The Judy Bolton books, written by Margaret Sutton (1903-2001), were a popular girls mystery series. The first 4 volumes were published in 1932 by Grosset and Dunlap. The series continued until 1967 and consisted of 38 volumes. Each book was "based on something that actually happened" and many were also based on real life sites. More than 4 million copies were sold, and the books are still popular among collectors such as the Phantom Friends. Fortunately, the entire Judy Bolton mystery series has been republished by Applewood Books. The 39th book in the series, "The Strange Likeness," which Margaret Sutton started but never finished, was written by Kate Duvall and Beverly Hatfield and published in 2012  It brings the series to a happy ending!



Join us for the 2021 Judy Bolton Festivities!

Join us for the 2021 Judy Bolton festivities! Visit this website in October 2021 for the link to the Zoom meetings. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we will not be gathering in Potter County, Pennsylvania this year.  Instead, you are invited to join us on Zoom for a virtual get-together. Watch this site for details on how to join the fun! 

Friday, October 8

  • 2:00 PM Zoom happy hour. Watch this space for the zoom link. Judy Bolton fans will have a chance to say hello and give us a brief update. Pour a glass of your favorite beverage and join us!
  • 3:00 PM  Zoom to the Judy Bolton Exhibit at the Eliot Ness Museum in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Margaret Sutton’s hometown.  Our friend Stephen Green of Southwoods is looking forward to welcoming Judy Bolton fans.

Saturday, October 9 

  • 6:00 PM Evening activities on Zoom begin with a virtual trip back to 1949 when Margaret Sutton visited a reservation in Wisconsin.  From her letters and files, plus photos, we’ll learn about the Ojibwe and their sacred island plus the hotel in the story. This will be followed by the presentation of the 2021 Margaret Sutton Essay Contest winners.  Potter County students in grades 7-12 have been invited to submit a story! Join our panel of judges and the finalists as we announce the winners and hear the top junior high and high school winners read their essays. View the contest rules.
  • 7:00 PM Annual Judy Bolton Trivia Contest. Last year’s winner, Katelyn Mascato, will conduct the contest on The Spirit of Fog Island, #22 in the Judy Bolton Mystery Series. You must be in the Zoom meeting when the contest begins, which will be shortly after 7:00 PM. Have three playing cards handy as these will serve as your markers.  You must promise to keep the book closed and out of sight during the contest! Study up—this is a very competitive contest!  Prizes will be awarded and mailed to the winners, and laughter is guaranteed!

Although we can’t be together in person this year, we hope that Judy Bolton fans who have been unable to travel to Pennsylvania for our past events will be able to join our virtual festivities!

Margaret Sutton Writing Contest 2021!

All junior high and high school students residing in Potter County, Pennsylvania are invited to enter a writing contest with cash prizes!  The contest is being held to encourage young writers and to honor the memory of author Margaret Sutton, who was born and raised in Potter County. 

Theme: A Special Friendship.
Create a short story featuring two people who seem quite different from each other who become friends.  
Entries will be accepted starting June 1, 2021. 

Deadline for submissions is midnight on September 22, 2021.  The judges (a panel of published authors) will announce the winners.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the Junior High and High School categories will receive cash prizes and be invited to attend the annual Judy Bolton fans dinner with their parents.  The first place essays will be published online. 

For complete contest rules, visit

2020 Judy Bolton Trivia Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2020 virtual Judy Bolton weekend. Congratulations to the winners of the annual Trivia Contest: 1st place, Katelyn Mascato, 2nd place Bill Land, 3rd place Zoe Ann White. Our next Judy Bolton Weekend will be October 8-10, 2021 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Our book will be THE SPIRIT OF FOG ISLAND. Check this website for details.

Letters To Live By Book Cover
LETTERS TO LIVE BY, a children's book by Margaret Sutton and her daughters Marjorie Eckstein and Lindsay Stroh, has just been published! Visit for information on how to order this delightful book.

The Talking Snowman, Second Edition Available Now

Cover of the Strange Likeness Prolific author Linda Joy Singleton is the author of over 50 middle-grade, YA and picture books! A lifelong lover of childrens series books, a fan letter she wrote at age 14 led to a life-long friendship with author, Margaret Sutton. This friendship eventually resulted in The Talking Snowman which was co-written by Margaret Sutton and Linda Joy Singleton. The book fits between books #3 and #4 in the Judy Bolton series and is numbered #3 1/2. The first print run sold out and had a solid blue cover with outline of a snowman. This second edition has cover art by Judy Bolton fan Lisa Kucharski. It’s a paperback and includes a map drawn by Margaret Sutton, a foreword by Linda Joy Singleton, and a bonus short story. 

