is accused of stealing the piece. Determined to clear herself and, at the same time, find her mysterious attacker, Connie digs deeper into the case and comes up with something quite unexpected . . . a cache of stolen jewelry.
A guest book, check stubs, and a torn photograph add up to a puzzling mystery on the island paradise of Bermuda. Connie Blair immerses herself in the very British world of Bermuda on another job assignment with her boss, Georgia Cameron. But who can you trust, and can business and pleasure mix?
IN THE HEART of historical Philadelphia, within the shadow of Independence Hall, Connie Blair solves one of the most baffling mysteries she has ever encountered. Connie is sent on a research assignment by the Reid and Renshaw Advertising Agency to an old mansion which is being restored to its original Colonial character. Caroline Calder, the eccentric late owner of the mansion, willed a valuable set of six porcelain figurines to her niece, Maryanne Jessup. But the figurines have disappeared. Everyone except Maryanne insists that the unpredictable Miss Calder simply disregarded the terms of the will and gave the Ruby Queens, as she did other possessions, to someone else before she died. Connie decides to go along with Maryanne's theory and help find them. Through a curious circumstance, Connie discovers a clue that the Ruby Queens had been well hidden in the mansion, and only recently removed. Convinced that the Ruby Queens have been stolen, Connie does some careful sleuthing, in which she is aided by Happy Wallace, a handsome architectural student from the University of Pennsylvania. In her efforts to locate the figurines and apprehend the culprit, Connie faces many dangerous and exciting situations before the pattern of this intriguing mystery finally becomes clear.
Connie Blair shivered in anticipation as she boarded the plane that would take her to the Caribbean, never guessing that soon she would shiver in fright. But once again what began as a business trip was to become surrounded with danger and intrigue. When Mike Ingersoll first showed her the map, Connie was caught up in the excitement of a search for sunken treasure. It seemed little more than an inconvenience when her traveling bag and Mike's were switched - until she discovered that she had the map, and someone else knew it! How Connie pits all her mystery-solving skills against a sinister modern-day pirate makes a fast-paced tale of suspense and excitement.
When Connie Blair goes to art school she enters an exciting new world in which glamour and mystery mingle. Connie expects to meet unusual and colorful personalities, and she is not disappointed. But she hasn't bargained for a skeleton named Adam who turns up in a purple cloak at the midwinter fancy dress ball and leaves his signature scrawled across the ceiling! From that moment on, tension mounts in the stately old Philadelphia mansion that houses the art school. Who is back of the debacle of the masked ball? Eric Payson, the shy, sensitive young painter whose mural was the only one not defaced? Roby Woodward, irresistible young dilettante who despises Eric for his ability? Fritz Bachman, sharp faced and sardonic, and determined to win the Fairchild Prize by fair means or foul? Puzzle in Purple Sensing the impending catastrophe that later dwarfs the episode of the ball, Connie tries feverishly to fit into place the scattered pieces of the puzzle. How she accomplishes this, and what she sees when the picture finally becomes clear is told in a thrilling mystery story set against the fascinating background of art school.
The pen name of Betsy Allen conceals one of the outstanding writers of books for girls of our day. In Connie Blair, a typical teen-age American girl so far as looks go, but with a lively intelligence and a keen nose for solving mysteries, the author has created her most appealing character. Connie is a career girl, with a job in an advertising agency, but mysteries have a way of rising up to challenge her wherever she goes. You can identify A Connie Blair Mystery at a glance because a color is always featured in the title. THE CLUE IN BLUE, THE RIDDLE IN RED, PUZZLE IN PURPLE, THE SECRET OF BLACK CAT GULCH, THE GREEN ISLAND MYSTERY, THE GHOST WORE WHITE, THE YELLOW WARNING, THE GRAY MENACE, THE BROWN SATCHEL MYSTERY, PERIL IN PINK, THE SILVER SECRET, and THE MYSTERY OF THE RUBY QUEENS.
An old turquoise mine, a silent Indian, and a talking parrot bring Connie high adventure in picturesque New Mexico.
Connie felt increasing alarm. Where was Kit? Had she been kidnapped or-- Connie's mind stopped short of envisioning any other possibility, but for the first time since she had become involved in this mystery she was frightened - not just plain scared as she had been in the cemetery, but sick and cold with fear. It was quite clear that Kit had disappeared because she had been mistaken for Connie. Kit, who knew little or nothing about the silver theft. Kit, who only wanted to have a little fun on her vacation, and who loathed anything even vaguely mysterious, who, in spite of her resemblance to Connie, was as different from her twin as day is from night. With Kit in terrible danger, the Silver Secret became more than a puzzling mystery. Solving it now was a matter of life or death!
Connie's suggestion of taking photographs of fur coats modeled in front of their living and breathing counterparts at the Philadelphia Zoo sounded, to the executives of Reid and Renshaw, like a very good idea. But who could have foreseen an escaped gorilla ... and the theft of an expensive mink coat? Connie certainly didn't ... but since the coat at the time of its loss was in her care she feels responsible, and is determined either to find the coat or make good the loss. But when innocent Henry Colt, last seen holding the coat, is jailed as a suspect, Connie wastes no time in setting a trap for the real thief - a trap that backfires, placing her in mortal danger! How Connie's deductions and expert sleuthing solve the mystery of the missing mink is sure to keep all of her readers gasping.
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