The Mystery of the Strange Messages
When the local PC starts receiving strange anonymous notes he calls in the Five-Find-Outers to discover their author. However the subsequent discovery leads to greater things as the gang stumble across a diamond robbery.
Reviewed on 2nd January 2020
This is the absolute classic Five Find-Outers mystery. One of the best investigations that Fatty and his friends have had, and possibly one of the best that Enid Blyton ever wrote.
The clues stack up in turn like a grown-up detective story, and allow the reader to slowly piece things together at the same pace as the characters.
Erin’s guest appearance stands out as a returning legend of the series, and the focus on him and Fatty, and what feels like quite revealing points about their relative social status, and indeed a plot that in places seems to be part commentary on social issues, feels quite a diversion from the earlier books in the series which were very focussed on prim and proper behaviour.
Like I say, the best novel of Blyton’s I’ve read.