Ken Holt

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Ken Holt
The Secret of Skeleton Island (cover art).jpg
Volume 1
Author Sam Epstein
Beryl Epstein
Country United States
Language English
Genre Mystery
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Published 1949-1963
Media type Print

Ken Holt is the central character in a series of 18 mystery stories for adolescent boys written by Sam and Beryl Epstein[1] under the pseudonym Bruce Campbell. The series was published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1949 and 1963.


Ken Holt is the son of a world-famous foreign correspondent Richard Holt. With his friend, Sandy Allen, he travels around the world solving various mysteries. Ken lives with the Allen family, as his father is frequently away and his mother had died before the start of the series.


Like all Grosset & Dunlap books, the series was printed in Wrap-around Dust Jacket for volumes 1-17. After #18 was republished in a picture cover format, #1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 15 were reprinted in Picture Cover. Dust Jackets editions of the other books were printed in 1962 and had not sold out, they were still available in Dust Jacket from the publisher as late as 1974.

Crossover with Rick Brant[edit]

In The Mystery of the Plumed Serpent, as part of an effort between the authors to increase sales, in this book Ken borrows some gadgets from Rick Brant, a character in a similar but more science oriented series. The favor is repaid in the Rick Brant book, The Flying Stingaree (1963).


According to Jim Towey, letters between fans over the years have asked about any volumes after the series ended. Sam Epstein said that he decided to end the series on his own account.

List of titles[edit]

There were 18 planned and released titles in the series. [1]

# Title Copyright
1 The Secret of Skeleton Island 1949
2 The Riddle of the Stone Elephant 1949
3 The Black Thumb Mystery 1950
4 The Clue of the Marked Claw 1950
5 The Clue of the Coiled Cobra 1951
6 The Secret of Hangman's Inn 1951
7 The Mystery of the Iron Box 1952
8 The Clue of the Phantom Car 1953
9 The Mystery of the Galloping Horse 1954
10 The Mystery of the Green Flame 1955
11 The Mystery of the Grinning Tiger 1956
12 The Mystery of the Vanishing Magician 1956
13 The Mystery of the Shattered Glass 1958
14 The Mystery of the Invisible Enemy 1959
15 The Mystery of Gallows Cliff 1960
16 The Clue of the Silver Scorpion 1961
17 The Mystery of the Plumed Serpent 1962
18 The Mystery of the Sultan's Scimitar 1963


  1. ^ a b Axe, John. All About Collecting Boys' Series Books. Hobby House Press, Inc., 2002.

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