Mystery Enters the Hospital Author:Annette Turngren Abby Monroe, candy-striper in Mayfield Hospital amd member of the Future Nurses Club, can't understand why she is being summoned to Chicago for the few remaining days of her Christmas vacation. She tells Henry, the boy next door, "I used to baby-sit for the Bennetts when they lived in Mayfield, but I don't see why they sent all the way back her... more »e for me to be a sitter for little Skip now." Nevertheless, Abby accepts the job and the minute she arrives in Chicago, she discovers this is no ordinary baby-sitting task. In the taxi from the station, Mr. Bennett cautions her not to let Skip out of her sight for a minute.
That evening when Abby learns of the real peril threatening the little boy, she suggests spiriting Skip away to her sister Honor's nursery school outside Mayfield. No one will dream of looking for him there and he will be safe until the danger is past. Finally, Mr. Bennett agrees to the plan, and with the aid of Martin, Honor's fiance, and his plane, Skip is safely taken to the nursery school.
At first, Abby congratulates herself on their getting away without anyone knowing, but soon certain odd events make her believe that someone is on her trail. Still, there can't be danger in Mayfield, Abby tells herself. But she hasn't reckoned on Mr. Sable, one of trhe patients in the hospital, or on the man she calls the Choker. In addition, other strange occurrences, whenever she is on duty, throw Abby into a near panic. Because of a promise to Mr. Bennett, she can't confide in Henry, or in Pam, her best friend and fellow candy-striper. But what if just by being there, she should bring disaster to the hospital itself? Worst of all, as the days lengthen into weeks without a word from Mr. Bennett, Abby begins to have doubts about him and to wonder about his real intentions.
Looking for proof to corroborate her suspicions, Abby visits the house where the Bennetts used to live, now being remodeled into a nurse's home. But Henry's sudden appearance makes her give up her search before she can find what she is looking for. Abby feels as though she is surrounded by enemies, and that she alone in Mayfield can fight off the danger threatening Skip. She must make no mistakes. But, driven by her doubts, she nearly makes one slip that would give away her frightening secret. Now Abby ralizes that the desperate responsibility for Skip's safety is more tha she can handle alone, and she confides in Henry. Working together, they succeed in discovering the identity of the culprit and finding the solution to the mystery.
Set against the fascinating background of a busy modern hospital, this story is told with a vividness and liveliness that few mysteriws for girls can match.« less