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The weird cry outside had sounded almost human . . . Kay Tracey followed the faint cries to a thicket, and bent down to pick up a tiny bundle half-hidden beneath the leaves. As she drew aside a soft blanket, a tiny baby girl opened her eyes, whimpering as she nestled in Kay's arms. Whose baby was this, and why had she been abandoned at the lonely farm? Kay's efforts to find the answer are made infinitely more difficult by another perplexing problem. Ethel Eaton, her jealous rival at Carmont High School, has disappeared. Mrs. Eaton, worried to distraction, appeals to Kay to help find her. Kay discovers that Ethel has run away from home to become a detective herself. But this impulsive action leads Ethel into bad company--a scheming couple trying to master-mind a blackmail plot! Kay's deductions and her efforts to save her would-be rival get her in and out of many tight spots. A spine-tingling treat lies ahead for Kay Tracey fans as they learn the strange secret of the mystery baby found beneath the Brier Bush.
Kay Tracey hides in a dark, forbidding house to find out if a mysterious old woman is a witch. Her unexpected discovery sends the young sleuth and her loyal friends scrambling back into the snowy night. Can they outfox two clever thieves who have stolen a valuable chemical? Kay is hot on their trail until a jealous schoolmate and a missing vial of poison add serious danger to her plans to solve this perplexing mystery.
Kay's club, the Pathfinders, travels to Florida for a vacation, and Ethel Eaton's rival club, the Bittersweet Society, follows the Pathfinders, causing trouble along the way. Once in Florida, Kay searches for Emily Dodd, who is missing, and investigates strange events at a nearby estate. The owner, Jasper Jackson, is unfriendly and hateful towards Mrs. Dodd, and Kay wonders if he might have something to do with Emily's disappearance. After the girls see a ghostly figure on Jackson's property, they know something sinister is behind it. Kay divides her time between her investigation, spending time with her friends, and warding off Ethel Eaton's attacks.
Excitement, suspense--and KAY TRACEY go together! Brantwood is a quiet town, but it seems to have more than its share of excitement. Sometimes it's a kidnapping, or a mysterious theft in a "haunted" house, or a series of fires set by a sinister arsonist that alarms the townspeople. Whatever it is, Kay Tracey always finds herself right in the middle of the excitement! Kay, attractive sixteen-year-old high school girl, has a sixth sense for sleuthing. It has earned her a reputation as an amateur detective that many a professional might envy. Kay's closest friends, who share most of her adventures, are blue-eyed, blond Betty Worth, always full of pep, and her shy, sensitive twin, Wilma. The three somehow manage to combine common sense and .alertness and at the same time have a great deal of fun--sometimes in the tightest spots. If you like a mystery with plenty of hard-hitting action and suspense right down to the last line, follow Kay and her friends in this thrilling modern series. You'll find her books identified by the words "A Kay Tracey Mystery" and this insignia. It's the sign of good reading.
As Kay Tracey walked into the flower shop, a smiling young stranger hailed her with, "Hello there. Grand party last night, wasn't it?" Kay had never seen him before! Neither did she know any of several other people who greeted her that morning as an old friend. Mistaken identity? More than that! Double trouble! This time Kay is in collision with a deep and intriguing mystery which threatens to land her in a tight spot. Even Betty and Wilma, the Worth twins, cannot uncover the slightest hint as to who looks so much like their best friend. When Kay finally picks up the faint thread of a clue, it leads to the sunken garden of an old mansion where a ghostly figure wheels and pirouettes in the dim light. How Brantwood's teen-age detective extricates herself in this exciting case provides an unforgettable story of courage, adventure and mystery.
Two fleeing figures scramble up the lonely hillside and disappear from Kay's view behind a rock ledge. Breathless, she climbs after them, determined to question them about the strange happenings at Owl's Hole, a summer resort. Suddenly a boulder comes crashing down the slope directly at Kay. She dodges quickly, the massive rock missing her by inches. By the time she has recovered and reached the ledge, the fugitives have accomplished a getaway! But Kay is far from discouraged. She has been asked to solve the mystery of the summer resort, and is determined to do it. Mysterious fires have broken out. Valuables have vanished. Weird voices groan after dark, and stealthy shapes follow unwary strollers. The Lone Footprint For a while, Kay's only clue is a single footprint. Whose is it, and why is he plaguing the innocent residents of Owl's Hole? Kay's clever detective work, with the aid of her two friends, Betty and Wilma Worth, carries her through one dangerous adventure after another. Jealous Ethel Eaton adds to the dilemma, nearly spoiling a perfect trap. Kay's search for the phantom troublemaker takes her to an unexpected solution, one that involves a missing member of her own family!
