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Mystery of the Dark Tower is the sixth book in the History Mysteries series.


  • Bessie Coulter: A young girl who, at the start of the novel, is taken to Harlem, New York
  • Eddy: Bessie's little brother; he has a stuttering problem, but is good at imitations
  • Aunt Nellie: Bessie's young and vibrant aunt
  • Aunt Esther: Bessie's sterner aunt
  • Edward Coulter: Bessie's father working to keep the family together
  • Martha Coulter-Bessie's mother who suffers from tuberculosis
  • Lillian Moore: Bessie's best friend from the British West indies
  • Ms. FLo: A lady from the Caribbean islands; rumored to have voodoo powers
  • Grandma: Bessie's grandmother

Chapter-by-Chapter Summary[]

Chapter One: Misery[]

Chapter Two: Hating Harlem[]

Chapter Three: Sounds in the Night[]

Chapter Four: Weary Blues[]

Chapter Five: Caught[]

Chapter Six: Half-Truths[]

Chapter Seven: Fixing Legs[]

Chapter Eight: The Conjure[]

Chapter Nine: Getting There[]

Chapter Ten: The Darkest Hour[]

Chapter Eleven: Family[]

A Peek Into the Past[]