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17 - The Mystery of the Singing Serpent

17 - The Mystery of the Singing Serpent

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The Three Investigators - 17
Alfred Hitchcock
THE
THE
THE
THE MYSTERY OF
MYSTERY OF
MYSTERY OF
MYSTERY OF THE SINGING SERPENT
THE SINGING SERPENT
THE SINGING SERPENT
THE SINGING SERPENT
A Short Preview by Alfred Hitchcock

Welcome, mystery lovers! We are gathered together again for another stimulating case of The Three Investigators, whose official motto is \u201cWe Investigate Anything.\u201d If they had known what they were getting into when they tackled the curious case of the singing serpent, they might have changed their motto!

Be that as it may, they find themselves this time drawn into the dark world of witchcraft, where mystery and intrigue lead them from one enigma to another until \u2014 but I am not a blabbermouth. I promised faithfully not to tell too much, and I shall keep my promise.

Indeed, I shall only say that The Three Investigators are Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews, who all make their home in Rocky Beach, a small municipality in California a few miles from Hollywood. Their Headquarters is a mobile home trailer in The Jones Salvage Yard, a super-junkyard owned by Jupiter\u2019s aunt and uncle.

The boys make an excellent team, Jupiter has a quick mind and is adept at deductions. Pete is less intellectual but sturdy and courageous. Bob is somewhat studious and an excellent researcher. Together they have solved some very unusual mysteries indeed.

Which is all I shall say at this time, for I know you are eager to dispense with this
preview and get to the main feature!
ALFRED HITCHCOCK
Chapter 1
The Girl on the Appaloosa
\u201cI WOULD BE HAPPIER, Jupiter, if you didn\u2019t come to breakfast in your swimming
trunks,\u201d said Aunt Mathilda Jones.
Jupiter Jones pushed back the sleeves of his sweat shirt and reached for his orange juice.

\u201cI\u2019m going swimming with Bob and Pete,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019ll be here any minute.\u201d
Across the table, Uncle Titus Jones brushed a crumb from his big black mustache. \u201cDon\u2019t
eat too much,\u201d he warned Jupiter. \u201cYou\u2019re not supposed to swim on a full stomach.\u201d

\u201cYou don\u2019t want to get a cramp,\u201d said Aunt Mathilda. She then moved her coffee cup to

one side and began to page through the Los Angeles Times.
Jupiter took a single slice of toast.
\u201cWell, my gracious to Betsy!\u201d said Aunt Mathilda. Then she sighed.
Jupiter looked up in interest. Aunt Mathilda was not much given to sighing.

\u201cI was seventeen the year that movie came out,\u201d said Aunt Mathilda. \u201cI saw it at the
Odeon.\u201d
Uncle Titus looked blank.

\u201cI don\u2019t think I slept for a week after,\u201d said Aunt Mathilda. She passed the paper across the table to Uncle Titus. Jupiter stood up and looked over his uncle\u2019s shoulder at the picture of a thin man with high cheekbones, pinched nostrils and piercing, dark eyes. In the photograph, the man stared intently into a glowing crystal ball.

\u201cRamon Castillo in The Vampire\u2019s Lair,\u201d said Jupiter. \u201cHe was a great master of

make-up.\u201d
Aunt Mathilda shuddered. \u201cYou should have seen him in Cry of the Werewolf.\u201d
\u201cI did,\u201d said Jupiter. \u201cIt was on television last month.\u201d

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