ADVENTURE BREWING. There were all sorts of strange stories about the old Greely mansion. Some said the house was haunted. Some even said its sinister walls were lined with treasure. A mysterious map leads Kay through the mansion's hidden doors and secret passageways to a case of fabulous diamonds. Why were they hidden? Who was their rightful owner? And who was that mysterious figure prowling around the mansion?
Sixteen-year-old Kay Tracey is a charming and surprising heroine whose life is one exciting thrill after another. By clever deduction and a persistent follow-up of clues, Kay unravels the tangled snarls of mysteries that will grip the reader from the opening page. In these stories you will find puzzling problems, strange situations, exotic objects, mysteries that plague professional sleuths, only to be solved by this lively and lovable girl. Kay finds a mystery wherever she is, even on vacation at the seashore. When a rash of burglaries plague the cottages, Kay is disappointed with local efforts to find the culprit. Whether befriending odd neighbors or a vagabond, Kay keeps her eyes open, trying to put the pieces together. Then, topping things off, there is a cantankerous artist and a lost couple... can Kay end an age old feud and solve the mystery?
STRANGE SECRETS. The hurricane tore into the beach before Kay could get indoors. Lightning was striking everywhere. Then it hit the little cottage that belonged to the two old Crowley sisters and the place burst into flames. Kay tried to help them save their things but the sisters panicked. Why? Did their odd behavior have any connection with the robberies in the area ... including the break-in at Kay's own beach cottage? What were the Crowley sisters hiding?
"Snakes!" The place is alive with them. They're dropping from that tree!" While Betty and Wilma Worth run for safety, Kay goes to investigate the weird attack, which she finds has not happened by accident, but has been planned by a thief after their pocketbooks. Kay, though alert to danger, finds herself each day more deeply involved in a strange mystery. It leads her finally to the Moleson Mansion, where the "murmuring portrait" of a gypsy hangs. Suddenly the picture vanishes, then reappears. Why? And where is the sinister-looking person who poses for it? Is the missing Moleson heir the same person? How to untangle a seemingly hopeless riddle takes all the uncanny insight of Kay's sleuthing ability, as she endeavors to prove the identity of a odd character, and to protect a fabulous treasure sought by a crafty gang of thieves.
"Stay away from The Witch . . . It's a jinx boat!" Such a grim warning would have frightened a less courageous girl than Kay Tracey. But to this amateur detective the threat is only a challenge to make a trip on The Witch. Kay and her friends, the Worth twins, peppy Betty and studious, quiet Wilma, board the trim little houseboat. Sailing close behind and always mooring near them, is the strange black Ajax, guarded day and night by a vicious watchdog. Two mysterious, unfriendly men are aboard, armed with guns and wary of any boat approaching them. At night, from the darkened Ajax, a flashlight winks a message in code and is answered by a beam from the shore. Can there be any connection between this sinister gang and the recent jewel robberies the police had been unable to solve? Kay, Wilma and Betty find that their holiday cruise has turned into a precarious chase. The trail leads the girls into danger on the Sharon River from which there seems to be no escape . . . THE MYSTERIOUS NEIGHBORS is exciting entertainment, with Kay Tracey doing her keenest detective work. This was Kay Tracey Mystery #18 in original printing, #4 in this run, 1951. Misspells (and there are many!) in original text preserved as dictated by copyright law.
Kay's friend, Sissy Weller, unexpectedly learns that she is to inherit a fortune if she can prove that her real name is Christine Cleveland. The mystery is how anybody could connect Sissy with Christine when Sissy is adopted and has no knowledge of her true identity. After hearing additional details, Kay is convinced that Sissy is Christine, but how did the lawyer know? Kay learns that the lawyer received an anonymous letter telling him about Sissy, but who sent him the letter? How did that person know where Sissy is staying?
