the judy bolton series
by Margaret Sutton

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Unlike most other juvenile series books, this series of mysteries was written by one author for its entire duration and it's also unusual in that Judy ages from book to book and gets married about 1/2 way through the series in "The Rainbow Riddle".

Who's Who:
Judy Bolton - The intrepid mystery solving heroine of the series.
Blackberry - Judy's beloved cat.
Peter Dobbs - Judy's boyfriend and, later, husband.
Grace Dobbs - Better known as "Honey" was Peter's long lost sister.
Arthur Farringdon-Pett - An early suitor of Judy's.
Lois Farringdon-Pett - Arthur's sister.
Lorraine Lee - Judy's rival for Arthur's affections.
Irene Lang - Judy's best friend, married writer Dale Meredith and moved to New York.
Kay Vincent - Judy's perennial foe.

These books were issued in several different formats by Grosset & Dunlap.
Grosset & Dunlap also produced paperback versions of some stories under its Tempo Books imprint.
All the hardcover books were illustrated by Pelagie Doane.

In 2012 based on conversations with Margaret Sutton and her family, plus extensive research, coauthors Kate Duvall and Beverly Hatfield recreated the magic of Judy and her friends in "The Strange Likeness".

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  1. The Vanishing Shadow - 1932
    This story was revised in 1964 and again in 1967 (paperback version only).
    In the first book of this mystery series, Judy Bolton is resigned to spending several boring weeks at her grandparents' farm near Dry Brook Hollow. Her summer suddenly becomes interesting when she overhears some men talking about the Roulsville dam. Although, Judy does not understand the conversation, the men fear that she does and threaten her. Judy also becomes reacquainted with her childhood friend, Peter Dobbs, who gives her a cat that she names Blackberry, and meets the wealthy siblings, Arthur and Lois Farringdon-Pett. As the days pass, Judy learns that the Roulsville dam is cracked and may break during the next rain. The moment of truth arrives when a torrential downpour threatens the dam and Judy must rely on her seemingly cowardly brother Horace to warn the people of Roulsville of the danger. All Judy can do is hope that the dam holds long enough for Horace to warn the townspeople in time.
  2. The Haunted Attic - 1932
    This story was mildly revised in the 1960's.
    The Bolton family moves into their new residence in Farringdon. Belonging once to an infamous family of thieves, the home is reputedly haunted by the ghost of the previous owner who was murdered in the house. It certainly appears haunted. Judy and Horace hear strange noises from the attic, and Horace vows to discover the source and unmask it at a ghost party. Meanwhile, Judy finds herself in the middle of a very difficult situation when she is forced to choose between two groups of new friends. Horace's ghost party provides the backdrop for a reconciliation of friends and the amazing revelation of the true identity of the ghost residing in the Bolton's new home.
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  3. The Invisible Chimes - 1932
    This story was mildly revised in the 1960's.
    "Doctor, I can't remember. I can't recall-a-single-thing." The strange girl whom Judy calls 'Honey' appears to have no memory of her past. Honey's sweet disposition endears her to both the Bolton and the Dobbs families, but Judy begins to wonder if Honey is hiding something. Honey's behavior is strange, and she is evasive when questioned about her actions. Adding to Judy's suspicion is the fact that Honey was in the company of thieves when she had the accident that caused her memory loss. There is also the matter of the invisible chimes, which ring from an invisible source, and usually when Honey is around. The source of the invisible chimes is soon revealed, and Judy's faith in Honey is greatly shaken. In a bizarre twist, Honey learns a startling secret about her past that will change her life forever.
  4. Seven Strange Clues - 1932
    This story was mildly revised in the 1960's.
    Kay Vincent dances around singing the school song as Girls' Farringdon High burns to the ground. Kay's behavior is appalling to the other girls who are devastated about the loss of their school. Many girls, including Judy, have lost their posters which had already been submitted for an upcoming contest. The fire leads to several unsolved mysteries. Several people suspect Honey of starting the fire out of maliciousness, and while Judy cannot believe the accusations, she admits that she doesn't know Honey that well. Judy vows to exonerate Honey of all blame. The mystery deepens when Judy learns that she is the winner of the poster contest! Judy is mystified, since her poster burned in the school. When Judy sees the winning poster, it is not her poster, but someone else's, with Judy's name on it! Judy must discover who the real artist is, who submitted the poster in her name, and repair a strained friendship.
