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In the cold and foggy Christmas holidays, it doesn't seem as though the Five Find-Outers and Dog will have anything exciting to investigate. Fatty's got some wonderful new disguises, but there doesn't seem to be any mystery for them at all this time. Then Pip stumbles on a single furnished room in an otherwise deserted house. They try to find out whom the house belongs to, In the cold and foggy Christmas holidays, it doesn't seem as though the Five Find-Outers and Dog will have anything exciting to investigate. Fatty's got some wonderful new disguises, but there doesn't seem to be any mystery for them at all this time. Then Pip stumbles on a single furnished room in an otherwise deserted house. They try to find out whom the house belongs to, but they're not making much progress - until Fatty decides to go to the house to see what he can uncover. Suddenly trapped by the men inside, he writes a note to his friends, apparently innocuous enough, but with another secret message hidden beneath it. Mr Goon has tried investigating the house too, but only ends up locked in the coal cellar and covered in dust. The rest of the Find-Outers call Inspector Jenks to help Fatty, and find the house has been a place for storing stolen goods and the men inside are wanted criminals. Another mystery safely solved!


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In the cold and foggy Christmas holidays, it doesn't seem as though the Five Find-Outers and Dog will have anything exciting to investigate. Fatty's got some wonderful new disguises, but there doesn't seem to be any mystery for them at all this time. Then Pip stumbles on a single furnished room in an otherwise deserted house. They try to find out whom the house belongs to, In the cold and foggy Christmas holidays, it doesn't seem as though the Five Find-Outers and Dog will have anything exciting to investigate. Fatty's got some wonderful new disguises, but there doesn't seem to be any mystery for them at all this time. Then Pip stumbles on a single furnished room in an otherwise deserted house. They try to find out whom the house belongs to, but they're not making much progress - until Fatty decides to go to the house to see what he can uncover. Suddenly trapped by the men inside, he writes a note to his friends, apparently innocuous enough, but with another secret message hidden beneath it. Mr Goon has tried investigating the house too, but only ends up locked in the coal cellar and covered in dust. The rest of the Find-Outers call Inspector Jenks to help Fatty, and find the house has been a place for storing stolen goods and the men inside are wanted criminals. Another mystery safely solved!