Meet clever Kay Tracey, who, though only sixteen, solves mysteries in a surprising manner. In this episode, Sparks shower down upon Kay Tracey as she watches firemen battle a blaze in Brantwood's library. This distraction, however, does not prevent the teen-age detective from spotting two sinister-looking figures intent on stealing valuable art objects from the burning building. Kay hops into their truck as they drive off. From that moment on she becomes entangled in the weird mystery of the Sacred Feather. Unlike many others in Brantwood, Kay cannot believe the signs which point to elusive Abou Menzel as the firebug menacing her home town. Together with the Worth twins, peppy Betty and dreamy Wilma, Kay sets about using her skills as a detective in an effort to solve this baffling case.
Does Kay Tracey ever really take a vacation? A getaway to Lost Lake with her best friends, Wilma and Betty Worth, provides one adventure after another as they aid Juliana who only wants to get out from under a devious guardian's thumb... Is Juliana penniless, can she be reunited with her fiance, and what do her love of windmills have to do with her future and a rumored hidden fortune?
#1 The Secret of the Red Scarf Kay Tracey regards the pale young man in electrified silence when he stares at her and cries out, "Sis! Sis! At last I've found you!" These strange words are the beginning of a baffling search by Kay for clues that will restore the memory of the appealing youth to whom she gives the nickname of Bro. This unexpected guest in the Tracey household, a victim of total amnesia, knows only that he must find his beautiful sister Helene. Kay's striking resemblance to the missing girl is to lead her through many risky episodes, but the young sleuth is determined, even against threats, to assist the unhappy boy. Kay has few clues. Why does Bro become frantic upon catching sight of a red scarf Kay plans to wear to a masquerade? And after its disappearance, Kay is plunged even deeper into the dangerous mystery. Her goal is to disprove certain sinister accusations, about which she learns, against Bro and Helene and to bring the brother and sister together.
They say truth is stranger than fiction and in The Shadow on the Door, the old maxim is once again proven. Follow intrepid teen sleuth, Kay Tracey, as a mystery written for a competition parallels and is eventually exceed by a real life mystery. Kay creates a mystery for a school competition but soon is amidst a vulnerable assistant, a gullible dowager, a lonely boy, and labor agitators. What will it take to solve the mystery and association of a chemist and his lab explosion with the mysterious shadows, grotesque and scary?
EXCITEMENT, SUSPENSE--AND KAY TRACEY--GO TOGETHER! Sixteen-year-old Kay Tracey is an amateur detective with a sense of sleuthing that a professional might envy. Her closest friends who share her adventures are Betty Worth and her twin sister Wendy. Whenever there is a mystery in the small town of Brantwood, you'll find Kay and her two friends in the middle of it.
"Turn back! Danger ahead!" The thundering voice, detached from any visible person, transfixes Kay Tracey as the warning fills the sky with a sinister echo. When the eerie reverberations die, the teenage detective and her chums, Betty and Wilma Worth, look at one another in horror. What is the source of the spine-chilling threat that suddenly casts a shadow of fear on the gay outing? Similar weird occurrences have struck panic into other vacationists at Lost Lake, and could cause the resort to be abandoned, with great loss to friends of Kay. From the beginning of her stay at the Worths' cottage, Kay is determined to pierce the veil of mystery that envelops the community. For one thing, she has made up her mind to assist kindly, gentle, old Mr. Nelson in his quest for a long-lost family fortune in Faraway Valley. Then, there is beautiful Hilda Arno, whose strange plight also has touched Kay's heart. The young woman is depending on the girl detective for help. Although Betty and Wilma are fearful, Kay feels she must dare the challenge of this nerve-tingling mystery. But little does she dream of the terrifying web of danger that lies ahead, waiting to engulf her if she should make one false step.
Meet clever Kay Tracey, who, though only sixteen, solves mysteries in a surprising manner. Working on clues which she assembles, this surprising heroine supplies the solution to cases that have baffled professional sleuths. The KAY TRACEY MYSTERY STORIES will grip a reader from start to finish. In When the Key Turned, follow to find out if Kay Tracey can help a friend find her father's very valuable Stradivarius violin.
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