A Brief History
Random House
Weekly Reader

  1.  Terror Castle
  2.  Stuttering Parrot
  3.  Whispering Mummy
  4.  Green Ghost
  5.  Vanishing Treasure
  6.  Skeleton Island
  7.  Fiery Eye
  8.  Silver Spider
  9.  Screaming Clock
10.  Moaning Cave
11.  Talking Skull
12.  Laughing Shadow
13.  Crooked Cat
14.  Coughing Dragon
15.  Flaming Footprints
16.  Nervous Lion
17.  Singing Serpent
18.  Shrinking House
19.  Phantom Lake
20.  Monster Mountain
21.  Haunted Mirror
22.  Dead Man's Riddle
23.  Invisible Dog
24.  Death Trap Mine
25.  Dancing Devil
26.  Headless Horse
27.  Magic Circle
28.  Deadly Double
29.  Sinister Scarecrow
30.  Shark Reef
31.  Scar-Faced Beggar
32.  Blazing Cliffs
33.  Purple Pirate
34.  Wandering Cave Man
35.  Kidnapped Whale
36.  Missing Mermaid
37.  Two-Toed Pigeon
38.  Smashing Glass
39.  Trail of Terror
40.  Rogues' Reunion
41.  Creep-Show Crooks
42.  Wreckers' Rock
43.  Cranky Collector

Book of Mystery Puzzles

Find Your Fate
  1.  Weeping Coffin
  2.  Dancing Dinosaur
  7.  House of Horrors
  8.  Savage Statue

  1.  Hot Wheels
  2.  Murder To Go
  3.  Rough Stuff
  4.  Funny Business
  5.  An Ear For Danger
  6.  Thriller Diller
  7.  Reel Trouble
  8.  Shoot the Works
  9.  Foul Play
10.  Long Shot
11.  Fatal Error


Where to Buy

Used Book Stores

Very few used book stores have Three Investigators books anymore. If they do, the books are usually the 1978 - 1987 paperback editions. These will vary in condition and price, but decent copies can typically be found without spending a fortune. Copies of the first 28 Trade Hardcover titles are very difficult to find in used book stores and GLB titles of numbers 29 - 43 are almost impossible to find this way.

Book Sales

Many libraries will hold annual sales of books that they have taken out of circulation. Check with your local libraries to see when and if they will be having such an event because it is an excellent way to get GLB (or even Trade) Three Investigators titles at a reasonable price. One word of caution: many older library books are in poor condition or have been rebound (see the What to Look For page).

In addition to libraries, various non-profit organizations around the country will also hold book sales as fundraisers for charity. These are usually listed in the local newspapers and will last for a few days to several weeks. Books at these sales usually come from private donations and some great treasures can be found. An excellent website that lists book sales taking place all over the U.S. is the Book Sale Finder.

Online Auctions

In my opinion, online auctions are by far the best way to find Three Investigators books. They offer access to the entire world and give opportunities for finding the rarest books. There are several high-traffic online auctions, but the best for finding Three Investigators books is eBay. At any given time, there are at least 200 Three Investigators titles posted on eBay, including the harder-to-find GLB and many international editions (usually British). Very good or better Trade Hardcover Edition copies of numbers 1 - 20 can usually be had for less than twenty dollars and many times entire collections are available. There are several drawbacks, however, including very competitive bidding (that can create incredibly high prices) and the risk of fraud due to not actually being able to thoroughly inspect the book(s) until after the sale. Therefore, some advice: 1) never bid on any book unless there are clear pictures of it posted or the seller sends you pictures via email  2) always email the seller with any questions you may have  3) don't bid from a seller with large amounts of negative feedback; they have potential for trouble. In addition, the most important piece of advice I can give is to not get carried away by the excitement of the auction. Only bid as much for a book as you think its worth, because chances are another book just like it will be posted in a very short time.

Online Used Book Dealer Networks

A collecting resource that has sprung up in the past few years is the concept of an online network of used book dealers. These networks are centralized sites that allow you to search the inventories of thousands of dealers from all over the U.S. and the world. The amount of books available is staggering and you can often find some great prices. Two of the most popular sites are the Advanced Book Exchange and Bibliofind. I have had a lot of success with both. Unfortunately, like online auctions, you can't actually inspect the books before you buy, but the risk of fraud or misrepresentation seems to be less as the dealers are usually "real" book stores.

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This page last updated on 27-Feb-06