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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage

(The Five Find-Outers #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,427 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pep, Bets and Buster the dog turn detectives when a mysterious fire destroys a thatched cottage in Mr Hick's garden in their village.

Calling themselves the 'Five Find-Outers and Dog' they set out to solve the mystery and discover the culprit. The final solution, however, surprises the Five Find-Outers almost as much as it surprises Mr Goon the village
Paperback, 216 pages
Published 2003 by Egmont (first published 1943)
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Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enid Blyton was my favourite author growing up and I devoured everything she wrote. I decided to re-read a few of her novels as an adult and I wasn't disappointed with this first novel in the mystery series. Naturally the mystery of the burnt cottage was very straightforward as an adult, but as a child I remember marvelling at the twists and turns in the plot.

A must -read for children!
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents who want to find books to read to their young kids
Shelves: kidsbigandlittle
My dad used to read this series to me and I just love them. There are other series that are more famous by Enid Blyton, but this is the best. I highly reccommend them. Brilliant writing, good plots, and all about friendship and imagination. Who could go wrong with that?
Nandakishore Varma
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enid-blyton
As weekend approaches, it is nostalgia time. Even though this was the first mystery in the series, I read it quite later on. Now I remember only Fatty and Buster the Dog, though.

Considered as mysteries, these were simple to the point of silliness, but I read most of them at the right age. So the stars are from my childhood self.

I liked Fatty because he was fat - like me. It somehow boosted my ego that a fat boy could be clever.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Findouters Challenge: Book 1. Among Enid Blyton’s mystery series, the Five Findouters have always been my favourite (though I read and loved the others too), one reason being the very imaginative solutions to so many of their cases. This time around I’ve decided to read all 15 of the books chronologically for the first time.

The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage is the first of the series and opens with siblings Laurence “Larry” and Margaret “Daisy” Daykin waking up to the smell of a fire. They and th
John Beta
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A student member of our book club read this, so I decided to give it a read. What a charming story about 5 kids and a dog. It took me back to my childhood, although I wasn't around at the writing of this book. I loved the English phrases/accents! "I'll be ready in a tick." Love that! And of course the kids called the copper "Ol Clear Orf," because he always told the kids to clear off. Childhood innocence, with a tad of mischief, and always in good manners. Again, quite charming and fun, even tho ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seems like I'll be diving back into my childhood... Came across these series again and it reminded me of the days when I bunked lectures just to read these books in library.. Got an urge to read them back...;) Can't help it these were the books that made me keep on reading...
David Evans
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Having read most of these delightful whodunnits by the age of 10 I still hadn't got hold of the first book in the series which gives a lot of important background for a fan. For some reason the local bookseller never had it in stock and when I asked about it he told me that they'd had some in, but they went like "hot cakes". He didn't offer to order me a copy and I didn't realise that he could have done. No wonder independent booksellers go out of business. I had to resort to re-reading so many ...more
Maitha Alsuwaidi
Before I choose the book, I was afraid from not completing it. I bought it in 2009 when I decided to read an english books. I read it twice but I could not complete it because of the hard vocabulary. To let you know english is my second language. Furthermore I challenged myself to read The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage even if it is children book. I liked the begging of the story when the cottage was burnt and how the 5 children and Buster the dog decided to know who burnt the cottage because the ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, I've already finished this book. I like to read mystery book. I chose this book because I used to read books that Enid Blyton write.
This novel is easy to read because The writer, she used easy vocabulary and didn't have complex sentences. This novel is about five children and one dog. They want to find that who burnt Mr. Hick's cottage. All of them are clever and really observant. If you want to read a childreb novel with easy vocabulary and funny, I will suggest you to read this book!
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 5 children who would like to find the truth about the person who burn the cottage. I enjoyed to read this book and want to be one of the find-outers too. In my opinion, I think the hero of this story is Buster if he doesn't good nose for snuff, maybe they can't find the real suspect.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was struggling a bit to think of a children's classic that was not a young adult novel (I Capture the Castle) or a picture book (Winnie the Pooh) or anything by Frances Hodgson Burnett (ha, well, I might read The Secret Garden anyway...), when luckily Christophe came along and suggested his childhood fav The Find-Outers .

I would have easily loved this series when I was eight. It's still very charming now. It has a fantastic sense of humour -- the 'Find-Outers' being kid-speak for detectives,
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle-Grade Mystery Readers
It seems incredible to think that Enid Blyton, the world's sixth most popular author (right up there with Shakespeare), is virtually unknown in the United States, but so it is. Whether this strange reality is owing to the anti-American prejudice some have perceived in Blyton's work, or simply to the fact that the U.S. has a long-standing and very prolific tradition of children's series of its own, I couldn't say. But as someone with a great interest in children's literature, I have long thought ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3,75 stars - English pocketbook - I have dyslexia -
Youth sentiment. 😀😁😀🦋🌺🌹🌸
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, childrens
Cute but enjoyable short story from the mind of Enid Blyton. It's always a joy to read her novels - even when I disagree with a lot of the attitudes portrayed by the characters.

