The Secret Pact

Mildred A. Wirt BENSON (1905 - 2002)

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

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Crime & Mystery Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Aboard the Goodtime Cheryl Adam
00:12:37
Play 02 The River's Victim Cheryl Adam
00:10:24
Play 03 The Octopus Tattoo Cheryl Adam
00:10:37
Play 04 A Prospective Tenant Cheryl Adam
00:12:16
Play 05 Cobwebs and Rust Cheryl Adam
00:11:51
Play 06 Headlines and Headaches Cheryl Adam
00:11:43
Play 07 Peter Fenestra Cheryl Adam
00:10:40
Play 08 The Storm Cave Cheryl Adam
00:09:40
Play 09 A Fallen Tree Cheryl Adam
00:09:54
Play 10 A Word to the Wise Cheryl Adam
00:09:55
Play 11 Mr. Judson's Daughter Cheryl Adam
00:08:16
Play 12 Old Horney Cheryl Adam
00:12:17
Play 13 Paper Problems Cheryl Adam
00:09:35
Play 14 An Empty Bedroom Cheryl Adam
00:07:35
Play 15 Information from Tillie Cheryl Adam
00:08:51
Play 16 Behind the Lilacs Cheryl Adam
00:10:52
Play 17 The Art of Tattoo Cheryl Adam
00:09:27
Play 18 Pauletta's Explanation Cheryl Adam
00:15:39
Play 19 Mrs. Weems' Report Cheryl Adam
00:11:00
Play 20 Picnic by Moonlight Cheryl Adam
00:10:00
Play 21 Ellis Saal's Customer Cheryl Adam
00:12:06
Play 22 Ghosts of the Past Cheryl Adam
00:11:32
Play 23 Penny's Plight Cheryl Adam
00:09:15
Play 24 A Barrier of Flames Cheryl Adam
00:10:32
Play 25 Sailor's Revenge Cheryl Adam
00:10:31