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The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat

(The Five Find-Outers #7)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,591 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Who could have robbed the theatre's safe? The theatre safe has been robbed and Boysie, the pantomime cat, is top of the list of suspects. But could his best friend and fellow actress, Zoe, be the real thief? ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Egmont (first published January 1st 1949)
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Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic novel. Very interesting. I wish I could be a find outer too because their mysteries are so amazing and this one was one of my favourites. Really a nice one. In the starting it was really difficult for them to solve this mystery but off course it was young bets who suddenly had a brainwave and as usual fatty used his clever mind to solve the mystery along with the other four and the dog!!

Also I wish Enid Blyton was alive so she could write more books like these !!
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, uk, mystery
This is quite a grown-up style mystery, but the children manage to solve it. One of the best books from Blyton's Mystery series. ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This mystery really has them stumped, and of course it's little Bets who nails it. She really is a clever little thing, and what with her soft spot for Fatty I can see them married and solving crimes together! But I get ahead of myself, about the book. It was a good mystery, more serious than the usual Enid Blyton mystery. After all, being drugged and robbed is a little harsh. But there are lashings of food and fun, so you know it will end well, and the baddie seems repentant in the end. Goon ma ...more
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Findouters Challenge: Book 7. The second of the Findouters books with a “cat” in the title and theme. In this one, Goon is going away on holiday and is being replaced by a much-friendlier PC Pippin who is in every way Goon’s opposite. However, when it starts off Pippin is quite eager to please Mr Goon though he doesn’t quite believe what he has to say about the children. But Goon’s behaviour towards the children, and particularly Buster soon changes his mind. The children in the meantime have de ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
The seventh entry in Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, in which five British schoolchildren spend their holidays playing detective, The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat sees Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip, and Bets tackling their most complex case yet. When Mr. Goon, the village police bobby and the children's nemesis, goes on vacation, the Find-Outers play a trick on his replacement, PC Pippin. Imagine their surprise when the false clues they've laid out for him, lead him to a r ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mr.Goon is on holiday, a new police name Pippin are replace him. Elisabeth Hilton (Bets) very, very like Pippin. She give Pippin a name card...
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A most mysterious case for the find-outer everything going just the opposite way they want it too. this book is one of my frequent read and I keep on reading it again and again, in the start the find outer's find that goon is going for a holiday or something and to take over a new policeman has been brought in, the find outer's make a kind of mystery for pippin (the policeman who took over when goon was gone) and end up leading him into a real one. one of my favorite story from the five find-out ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is about a cat that was very creepy and the five kids wanted to put a police man on a false mystery but ended up not as they expected
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another find-outers mystery. This time the novelty is that Mr. Goon is on holiday and a novice policeman, PC Pippin, is substituting him. The children extend their war against Mr. Goon to PC Pippin, but the young policeman turns out to be an ally. One has to remember that these are books for children, because the find-outers planting false clues for the police as a prank is funny in a whimsical child's universe, but it is less palatable for an older reader.

It's a fine story, as these mysteries g
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.

This book was also quite interesting in a way that it had one of Enid Blyton's favorite setting, the circus. And the way through the shows, and people, to crack mysteries.
Nadette Xuereb
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really good. I'm currently rereading books from my childhood and these were my absolute favourite. I only read this once, contrary to other books in the series, around 12-13 years ago, but I sort of remembered the plot, maybe that's why it was predicable to me. I forgot how good it was though, I really enjoyed it. ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
The most baffling part of this mystery was how nobody in the entire cast realised that a costume can be taken off from one person and put on another.

There were a couple of funny lines, though. And I actually liked most of the setup. So I'm gonna go with "meh" rather than "ugh."
Vinay Leo
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mystery of the Pantomime Cat sees a new policeman in Peterswood, PC Pippin. I liked that character, and hated the ugly side to Goon’s character too. Almost clichéd policeman character his became. The childish Boysie, and how the children work together with Pippin to help Boysie is brilliant. I didn’t like the manager’s character either, to see the “boss” being so ugly to his people. Stories show children who to be, and in this case, who not to be too I think.
Catherine Ryan
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A extremely enjoyable blast from the past, I can remember reading all the "Five Find Outters" 30 plus years ago, and it's still as enjoyable :-) ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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this is the best book ever
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. One of the best of this series.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an ok read for me but not really one of my favourites from Enid Blyton’s. However, The Find-outer are my always favourite characters!
Leena Altaf
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found the book very interesting. When it comes to mysteries, I always spoil it for myself because I solve it WAAAAYYYY before the detective/s solve it. The mysteries that Enid Blyton writes are different from the mysteries I normally read, and I really enjoy that. I was sort of able to solve this mystery before the detectives too.
Jake Collins
Oct 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is a prime example of all Enid Blyton's shortcomings as a crime writer. Her nonsensical ideas about the operating methods and professional boundaries of the police force have never been more apparent or less believable, and the Five Find-Outers show themselves yet again to be devoid of any real detective skills.

I knew I didn't like this series, and now I can clearly see why. The horrendous mismatch of Enid Blyton's writing with the detective genre is actually worse here than in the Sec
Bebe Phramthong
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think it was a fabulous book I had such a fun time reading it.I really liked the mystery books I loved it. The mystery is about the five find outer sand the dog has to make sure they can finish the mystery before poor Boysie and Zoe gets in trouble they did a very good job and the task but they have been missing one special clue they hadn’t thought about but clever little Bets had save them all see what happens next in the PANTOMIME CAT MYSTERY!!!

What a book but poor five find oysters has to d
priyadharshini  sridhar
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
this is one of the first books of enid blyton I read. as you see, I am not such a great fan of enid blyton. I did not develop interest in her books at all after reading one chapter of famous five. I did not like the book at all. one of my friends is a great fan of her unlike me.

however I love this series(mind it, only this series and maybe children at green meadows) written by her. it is full of mystery. just the way I like it. this was the first book I read of the series. I liked the funny nic
Mihir Jain
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am one of those weird Enid Blyton fan who've read at least one of ALL her other characters except The Famous Five. But I particularly remember the Five Find-outers: these were where she made me laugh and my mother worry. The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat was probably my second book from the series and one that I intend to read again as soon as I can ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such fun!!! This is the first of the Dragon series I have read by Enid Blyton. It was such fun! Couldn't put it down. Now I know why so many people requested books by this author when I worked at a now defunct bookstore. If you have a chance to read them, I highly recommend them to both children and adults. ...more
Sean Harding
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: blyton-enid
Book seven of the series and almost half way through. Goon takes some leave so the kids think what a great idea let's prank the new walloper and then of course it leads to a mystery and Goon has to come back ?!!? Anyway typical FFO story with normal events around a different mystery. ...more
Considering this is a kids book, its not bad. Not dumbed down much, but sme things are repetitive.
Tara Calaby
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I didn't love the Five Find-Outers quite as much as the Famous Five, but it was close! A lot of the stories were more interesting to me, but I just didn't like the characters quite as much. ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting. Of all the mystery books this the best one.this book is all about using your brains. I liked reading it.
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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

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