SHELL BEACH MYSTERY by Frances Priddy

SHELL BEACH MYSTERY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In stereotyped style, the author prepares her audience for intrigue (mention of a ghost, a face in the window, pilfered, food, holes on the beach, etc.) and then narrates a lowtide story set against the salt-spray background of an island off the Florida coast. Once again, as in Challenge for Angel (1963, p.322, J-115), the author's love of animals is convincing, but her portrayals are not. A few starry-eyed, All-American teenagers, led by Judy, a cardboard girl laminated with courage, spook around the island and uncover the mystery:- a couple of treasure-hungry diggers (the reader will doubtless piece the obvious clues together early on in the plot). A monkey in the forest and dog in the house are excesses, rather than exciting additions to this poorly plotted romance-mystery.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1963
Publisher: Westminster