Mystery of the Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton
by Kilkee Children’s Book Club
is the first book in the series of the Five Find Outers and Dog.
It introduces us to Larry and his sister Daisy, Bets and her brother
Pip, and Fatty (Frederick Algernon Trotter) and his dog Buster.
Fatty is new to the village of Peterswood and, at first, the other
children think he is a show off and aren’t so very nice to
him. However, as they get to know him they become good friends.
This story begins with a fire. Mr Hick’s shed has been burnt
down. Mr. Goon, the local constable (who really dislikes all ‘meddling
children’), has a big list of suspects – from the housekeeper
to a tramp. The children decide that they are much cleverer than
old ‘Clear Orf’ (Mr Goon) and begin their first investigation.
It’s surprising just how many people were at the scene of
the crime on the night of the fire and the children have to try
to sort out who the real culprit is.
book was first published in 1943. It’s a classic read and
was enjoyed immensely by the children of the Kilkee book club. They
enjoyed the twists in the story and said they would definitely read
more Find Outers books, as it was a really good mystery story.
8 out of 10.
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