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The Mystery of the Secret Room

(The Five Find-Outers #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,369 ratings  ·  81 reviews
In the cold and foggy Christmas holidays, it doesn't seem as though the Five Find-Outers and Dog will have anything exciting to investigate. Fatty's got some wonderful new disguises, but there doesn't seem to be any mystery for them at all this time. Then Pip stumbles on a single furnished room in an otherwise deserted house. They try to find out whom the house belongs to, ...more
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Published 2002 by Egmont (first published 1942)
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Findouters Challenge: Book 3. It’s the Christmas holiday and the children are back home again making cards and packing presents, including for their friend, Inspector Jenks. Fatty is now 13 and Bets 9, and Fatty has learnt some new and exciting detective skills (including writing in invisible ink and escaping from a locked room) in the school term, and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Taking over leadership of the Findouters from Larry, he is all set to practice these new skills, teach them t ...more
The third entry in Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, about a group of children who spend their school holidays playing detectives, The Mystery of the Secret Room returns the reader to the village of Peterswood, just as Larry, Daisy, Pip, and Fatty are coming home for the Christmas break. Reunited with Bets, the "baby" of the group, the children (along with Buster the dog) soon find themselves involved in another exciting adventure, as they set out to investigate the str ...more
Mar 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have quite a few Five Find-Outers books but this is actually the first one that I've ever read. I was pleasantly surprised. The mystery was good and the children quite clever. The only thing that bothered me, and I'm sure this is a big part of the charm for children reading this, is the portrayal of the town bobby, whom the kids call "Clear-orf" because this is what he always says to the kids. This seems very disrespectful, even if the man, whose real name is Mr. Goon (not much better!) is les ...more
Derelict Space Sheep

The third book in the series but perhaps the best place to start if new to children’s detective fiction and/or the Five Found-Outers (and dog). Fatty and the others come into their own, outwitting Goon the policeman while solving another mystery.
Nadia Tjahjadi
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always love Enid Blyton ever since my mother introduced me to the famous five, and this series have kept me in my toes and fulfilled my expectation.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about 5 detectives that discover the secret room in an old house and they find out who lives in there.
David Fick
Enid Blyton's The Mystery of the Secret Room is the third book in the "5 Find Outers and Dog" series. I'm reading the series as part of a readathon. It wasn't the best book of the series so far, certainly it doesn't have the surprising detail in characterisation of The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat. It also takes a while to get going, but it reads very quickly once it does. Perhaps if this had been a "Barney" mystery, things would have been fleshed out more, but it seems that the 5 Find Outers ...more
Hmm, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two (which is probably also the signal that it's time for a break!). This one tried to emulate Sherlock Holmes more -- "here are some clever tricks we could do" -- which, I'm not too fond of in my detectives. The reveal also felt disconnected to the clues, which I also don't like. And my favourite parts of the series so far -- the wonderful cast of supporting characters -- were largely absent from the plot of the story. Some adults do appear, but ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting mystery to solve for the Find Outers and dog! By chance, they discover a secret, furnished room in a house that is supposedly empty. Someone's up to no good, and it is always Fatty ending up in trouble. These might be real crooks though, a bit hardier than Enid's usual softies, and he begins to wish he'd called Inspector Jenks fist. It all comes right, and the five have solved another mystery! Yay! ...more
Karthik Ramakrishnan
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swift, kindle-reads
HAHAHA! I have been waiting for Fatty to put on disguises! I remember having SO MUCH fun reading about those bits when I read this series for the first time. What. A. Riot! Also, a good mystery overall, although I felt that Fatty was given more importance in this book; he got the lion's share of the writing- not that I am complaining. ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enid-blyton
One of the most brilliant books in the series and the first one in Fatty's innumerable disguises. More adventures, more puzzles, more Goon! Mysteries are getting more dangerous, but inspector Jenks is always on time to rescue his friends. ...more
Sahil (w7)
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It was a well-written story.
Christina *Cantarella*
Cool book XD
I love the way the writer makes the mysterie so....mysterious...
Elaine Priest
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First ever book I read on my own. Treasure this!
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can't beat a bit of Enid Blyton.
I am thoroughly enjoying re-reading The Five Find-Outers series, which were amongst my favourites when I was younger.
Not my favorite of Blyton's works, though. The plot and the the story is waay too easy to guess. (but its rather acceptable, since its only 192 pages and its a child's book).

