Title: Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Blinking Eye
Author: Kathryn Kenny
Genre: Children’s Mystery
Published: originally 1963
Dates: 9/7/16 – 9/12/16
We find all the Bob-Whites and their friends, Bob and Barbara Hubbell and Ned Schulz, from Iowa enjoying an August vacation in New York City. Their chaperone – the inimitable Miss Trask. At Kennedy International awaiting their friends’ arrival, Trixie helps a Mexican woman connect with a flight home to Mexico City. In payment the mysterious woman gives Trixie a pretty straw purse, telling her to use it right away and fore-telling good fortune will come her way. A while later Trixie buys a funny little statue at an antique store that she declares is so ugly it’s cute. That same day, Trixie discovers a scribbled wad of paper in the purse the fortune-telling woman was given her. They beg Miss Trask to translate what appears to be Spanish which she does with much grace and ease. From there, an outline of the Blinking Eye mystery is revealed and the Bob White company of friends pursues it in a frenzy of sight-seeing and intrigue.