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The Mystery of the Secret Room, by Enid Blyton

After two quite good Five “Find-Outer – and Dog” books, this one slightly disappoints if you are looking for a good “juicy” mystery.

The start of the mystery is really just chance that they should explore the very empty house that the criminals are using and Pip climbs the very tree that lets him see into the “secret room” and for those looking forward to nice long lists of suspects and clues, you will be disappointed.

There is no suspects and no detective work at all really, except questioning Miss Crump and a thirty second long telephone call to “Mr John Henry Smith” aka The Criminal aka Finnigan that gets no information.

Apart from that, the only other event in the mystery is Fatty’s midnight escapade that ends up in him getting caught.

In my opinion, it isn’t even a mystery – I would class it as an adventure.

Although the actual plot is quite bad, the actual read is enjoyable enough, as the Fatty versus Mr Goon clashes are quite funny especially the “French boy” disguises!

To find out how Fatty escapes…

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat, by Enid Blyton

The second “Find-Outer Mystery” is, in my opinion, possibly even better than the first book.

This time the Five Find-Outers are investigating the robbery of Lady Candling’s Siamese cat, but the Find-Outers friend Luke, the gardener’s help, is Mr. Goon the policemans’ chief suspect.  The Find-Outers are determined to clear his name.

However, all the evidence points to Luke – Dark Queen, the cat, was last seen at 4 o’clock, and was found disappeared at 5 o’clock, and Luke  was working on the flower bed near the cat house that whole hour, but he says no-one came near the cat house.

Any reader would guess who had stolen Dark Queen (he is downright horrible and no-one would be able to imagine Blyton making such an awful character, without giving readers the pleasure of seeing him squashed), so the mystery is more about how he stole her.

Like the previous book in this series, there is an interesting twist in the last few chapters, although the Find-Outers did not work it out as quickly as I would have expected.

All in all, a very good read and I would recommend buying it.

Buy The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat here!

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My Top Ten Mystery Books

This is my list of the best adventure/mystery books for children.  I’m listing them in reverse order, starting from ten to my favourite of all, number one.

10. The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, by Enid Blyton.

A mystery with a very surprising solution.  The Five Find-Outers solve the mystery with a bit of Sherlock-Homes-rivalling deduction and observance.

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9. The Secret of Spiggy Holes, by Enid Blyton.

A wonderful adventure book, complete with secret passages and a gang of kidnapping criminals.

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8. The Mystery of the Hidden Gold, by Helen Moss.

A brilliant story, expertly told.

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7. The Mystery of the Invisible Spy, by Helen Moss.

I love the spy theme to this book and the way the plot completely twists half way through.  A very, very good book.

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 6. The Adventurous Four, by Enid Blyton.

This is a very exciting book, with loads of adventure, and because of that, it’s getting a sixth place finish.

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5. The Mystery of the Black Salamander, by Helen Moss.

This is a BRILLIANT book, and is possibly number one in the most complicated plot competition (if there is one!).

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4. The Strike of the Shark, by Bear Grylls.

When I started reading this I thought it was going to be about a boy surviving all kinds of extreme locations and animals, which would have been brilliant, but it combines this with a whole load of mystery, which secures its number four finish.

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3. The Mystery of the Secret Room, by Helen Moss.

I like this book because it is packed with adventure and kept me hooked until the very end.  I also like sort of history-mystery thing because the feeling in the book that the mystery is centuries old makes this definitely the third best mystery book I’ve read so far.

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2. The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Homes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I have just bought this book and it is brilliant.  It is a selection of eight Sherlock Homes cases and it is amazing.  If I had to give it a rating out of ten, I would give it eleven!

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1.The Mystery of the Phoenix Code, by Helen Moss.

This is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite mystery book ever, with one of the most unguessable plots ever.  As soon as I bought it I read it three times in a row I liked it so much!

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I hope you enjoy my list, and call back as I might be reviewing some of these books in more detail soon.  🙂

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The Children of Willow Farm, by Enid Blyton

The sequel to The Children of Cherry Tree Farm,The Children of Willow Farm, is the second book in Enid Blyton’s Farm Series.

Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Peggy, the four children from The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, are now at Willow Farm, the farm that their father bought after seeing how healthy and happy the children were at Cherry Tree Farm.

Unlike in The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, The Children of Willow Farm’s focus is not on British wildlife, but on farming.  As Willow Farm isn’t far from Cherry Tree Farm, Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Peggy can still visit their friend, Tammylan, and as usual, he teaches them all kinds of interesting things about the countryside, its wildlife and farming.  Willow Farm soon has chickens, pigs, cows, sheep and horses, and the children help making butter, making hay and lots more.

The Children of Willow Farm is a wonderfully written, enjoyable book that anyone who likes farming will probably enjoy!

Buy your own copy here…The Children of Willow Farm

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The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, by Enid Blyton

The Children of Cherry Tree Farm is the first in a series of three books, the Farm Series, written by Enid Blyton.

This book, like the other ones in the series, is about Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Penny, and their life on Cherry Tree Farm, their Uncle Tim’s farm (although in the other two books in the series they are at Willow Farm).

The four children had had the flu, measles and some of them got a bad cough so, on advice from the doctor, they are sent on a long holiday at Cherry Tree Farm.  At the farm, they have some adventures with the different animals there, but when they meet Tammylan, a man who lives in a cave or sometimes a tree house they have even more adventures!  Tammylan knows all about the different animals around the farm and has the strange gift of being able to make even the wildest animals come to him.They see grass snakes, smooth snakes, adders, otters, hares, squirrels, foxes, frogs, toads, a weasel, a stoat, voles, rabbits, moles and hedgehogs.

It is a really good book which anyone who likes animals should read!

Buy it here…Children of Cherry Tree Farm

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