30 review for The Mystery of the Secret Room

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    Findouters Challenge: Book 3. It’s the Christmas holiday and the children are back home again making cards and packing presents, including for their friend, Inspector Jenks. Fatty is now 13 and Bets 9, and Fatty has learnt some new and exciting detective skills (including writing in invisible ink and escaping from a locked room) in the school term, and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Taking over leadership of the Findouters from Larry, he is all set to practice these new skills, teach them t Findouters Challenge: Book 3. It’s the Christmas holiday and the children are back home again making cards and packing presents, including for their friend, Inspector Jenks. Fatty is now 13 and Bets 9, and Fatty has learnt some new and exciting detective skills (including writing in invisible ink and escaping from a locked room) in the school term, and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Taking over leadership of the Findouters from Larry, he is all set to practice these new skills, teach them to the others, and pull one over poor Mr Goon. (The invisible ink was great fun, and I was surprised to learn when I did a MOOC on royal food etc., that someone actually used the exact same trick to escape the Tower of London.) While “practicing” these newly learnt skills, Pip runs into an empty house to escape Mr Goon and stumbles upon a “secret” room the only one in an otherwise empty house to be well furnished and that looks lived in, and knows at once that there is a new “mystery” for the Findouters to look into. But they must also try to keep Goon from finding what they’re up to since this isn’t (as the first two books) a case that the constable is working on. They manage to outsmart the crooks yet again, and unknowingly put poor Mr Goon in an awkward position as well. This one doesn’t quite fall into the “creative” category as far as solutions go but is the first of the books where Fatty (and the others) begin to use disguises and accents―mostly to play tricks on poor Mr Goon but which help them out in the mystery proper as well. Fatty is boastful as usual, clever for the most part, but does some rather silly, falling into the villains’ clutches as well, something one wouldn’t expect from him. Bets though nine is still child-like for her age but also the one that spots the all-important clue saving them from a pretty dangerous situation. The rating on the foodmeter is some (but only a few) notches higher than book 2, as the children tea is described and they do a little more eating. We also meet Mrs Trotteville in this one for the first time but still not Fatty’s father, but his “den” is introduced. Mr Goon is in general pretty nasty, especially with poor Buster (not so much in this one though he does kick him when he gets at his ankles), but one can’t help but feel sorry for him sometimes. This was an exciting one, far more dangerous for the children than their earlier cases, and a fun instalment in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The third entry in Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, about a group of children who spend their school holidays playing detectives, The Mystery of the Secret Room returns the reader to the village of Peterswood, just as Larry, Daisy, Pip, and Fatty are coming home for the Christmas break. Reunited with Bets, the "baby" of the group, the children (along with Buster the dog) soon find themselves involved in another exciting adventure, as they set out to investigate the str The third entry in Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, about a group of children who spend their school holidays playing detectives, The Mystery of the Secret Room returns the reader to the village of Peterswood, just as Larry, Daisy, Pip, and Fatty are coming home for the Christmas break. Reunited with Bets, the "baby" of the group, the children (along with Buster the dog) soon find themselves involved in another exciting adventure, as they set out to investigate the strange furnished room that Pip discovers on the top floor of an otherwise empty house. This entry in the series has the same formulaic plot and wooden prose of the first two books, although Blyton does manage to develop her characters somewhat. The friendship between Bets and Fatty - the two "outsiders" of the group - continues to strengthen, and Fatty's superior knowledge, clever ideas, and quick thinking prompt the others to make him the new leader, though they are still quick to depress his tendency to boast. There really isn't much here to interest the adult, but young readers - especially those with a taste for series - will enjoy these books. What they lack in suspense, they make up for in humor, particularly in the Find-Outers' dealing with slow Mr. Goon - nicknamed "Clear 'Orf" by the children - the local police bobby.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Derelict Space Sheep

    42 WORD REVIEW: The third book in the series but perhaps the best place to start if new to children’s detective fiction and/or the Five Found-Outers (and dog). Fatty and the others come into their own, outwitting Goon the policeman while solving another mystery.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadia Tjahjadi

    I always love Enid Blyton ever since my mother introduced me to the famous five, and this series have kept me in my toes and fulfilled my expectation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yasmina

    This is a book about 5 detectives that discover the secret room in an old house and they find out who lives in there.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Fick

    Enid Blyton's The Mystery of the Secret Room is the third book in the "5 Find Outers and Dog" series. I'm reading the series as part of a readathon. It wasn't the best book of the series so far, certainly it doesn't have the surprising detail in characterisation of The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat. It also takes a while to get going, but it reads very quickly once it does. Perhaps if this had been a "Barney" mystery, things would have been fleshed out more, but it seems that the 5 Find Outers Enid Blyton's The Mystery of the Secret Room is the third book in the "5 Find Outers and Dog" series. I'm reading the series as part of a readathon. It wasn't the best book of the series so far, certainly it doesn't have the surprising detail in characterisation of The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat. It also takes a while to get going, but it reads very quickly once it does. Perhaps if this had been a "Barney" mystery, things would have been fleshed out more, but it seems that the 5 Find Outers are more "case" focused, junior versions of Sherlock Holmes, rather than simply children who randomly fall into adventure during their school holidays.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Another exciting mystery to solve for the Find Outers and dog! By chance, they discover a secret, furnished room in a house that is supposedly empty. Someone's up to no good, and it is always Fatty ending up in trouble. These might be real crooks though, a bit hardier than Enid's usual softies, and he begins to wish he'd called Inspector Jenks fist. It all comes right, and the five have solved another mystery! Yay! Another exciting mystery to solve for the Find Outers and dog! By chance, they discover a secret, furnished room in a house that is supposedly empty. Someone's up to no good, and it is always Fatty ending up in trouble. These might be real crooks though, a bit hardier than Enid's usual softies, and he begins to wish he'd called Inspector Jenks fist. It all comes right, and the five have solved another mystery! Yay!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karthik Ramakrishnan

