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This eerie mystery thriller features a vanishing girl, a Spanish speaking parrot, and a time-telling turtle. Djuna and Ben weren't sure they believed in ghosts. The little girl who opened the door of the haunted house didn't look like a ghost yet she vanished into thin air. They had to find out what happened to her. And they had to rescue Waterbury, the time telling turtle who walked into the deserted house - and didn't walk out. Djuna found clues and he added them all up to solve a case the Secret Service couldn't crack!

"The house is haunted," the fat stranger tells Djuna and Bill. But the two boys don't scare easily. How they find out for themselves - and what they learn - make front-page headlines. This eerie mystery thriller features a vanishing girl, a Spanish-speaking parrot, and a time-telling turtle - in a case that baffles even the Secret Service.

 
The Green Turtle Mystery - dust cover J.B. Lippincott Co. edition, 1944The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover J.B. Lippincott Co. edition, 1944 (different colours of hardcovers exist)The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover Grosset & Dunlap edition, 1944 (5th impression)The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover J.B. Lippincott edition, 1944 (8th & 9th impression)The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover J. B. Lippincott Co. edition, 1944 (needs confirmation)
The Green Turtle Mystery - dust cover Grosset & Dunlap edition, 1944The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover Grosset & Dunlap editionThe Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover Grosset & Dunlap edition
The Green Turtle Mystery - dust cover edition, Collins, London, 1945The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover edition, Collins, London, November 1946 (reprint)The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover edition, Collins, London, 1946 (2nd)The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover edition, Collins, London, November 1946 (reprint)

The Green Turtle Mystery - dust cover edition, Collins, London, March 1948 - Jan 1949The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover edition, Collins, London, 1948
The Green Turtle Mystery - hardcover edition, Collins, London, 1948
Above from top left to bottom right: dust & 4 hardcover variations Lippincott (1942); dust & 2 hardcover variations Grosset & Dunlap (1942); dust and 3 hardcover variations Collins (1945-1946);  dust and 2 hardcover variations Collins (1948). (Click on the covers to see the differences) * 
 
Samuel (Duff) McCoy (1882-1964) had a contract with the Queens for the first eight juveniles from The Black Dog Mystery until The Blue Herring Mystery. But he didn't actually write the stories ... Whilst researching his new book on Ellery Queen, Jeffrey Marks found a first edition of The Red Chipmunk Mystery with the following inscription "Rhinebeck, N.Y. Aug. 31/48 For Karen Rose from the only real ghost who had anything to do with this book - Harold Montanye". He looked into this and found proof in correspondence between McCoy and Montanye that all final six books before 1954 beginning with The Green Turtle Mystery were written by Montanye.  Harold had some difficulties getting his stake in the half share McCoy had. (More on the authorship can be read here...) 
 
The Green Turtle Mystery - cover paperback edition, Comet Books N°13, February 1949 (cover by Richard Powers, illustrated by Melvin Bolden, N°13 in a series of 20 mystery, sports, career and adventure tales published by Comet)The Green Turtle Mystery - cover paperback edition, Comet Books, 1949 (illustrated by Melvin Bolden)The Green Turtle Mystery - cover paperback edition, Scholastic T89The Green Turtle Mystery - cover paperback edition, Scholastic T89, November 1966 (5th printing)
The Green Turtle Mystery - cover paperback edition, Scholastic Book services T89, February 1971 (6th).The Green Turtle Mystery - cover eBook publication, Open Road Media Teen & Tween, March 10, 2015The Green Turtle Mystery - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Traber Burns, August 1. 2015
 


Het Geheim van de Groene Schildpad - Dustcover Dutch edition Nicholson & Watson Ltd, Brussels (Wigwam series)Het Geheim van de Groene Schildpad - cover Dutch edition Nicholson & Watson Ltd, Brussels (Wigwam series)Le Mystère de la tortue verte - Dustcover French edition Nicholson & WatsonLe Mystère de la tortue verte - Hard cover French edition Nicholson & WatsonMilo und die Schildkröte - cover German edition Jr. Albert Müller-Verlag, Rüschlikon, 1962Milo und die Schildkröte - cover German edition, Benziger N° 66, 1969
Il Mistero Della Tartaruga Verde - cover Italian edition, nr 10 , 1957Duffy och sköldpaddsmysteriet - Cover Swedish edition, Nr. 723-24, 1953Yeşil Kaplumbağa - cover Turkish edition, 1965The Green Turtle Mystery - cover Japanese edition, HayakawaThe Green Turtle Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko, 2016The Green Turtle Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Jieli Publishing House , June 2015

The Green Turtle Mystery Translations
Chinese: 綠海龜之謎 
Dutch: Het Geheim van de Groene Schildpad
 
F
rench: Le Mystère de la tortue verte 
German: Milo und die Schildkröte 
Italian: Il Mistero Della Tartaruga Verde 
 Swedish: Duffy och sköldpaddsmysteriet 
Turkish:
Yeşil Kaplumbağa 
Japanese: 緑色の亀の秘密 (ryokusyoku no kame no himitsu) 


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