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It all started with a dollar. One dollar paid at auction by Jupiter Jones for a dusty old trunk that once belonged to The Great Gulliver, a magician who vanished as mysteriously as one of his tricks. The trunk attracts a host of bizarre characters, like Zelda the Gypsy, Three-Finger Munger, and Maximilian the Mystic. But what's inside the trunk is even more bizarre -- a skIt all started with a dollar. One dollar paid at auction by Jupiter Jones for a dusty old trunk that once belonged to The Great Gulliver, a magician who vanished as mysteriously as one of his tricks. The trunk attracts a host of bizarre characters, like Zelda the Gypsy, Three-Finger Munger, and Maximilian the Mystic. But what's inside the trunk is even more bizarre -- a skull that talks!...

Title : Die drei ??? und der sprechende Totenkopf (Die drei Fragezeichen, #5).
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Die drei ??? und der sprechende Totenkopf (Die drei Fragezeichen, #5). Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-02-01 21:38

    2009 review - The last Robert Arthur book, this has a good strong opening and maintains a cracking pace throughout. Staying close to Rocky Beach, the regular cast of characters all have parts to play and there’s a nice, nostalgic atmosphere to the whole thing. Jupiter buys a magician’s trunk at auction and discovers it contains a skull that talks and a letter which seems to lead towards a stash of stolen money. Incorporating mediums, gypsies, hoodlums and houses that move, this is great fun and a fitting swansong for the series creator. There’s also a nice touch, where Arthur bemoans the fact that old neighbourhoods are being torn down to make way for yet more freeways. Well worth a read.2013 update - My original review is spot-on and I can’t really add more, except to say that Chief Reynolds has a good part, the criminal gang - Three-Finger Munger and his associates Leo The Knife and Babyface Bension - are played admirably straight and the use of Zelda the gypsy was a nice nod back to “Terror Castle” (though in that it was actually Gypsy Kate, Zelda was her comrade-in-arms). With a nod to a real book - “Lord Chizelrigg's Missing Fortune” by Robert Barr - this has nice interplay between the lads (though Pete seems more nervous than usual), great use of locations and a good pace2017 update - Still in agreement with my previous assessments, a good story, well told with a cracking pace, very enjoyable.

  • Joey
    2019-01-25 22:00

    An easy 5 stars when I first read it at age 12. Thirty plus years later it is probably closer to a 3 star, but that averages out to a 4 star which is what I'll give it. I can remember these books as the most exciting books in the library when I was a kid. I hope my son, when he's old enough to read enjoys them as much as I did.

  • Lea
    2019-02-15 20:54

    Knappe drei Sterne. Ich habe ehrlich gesagt nicht verstanden, wieso Justus den Fall einfach so abgeben will, nur weil Tante Mathilda sich über den Totenkopf aufregt. Das passt so gar nicht zu ihm und wirkte ziemlich erzwungen. Dass Tante Mathilda anscheinend leicht antiziganistisch eingestellt ist, na ja, ist vielleicht ganz realistisch aber macht sie nicht gerade sympathisch. Und wieder ein Fall in dem die drei nicht mal auf die Idee kommen, dass eine Frau eventuell nur ein verkleideter Mann ist. Ich glaub nicht, dass man hier davon ausgehen soll, dass die Jungs einfach so liberal und modern sind, dass sie einfach davon ausgingen, dass es eine gender-non-conforming Frau war, mit der sie da sprachen (würde auch sonst der Rober Arthur Art der 70er nicht so recht entsprechen). Eher, dass wir da ein Auge zudrücken sollten und so tun als würde Justus nichts merken, weil sonst der Plot nicht funktioniert. Na ja. Ansonsten ist das Buch aber recht spannend und macht Spaß.

  • wanderer
    2019-01-26 17:44

    Another typical Three Investigators mystery. The kids liked it, though I don't think it lives up to The Secret of Terror Castle. Pete is pretty wimpy, and Jupiter wasn't as sharp this time. We figured out some stuff long before he did. The gypsy angle was fun, and they were super helpful to the main characters, showing up just in time. Speaking of "just in time." One sixth grade boy said you could tell it was fiction because everything worked out way too smoothly. :)

