The Five Find-Outers and Dog are together again! Bets notices that Gladys is upset about something. The "telegraph boy" nearly runs Mr Goon down! Mr Goon finally loses his temper with Mrs Moon.
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Quite a few detectives have had to deal with poison pens, Miss Marple in The Moving Finger included, and in this one our Findouters are faced with one out to create havoc in Peterswood. The Hiltons young maid nineteen-year-old Gladys is one of the first targets and being fond of her the children are eager to help. But Mrs Hilton thinks this is not a case for children to be concerned with and tries to keep them from even getting any hint of it, calling Mr Goon to the Findouters Challenge: Book 4.
But Mrs Hilton thinks this is not a case for children to be concerned with and tries to keep them from even getting any hint of it, calling Mr Goon to the house after they have been sent away on a picnic.
But Mr Goon drops a glove in the house and beginning with that clue they manage to piece together what the problem is. But this is a fairly baffling case for our findouters for, while they do manage to take a look at the letters and put together a list of suspects, there is for much of the story not a single clue and they seem to have to rule out most of those they have on their list.
Luck favours them and with their skills they are able to beat poor Mr Goon out yet again, surprising even Mrs Hilton who is forced to admit they did a great job again. This was in some ways different from the earlier books in the sense of the children having no clues to follow for the most part but they do employ their detective skills going about interviewing various people involved and thinking of ways to start up conversations with them without seeming too rude or nosy.
They have their share of fun along the way as well, a picnic, a day at the market, fun at the stream, and of course tricking Mr Goon. Fatty once again uses his disguising skills a-la Sherlock Holmes whom he admires both to have fun with Mr Goon and solve the case as well, and also his knowledge of getting out of locked rooms.
Another enjoyable instalment. Despite remembering exactly what happens i was just as eager to find out what happened next. I can see now why I was so addicted to Enid Blytons books as a little girl! I need to re-read the rest now!
This was a great little trip down memory lane some 30 years after originally reading this series as a little girl!
Enid Blyton - Mystery
Who could be so spiteful? Even timid Gladys, Pip and Bets housemaid receives one of these anonymous letters. The Find-Outers set about trying to solve this mystery, and even manage to get to look at some of the letters, and discover they were all posted from the small market town of Sheepsale. There are a number of questions left unanswered. For instance, why did the letter-writer put the clues in an unsafe place?
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters