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by Robert Arthur

Category: Mysteries and Detectives
Subcategory: Children
Author: Robert Arthur
ISBN: 0001601563
ISBN13: 978-0001601567
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (September 1969)
Pages: 160
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I had never heard of Robert Arthur until I found a tattered copy of this book in a pile that was being given away. This Screaming Clock addition to the Three Investigators series is a classic.

I had never heard of Robert Arthur until I found a tattered copy of this book in a pile that was being given away. All of the traditional Three Investigator trademarks are present: the three boy investigators, their secret headquarters in a damaged mobile home at the Jones Salvage Yard, Worthington and the Rolls-Royce, Aunt Mathilda, Uncle Titus, Hans and Konrad, and even the See-All. Of course, they meet and help another boy-this time to help set his father fre AH&T3I Update: 9 read, 19 hardbacks to go!

Jupiter let out his breath with a gasp of relief. The sound of a clock screaming like a woman had been rather unnerving.

Jupiter let out his breath with a gasp of relief. Running feet sounded behind him. Bob Andrews and Pete Crenshaw, who had been working in the front part of The Jones Salvage Yard, skidded to a stop beside him.

and. The Three Investigators. in. The Mystery of the Screaming Clock.

The Mystery of the Screaming Clock. Author: Robert Arthur. Publication date: 1967. and. A Few Words From Alfred Hitchcock1. 1. The Clock Screams2. 2. Jupiter Finds a Clue3. 4. The Screaming Grandfather5. 5. The Room of Clocks6. 7. The Clock is Stolen8. 9. Mystery Upon Mystery10.

9: The Mystery of the Screaming Clock (1968). Alfred Hitchcock's Mysteries (1963) (All stories written by Robert Arthur with the exception of "The Mystery of the Sinister Theft"). 11: The Mystery of the Talking Skull (1969). Three Investigator novels numbered 10 and 12 to 43 were written by other authors. Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories That My Mother Never Told Me (1963). Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum (1965).

The clock screamed again. They have a screaming clock, Harry said as he pulled out the electric cord. There were shelves from floor to ceiling containing hundreds of books. But what they noticed most were the clocks. Its eerie wail in the dark hall brought out goose-pimples on Pete and Bob. There Jupiter said, unplugging the clock. A little one. I never saw it before but it must have been Mr. Hadley’s. There were a dozen or more of them in the room, some standing on the floor like the grandfather clock, others on tables and shelves. They all seemed old and valuable. Apparently they had all been electrified, as they didn’t tick, but merely hummed.

The high pitched scream produced by an alarm clock sets the three investigators on the complicated and .

The high pitched scream produced by an alarm clock sets the three investigators on the complicated and dangerous trail of art thieves. On the one hand it is dated in some ways, as most of the series and especially the early books are, but it doesn't detract from the story at all; you can forgive the fact the Investigators don't have cell phones or the Net and have to go through a phone book to find a clockmaker, get a phone number from.

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Bob had a part-time job at the library, helping mend damaged books, replacing books on the shelves, and doing other odd jobs

Chapter 13. Bob Finds More Clues. Bob had a part-time job at the library, helping mend damaged books, replacing books on the shelves, and doing other odd jobs. Miss Bennett greeted him with relief, for her assistant was away that day.

Alfred Hitchcockand The Three Investigatorsin Text by Robert Arthur Illustrated by Harry Kane I imagine that . Only Jupe didn’t have a copy of the book, didn’t know what book it was, and in any case only had half the page and word numbers!

Only Jupe didn’t have a copy of the book, didn’t know what book it was, and in any case only had half the page and word numbers!

The alarm clock went off with the bloodcurdling scream of a woman in mortal terror!  Who could have made such a clock--and why?The Three Investigators immediately set out to discover where the mysterious clock came from.  When they come across a run-down house in Hollywood, they find an entire room full of dreadful clocks--and time is running out!
Comments to eBook Mystery of the Screaming Clock
Hilarious Kangaroo
Other than certain entries that are clearly weaker compared to the others, it's hard for me to pick favorites in this series. But I would have to say this one is probably my favorite Three Investigators book of all time.

It has everything--a mysterious puzzle, with riddles that are clever, at least theoretically solvable, but even once this is done there remains that most important step of interpretation; truly menacing villains; an innocent man to free from prison; a strange recluse from the old days of filming and radio; and the return of a memorable villain who truly should have been used in the series more but stands out more awesomely because of that very rarity.