Look forward to reading more of this series c:

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Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage' is the first in the series (there are 15 titles in all) featuring the Five Find-Outers and Dog and we are introduced to the characters:
Frederick Algernon 'Fatty' Trotteville, a generous sole whose nickname comes from his initials FAT
Laurence 'Larry' Daykin, the eldest of the five and the leader in this first tale
Margaret 'Daisy' Daykin, Larry's younger sister. and the person who had the original idea for the Five Find-Outers
Philip 'Pip' Hilton, older brother of
Mansi Srivastava
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going back to days of carefreeness, the Series is Definitely one of my favorite when it comes to children's book. Read it whenever you want something light hearted to read. For some, it may be non realistic, hypothetical storyline, but come on! That's why we read books right?
Short, precise story, with a new plot twist in almost every chapter, it delivers what is takes to be called a mystery story to a decent level.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nelina Kapetsoni
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The review is about all the 15 books of the series. They're all pretty much the same after all. The writing is awful, all books begin and end in the same way and the characters are stereotypical: the genius boy that does everything right, the smart girl who would probably be even smarter if she was a boy, and three more kids who have essentially supporting roles proving that the first boy is a prodigy! Still, there is something about these books which never stops fascinating me. I'm going back t ...more
** Books 287 - 2016 **

3 of 5 stars!

I expect more from this children detective story but i think it is good enough for me :)

Thank you Bookmate!
Loved this series of books as a child. These fuelled my liking for the crime/thriller/mystery genres of books, which I still love reading today.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first in the series (I'm reading them totally out of order, by the way) sees the Find Outers come together for their first mystery. It's good to see the others doubting Fatty's genius, and sneering at Bets. They soon change their tune! You see, Bets and Fatty (and Buster of course!) become my favorite characters over time, so it's good to see the others doubting and being shown up. The whole group isn't sure how to tackle a mystery, and that's part of the fun. They aren't the conscious detec ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I remember that when I was younger I would get read this story as a bedtime story. If I remember correctly I liked the series then and I still loved the book. I like how children solved the mystery before the police men. I also really like the style Enid Blyton write in non complex sentences and easy vocabulary. This book is suitable to read to children and for older children to read. I liked that all the characters had there stereotypical role with in the group. I would definitely recommend thi ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really read any Blyton as a child. Now, reading them as an adult, I feel as though I was really missing out on something wonderful.
This series is absolutely charming. It really takes me back to that feeling as a child that anything is possible. The characters are lovable, especially little Bets, and going on this adventure with them is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I would recommend this book (and the series in general) to anyone who enjoys a spot of mystery, especially for childre
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think it is a great little book with a lot of small time humour. It may be a children's mystery book, but like any good mystery book, it fills you with surprise and is great for any age groups. The story is very unsuspecting, keeping the culprit hidden till the very ending. For a children's book, it still fills the grown-ups with suspense, and surprises you at the end. Great Book from Enid Blyton.
Catherine Ryan
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to revisit childhood favourites on my Kindle :-)
Gail Wylde
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-s-books
It has to be 5stars for taking me back 50 years and now I'm able to discuss the book with my 9 year old granddaughter!!
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My favourite Enid Blyton series - the characters are so much fun and hey, how could you not love disguises, bamboozled policemen and villainous villains?
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read this series in my childhood. It seems strange reading a Blyton mystery, instead of the adventures I'm used to, but this is done quite well, with one of her typical group of children as heroes. They investigate a case of arson, trying to find out who set fire to their neighbor's cottage. It's straightforward, but it has everything and everything fits tightly: there are suspects, clues (or "glues", as Bets would say), alibis and red herrings. Think of it like Agatha Christie for chil ...more
Khizar Ahmed
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Khizar by: myself
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May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
As a kid, my favourite Enid Blyton mystery stories were those of the Five Find-Outers (and dog), over the Famous Five or Secret Seven. I just found myself really connecting with the stories and used to make my own invisible ink or hide in dens after reading them. I've decided to re-evaluate these stories as an adult, and THE MYSTERY OF THE BURNT COTTAGE is the first in the series.

This isn't as good as the later books in the series, mainly because the mystery is a little mundane. The kids go arou
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Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, 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 192

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“I never have bruises like that. I suppose it's being fat that makes them spread so. Won't you look lovely when you go yellow-green?" "That's one thing about me," said Fatty, "I'm a wonderful bruiser. Once, when I ran into the goal-post at football, I got a bruise just here that was exactly the shape of a church-bell. It was most peculiar.” 1 likes
“But, except for a good shaking, and some fine big bruises, Fatty was not hurt at all. His fat had kept him from breaking any bones!” 0 likes
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