48th out of 63 books — 114 voters
The Mystery of the Hidden House (The Five Find-Outers #6)
by Enid Blyton
Where could Mr Goon's nephew have disappeared to? Mr Goon has forbidden the Five Find-Outers from solving mysteries - so they decide to make one up for his nephew, Ern! But what will happen when Ern disappears, and their pretend mystery turns into a real one?
Paperback, 249 pages
Published 2003 by Egmont Books Limited
(first published 1948)
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Ern is a great addition (who I very much doubt attends a boarding school)... and it's the winter hols so no ices in this story. Larry, Daisy and Pip continue as character shadows to Fatty and Bets. As a historical read I like the two references to the 'Last War'.
The Find outers banned from hunting down mysteries! What sorcery is this! Looks like Fatty will have to go it alone, and in the process of tricking Goon's clumsy nephew Ern he stumbles across a doozy! The others help when they can, and Fatty of course uncovers a stolen car ring and catches the crooks. Typical Enid Blyton fun, good guys vs the bad guys. I do love this series- it's simply smashing!
Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had tw...moreMore about Enid Blyton...