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Refresh and try again. I thought that was more than a little thin and badly orchestrated. But all this fun doesn’t make a good mystery. A nostalgic tale that takes me back to my childhood. Pip and Bets are involved when their young maid Gladys receives one of the letters, which reveals a secret – her parents are in prison for theft and she has lived in a girls home.

The Find-Outers: The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters : Enid Blyton :

Aug 19, Roze rated it really liked it Shelves: Their arch-enemy, village policeman Mr Goon is also on the case, and the children must hurry to solve the mystery before he does.

When Fatty does his presentation in front of Mr Goon and Inspector Jenks I was spiteeful expecting some other revelation, something I wasn’t expecting Later in the book Fatty dons the same red wig and pretends he’s a butcher boy, and later still a parcel delivery boy.

This would have broken the Find-Outer series rule that they hlyton to rub it in the face of Goon by always having Inspector Jenks present when the mystery is revealed.

Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster become involved in a very peculiar situation when a series of unsigned letters are sent to various people letteds Peterswood. Fatty clearly has the leading role in this book, Mr. What’s great about previous mysteries like Burnt Cottage and Disappearing Cat is that, although we know who did the crimes, lefters don’t know how. She died in but remains one of the world’s best-loved storytellers.


The Find-Outers: The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters : Book 4

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Jun 02, Puspacinantya rated it really liked it Shelves: Who is the nasty person writing the unkind letters to people everywhere – Fatty and Co are on the trail – with the continuing unresolved tension between Fatty and Bets and the continuing ridiculous we have to compete against the coppers story line and Fatty with his disguises etc it is all a bit crazy but it is reasonably entertaining – it really is different when you read it as an adult compared to as a child, you see different things, and perhaps miss other things?

Return to Book Page. A nice little mystery Frightened and distraught, Gladys leaves her job. It’s curious how you approve kids’ actions and resent grown-ups that are hiding mystery from them – when reading this from kids point of view. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Jan 15, Tara Calaby rated it really liked it Shelves: Fatty once again uses his disguising skills a-la Sherlock Holmes whom he admires both to have fun with Mr Goon and solve the case as well, and also his knowledge of getting out of locked rooms.

The adults confide in Mr Goon and everything is kept quiet so the kids can’t “interfere” No trivia or quizzes yet.

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The five find-Outers and the dog, kids who are into solving mysteries of daily lives. He again used his newspaper trick to escape from the room he was locked in, which prompts me to mention Mr Goon’s “long routine telephone call which he made every day about this time”, allowing Fatty te time to escape.


Want to Read saving…. I hope this one is a blip rather than an example of what’s left to come in the remaining stories. First published inthis edition contains the orginal text and is unillustrated.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Retrieved from ” lteters May 18, Debbie Sally rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed the whole red-headed boy thing, and Mr Goon’s confusion as each disappears into thin air without a trace the last from a box room where the befuddled policeman locks him up.

The Five Find-Outers 1 – 10 of 15 books. Nov 05, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore added it Shelves: Sep 27, Aidan Michael rated it liked it.

The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters

It also features Constable Goon, the not very loveable not very bright police officer. From Bets overhearing conversations and Gladys slipping the letters to Fatty to Fatty answering Pip’s telephone, the sudden appearance of the clues and Inspector Jenks’ presence at Pip’s house—it is all just a little too contrived for my fhe. I could see this being a series I would have loved as a kid.

But when you imagine that these kids are yours – no way lettegs would easily allow them to get into any more trouble. I think it would have been nice for such a wonderful character to make another appearance, if only for a paragraph.

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Paperbackpages. The mystery of the spiteful letters is a fun read. There is a hilarious and unforgettable character mr Goon.