Still, worth a shot!
The mysteries of 'The Five Find-Outers' and 'The Famous Five' by Enid Blyton were some of my favourite books when I was young. Not only were they well-written books for children with a good detective story, they always had a good sense of humour and comic relief as well. The third book in 'The Five Find-Outers' series, 'The Mystery of the Secret Room', proves this introductory statement to a tee.

First of all, there are a lot of moments in this book which are perfectly hilarious, like when the b
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another entertaining mystery in the Five Find-Outers series. Fatty teaches the other find-outers detective techniques, including how to escape from a locked room, how to send a messages with invisible ink and how to disguise themselves with costumes. The scenes where Fatty fools Mr. Goon with his disguise are extremely funny.

The mystery part was fine. This time the starting point was not a crime, but an unexplained furnished room in an empty house. There was a lot of emphasis on the children's
Dec 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again - Nostalgia re-reads! Don't buy this from your kids! Go buy books by Mark Oshiro or Claribel Ortega or the myriad of inclusive, cool modern authors for children.

Anyway - I so distinctly remember the little trick to leave the rooms, heh. This story's fun in that it's mostly centered on showing how cool and clever Fatty is, and how he's still a big dumb kid who likes to show off. My favorite boy forever.

Though I kinda understand what people say about seeing kids' stories differently when gro
Listened to in audio format.

The Five Find-Outers were home for the Christmas holidays and were hoping for a juicy mystery to solve.

However all was quiet in Petersfield so Fatty decided to teach the other children some of the detective skills he had learnt during the last term. Pips, Betts, Larry and Daisy had fun learning how to write with invisible ink and how to get out of a locked room without a key.

Also Fatty bought some disguises for Christmas and tormented poor Old Clear Orf with his disgu
Kimiya Mushtaq
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one of the best mystery book of all the time to me. I love mystery books. I have not read part #1 and #2, but I promise one day I will beg my parents to get me the book so I can read them. Well I have not asked them yet but I don't think that they will not get one for me because my sister has many fat books so we need a bookshelf. Fatty was really intelligent that he knows how make an invisible ink, get out through a lock door and once on his birthday he was making enough money to buy some ...more
Book Grocer
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Find-Outers is a clever mystery series from bestselling author Enid Blyton, and perfect for fans of The Secret Seven . Pip discovers a room in Miss Crump's old empty house isn't empty at all - someone has been using it! It's the perfect mystery for Fatty to put his new talent for disguises to use. Now it's up to Fatty and Pip along with Bets, Larry, Daisy and Buster the dog to find out who has been using Miss Crump's old house.

Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, vintage
The children are playing hide and seek in a deserted garden when Pip spots a fully furnished room at the top of the house. The FFO begin to investigate, complete with disguises and lessons on invisible wiring and how to escape from a locked room. This comes in handy when Fatty is captured by the villains who are using the deserted house for their own purposes
Props for Fattysettwr to Goon in invisible ink calling him a meddler and a muddler, and how he gets himself out of the situation😂
Saffron Mavros
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For young minds, these books proved to be so thrilling, the zest, the tumble into adventures, cracking puzzles, finding clues and finally putting criminals and robbers behind bars!

The mystery series were one of the best series in the Enid Blyton collection.
Apr 23, 2022 rated it liked it
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Christine Mathieu
Jul 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared with the Famous Five, Adventure series, Barney series and Adventurous Four only 4 stars.
However, this volume is one of my three favorites in the Five Find Outers & Dog series.
Lovely winter atmosphere and a great mystery.
Nick de Vera
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Read this when I was a kid. "The Find-Outers" is such a great phrase. ...more
Maisie Dappletrot
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it was very very exciting and soooooo mysterious and I loved it!😃😍👍🤩
Daniela Soplantila
Bring back childhood memories.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enid-blyton
Nice book with a good story
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Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

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