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  5. The Ghost Parade - 1933
    Judy regrets that she is leaving Farringdon for a vacation in the Thousand Islands just as life in Farringdon gets interesting. The police are on the trail of counterfeiters, but Judy won't be around to help them. Excitement does follow Judy, however, when she impulsively purchases seven Indian masks at an auction. Judy learns that the masks are rumored to be cursed and that misfortune befalls whomever owns the monster heads. At first Judy refuses to believe the nonsense, but after the young people arrive at camp, the heads begin to appear and disappear and change location within the storage box. Mysterious sounds are heard at night. The monster heads appear to be alive! As with all mysteries, there is a logical explanation for the movement of the monster heads, and Judy's search for the solution proves to be more exciting and dangerous than she could ever have imagined.
  6. The Yellow Phantom - 1933
    Judy Bolton and Irene Lang travel to New York City for a visit with Pauline Faulkner. While on their way into the city, the girls meet a handsome young author named Dale Meredith. The girls, especially Irene, become intrigued with the idea of meeting him again. By a stroke of luck, Judy secures a position in his agent's office.When Dale's agent, Emily Grimshaw, sees Irene for the first time, she reacts as though she has seen a ghost. Irene clearly looks just like someone from Emily Grimshaw's past, but who? Complicating the situation, a stack of important papers is stolen, and soon after, Irene disappears as well. Judy, Pauline, and Dale are worried sick about Irene, and it is not until after a long and difficult search that they learn the truth. Irene Lang's life reads like a fairy tale, and like a fairy princess, Irene, now the 'Golden Girl,' receives an inheritance and captures the heart of Dale Meredith.
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  7. The Mystic Ball - 1934
    Judy Bolton, Irene Lang, and the rest of their friends attend the presentation of a fortune teller at the Farringdon theater. Irene is called to the stage, and the fortune teller warns Irene not to go to New York to marry Dale Meredith. Irene becomes nervous and worried after her consultation with the fortune teller, and Judy fears that Irene will ruin her life based on the dire prediction. Judy knows that the fortune teller is tricking the audience in some fashion, but how can she prove that the fortune teller has some unscrupulous means of acquiring information? And how does the fortune teller determine which people to ask on stage for a consultation? Judy's wits are put to the test as she struggles to find a solution to this complex mystery in time to prevent superstitious Irene from making a drastic mistake.
  8. The Voice In The Suitcase - 1935
    The girls from Farringdon High have a picnic in the country, and during the picnic, two unkempt men arrive and ask for food. They have a suitcase with them from which comes a strange wailing noise. Judy is intrigued and wonders what kind of device is hidden in the suitcase. Later, Judy and Honey are accidentally left behind when the buses leave the picnic grounds. As they walk along a country road, they encounter a man lying in a ditch with a suitcase next to him. Judy feels certain that this man is somehow connected to the other two men and that the suitcase is the same suitcase. Judy and Honey are rescued by Peter and Horace, who also take the man home to his family. Judy learns that his name is Brady, and when she meets a new neighbor, Selma Brady, she feels certain of a connection. Judy travels with Selma to help clean house for her grandparents wedding anniversary. She once again meets the strange man from the ditch and becomes involved in a new and dangerous mystery.
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  9. The Mysterious Half Cat - 1936
    Judy is thrilled when she learns that her old friend, Dora Scott, is returning to Farringdon. The girls plan a huge welcoming party for Scottie at the railroad station, but Judy realizes that their plans were a mistake when she sees Scottie's reaction. Scottie is tired and impatient and has her little sister Carol in tow. Carol is a very unusual child who is unresponsive to all sound except music and whistling. Scottie expects Judy to help her find a way to help Carol. Judy is uncertain how to proceed and feels that Scottie expects too much of her. Judy also has two other mysteries to solve. Something mysterious is happening at the Chinese laundry in Farringdon, and objects keep disappearing from the houses on Grove Street. How Judy solves Carol's problem and how it relates to the other mysterious happenings makes for a thrilling story.
