The Mystery of the King’s Ransom, by Helen Moss

The fourth “Adventure Island” book starts at Bosgoose Wood, where Emily, Scott, Jack and Drift, Emily’s dog, are exploring.  They see five Braithwaite Boys’ School jeeps arrive on the heath for a camping trip.  It gives Emily the idea to go camping but Aunt Kate (Scott and Jack’s great aunt) and Emily’s parents say no.  Soon, though, something happens to take their minds off the disappointment: the police come to Stone Cottage!  The two police officers say that a boy has gone missing, and as they were seen in the area, which is Bosgoose Wood, they are taken to the police station to be interviewed.  Emily finds out that the missing boy’s name is Sam Chambers and the friends start investigating.

Some guests arrive at the lighthouse, which is ran by Emily’s parents as a Bed and Breakfast: Nico, Rudi and Anya.  One night, though, Emily finds out that they are not the ordinary German group they seem to be when she sees Nico pick up a gun, when he hears a noise while talking with Anya and Rudi at 3 o’clock in the morning!  Emily feels the “German Gang”, as she now calls them, have something to do with Sam Chambers’ disappearance.

What are the German Gang up to and is Sam Chambers just an ordinary schoolboy or is there more to him than meets the eye?

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The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece, by Helen Moss

The fourth “Adventure Island” book, The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece, begins with Jack, Scott, Emily and Drift, Emily’s dog, at the Castle Key Summer Fête.  Emily and Drift had just finished winning the Obedience Trial at it and were at the refreshment tent eating cake with Scott and Jack.  Suddenly two donkeys from the fête charged in and overturned the refreshment table!  A man filming at the fête, named Colin Warnock, had posted a video clip on the internet and when Scott and Jack spot it they go, with Emily, to their Aunt Kate’s neighbour, Mrs Roberts, as she was in the video clip.

However, when the friends show Mrs Roberts the clip she seems frightened, although she tries to hide it.  Scott says she must have technophobia but Emily doesn’t believe him as she used to run the computer club at her school.

That night, when Scott and Jack were sleeping at Stone Cottage, Lilac Cottage, home of Mrs Roberts, was burgled!  Scott and Jack knew nothing about it at all except that a policewoman came and told them to lock up well the next night.  They decide to go with Emily to Lilac Cottage to interview Mrs Roberts to find out more about the break-in but nothing seems to be taken except some money from the kitchen drawer and some paintings that Mrs Roberts says were just cheap prints of ones like Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, a Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady in Blue (The Lady in Blue was invented especially for this book).

A mysterious Spanish guest arrives at the lighthouse, where Emily lives and which her parents run as a Bed and Breakfast.  She is apparently called Bianca Mendez and lives in Chile and Emily soon becomes suspicious of her.  That day, when Bianca is heading up to her room in the lighthouse Emily’s mum asks her, “Will you be here for lunch tomorrow, Bianca?” but she only seems to realise she is being spoken to a few seconds later.  Emily thinks Bianca might be only a false name and she forgot that she was meant to be called that!

It is an amazingly exciting book and you are completely puzzled up until the very end.  It definitely has a likeness to Enid Blyton books especially the Famous Five although it is far more modern with mobile phones and fish and chips!  It is a very good book and I definitely recommend it to you.

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