The Mystery of Holly Lane

The Mystery of Holly Lane❮BOOKS❯ ✰ The Mystery of Holly Lane ⚦ Author Enid Blyton – 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 Who stole the money of Holly MOBI î 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 The Mystery PDF/EPUB or long list of suspects and a few clues but this latest mystery just won't be solved Mr Goon the policeman is hot on the scent too and he is sure that he has the answer when the others are still utterly confused But Mystery of Holly eBook ↠ who will solve the mystery first. Review to follow 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 Without a mystery to solve the Five are reduced to playing wild pranks to pass their time One of these pranks was Fatty disguising himself obviously but what really brought a mystery into their lives again was Larry's prank Disguising himself as a window cleaner and cleaning windows of random people Larry chances to see an old man feeling around for his money When there is a theft in that very house Fatty gets involved somehow Of course Mr Goon is baffled and goes after the wrong person while the children solve the mystery Ern makes an appearance which is always fun I found this book a nice read but not really as much fun as many other books in the series The element of surprise was mostly missing and the mystery itself was slightly mediocre 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 Enid Blyton is an amazing childrens author bestselling in the world Although almost undiscovered by AmericansThis series The 5 Find outers Features 4 friends who search out mysteries like detectives often foiling the local constable while doing so Fatty The leader of the children often dresses up in hilarious disguises as he solves these mysteries EnjoyTop Notch reading Introduce your kids to Enid Blyton today Findouters Challenge Book 11 It’s Easter holidays again and Bets and Pip are preparing to meet Fatty at the station as Fatty’s school breaks a week later than their own uite sure that Fatty will be in disguise again the children get into a bit of a muddle when they mistake a Frenchman who is in Peterswood to visit his sister for Fatty but when the real Fatty turns up and is able to placate him with his impeccable French he soon enough befriends the children Meanwhile having no mystery at hand the children decide to play the fool yet again with Fatty taking Mr Goon in as a foreign lady who can read palms and Larry posing as a window cleaner doing some practice “shadowing” But of course their tricks lead them into a new mystery once again when an old nearly blind man in Hollies a cottage on Holly Lane is robbed of all his savings and the very next day all his furniture is mysteriously stolen at midnight Fatty just happens to be there to retrieve a window leather Larry had dropped when cleaning the windows at Hollies though he doesn’t till the next day catch on to what’s been happening Once again the children are in a race against Goon to try and beat him out at solving the mystery where the chief suspect ends up being the old man’s granddaughter Marian who did in deed look after her granddad very well but was the only one who knew where his money was and mysteriously vanished just after the money didThis was one of my favourites as a child since I enjoyed the very creative solution to the mystery or at least part of it very much and though I hadn’t forgotten it still enjoyed reading it very much The part with Mr Henri convalescing sitting by the window at his sister’s house had a bit of a “rear window” touch to it In some books in this series I found myself finding fault with the children for the kind of tricks they played on Mr Goon who isn’t the most likeable of people no doubt but doesn’t always deserve how far they go But in this one my reaction was uite the opposite Mr Goon does a rather detestable thing with Buster having him falsely accused and captured and it was fun watching how Fatty got back at him In fact I enjoyed seeing Mr Trotteville who usually comes across as uite stern approving of Fatty’s “revenge” and having fun at watching it play out On the foodmeter again this one rates fairly high with plenty of scrumptious teas and icecream cake and macaroons and Buster getting his favourite dog biscuits topped with potted meat This was also one where Chief Inspector Jenks now Superintendent Jenks takes the children out for a treat with plenty food As far as solving the case was concerned in this one it was Fatty who really did pretty much everything catching on to the important clues and solving everything at the end besides of course having a very good time with his disguises So a really fun read which I thoroughly enjoyed though modern readers may find some things non PC about this one It's a nice pleasant read I picked it up directly after book 1 so the differences in the characters were stark The kids weren't uite as mean to each other and Fatty was even of a superhero than beforeThat said the structure was baffling The mystery was only introduced about halfway through leaving very little space for twists and turns so of course the ending was rushed and all too neat Definitely not among the best in the series I love how these books seem to stand the test of time but I got a tinge of annoyance when reading this First of all it seems that the children are becoming of pests with each book disrespecting grown ups and meddling Secondly it feels like it's only Fatty who does the work with his friends acting as spectators It feels like the stories are losing a bit of their charm at the end of the series However I still do enjoy these books They're an important part of my childhood But there's a reason why I only read the last few books of the series once while I read the others around 5 10 times each Still I do love this series 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 The story of Penny's long lost sister Holly Nope not uite this time Ethel but that would make a humorous addition to mixed up books anyway I am not just digressing but in the next suburb this one is book 11 of the Five Find Outers and dog and surprise they solve a mystery whilst another surprise annoy Goon and they also have the Fatty and Bets show going on well no surprise their either By the numbers now as we get to book eleven you know what to expect and yet here we are again such is reading life

The Mystery of Holly Lane ePUB ¾ of Holly  MOBI
  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • The Mystery of Holly Lane
  • Enid Blyton
  • English
  • 12 August 2014
  • 9780006932048