Someone in Peterswood is committing daring daylight robberies. And though the thief has left some big clues behind, it seems he is able to enter houses and get away without being seen. The Five Finder-Outers and Dog (aka Fatty Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster) are on his trail—but so is the village policeman, Mr. Goon. Who will solve this mystery first?
I’ve wanted to read an Enid Blyton since I first found JJ’s reviews in his Minor Felonies posts over at The Invisible Event. So, when I found this in the sales bin at my local library I scooped it up. Yes, I know these are directed at preteens, but hey—a mystery is a mystery—and this is truly a first-class mystery!
I’ve said it before, I’m no expert on mysteries, and definitely not those of the locked-room variety. But, in my uneducated opinion, this fits solidly into that category. While I have little doubt that the experienced mystery reader will come up with the solution, it won’t be immediate. The mystery that Blyton created, while fairly simple, is extremely clever. The clues here are very well done, well placed throughout, and there is just the right amount of misdirection. The Finder-Outers interpret the clues, interview witnesses, and gather evidence, in an investigation that is intelligent and logically done (and may be better executed than some adult mysteries I’ve read).
It was great fun following the Finder-Outers on their investigation. Makes me wish I had found these when I was a kid, and I’m definitely going to be reading more of them.
Vintage Mystery Extravaganza—2015 Bingo—Read one book with an amateur detective