    HAHAHA! I have been waiting for Fatty to put on disguises! I remember having SO MUCH fun reading about those bits when I read this series for the first time. What. A. Riot! Also, a good mystery overall, although I felt that Fatty was given more importance in this book; he got the lion's share of the writing- not that I am complaining. HAHAHA! I have been waiting for Fatty to put on disguises! I remember having SO MUCH fun reading about those bits when I read this series for the first time. What. A. Riot! Also, a good mystery overall, although I felt that Fatty was given more importance in this book; he got the lion's share of the writing- not that I am complaining.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Djereloz

    One of the most brilliant books in the series and the first one in Fatty's innumerable disguises. More adventures, more puzzles, more Goon! Mysteries are getting more dangerous, but inspector Jenks is always on time to rescue his friends. One of the most brilliant books in the series and the first one in Fatty's innumerable disguises. More adventures, more puzzles, more Goon! Mysteries are getting more dangerous, but inspector Jenks is always on time to rescue his friends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sahil (w7)

    It was a well-written story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina *Cantarella*

    Cool book XD I love the way the writer makes the mysterie so....mysterious...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Priest

    First ever book I read on my own. Treasure this!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    You can't beat a bit of Enid Blyton. I am thoroughly enjoying re-reading The Five Find-Outers series, which were amongst my favourites when I was younger. You can't beat a bit of Enid Blyton. I am thoroughly enjoying re-reading The Five Find-Outers series, which were amongst my favourites when I was younger.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Syahra

    Not my favorite of Blyton's works, though. The plot and the the story is waay too easy to guess. (but its rather acceptable, since its only 192 pages and its a child's book). Still, worth a shot! Not my favorite of Blyton's works, though. The plot and the the story is waay too easy to guess. (but its rather acceptable, since its only 192 pages and its a child's book). Still, worth a shot!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    The mysteries of 'The Five Find-Outers' and 'The Famous Five' by Enid Blyton were some of my favourite books when I was young. Not only were they well-written books for children with a good detective story, they always had a good sense of humour and comic relief as well. The third book in 'The Five Find-Outers' series, 'The Mystery of the Secret Room', proves this introductory statement to a tee. First of all, there are a lot of moments in this book which are perfectly hilarious, like when the b The mysteries of 'The Five Find-Outers' and 'The Famous Five' by Enid Blyton were some of my favourite books when I was young. Not only were they well-written books for children with a good detective story, they always had a good sense of humour and comic relief as well. The third book in 'The Five Find-Outers' series, 'The Mystery of the Secret Room', proves this introductory statement to a tee. First of all, there are a lot of moments in this book which are perfectly hilarious, like when the brilliant but slightly mischievous 'Fatty' Trotteville (my favourite character in the entire series) torments the irritable policeman of Peterswood (the fictitious village in which the series is set), appropriately named Mr Goon, with the clever use of his disguises. Although boastful by nature, Fatty proves that he is the true leader of the Find-Outers as he shows in this book how brilliant and generous he can be, especially when little Bets is involved, the youngest member of the Find-Outers who shares a special admiration (like most readers) for Fatty. Like most other books by Enid Blyton, 'The Mystery of the Secret Room' is highly recommended as one of the classics in children's Literature. It is one of the best installments of 'The Five Find-Outers' series and a very good detective story for children in its own right.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Farseer