  • Laura Verret
    2019-02-01 14:49

    When the Three Investigators bought the old trunk at an auction, they had no clue that it would turn into such a hotbed of interest. But almost immediately, offers start coming in – lucrative offers – for the trunk. What is so special about this particular trunk?The boys soon learn that the trunk belonged to The Great Gulliver, an amateur magician who disappeared a year before. The trunk contains a few of his belongs as well as Socrates, a skull which some claim has the ability to speak.As the boys further investigate the matter, they find that the circumstances of the Great Gulliver’s disappearance were mysterious. They also hear the skull talking themselves! But why so much interest in the trunk? Is it just because of Socrates? Or is there something more important at stake?Discussion. Sadly – very sadly – my copy of The Mystery of the Talking Skull is missing the entire first chapter! That’s what I get for buying it used. Because of this missing section I am unable to report what happened in the first fifteen pages or so of the story. But the rest was loads of fun.Of the three boys only Jupe is eager to investigate the case. Bob and Pete are both a little weirded out by the idea of a talking skull, and would rather leave well enough alone. But Jupe is curious, probing. He suspects that the trunk holds interest beyond what is immediately apparent. In the end he is proved to be correct.I was able to figure out most of the mystery way ahead of time, but there were still a few twists that caught me off guard.The skull does indeed speak, but in the end this is explained without the aid of the supernatural.Conclusion. A fun story. Also read The Mystery of Crooked Cat and The Mystery of the Rogues Reunion.Visit The Blithering Bookster to read more reviews!

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-02-12 14:43

    Not a bad one, just not one of the best. This one involves an old trunk, a talking skull, some bad guys, and some stolen money. No teen boys show up this time to help, so the international helper trope was tossed out this time. Overall a decent story, but I have some much nostalgia for this series it would have to be pretty bad for me not to like it. If you enjoy the series, you'll enjoy this one as well.

  • Cynaemon Milliken
    2019-02-11 21:44

    I really enjoy the Three Investigator series. This one was fun. In the end the boys always discuss the case with Mr. Hitchcook, and the reader discovers how the tricks of the mystery were done. It was clever the way the crook made the skull talk, but I won't tell you....

  • Diane
    2019-02-21 16:01

    I was fond of mysteries when I was a kid...mostly because my dad has lots of hardy boys and other books like those. This was definitely one of my favorites.

  • Bev
    2019-01-29 20:54

    Jupiter Jones, chief investigator of The Three Investigators detective agency, decides that he wants to attend an auction and brings fellow investigators, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews, along. It's all part of the gathering of experiences so they can be well-informed detectives. While at the auction, Jupiter becomes interested in an old trunk that belonged to the Great Gulliver. The Great Gulliver was a mediocre magician who had one great trick--a talking skull who could predict the future. He is the only bidder and becomes the proud owner for only $1. He's barely taken possession of the trunk before people start clamoring to buy it from him. There's the elderly lady who reached the auction just moments too late to bid and offers $25 for it, and Maximilian the Magnificent who flaunts $100 and claims to want the trunk of his good friend Gulliver "for old times sake." There's also the mysterious men who keep hanging around The Jones Salvage Yard, owned by Jupiter's aunt & uncle, and who try to steal the trunk. Obviously, the trunk holds a valuable secret--but is it more than just a talking skull magic trick? Once Socrates, the skull, begins talking to him, Jupiter and The Three Investigators just might find out!I've got a lot of nostalgia for this series. I first discovered them when I went with my then best friend and her family on a shopping trip to the big malls in Ft. Wayne. I was the one insisting on stopping at all the bookstores and had never heard of "Alfred Hitchcock & the Three Investigators," but I couldn't resist a new mystery series and grabbed up two or three of the novels. This is one of the titles that I missed reading back in the day. I have to say that I miss the Alfred Hitchcock connection--I mean, I know that Hitchcock just lent his name to the series and Random House decided to change the host when he died, but it was fun having him as the mentor for the boys. This newer edition has some guy named Hector Sebastian (apparently, after a little Google research, a fictional mystery writer)--not nearly as interesting to me.It was still fun to revisit a childhood favorite and I enjoyed following along with the boys as they tracked down clues, entered their Headquarters through the secret tunnels in the junkyard, and ultimately discovered the secret hidden in the trunk and in Socrates's mysterious messages. Good solid adventure for young readers with a mystery that they can solve even before Jupiter does (I did!).First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Emeka Elo-Chukwuma
    2019-01-22 13:45

