24th July 2020
The third Secret Seven novel felt exceptionally weak to me.
It’s clearly aimed at a younger audience than the Five Find-Outers novels that I’ve read more recently, but this story in particular seemed to spend all of its focus on setting, and very little on plot.
The characters barely do any detective work, and almost everything just happens around them, or happens by mechanism of talking to parents. The story doesn’t live up to that in the previous two stories.
It feels slightly less dated though - there’s still some sexism and classism, but the sexism is at least partly challenged.