On the one hand it is dated in some ways, as most of the series and especially the early books are, but it doesn't detract from the story at all; you can forgive the fact the Investigators don't have cell phones or the Net and have to go through a phone book to find a clockmaker, get a phone number from him, and then use a pay phone and some trickery to learn an address when it's all part of the convoluted mystery. And in fact the most dated part of it, the involvement of an old radio mystery show and its being placed in proper context by Alfred Hitchcock, is fascinating even to someone not of that era, providing a window into a world that doesn't exist any more.

Best of all, though, is the fact Hugenay gets to be an anti-villain of sorts, helping to rescue the boys from the real villains and exonerate Harry's father, even if he's doing so to recover the stolen paintings. When he isn't their adversary, the art thief makes a wonderful foil to Jupiter and a source of information and assistance. Despite being a criminal, I almost have to regret Jupiter never taking him up on his offer to visit Paris; I'm sure there's all manner of crimes the boys could have solved there without worrying about Hugenay playing them false. And of course the ending of the book is still, to use Hitchcock's own words, suitably dramatic enough to impress even today. I can definitely see this as a film, and even with the updating to modern times that's been done in the German-made Three Investigators movies, I think this story is one they would do well to consider.

And I also have to note it's still one of my favorite covers, too.
from earth
This is a great story! Like all the first dozen Three Investigators books, it's a whole heck of a lot of fun and makes you want to be the Fourth Investigator.

Its also very retro kitsch to its era, but I think young readers that go for quality, plot or content will see beyond that the way one does when reading classic literature, Ian Fleming or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

You adopt the attitude "who cares about their mode of transport or communication device, it's the story."

And it's a heck of a lot more fun that classic literature!

The kids always get placed in a serious tight spots like being kidnapped, caught in revolutions in third world countries, captured by villains, left in sea caves with tides rising, a midst bank robberies, or almost run off cliff highways, but they get out of it by action and Jupiter Jones clever wit!

I admit when I heard the title of this one, I was thinking "dud" and "how the heck are clocks going to scream or even be interesting as a plot device?" But it subtly under promised and WAY over delivered. The story is clever, moves quickly, places them in tricky jams, and allows them to use their wits to get out.

After you read a few Three Investigators books, you know some of the plot devices and the writing formula, but they are all good and its like saying you know what comes after dinner--dessert--that's not a bad thing, or that James Bond will get the bad guy in his film--that's why you went to the theater, to see him do it.

I was a Hardy Boys fan until I found Three Investigators books. I flat out love reading these books and credit old friend, Shane Black (screenwriter Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Last action Hero), for introducing me and getting me hooked. If anyone knows telling stories, he does. I can't recommend the series or this one enough.

I would read the first 12 in order, but strongly recommend the Mysteries of: the Terror Castle, the Green Ghost and the Skeleton Key, as well as the Silver Spider which had one minor slow point before it went roller coaster.

I also recommend getting the titles when Hitchcock was still involved as a plot device (intro and conclusion) and one can usually pick up decent editions in Ebay or Amazon used for $7.00 to $15.00 for a respectable and readable hard cover copy (only get the hard covers).

Side note: If you enjoyed the Three Investigators books back then, now, or for your kids, I suggest you check out "The 7 Scouts And The Mystery of The Commie Spies" here on Barnes & Noble which draws inspiration and homage to the Three Investigators books among others then and now. It could be likened to the Three Investigators books present day and has been described as "the Hardy Boys meets Ocean's Eleven and Mission: Impossible" or "the Goonies meets the Bourne Identity."

Happy reading!
Thetahuginn
These are out of print now. My children loved them. I gave these to my 11 year old grand. He read the first one in 2 days!
Yggfyn
Book was great just needed to add it to my series.
Ohatollia
Possibly the single greatest children's mystery book ever published. It is a shame that this series is no longer in print and unavailable in many libraries.

I cannot recommend this particular book, and the three investigator series, strongly enough (especially the original Robert Arthur authored books).
Ximinon
I loved reading these books I read almost every one of them. Some I couldn't find.
Samuhn
Great character profiles. Amazing little discoveries.
Shows good team work.
My kids really enjoy this series, I am ordering more.
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