  10. The Riddle Of The Double Ring - 1937
    Judy is surprised when Arthur Farringdon-Pett slips an engagement ring, a pigeon's blood ruby, on her finger. She forces Arthur to keep the engagement secret, as she still feels torn in her feelings between Arthur and Peter and needs more time to think. Meanwhile, Lorraine Lee guesses that Arthur has proposed to Judy. Lorraine decides to try to capture the thieves who robbed a fur store in Farringdon in an attempt to prove to Arthur that she can be just like Judy. When Lorraine disappears Judy and Arthur begin a desperate search for her, with no clue as to where she has gone. Judy and Arthur fly in Arthur's plane, which crashes. Arthur is hurt, and Judy knows what must be done, if only she can locate Lorraine. Judy's search for Lorraine also leads her to the fur thieves and an exciting confrontation.
  11. The Unfinished House - 1938
    Judy and Peter work to expose and outsmart a group of real estate swindlers. The Piper family has won a piece of property in Roulsville which is 15 feet by 100 feet. Since the property is not wide enough for a house, Mrs. Piper must purchase the adjoining property at a much higher than usual price so that she can build a house. Peter is determined to help Mrs. Piper, so the young people design a home that can be built on a narrow lot of land and hire men to begin building the home. Soon after construction begins, the young people are warned to beware of the Red Circle. Strange sounds are heard at night as the Piper home is built. Several people become sick with a strange illness apparently caused by the Red Circle. Judy's search for the mysterious culprit becomes even more desperate when her beloved cat Blackberry falls ill!
  12. The Midnight Visitor - 1939
    When Judy and Peter become stranded in an abandoned house during a storm, the last thing they expect is to meet a ghost. The ghost turns out to be a girl named Sally who insists that she is being plagued by ghosts. While Judy and Peter hardly believe the girl, they do like her and want to help her. Judy takes her home, only to have her disappear during a party. Later, Judy and Peter learn that Sally's full name is Sally Vincent, of the crooked Vincent family. Sally is fortunately not like the rest of the family. She is to receive an inheritance in a will but the rest of the family is contesting it. Peter agrees to be Sally's attorney even though fighting against the Vincent family could prove to be dangerous. As the case unfolds in court, Judy makes a shocking discovery that will mean everything to Sally and will thwart the plans of the rest of the Vincent family.
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  13. The Name On The Bracelet - 1940
    Irene Lang, now Mrs. Dale Meredith, has given birth to Judy Irene Meredith in New York City. At Dale's request, Judy Bolton travels to the city to act as a nursemaid and to help the Merediths find a good nursemaid. Irene shares a room at the hospital with Jane Merrit, who also has a new baby girl. In the confusion of checking out of the hospital, the babies somehow become switched without anybody noticing. It is when Judy feeds little Judy that she notices the wrong name on the baby's armband. Horrified, Judy tells Dale who insists that Irene not be told. Judy and Dale begin a frantic search for Jane Merrit and her baby with no success. Dale plans to never tell Irene the truth, even if they cannot find the real baby Judy. Judy knows that living a lie will tear the Merediths apart, and knows that they must somehow find Jane Merrit and her baby regardless of the difficulty involved.
  14. The Clue In The Patchwork Quilt - 1941
    Judy Bolton is thrust into an intriguing mystery when a stranger rushes up to her and gives her a purse that is not hers. Unable to catch up with the stranger to return it, Judy searches the purse and finds a note written by someone named Blackie. The note has a picture of a gun and requests that the bearer meet Blackie after a certain lecture. After Peter contacts the FBI, an agent meets with Judy and Peter and confirms that Blackie is a wanted criminal. Judy and Peter feel that the criminal has mistaken Judy for someone else, but the agent contends that with Judy's red hair it isn't likely that someone else looks just like her. But amazingly, Judy does have a double. Judy faces danger and intrigue as she helps the FBI capture Blackie and receives a pleasant surprise when she comes face to face with a cousin she never knew she had, a young woman by the name of Roxy.
