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The Mystery of Holly Lane Summary ✓ 9 ¹ Who stole the money that the old man in Holly Lane had so carefully hidden in his cottage and where is it now Why did his furniture disappear in the middle of the night Fatty and the other Find Outers have a long list of suspects and a few clues but this latest mystery just won't be solved Mr Goon thPoliceman is hot on the scent too and he is sure that he has the answer when the others are still utterly confused But who will solve the mystery firs. A enjoyable mystery story the 11th of the 15 books in this series It really is Fatty who works it all out to the disgust of Goon The mystery begins when the five are bored so are set tasks Larry cleans windows of a bungalow where an old man later has money then all his furniture stolenThe pieces slot into place in a real Christoe es fashion Great stuff

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Who stole the money that the old man in Holly Lane had so carefully hidden in his cottage and where is it now Why did his furniture disappear in the mi. 25 starsEnid Blyton was one of my favourite authors growing up My parents grew up on her books as did many from my generation — all private school libraries in India would boast of a mix of all of Blyton’s serial works — a remnant of our Colonial pastSome time last year my mother and I were engaged in a conversation about books from my childhood and my mother asked “Have you ever noticed how there’s racism in Enid Blyton books”Thinking back it was easy to spot them — the Scallywag doll from the Amelia Jane books Carlotta in the St Clare’s books — they jumped to my mind pretty uickly I wasn’t aghast — I guess I knew all along subconsciously But thinking about these books made me wonder if the writing was ever any good or if a lot of it had been over simplified to make it easy for children Stopping at the Enid Blyton section at my library I decided to try out a random book from one of my favourite series — The Five Findouters and Dog and this was the book I grabbed firstComing back to the fictitious town of Peterswood as an adult was like coming back to a place you once used to visit a lot way back in the past something that almost faded out of your memory A place where not much has changed when you come back but everything feels different because you have fundamentally changedPremise Fatty what a terrible nickname Daisy Larry Pip and Bets along with their furry friend Buster discover that an old nearly blind man has been robbed of his savings Naturally it falls upon the shoulders of these pre teens to solve the mystery and ensure the man and his money are soon brought back together since the one man police suad of the town is clearly not as competent as five childrenThings that I liked— Mr Goon the town’s policeman the antagonist decides to dognap Buster Fatty’s dog and shoot him dead since he finds him super annoying When Fatty learns of this horrifying plan he concocts a truly amazing scheme to get Buster back from Mr Goon’s shed; and I was laughing so hard that 125 out of the 25 stars I rated this book is just for this— It was nice to be thrown back to the simpler time of elementary school where all summer I’d read these books While the plot was a bit too simple it was still a pleasant change from what I read usually The remaining 125 stars is for thisThings that I disliked— Frederick’s nickname is Fatty not Fred or Red or Ricky Nope it’s Fatty because big surprise he’s fat— Fatty is such a Gary Stu a male version of a Mary Sue — he’s ranked first in his academics is good at ventrilouism is flawless in disguisingacting is super popular has an I of 200 I’m kidding but it’s somewhere in that range knows nifty tricks like how to break into a house and pick a lock can do anything he sets his mind to is so good tempered that his servants like him is tolerant of people making fun of size often laughing along with them and is rich to the boot So yup the definition of a Gary Stu— Oh my goodness why does Mr Goon always have to be made incompetent for Fatty to look smart in comparison— The other four children are what you call in Hindi chamchagiris ie people who exist to flatter someone else This series could have been named One Kid and Dog but then each book would be only 10 pages long without all the adulation the other four pour about FattyBottom line This experiment went well and it was a lovely throwback to summer days when I’d lie on the floor haphazardly with my legs resting on the windowsill taking in the setting summer sun as I buried myself in a world of scones clotted cream strawberry jam and lemon coolers Ah how wonderful it would be to be seven again ’ xx Pre review25 stars — I read this book as part of an experiment I’ll elaborate on that when I post the review

Summary The Mystery of Holly Lane

The Mystery of Holly LaneDdle of the night Fatty and the other Find Outers have a long list of suspects and a few clues but this latest mystery just won't be solved Mr Goon the. The eleventh title in Enid Blyton's fifteen book Five Find Outers and Dog series in which a group of British schoolchildren play detective on their holidays The Mystery of Holly Lane sees Fatty Larry Daisy Pip and Bets together with Buster the dog stumbling upon a puzzling case involving an old man's missing money When Larry's pretense at window washing leads the children to Hollies Cottage they discover the owner calling for the police Naturally the Find Outers hope to catch the thief before their nemesis police bobby PC Goon and they set out to investigate But as and suspects are eliminated it begins to look as if the old man's devoted granddaughter Marian is the guilty partyThis installment of the series was moderately enjoyable although I did begin to feel irritated by the persistent sexism most freuently expressed through Fatty's orders that the girls must stay home during the exciting night time adventures While perfectly aware that this reflects the social s of an earlier generation Blyton's writing simply isn't accomplished enough to compensate for the annoyanceThe sixth most popular author in the world despite being virtually unknown in the United States it goes without saying that Blyton must still have immense appeal for young readers the world over But eleven books into my project to familiarize myself with her work I remain a little mystified by her continuing popularity Perhaps I'm just growing a little weary of this set of characters I found myself thinking at the close of The Mystery of Holly Lane Only four to go