Book From Childhood

I'm looking for a book or series of books I read in the fourth grade

(1977) about a group of kids who had a clubhouse. The clubhouse was

behind a specially painted fence and I think the kids solved

mysteries. The key element was the clubhouse or hideout being

concealed by the specially painted fence and access was granted by

knowing how to open the fence.

2 thoughts on “Book From Childhood

  1. I believe you are remembering a series called "The Three

    Investigators." Some of the books in the series were printed under the

    title "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators."

    "The Three Investigators series, starring Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw

    and Bob Andrews. The original Scooby gang–but without the girls. More

    fun than the Hardy Boys by far! Their clubhouse was hidden in a

    junkyard and could only be entered by following cryptic messages, like

    'Green Gate One' (which meant to enter through the secret door in the

    part of a fence that was painted green).

    These three guys had business cards that said 'The Three

    Investigators: We investigate anything'."

    Wet Noodle Posse: Nostalgic Reads

    Here's a brief excerpt from "The Case of the Restless Gargoyle." The

    text from which the excerpt was taken (in .pdf format) can be read by

    clicking on the link below the excerpt (it may be a long load, because

    it is an entire book):

    "On the outside of the fence was a picture of a green ocean with a

    two-masted ship riding the waves of a mighty storm. A fish had been

    painted in the foreground of the picture, watching the foundering

    vessel. An artist had made a knot in the wood the fish?s eye. When the

    eye was pressed, it activated a catch that swung the two boards up.

    This was Green Gate One, one of several secret entrances in and out of

    the salvage yard."

    Three Investigators Books: The Case of the Restless Gargoyle

    More .pdf files containing the complete text of books in the series:

    Three Investigators Books: The Secret of the Three Impostors

    Three Investigators Books: The Mystery of the Hitchcock Inheritance

    Three Investigators Books: The Adventure of the Bronze Claw

    The .pdf files linked above came from this website, which is dedicated

    to "The Three Investigators":

    Three Investigators Books

    If you are interested in purchasing the books, they are out of print,

    but readily available on the used market. This search string will give

    you a wide field of choices:

    AddALL Rare, Used and Out of Print Book Search: The Three Investigators

    My Google search strategy:

    Google Web Search: "the three investigators" clubhouse OR "club house" fence


    I hope this is exactly what you're looking for! If not, please request

    clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before you

    rate my answer.

    Best regards,


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