  15. The Mark On The Mirror - 1942
    Judy's relationship with Lorraine Lee is once again strained after she receives a mirror as a present at Judy and Lorraine's wedding shower. Lorraine is convinced that Arthur sent the present to Judy so that Judy would know he still cares about her. Judy is certain that Arthur did not send the mirror, but who did? Even stranger is the note that came with the mirror stating "...which perhaps unwittingly, Birdie's little winglike fingers marked especially for me." A mysterious image of a bird had appeared on the mirror in the Bolton house shortly before it broke. But who put the image on the mirror? Can there be a connection to the young girl named Birdella who lives across the street? Birdella's mother and father are fighting for her custody in court. Judy suspects that there is much more to this case than meets the eye and that some unknown person is the one who sent the mirror as a present.
  16. The Secret Of The Barred Window - 1943
    After Judy buys her wedding dress in New York City, she and Pauline Faulkner run an errand for Pauline's employer, literary agent Emily Grimshaw.  Judy and Pauline try to locate missing author Alice Bradley at her home in a remote area.  Judy leaves her wedding dress on the porch while she and Pauline search the house.  They find the house empty, and when they emerge, they discover that Judy's wedding dress has disappeared! Judy is heartsick over the loss of the dress.  Adding to her frustration is the fact that their trip to Miss Bradley's home has been fruitless.  Nobody even seems to know what Miss Bradley looks like.  Their only meager information comes from a little girl named Roberta who likes to play in Miss Bradley's house. Judy's wedding date is now in doubt after the loss of her dress, and to make matters worse, Lorraine Lee finally learns that her ruby ring was originally given to Judy by Arthur before Arthur proposed to her. Judy must help Pauline find Miss Bradley, recover her wedding dress, and repair Lorraine's relationship with Arthur in the very few days left before the planned double wedding.
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  17. The Rainbow Riddle - 1946
    Judy Bolton and Lorraine Lee's double wedding day has finally arrived. It proves to be a day of surprises, for Roberta suddenly arrives at the Bolton home, warning Judy not to open a wedding present sent to her by Dale and Irene Meredith. Judy assumes that Roberta is telling stories since she claims that the present is a radio that will explode, and surely Dale and Irene would do nothing to harm Judy. Shortly after the wedding, Roberta is seen running into the woods with the package, and then an explosion is heard. Apparently the radio was indeed wired with an explosive device. Fortunately, Roberta is unharmed and is later dropped off at her home by Judy and Peter. Mysterious events follow Judy and Peter at each place they stop during their honeymoon vacation. They discover that the Griggs are involved in the plot and that they are not actually related to Roberta. The criminals are brought to justice, and Roberta comes to live with Peter and Judy.
  18. The Living Portrait - 1947
    "She's trying to get out of the frame," declares Roberta. For some strange reason, Roberta insists that the portrait hanging over the mantel is alive. Roberta also claims that the lady in the portrait is her teacher, Miss Gray, but Judy dismisses Roberta's claim as a make-believe story. Roberta also relates the story of how a man came to the door wanting to buy the portrait. He was quite insistent, but Roberta refused to let him inside the house. Roberta believes the man would have paid a great deal of money for the portrait. Why is the portrait so important to the man? Why does Roberta believe the portrait is alive? These questions mystify Judy. The case becomes even more puzzling when Judy and Roberta hear an intruder in the house, and when they investigate they discover that the girl's face has changed expression! The explanation for this unbelievable event makes for a thrilling solution to the mystery of the living portrait.
  19. The Secret Of The Musical Tree - 1948
    Twice in one day Judy Bolton is mistaken for her cousin, Roxy Zoller—first by a clerk and next by her friend, Hugh Spencer. Judy learns that Roxy and her father were in a plane crash and that Hugh is worried about her since Roxy broke a date with him. Judy calls Roxy's house, and a strange woman answers the phone. At first, she refuses to let Judy speak to Roxy, but when Roxy finally comes to the phone, Roxy is vague and mysterious in her answers. Judy knows that something is wrong. At home, Judy receives an early Christmas present from Roxy which Roxy marked to be opened before Christmas. A note inside leads Judy to believe that Roxy wants Judy to switch places with her. Judy travels to Roxy's home and uses a ladder to climb into Roxy's bedroom. Roxy and her father are being held prisoner in her home by a group of criminals. Roxy and Judy trade places so that Roxy can take care of a certain bit of business and also fetch Peter. Judy is left alone with the criminals and must fool them about her true identity until help comes.