    I read this book a long time ago as a kid and it intrigued me how the three investigators could encounter such mysteries which I couldn't fathom myself being in but at the same time wanted to be a part of.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-26 14:56

    magicians, gypsies and talking skulls. Excellent mystery

  • Vincent Ripley
    2019-02-17 14:44

    I'm always keen to read new books from the past, especially a series of books that have passed me by. In this case I have Darren to thank from the Book Zone Blog for boys. I picked up this recommendation from one of his tweets a few weeks ago. This is a real hidden gem - I always find it interesting to look back and notice the difference. In this case, the time frame in which it was written is before the internet and the rapidly changing digital world. Book one was published in 1964 and, 43 books later, the very last book was published in 1987. Due to legal issues (with publishers and such) nothing has happened since 1990 and this may still remain the case in the future.Whilst I would love to read more books in this series, I don't think this is going to be an easy task - some books appear to be out of print and some were published in the US as part of another series. However, I do feel slightly hopeful that I might be able to find another example as I found this book in a local charity shop. Therefore, I think you know where I'll be looking and what I'll be doing in the next week or so!Many different authors are featured in this series such as William Arden, Nick West and Robert Arthur (the creator). Robert penned many of the original ideas and edited most of the early books. In fact the book that I've just read was written by the master himself. It is a fantastic introduction to the books. It would appear that all of the authors have written their own introductions and epilogues. These were reportedly dictated by Hitchcock in the early books. This book entails a classic mystery for three boys to sort out. Centered around their uncle's scrapyard, an absolutely brillant idea, Jupiter Jones buys an unusual old-fashioned trunk in an auction. Looking through the contents of the trunk, they discover a talking skull which sets them off an epic adventure of sinister proportions. It's a classically well told story that every young boy, and even every old boy, would still love to read today.This is an example of when books were based on pure imagination. Full of good creative ideas which have been told in a simplistic way. By the time I had finished this book, I felt about ten years old. Let the search commence for the next book. If you remember reading these books, then please leave a comment on the post. I would love to hear what you've got to say.

  • Peter
    2019-02-02 21:44

    Another top-notch mystery for boys from Robert Arthur. He had a gift for creating situations that fascinate children; his books gave me endless hours of enjoyment as a boy, and now they're doing the same for my son (and for me again, too; the books are as fun to read aloud as they were to read in the first place!). The Three Investigators books are, in the most complimentary sense of the word, pure brain candy - compulsively readable and re-readable, with a perfect blend of puzzles, drama, excitement and humor.As in the other Three Investigators books, Jupiter Jones (the brainy, chubby one), Pete Crenshaw (the athletic, nervous one) and Bob Andrews (the studious one) are faced with another mystery: a skull that talks, and mysterious men who apparently want that skull very badly indeed. All the usual secondary characters are present, including Headquarters itself. As always, I strongly recommend that you seek out a copy that features Alfred Hitchcock himself, rather than one of the poorly re-written later editions that replaced Hitchcock with a fictional character. Also, do yourself a favor and try to find a copy with the excellent Harry Kane illustrations!There was one small additional chuckle for me when I read the books to my son recently; I'm pretty sure I caught a shout-out from Robert Arthur to one of his contemporaries, one who happens to be another favorite author of mine. I didn't know if they knew each other (although their writing styles are actually rather similar), but a reporter who helps the boys out a bit is named Fred Brown. If that's not a reference to Fredric Brown...well, I'm pretty sure that it must be. For one thing, the real Brown was also a newspaper reporter, at least for a while.It's an outstanding book, one that belongs in the collection of anyone who enjoys exciting, thought-provoking mysteries.

  • Jeff Stephenson
    2019-02-04 13:42

    AH&T3I Update: 11 read, 17 hardbacks to go!Rest in peace, Robert Arthur, Jr! This was the last Three Investigators title written by series creator Robert Arthur, Jr before his untimely death due to illness in 1969. He wrote a masterpiece for his last work! There are a lot of comparisons that one can draw between this story and another Robert Arthur T3I classic, The Mystery of the Screaming Clock. Both stories start small--this time with the purchase of a trunk at an auction that includes a talking skull--and then the plot grows and grows into a full blown mystery with multiple suspects, lots of twists, turns and puzzles, and a somewhat surprising ending. The story is very Sherlock Holmes like and requires a certain amount of puzzle solving and just pure deduction by our hero, Jupiter Jones before the solution to the mystery falls into place. The setting remains close to the boys' home in Rocky Beach, CA. Almost all of the classic Three Investigators elements are present in this book. They use the secret headquarters located in the Jones Salvage Yard. Many of the supporting characters (Alfred Hitchcock, Uncle Titus and Aunt Mathilda, Hans and Konrad, Chief Reynolds, Bob's father, etc) all make minor appearances in the book. They even try to use Worthington and the Rolls-Royce but cannot because he is away with another customer at the time. The boys are also frustrated by working in the salvage yard and library when they want to go investigating. So not everything goes right all the time, but they always recover well enough to be able to solve the mystery, and solve the mystery they do! The final solution is multi-layered and complex for an adolescent mystery, but it still very understandable and good for younger readers. Bravo Robert Arthur, Jr, bravo! You left a strong legacy behind with the Three Investigators, and I only hope that the other T3I writers can halfway live up to your standards! Bravo, indeed!

