Mystery of the Jade Idol Author:Anna Andrews Barris Judy Winslow coaxes her cousin Susanne Lawrence to ride to an abandoned monastery near the plantation they are visiting in Mexico. Judy and Susanne meet up with their Uncle Jim and his friend, Colonel Thompson outside the monastery. The men take the girls to the strong room inside the monastery where the girls view the valuable jade idol that ... more »the Colonel found in an archaeological excavation.
As Uncle Jim is to be away for two weeks, he plans to leave the key to the strong room with the Colonel. Judy, ever ready for adventure, cajoles the Colonel into letting her keep the key, which he very reluctantly does. Later, the girls speak of the key and the idol and are overheard by others.
Soon, the key is stolen from Judy's room and the idol disappears from its hiding place. Judy suspects that either an Indian stole it or their new friend, Phil Stanton, and vows to reveal the thief and recover the stolen idol.« less