  20. The Warning On The Window - 1949
    Someone is trying to sabotage the rebuilding of Roulsville, which was destroyed after the flood caused by the breaking of the Roulsville dam. Mysterious accidents have injured workers and set back the construction of the new homes. Peter is called by the foreman to investigate the sabotage. While he is on the premises, Peter is attacked by an unknown assailant and is nearly buried alive underneath a pile of dirt. Peter is hospitalized in serious condition, and Judy devotes her energy into uncovering who is responsible for the accident. A piece of plastic that Roberta found at the construction site may be the key to uncovering the culprit behind the accident. As Judy investigates this lead, she comes face to face with the suspect and must use all of her wits to survive!
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  21. The Clue Of The Stone Lantern - 1950
    Judy wonders what has happened to Roberta's father, a sea captain, who writes letters to Roberta. It has been quite some time since Roberta received a letter from Captain Dunn. Roberta suddenly begins to remember snatches of her past-a garden with a stone lantern, flowers, her mother and father. When a strange man and woman show up at the Dobbs home asking about Roberta, Judy instantly dislikes them and wonders about their motive. They claim to be related to Roberta's father and claim that he has died in a shipwreck. After they leave, Judy tries to find Roberta but discovers that Roberta has disappeared. Judy and Peter search for answers to Roberta's strange past, a search that finally leads them to Chicago where they are able to reunite Roberta with her parents.
  22. The Spirit Of Fog Island - 1951
    "If we miss each other again I'll be on the beach at the end of Fog Island Friday evening at sundown without fail. Love, Your husband" This note that Judy receives while waiting for Peter on the Chicago pier plunges Judy into a sequence of mysterious and frightening events. Judy does miss meeting Peter and asks for directions to Fog Island. Judy journeys to an Indian reservation where she is met with suspicion as an outsider. Nobody at the reservation knows anything about Peter, leaving Judy unsure and afraid. Why did Peter send her such a mysterious note? And why does Peter want Judy to meet her in a secluded location on an Indian reservation? Judy has no answer to these questions, and all she can do is wait for the designated meeting time and hope that Peter keeps his promise.
  23. The Black Cat's Clue - 1952
    Fifteen year old Holly Potter has returned to visit her Uncle David Potter during a family reunion he planned at his home, only to learn that he was recently killed in a train wreck in Florida. Holly is afraid to face her relatives alone so she convinces Judy to pretend to be her redheaded older sister Doris. Judy plans to masquerade as Doris until she and Holly can learn why Holly's relatives are searching Uncle David's house and whether Uncle David is really the person who planned the family reunion. Soon Judy has more to investigate than scheming relatives. Is Uncle David's ghost haunting his house, or is Uncle David still alive? Judy has several thrilling adventures in the Potter home until she learns the answer.
  24. The Forbidden Chest - 1953
    Judy helps Holly Potter pick up her things from her Cousin Cleo's house, including a chest that Holly refuses to open because it is "forbidden." Cousin Cleo is not at home when Judy and Holly arrive, but since Holly does not care to wait, they leave without seeing Cousin Cleo. The next day Cousin Cleo accuses Holly of theft because all of her valuable antiques have been stolen. Judy knows that Holly did not take the antiques since Judy was with Holly at Cousin Cleo's home. Cousin Cleo is convinced that Holly has hidden her antiques inside the locked forbidden chest, but Holly refuses to open the chest to prove her innocence. Holly's mother's last words before she died were "Don't open it!" and so Holly will not open the chest. Unfortunately, Cousin Cleo continues to suspect Holly of the theft. Judy must prove Holly's innocence and the only way is to find the real thief, even though Judy has very few clues.
