MYSTERY OF THE
Illustrations by Eileen Soper
and the Rev. J. Kirrin
© Robin Gordon 2001.
The rights of Robin Gordon as author of this story, of Enid Blyton as first chronicler of the adventures of the Famous Five, of Eileen Soper as original illustrator, and of the Rev. J. Kirrin as adapter of the illustrations are hereby asserted. See Copyright and concessions
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As children you were thrilled by the adventures of the Famous Five, Julian Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog, which Enid Blyton wrote for you and put into her books.
You won't be surprised, I'm sure, to hear that the sort of children who fall into adventures like these, don't stop having adventures when they grow up, and that, if they have children, those children are the sort of children who have adventures too.
Of course the world is a much nastier place now than it was in Enid Blyton's day. Children can't just go off by themselves and camp out in complete safety. There are people about today who wouldn't hesitate to kill children who got in the way of their nefarious activities. Worse still there are people who would take pleasure in torturing and killing children.
This story is about some people like that, so, although it is about your childhood friends, it may not be really suitable for you to read to your children.
I hope you enjoy it.
1. THREE HEAR NEWS AND A FOURTH ARRIVES
2. DICK'S STORY: THE LIVELY FIVE
3. THREE GET INTO TROUBLE
4. SIX COUSINS
5. SIX HAVE A MYSTERY TO SOLVE
6. TWO ON A SECRET TRAIL
7. ONE HAS PLENTY OF FUN
8. QUITE A LOT HAPPENS
9. TWO GET INTO A FIX
10. ALWAYS WINTER AND NEVER CHRISTMAS
11. TWELVE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN
12. A NOISE IN THE NIGHT
13. GEORGE, DICK AND HARRY
14. THE DEED BOX
15. MYCOCK RISES TO THE OCCASION
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Appendix II. Geography
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He swopped his reading glasses for his distance specs
When she had a scrap with Nick she pretty soon had him at her mercy
The sandy-haired dwarf would glare at them
"Me next, Timmy!"
He ran off in his shirt and told his mother we'd all attacked him
"You don't deserve ever to wear trousers again," said Julian (Note 4)
"Don't trust me wiv money, mister!
"Now then, bhoys, explain yourselves"
The squat little man grabbed the terrified boy
There at the entrance to the bay was Kirrin Island
At last they saw the little boat setting out across the bay
There were boxes of ammunition
They ran like bats out of hell along the underground passage
"Think you're so superior!" said Harry
Fran screamed and ran
"Oh, Anne, how lovely to see you"
The boys were pushed and pummelled down into the dungeons
He turned to Gavin
"The back sounds hollow," said Andrew
"There's another false back behind the first"
... the villain of the piece, Liam O'Shaughnessy
"I don't care," continued Anne. "I'm going to have to go to the police"
"All that boasting and it wasn't you at all"
"George!" he said crossly. "What are you doing in my study?"
They sat together in silence
"I'm afraid, old girl, that there's another nasty shock for you"
Little Fanny was sitting quietly
Mycock sprang forward