  • e.c.h.a
    2019-01-27 14:50

    sinopsis :"Terjual seharga satu dollar!"Trio Detektif baru saja membeli sebuah peti kuno seharga satu dollar di pelelangan barang-barang yang dianggap tak bertuan. Tetapi sebelum mereka membawa pulang peti tersebut, seorang wanita tua berambut putih, memakai kacamata berbingkai emas, dan bertopi lebar model kuno, ingin membeli peti kuno itu dari mereka seharga 30 dollar. Itu baru permulaan! Kemudian ada dua orang laki-laki yang berusaha mencuri peti di kediaman Jupe. Maximillian the Mystic - seorang ahli sulap - juga menghendaki peti kuno tersebut, dan menawarnya dari Trio Detektif seharaga 100 Dollar!Kenapa banyak orang yang menginginkan peti kuno itu? Apa sih isinya?diterbitkan oleh Gramedia tahun 1984------------------------------Ternyata peti tersebut menyimpan sebuah informasi tentang di mana uang hasil rampokan Bank sebesar 50.000 USD di simpan. Melibatkan great gulliver yang ternyata belum meninggal seperti yang di beritakan, tengkorak bersuara itu bukan merupakan suatu barang mistik, karena pada akhirnya terpecahkan kenapa tengkorak itu bisa bersuara. Di dalam tengkorak itu tersimpan tranciever & reciever yang membuat pemilik tengkorak bisa mendengar & berbicara dengan siapa pun yang dekat dengan tengkorak, sistem kerjanya seperti HT. Pencarian di mana uang di simpan, membawa Trio Detektif ke dalam petualangan yang mengasyikan.

  • chris wood
    2019-02-17 18:01

    Skull Skulduggery Is Socrates Skull supernatural? The Three Investigators must solve this mystery as well as others after buying a strange magician's trunk leads them on a dangerous quest for lost bank loot. a cryptic note found in the trunk leads the investigators to a fortune teller who gives them a veiled warning. A warning that turns out to be true as a gang trails them out of their detective junkyard headquarters owned by the uncle of head detective Jupiter Jones. The question that Jupiter Jones must answer is the whereabouts of the lost loot. The loquacious skull knows more than he is letting on. The skull is one of many leads in this concisely written boy's mystery. The leads lead to an easily solved plot...perhaps too easy to solve. I am no super sleuth when it comes to detective plots; I found myself absorbed, yet not mystified by this mystery plot. Robert Arthur gave the young readers of 1969 a detailed account of a freeway. I wonder whether freeways were widely known when this book was written in 1969? Odd! In any case, there is nothing supernatural in this book as Jupiter and the "skull" saves the day!

  • Brennen
    2019-02-17 20:55

    It is a good book it's about a kid and his friends going to a auction that was selling random trunks that was left at a hotel . That's where it happens a old trunk came up and no one bid on it but then one of the three kids Jupiter or nicked named jup said ill pay a dollar for it so he got it . After that this old lady came up and said she will pay 30$ for it but jup already bought it and said no to the lady. Once he had a better look he saw the engraved name The Great Gulliver.Gulliver friend Spike left a clue to where a large sum of stolen money is in the trunk before Spike passed away. Gulliver had disappeared from the word of men ,everyone wanted the Trunk and a talking skull. It was a sort of a thriller they had many mystery's and they had this gang on their tail who wanted the clue in the trunk. I won't spoil the book it's ago of book I would recommend this book to any one looking for a good read .

  • Kevin
    2019-01-24 21:04

    I've been re-reading the Three Investigators series as bedtime read-aloud books. Most of them are good, at least for kid's serialized pulp novels. What makes them fun is trying to solve the mystery along with the three familiar characters. In this book, though, the characters were not themselves. Pete is simply fearful of everything, and that's all there is to his personality in this book. Bob's strength is supposed to be research, but he doesn't bother to do any. And Jupiter, the inquisitive never-say-die leader, in this book repeatedly decides that they can investigate no further, that they should give up, and that the case is beyond them. That's not Jupiter Jones at all! Also, at least part of the mystery was obvious. That wouldn't bother me in a kid's book, except that it would have been obvious to the characters too if they'd shown a reasonable degree of curiosity.

  • Noah
    2019-02-01 17:55

    I read many of the Three Investigators book when I was a kid, so when my sister gave me this one because of the appropriate title and awesome cover art, I decided to give it a read. It turns out it's one I actually read back in the day, though I only remembered just the faintest outline of it. One thing I didn't remember was that the books were actually "introduced" by Alfred Hitchcock and even included him as a character! Surprisingly it was not as dated as I'd imagined it would be, though it's still clearly the product of another era. Still I imagine pre-teens would appreciate the fun & danger this group of precocious investigators get up to in and out of their junkyard clubhouse.

