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In the Sunken Garden (Kay Tracey Mysteries #12)

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Title:In the Sunken Garden (Kay Tracey Mysteries #12)
Benson, Mildred A. Wirt  Writing under the pseudonym: Judd, Frances K.   
(9 of 26 for author by title)
The Murmuring Portrait (Kay Tracey Mysteries #10)
The Hidden Staircase [Revised Edition] (Nancy Drew Mystery [Revised] #2)
Published:   1939
Publisher:Books Inc.
Tags:fiction, mystery, young adult

As Kay Tracey walks into the flower shop, a smiling young stranger hails her with, "Hello there. Grand party last night, wasn't it?" Kay has never seen him before! Neither does she know any of several other people who greet her that morning as an old friend. Mistaken identity? More than that! Double trouble!

This time Kay is in collision with a deep and intriguing mystery which threatens to land her in a tight spot. Even Betty and Wilma, the Worth twins, cannot uncover the slightest hint as to who looks so much like their best friend. When Kay finally picks up the faint thread of a clue, it leads to the sunken garden of an old mansion where a ghostly figure wheels and pirouettes in the dim light.

How Brantwood's teen-age detective extricates herself in this exciting case provides an unforgettable story of courage, adventure and mystery.--series-books.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Benson, Mildred A. Wirt

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The most famous writer who worked on the Girls’ Books Series was Mildred A. Wirt Benson. She was bom Mildred Augustine in Ladora, Iowa, in 1905. She met Edward Stratemeyer in New York in 1925 and began working for his syndicate as a writer who fleshed out his plot outlines for juvenile mystery stories. In 1929, she began to write Stratemeyer’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories for a reported S125.00 per book. In 1950, three years after her husband Asa Wirt died, she married George Benson, the editor of The Toledo Times, from which point her professional career was focused on newspaper writing.

Mrs. Benson reportedly gained her first series book writing experience with Volumes 23 to 30 of the Ruth Fielding Series. She wrote twenty-three of the Nancy Drew books and several Dana Girls and Kay Tracey books, all for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Under her own name, she wrote many other series, such as the Brownie Scouts. Penny Nichols, Penny Parker, and the most unusual to carry the by-line of a woman writer, the six Dan Carter Cub Scouts books for boys.

—All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books. John Axe, 2002.

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