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  25. The Haunted Road - 1954
    Criminals dress up as ghosts along a lonely country road in order to scare truck drivers so that they can hijack their vehicles. The purpose is to gain possession of valuable radio and television parts that are being transported in the trucks. When Peter learns that Frank Caffero's father has been threatened, he goes with Frank to try to prevent a hijacking. The hijacking occurs anyway, and Frank, Peter, and the truck all disappear without a trace. The only witness is Frank's father who only remembers something white coming down from above and shutting out his vision. Judy fears that Peter is dead and searches frantically for a clue as to what happened to him.
  26. The Clue In The Ruined Castle - 1955
    Horace plans to write a follow-up story to his feature article about the ruined castle owned by John Dent. It has long been rumored that John Dent and Hilma Joerg, former owner, are in the midst of a feud. Since Horace is sick, Judy and Peter visit the castle to see what they can discover. While outside the castle walls, Judy and Peter hear mysterious violin music playing from within the castle. They speak to Granny Joerg and her family and learn that nobody has seen John Dent in a long time and fear that caretaker Hiram Boggs may have concealed his death. They also learn that Granny Joerg's grandchildren have been missing for several hours. Judy and Peter speak to Hiram Boggs who claims that he has not seen the children. Uncertain whether to believe the man, they decide that they must find a way inside the castle to find John Dent and the children in case they are being held captive by the mean caretaker.
  27. The Trail Of The Green Doll - 1956
    "Don't look for it!" The voice startles Judy and Honey as it seems to come out of nowhere. The girls search the area but cannot discover the source of the voice. The strange voice is the first in a series of events drawing Judy into her latest mystery. Judy takes in Helen Riker and her children Penny and Paul as boarders at her home in Dry Brook Hollow. Penny speaks of a green doll but is scolded by her brother. What Judy does hear leads her to believe that some men stole some type of green doll from Mrs. Riker and that it has something to do with their Uncle Paul Riker. Judy and Horace go with the Rikers to visit Uncle Paul, but he has disappeared, his house has burned to the ground, and his entire collection of jade has been stolen. Judy has quite a mystery to solve. She must find the thieves and Uncle Paul and help Mrs. Riker through a difficult time.
  28. The Haunted Fountain - 1957
    The one unsolved mystery from Judy's childhood is that of the haunted fountain on the Brandt estate. Judy visited the fountain one time and it told her to make a wish. She never did learn how the fountain spoke.After relating the story to Lois and Lorraine, the three girls visit the Brandt estate to see the fountain. After ignoring a "No Trespassing" sign, they are confronted by two men who threaten them. The girls leave but sneak back so they can visit the fountain. Judy finds a diamond in the fountain and wonders how it came to be there. Something is also bothering Lorraine, and it is apparently connected to the mysterious events at the Brandt estate. Judy wants to help Lorraine, but her biggest obstacle is getting proud Lorraine to speak about her problems.
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  29. The Clue Of The Broken Wing - 1958
    When Blackberry, Judy's remarkable black cat, presents her with his latest gift—a curious little pink china wing, which he had found in the garden—it takes Judy seven days and a three-hundred-mile journey to solve the mystery to which the china wing was—at first—the sole clue. Oddly enough, another mystery leads Judy to her second clue involving the broken wing. When Judy and Peter travel to Brooklyn to visit the Meredith family at Tower House, they discover that the house has been torn down! What has happened to the Merediths? Judy and Peter can learn nothing from the lady across the street, but inexplicably, the broken wing found by Blackberry matches the missing piece from an angel on the family's mantelpiece. How the young girl detective risks her life to find the answers to many seemingly unrelated puzzles and gives to a sorrowing family the most precious Christmas gift of all makes for a thrilling and moving story.
  30. The Phantom Friend - 1959
    "What do you mean?" Judy asks her new friend, Clarissa Valentine. "How could you look in a mirror and not see your reflection?" When Clarissa insists that this strange thing has happened to her, Judy and the other girls think she is teasing them. But when Clarissa disappears in the middle of a television show, even Judy has to admit something peculiar is going on. The three other girls are angry, because with Clarissa went the twenty dollars they had loaned her. But Judy still believes in Clarissa, though something certainly is very wrong. Judy wishes her FBI husband, Peter Dobbs, would complete his mysterious mission and join her in New York City. She wants him to help her find the young girl, who might be in real danger. What Judy does not know is that Peter himself is in danger. The next time she sees him, he is lying injured in a hospital bed. But by a weird combination of circumstance, what happens to Peter gives Judy her first clue to what might have happened to Clarissa. When Judy, with Peter's help, finally learns what really did happen, she uncovers a mystery far more exciting than she could possibly have imagined.