  • Mark
    2019-02-20 21:07

    The last Robert Arthur book, this has a good strong opening and maintains a cracking pace throughout. Staying close to Rocky Beach, the regular cast of characters all have parts to play and there’s a nice, nostalgic atmosphere to the whole thing. Jupiter buys a magician’s trunk at auction and discovers it contains a skull that talks and a letter which seems to lead towards a stash of stolen money. Incorporating mediums, gypsies, hoodlums and houses that move, this is great fun and a fitting swansong for the series creator. There’s also a nice touch, where Arthur bemoans the fact that old neighbourhoods are being torn down to make way for yet more freeways. Well worth a read.

  • Ahammad Galib
    2019-02-09 14:01

    well, it was a kid's book. I knew. but I read this because I had an unknown fascination about this series, I heard lots about this. I think kids will find it really enjoyable.[SPOILER ALERT] Anyway while reading this the character PETE really irritated me. Always negative with every idea. And stamp deduction of the letter of Spike Neely and its misleading, identity of Zelda the gypsy, explanation of talking skull's talking trick are certainly capable of making kid's amazed.p.s: I am not rating this because rating of a kid's book by an adult from his point of view will be unfair and inappropriate, I think.

  • Brian
    2019-01-31 19:41

    I read this book many, many years ago, back when I was in the fifth grade. I enjoyed it back then, and I enjoyed re-reading it this time around. Even after all these years, it was still fun and enjoyable to read. Much like the Scooby-Doo cartoons of the day, the mystery wasn't all that mysterious to the older reader, but a younger reader will still enjoy it. That's not say an adult wouldn't like it, but it was written for a younger audience. If you have children this might be a good book for you to read with your children. Check it out, you just may like it.

  • Dale Long
    2019-02-04 16:57

    I have to re-read this.It was one of my favourites as a kid.

  • Rofi
    2019-01-30 17:46

    Pinjam punya ponakan, ponakan minjam di perpus sekolahnya. Aah ~ brasa nostalgic zaman-zaman SD/SMP, buku trio detektif selalu bikin aku senang & tegang bacanya.Kali ini petualangan Jupe, Pete & Bob memecahkan rahasia peti kuno kepunyaan seorang pesulap terkenal. Berawal dari peti kuno tersebut mereka diincar banyak orang yang juga menginginkan peti kuno tadi. Didalam peti kuno mereka menemukan tengkorak yang bersuara sampai dengan surat dari seorang narapidana.

  • Eden M
    2019-02-11 19:51

    I decided to read this book because it looked interesting. my favourite character in this book is jupe/ Jupiter because he never gave up and kept thinking of new ideas all the time and from this I learnt to never give and always keep thinking even if it is tough. my favourite quote from this book was "that awful thing! do you know what it just did? IT SAID 'BOO!' 'TO ME'." because it was really funny to read. on the bingo board it is a book published before 1980.

  • Muspitta
    2019-02-09 19:41

    Bisa-bisanya! sumpah gimana gitu pas bacanya:3 aku kira ini bakalan bersangkutan dengan kekuatan gaib dari mesir-mesir gitu, bisa-bisanya mumi itu tau siapa yang dia ajak bicara hell yah! seperti buku lainnya, buku ini bacaan ringan yang yang gak ringan (?) karena walaupun kita bisa baca sambil nyante buku ini tetep ngeberi kita konflik yang bagus dan yang pasti unpredictable, dari awal sampe akhir

  • Brian
    2019-02-13 14:40

    The only one in the series I've read so far. Along the lines of the Hardy Boys novels, but not so tightly constructed, and with some humorously out of place references to "Alfred Hitchcock, the famous motion picture director."

  • Jennifer Daniel
    2019-02-21 14:04

    I was thrilled to find this blast from my past at the flea market. I read everyone of the 3 Investigators books as a kid. They were so much cooler and hip than the gay Hardy Boys and don't even get me started on the virginal Nancy Drew and her father complex.

  • Neville Ridley-smith
    2019-02-13 18:56

    Not much to say. My son enjoyed this enough to read ahead and quickly finish it before I had a chance to read any more of it with him after the second chapter. So I finished on my own. It's a decent story with a satisfyingly twisty plot. Almost enough to give it 4 stars...

  • Mayank Saboo
    2019-02-08 17:48

    Revitalized my interest in mystery fiction after a disappointing Hardy Boys book. Need to give the entire series a try soon.