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The Blue Ghost Mystery

Harold L. Goodwin

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . straight in, past the range of light filtering in from the entrance. Nowhere was there a sign of human occupancy or activity, except for the ancient marks on the tunnel walls made by tools in the hands of miners long dead.

"Nothing here," Rick said, and his voice was lost in the emptiness of the shaft.

Scotty grunted. "Another dead end. Okay, where did the ghost come from?"

Rick didn't know. He couldn't even imagine. He puzzled over it as they walked outside, then suddenly snapped his fingers. "Did you see any sign of water in there? Or a pipe?"

"No. It was dry. No pipes. Why?"

"How was the original artesian well driven? Right into the hillside? If so, why didn't the mine tunnel strike water?"

Scotty scratched his chin. "Now that you mention it, I haven't the faintest idea. Have you?"

"Negative. I can't ever remember having so few ideas. But it's strange. We'll have to ask Dr. Miller about it."

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Community Reviews

Written in 1960, this is similar to the Hardy Boys series. An fun and enjoyable read.

Rick Brandt and his friend Scotty get an invite to fly down and visit friends in Virginia—and look into the haunting of the Blue Ghost that is scaring picnickers away from a favourite gathering spot. This Civil War

Scooby-dooby-Doo, where are you!

Well, he's not in this book, but he could have been, the template of that cartoon is so similar to the one used in this science-based juvenile adventure story from 1960.

When the ghost of a Civil War soldier, killed visiting his sweetheart across enemy lines, comes b

Great series for people who like science. Not much of a science girl myself, but love the way you have to try to figure out the bad guy yourself. This certain book in this series was not the best, but I still liked it alot. The part about the Confederate soldier is so sad. It is also sad to see how

Have plain without DJ

This is a pretty straight forward mystery.
It was nice to see Jan and Barbie involved although they didn't contribute enough to the solution.
The science/engineering stuff was weaker than most of the books, but there was some good geology.
The foxhole radio they make was pretty cool to read about in th

What a fun book. I grabbed this one blindly off my shelf one day - I’m not entirely sure where I even got it.
It has a Hardy Boys feel to it. I very much enjoyed reading it, even when some of the scientific descriptions went over my head.

The title says it all as the boys travel to Va. to investigate titular character at his sister's request, searching for the how and the why.

The Blue Ghost Mystery is the fifteenth Rick Brant adventure, and is one of my favorites of the series; it's definitely the best of the later books. It was published in 1960, and I can't help but wonder if it wasn't an influence on the Scooby-Doo cartoons; the formula is all there, except for the do

I fell in love with The Blue Ghost Mystery almost at once, but then again, I am an old school Scooby Doo fan. Barby and Jan Miller have sighted a Civil War ghost while vacationing in Virginia. Rick and Scotty fly out and join them hoping to solve the mystery.
The Blue Ghost Mystery has action from s

This adventure didn't QUITE live up to the others I've previously read. I suspect the other co-author under the "John Blaine" pseudonym was mostly responsible. Especially near the end of the story, I kept hearing this in my head:

"Come on, Scooby-Doo, I see you, you're ready and you're willing;
If we