  31. The Discovery At Dragon's Mouth - 1960
    When the FBI suddenly orders Judy's husband Peter to Washington, D.C. on a bank robbery case, the young couple is just about to start off on a trip. To cheer herself up after Peter's plane departs, Judy buys a corsage of snapdragons. Judy is wearing the corsage when she and Peter's sister, Honey Dobbs, decide to drive to New York City and spend a few days with Irene and Dale Meredith. On the way, the two girls nearly have a fatal accident. A handsome young stranger comes to their rescue and introduces himself as Mr. Nogard. What Mr. Nogard says when he sees Judy's corsage, and the mysterious package he gives her, lead to an exciting cross-country ride for Judy and Honey. In the heart of Yellowstone Park, at the Dragon's Mouth, Judy finds a vital clue to Peter's bank robbery case and at the same time places herself in great danger. How one word on a postcard alerts Peter to her predicament winds up a hair-raising mystery-adventure for Judy.
  32. The Whispered Watchword - 1961
    No sooner do Judy and her FBI husband Peter Dobbs arrive in Washington, D.C., than Judy is knee-deep in mystery and suspense. It all begins quite innocently-the old Senate Office Building is being plagued by mice, and Judy's beloved cat Blackberry, rejected at the motel where she and Peter are staying, is elected official mousecatcher. There is only one problem-Blackberry has disappeared. Who let Blackberry out of the motel room and why? The owner, paralyzed by fear, refuses to talk-that is, until his own daughter vanishes-then he readily agrees to cooperate with the FBI and a Senate Committee investigating organized crime. But there is more involved in this labyrinth of intrigue than even Judy suspects. As she tours the Capitol building, she overhears a strange whisper which only can mean one thing-more danger! The life of a prominent Senator has been threatened, and Judy is suddenly faced with a great challenge to her cherished ideals of freedom and democracy. As the intricate pattern of the situation begins to emerge, Judy finally finds a solution both to her own dilemma and to a far larger and more perplexing situation.
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  33. The Secret Quest - 1962
    Judy and her young FBI husband Peter Dobbs go to the airport in Washington, D.C., to meet Peter's sister Honey, who is going to visit them for a week and take in the many interesting sights. Back at the motel where the three are stopping, Honey is amazed to find that accidentally she has picked up the wrong suitcase. Instead of the pretty suits that she herself had designed, the bag contains some very old-fashioned garments, an old diary dated 1847, and an old coffee mill. Even more startling is Peter's discovery of a sheaf of notes on solar science stuffed inside the drawer of the coffee mill. The odd clothes remind Honey of two quaintly dressed little old ladies who were on the plane with her. And later, when she and Judy and Peter catch a glimpse of the same old ladies in the company of the new artist whose arrival at the Dean Studios caused Honey to lose her job there, the three young detectives are even more perplexed. At a solar science exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution, Judy picks up the first slim clue to an increasingly baffling mystery and starts on her dangerous secret quest for its solution.
  34. The Puzzle In The Pond - 1963
    When redheaded Judy Bolton and her friend, Holly Potter, set out after the green car, they never dream that the chase is going to lead them into a far greater mystery than just the theft of Holly's typewriter. What Judy sees under the surface of the pond by the beaver dam is enough to mystify—and terrify—anyone, and the young detective can't be blamed for not immediately realizing the significance of the "apparition." But when Judy adds up the clue in the film, the voice from the tree, and the information her young FBI husband, Peter Dobbs, gives her, the picture finally becomes clear. An mystery of long standing is solved, and the future of three confused people becomes bright. Judy Bolton fans will love this latest story of Judy's adventures and how her brother Horace, Peter's sister Honey, and of course Peter himself help her solve the puzzle that started when the big dam broke and ends in the beaver pond.