To order The Talking Snowman, send a check or US cash for $12 (includes US postage only) to:
Linda Singleton 
P.O. Box 155
Burson, CA 95225

If you want it autographed by LJS include a note with details. 

If you have any questions email: You can read more about Linda Joy Singleton on her website.

ONE LAST STEP (A Tara Mills Mystery—Book One) is the debut novel in a new FBI mystery series by debut author Sarah Sutton the great-granddaughter of Margaret Sutton

Cover of the Strange LikenessDebut author Sarah Sutton is the great granddaughter of Margaret Sutton and has followed in that tradition with her release of the TARA MILLS mystery series, which includes ONE LAST STEP (Book #1) and ONE LAST BREATH (Book #2). Sarah has always been fascinated by the mystery genre and loves to write suspenseful books with complex characters.

The book is available on all major outlets including Amazon

For more information on the series, go to the author's website at

Literary Legends of the PA Wilds: Margaret Sutton and Judy Bolton

A great article on Potter County author Margaret Sutton was published January 28, 2019 on the Pennsylvania Wilds website!

The Mystery on Judy Lane by Beverly Hatfield — available this fall on Amazon.

UPDATED: Now Available on Amazon

Judy Bolton loves solving mysteries, and this Christmas brings her a new puzzle to solve. . She is newly engaged to lawyer Peter Dobbs and wants the perfect present for him. But a mysterious eavesdropper, threatening phone calls and broken windows on Judy Lane convince Judy, Peter, and their families that the danger is real. Judy will need bravery and ingenuity to solve the mystery in time for everyone to have a Merry Christmas. Margaret Sutton was the creator and author of The Judy Bolton Mystery series from 1932 to 1967. With the permission of Margaret Sutton's family, Beverly Hatfield brings us this new Christmas story. Foreword by Margaret Sutton’s daughter, Lindsay Sutton Stroh.

Author Bio Beverly Hatfield is the co-author of the 2012 Judy Bolton Mystery, The Strange Likeness. As a child, she devoured Judy Bolton mysteries and wished Margaret Sutton had written more books set during the time period when Judy was engaged. Ms. Hatfield decided to fill that gap by setting this book between Margaret Sutton's The Name on the Bracelet and The Clue in the Patchwork Quilt. As an adult, Ms. Hatfield visited the towns and homes in Potter County, Pennsylvania where Margaret Sutton lived and used as her inspiration. Ms. Hatfield enjoys the friendship she has with other Judy Bolton fans and is grateful to share Judy’s newest adventure with them. Meet Beverly and get her autograph at Judy Bolton Days 2018 in Pennsylvania!

New: 3 Watercolor Illustrated Cards
By Margaret Sutton
5 X 7 each, suitable for framing

These three color illustrations (1930-31) were done to illustrate the proposed Melissa series, which eventually became the Judy Bolton Mysteries.  Rachel Beebe Sutton, the author, who was raised in Potter County, Pennsylvania, was given a pen name, Margaret Sutton, by the publishers.  The author also changed blonde Melissa into auburn-haired Judy Bolton, and the rest is history!

$3 per set of 3 (5 X 7) cards
Add $2 for shipping and handling (USA & Canada)
Payable to Lindsay Stroh, 953 Courtyard Lane, #41
Orlando, FL 32825
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Please note that the picture of Peter with the trunk is brighter than shown.

THE STRANGE LIKENESS, #39 in the Judy Bolton series is available!

Cover of the Strange LikenessThe title and some of the plot elements were created by Margaret Sutton before the series was canceled. Based on conversations with Margaret Sutton and her family plus extensive research, coauthors Kate Duvall and Beverly Hatfield were able to create a new mystery for Judy to solve as she pursues a criminal who resembles her husband.

The book is illustrated by Margaret Sutton's daughter, Marjorie Sutton Eckstein, and edited by another daughter, Lindsay Sutton Stroh.  The release of the book was celebrated in Margaret Sutton’s hometown, Coudersport, Pennsylvania, during the annual Judy Bolton Days, October 5-6, 2012. 

The book has been published in paperback ($14.95) by Applewood Books.  A limited number of hardbacks (250 copies) were also available ($24.95).  To order your copies, call Applewood Books at 1-800-277-5312 or visit

Applewood Book SelectionAll 38 Judy Bolton Titles Available from Applewood books!

All 38 of the Judy Bolton Mysteries by Margaret Sutton are now available in paperback from Applewood books. They were laser copied from the first editions of each book, courtesy of the author's family.

Look for them at your favorite bookstore! You can also purchase them on