The Secret Pact


Read by Cheryl Adam

(4.6 stars; 88 reviews)

PENNY PARKER is a teen-aged sleuth and amateur reporter with an uncanny knack for uncovering and solving unusual, sometimes bizarre mysteries. The only daughter of widower Anthony Parker, publisher of the "Riverview Star," Penny has been raised to be self-sufficient, outspoken, innovative, and extraordinarily tenacious. Her cheerful, chatty manner belies a shrewd and keenly observant mind. Penny was the creation of Mildred A. Wirt, who was also the author of the original Nancy Drew series (under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene). Wirt became frustrated when she was pushed to "tone down" Nancy Drew and make her less independent and daring. With Penny Parker, Wirt had a freer hand and received full credit. Wirt once said, " 'I always thought Penny Parker was a better Nancy Drew than Nancy is." In THE SECRET PACT, Penny sees a man savagely pushed off a bridge into the river one foggy night. The man is rescued, but his stubborm denial of the attack, combined with the grotesque octopus tattoo he bears on his back, alerts Penny to the possibility of a deeper mystery. When her editor father, reporter friends, and even the highschool newspaper all reject her story about the incident, she takes matters into her own hands. With her friend Louise's help, Penny starts her own local paper, operating out of a formerly abandoned newspaper plant. As new clues emerge to the "Octopus tattoo" mystery, she enlists the help of anyone willing, even persuading Mrs. Weems to go "under cover." Nothing, not even threats and an unexpected tornado, can deter the determined Miss. Parker. - Summary by Cheryl Adam (4 hr 27 min)

Chapters

Aboard the Goodtime 12:37 Read by Cheryl Adam
The River's Victim 10:24 Read by Cheryl Adam
The Octopus Tattoo 10:37 Read by Cheryl Adam
A Prospective Tenant 12:16 Read by Cheryl Adam
Cobwebs and Rust 11:51 Read by Cheryl Adam
Headlines and Headaches 11:43 Read by Cheryl Adam
Peter Fenestra 10:40 Read by Cheryl Adam
The Storm Cave 9:40 Read by Cheryl Adam
A Fallen Tree 9:54 Read by Cheryl Adam
A Word to the Wise 9:55 Read by Cheryl Adam
Mr. Judson's Daughter 8:16 Read by Cheryl Adam
Old Horney 12:17 Read by Cheryl Adam
Paper Problems 9:35 Read by Cheryl Adam
An Empty Bedroom 7:35 Read by Cheryl Adam
Information from Tillie 8:51 Read by Cheryl Adam
Behind the Lilacs 10:52 Read by Cheryl Adam
The Art of Tattoo 9:27 Read by Cheryl Adam
Pauletta's Explanation 15:39 Read by Cheryl Adam
Mrs. Weems' Report 11:00 Read by Cheryl Adam
Picnic by Moonlight 10:00 Read by Cheryl Adam
Ellis Saal's Customer 12:06 Read by Cheryl Adam
Ghosts of the Past 11:32 Read by Cheryl Adam
Penny's Plight 9:15 Read by Cheryl Adam
A Barrier of Flames 10:32 Read by Cheryl Adam
Sailor's Revenge 10:31 Read by Cheryl Adam

Reviews

Fairly good book

(5 stars)

While this wasn't, in my opinion, quite up to the quality of the previous Penny Parker stories available on Librivox, it was still nice to find myself once again in Penny's world. And this Librivox volunteer reader, Cheryl Adams, is outstanding; I hope she continues reading all of the Penny Parker tales. In fact I like Miss Parker and Ms Adams so much, I check frequently to see if a new recording has been released!

Five stars

(5 stars)

Excellent, enjoyable reading with consistent, expressive voices for different characters makes time fly.

(4.5 stars)

This is a fun mystery. The reader was enjoyable to listen to. Thanks Librivox!

I love this story

(5 stars)

Sooooo Fun