  35. The Hidden Clue - 1964
    "It is strange that she remembers a doll's name and not her own," Judy agrees when her friends ask about the little girl Judy and her FBI husband, Peter Dobbs, have taken into their home after the orphanage fire. The mystery deepens when the toy shop where Judy has seen the doll apparently disappears. At the library across the street the little girl, known only as Sister, puzzles Judy still further by insisting that the librarian is her mother. They both seem to know a strange character called Auntie Grumble, but is she real? And who are the mysterious men who made the doll walk and talk and sing? Can Judy and Peter be sheltering a kidnapped child? Somewhere, Judy is sure, there must be a hidden clue to the identity of Sister and her baby brother. How Judy finds it and follows it against the wishes of her father, Dr. Bolton, makes an unusual mystery story that will at first baffle and then delight readers.
  36. The Pledge Of The Twin Knights - 1965
    As Judy and Honey watch the stony-faced stranger choosing between a plastic and an ivory chess set, Judy has no idea that she is making the first move in a dangerous game with cold-blooded criminals. In fact, she doesn't even realize that there is a mystery—not until twelve hours have passed and still there is no word from her father. Why hasn't Dr. Bolton phoned? Where is he? With an emergency case? Or could the prison break have something to do with the doctor's disappearance? Judy finds a clue concealed in one of the twin knights with which she and the sinister "Seal" have been playing a game of chess. But this clue leads only to another puzzle. Why did "Seal" fly into a rage at her innocent question? Obviously, there is more to this chess game than can be seen on the chessboard. Peter, Honey, and Horace help Judy all they can. But it is Blackberry, Judy's strong-minded cat, who eventually shows her the secret in the barn. With this knowledge, Judy now knows how to move the pieces on the "chessboard," and in a thrilling final move, checkmates a gang of desperate criminals.
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  37. The Search For The Glowing Hand - 1966
    Who set the suspicious fire over the furniture store? And who turned in the false alarm that sent the fire engines to the opposite end of town just when they were needed most? Judy's lively curiosity is working overtime as she considers these questions while waiting for Peter to come home. But curiosity gives way to real concern when Judy, telephoning Horace, hears the telltale click of the upstairs extension phone. She is not alone in the house! It takes courage to face the dark stairway, but Judy has what it takes; and what she discovers leads her into a deeper mystery. Judy discovers that the intruder is a young boy who is afraid of being arrested for something that he did not do. As Judy and Peter work to help Ken, they become deeply involved in fighting against social and religious persecution. A group of young people who call themselves the Wasps are fighting against change and against everyone who is different. Judy and Peter must find a way to stop the Wasps before the entire city is divided.
  38. The Secret Of The Sand Castle - 1967
    When Judy's cousin Roxy asks her to inspect some ocean-front property, part of which has been left to Roxy in her stepmother's will, Judy is only too glad to do it. It will be fun, she thinks, to go Sunday with Irene, Flo, and Pauline on the boat over to Fire Island, off the Long Island shore, and see how a resort looks in November. Even when they reach the apparently deserted, windswept island with its boarded-up cottages and incessant pounding surf, the girls are still in high spirits. The make their way to "The Sand Castle," the cottage Irene and her husband had occupied the previous summer; and Judy is delighted with the tower room, whose windows look out upon the vast expanse of ocean. But soon it seems as if some subtle evil force is at work, hidden in the gathering fog, threatening the apprehensive girls. They are horrified to learn that there will be no boat to take them back to the mainland until the following Sunday! Thoroughly uneasy now, Judy nevertheless refuses to believe that the mysterious woman in black, whom she glimpses momentarily, is the ghost of the woman who used to come back to the island to dig for her jewels, lost in the worst of the big hurricanes. How Judy, by keeping her head and using courage and common sense, protects her friends from harm and solves the mystery, makes a lively and spine-chilling story.
  39. The Strange Likeness - 2012
    Marjorie Eckstein (Illustrator)
    Based on conversations with Margaret Sutton and her family, plus extensive research, coauthors Kate Duvall and Beverly Hatfield recreate the magic of Judy and her friends, who find themselves pursuing a criminal who resembles Judy’s husband. Courage and keen observation are Judy’s trademarks, and they prove her up to the task once again.

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