Wednesday, August 17, 2011


By Judy Haughton-James

       Some persons may think that this mystery that I am writing about is who is Judy and who is Janine in our baby pictures. You are wrong! I am here thinking about the days when Janine and I just loved reading mystery books. Actually this trend started when we were quite young as we were big fans of the Bobbsey Twin series.  No surprise eh?! Twins would have to be in there somewhere and there were 2 sets of fraternal twins featured, Bert and Fran and Flossie and Freddie. 
       We eagerly looked forward to receiving these books from our mom especially among our birthday and Christmas gifts.  Speaking of the Bobbsey twin books, I did some research and found out that 72 books were published from 1904 - 1979, then a separate series of 30 books were published from 1987 - 1992. That means that there were a lot of them that we did not get to read! Anyway I found it interesting that the ones we read were written under the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope but the author's right name was Edward Stratemeyer. However it is believed that some of the books were written by other authors.  

     As we got older we started reading the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series as well as Agatha Christie novels. As a matter of fact we even watched some episodes of the Nancy Drew Series on television. I have not read a mystery book in ages but I can remember that whenever I read one I could hardly put it down as I wondered what would happen next and how it would all end!
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