Free passes to the circus seemed pretty exiting to Djuna and his friend Tommy Williams, and thing promised to be even more exiting when They met their old friends, Socker and Cannonball at the entrance gate, but they were only the start of a hair-raising experience.
But the boys soon learned that the newspaper reporter and the state trooper were trying to uncover a pack of "grifters, tricksters who were cheating the circus audiences; and as one strange and frightening event follows another, Djuna and Tommy are caught up in the glittering, upside-down world of the circus, and find themselves in the middle of one of the most weird and dangerous mysteries they have ever encountered!
"You and the cops were like that, eh, Djuna?" Tony Ciro said, and he held up two fingers side by side.
"Say!" Djuna said in alarm. "Isn't it dangerous to get too close to these elephants? What if -"
Djuna's words were driven out of his mouth with a half-scream as Mr.Grant and Tony Ciro lunged backward. At the same instant something struck Djuna in the chest and an elephant's trunk slashed above his head as he fell.
He heard men shouting and heard the trumpet blast above him as bull hooks beat on the trunk of the gigantic elephant that stood almost above him.
"Roll out of here, kid!" a voice screamed in Djuna's ear and Djuna opened his eyes and scrambled out of danger as fast as he could. Had it only been an accident-?
|“Djuna solves another adult-baffling mystery in the third (sic) of a good series… Better plotted and developed than the average juvenile fare.” Kirkus Reviews|
|Above: dust and 4 hard cover variations for Little, Brown & co.; dust and hardcover for Grosset & Dunlap; dust and hardcover for Hodder & Stoughton Limited London by Wyman & Sons Limited London Reading and Fakenham, 1951. (Click on the covers to see the differences) *|
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 ...
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 -
He looked into this and found
proof in correspondence between
McCoy and Montanye that all final six books before
with The Green Turtle
were written by Montanye.
Harold had some difficulties
getting his stake in the half
share McCoy had.
(More on the authorship can be
Above right: Frontipiece on plain paper by Barbara Corrigan
The White Elephant
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