    Another entertaining mystery in the Five Find-Outers series. Fatty teaches the other find-outers detective techniques, including how to escape from a locked room, how to send a messages with invisible ink and how to disguise themselves with costumes. The scenes where Fatty fools Mr. Goon with his disguise are extremely funny. The mystery part was fine. This time the starting point was not a crime, but an unexplained furnished room in an empty house. There was a lot of emphasis on the children's Another entertaining mystery in the Five Find-Outers series. Fatty teaches the other find-outers detective techniques, including how to escape from a locked room, how to send a messages with invisible ink and how to disguise themselves with costumes. The scenes where Fatty fools Mr. Goon with his disguise are extremely funny. The mystery part was fine. This time the starting point was not a crime, but an unexplained furnished room in an empty house. There was a lot of emphasis on the children's investigations, as seems usual for the series. The main problem for me was that once Fatty was made prisoner everything happened too conveniently to allow him to use the skills he had taught the others (for example, there's no reason his captors should have left him alone when they forced him to write a note, giving him the opportunity to use invisible ink). It's the kind of thing that children won't mind much, though, and they are the target audience.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Hmm, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two (which is probably also the signal that it's time for a break!). This one tried to emulate Sherlock Holmes more -- "here are some clever tricks we could do" -- which, I'm not too fond of in my detectives. The reveal also felt disconnected to the clues, which I also don't like. And my favourite parts of the series so far -- the wonderful cast of supporting characters -- were largely absent from the plot of the story. Some adults do appear, but Hmm, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two (which is probably also the signal that it's time for a break!). This one tried to emulate Sherlock Holmes more -- "here are some clever tricks we could do" -- which, I'm not too fond of in my detectives. The reveal also felt disconnected to the clues, which I also don't like. And my favourite parts of the series so far -- the wonderful cast of supporting characters -- were largely absent from the plot of the story. Some adults do appear, but they're like one off conversations; hardly any time to get to know them. Hopefully this is just a detour and we can get back to more Poirot-like observations in future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimiya Mushtaq

    This one of the best mystery book of all the time to me. I love mystery books. I have not read part #1 and #2, but I promise one day I will beg my parents to get me the book so I can read them. Well I have not asked them yet but I don't think that they will not get one for me because my sister has many fat books so we need a bookshelf. Fatty was really intelligent that he knows how make an invisible ink, get out through a lock door and once on his birthday he was making enough money to buy some This one of the best mystery book of all the time to me. I love mystery books. I have not read part #1 and #2, but I promise one day I will beg my parents to get me the book so I can read them. Well I have not asked them yet but I don't think that they will not get one for me because my sister has many fat books so we need a bookshelf. Fatty was really intelligent that he knows how make an invisible ink, get out through a lock door and once on his birthday he was making enough money to buy some disguises. WOW this mystery is really weird. Do you think few tricks and disguises will help them solve the mystery?

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Book Grocer

    Purchase Blyton 3 here for just $7! The Find-Outers is a clever mystery series from bestselling author Enid Blyton, and perfect for fans of The Secret Seven . Pip discovers a room in Miss Crump's old empty house isn't empty at all - someone has been using it! It's the perfect mystery for Fatty to put his new talent for disguises to use. Now it's up to Fatty and Pip along with Bets, Larry, Daisy and Buster the dog to find out who has been using Miss Crump's old house. -Toppsta Purchase Blyton 3 here for just $7! The Find-Outers is a clever mystery series from bestselling author Enid Blyton, and perfect for fans of The Secret Seven . Pip discovers a room in Miss Crump's old empty house isn't empty at all - someone has been using it! It's the perfect mystery for Fatty to put his new talent for disguises to use. Now it's up to Fatty and Pip along with Bets, Larry, Daisy and Buster the dog to find out who has been using Miss Crump's old house. -Toppsta

  20. 4 out of 5

    K.L.

    The children are playing hide and seek in a deserted garden when Pip spots a fully furnished room at the top of the house. The FFO begin to investigate, complete with disguises and lessons on invisible wiring and how to escape from a locked room. This comes in handy when Fatty is captured by the villains who are using the deserted house for their own purposes Props for Fattysettwr to Goon in invisible ink calling him a meddler and a muddler, and how he gets himself out of the situation😂

  21. 4 out of 5

    Saffron Mavros

    For young minds, these books proved to be so thrilling, the zest, the tumble into adventures, cracking puzzles, finding clues and finally putting criminals and robbers behind bars! The mystery series were one of the best series in the Enid Blyton collection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nick de Vera

    Read this when I was a kid. "The Find-Outers" is such a great phrase. Read this when I was a kid. "The Find-Outers" is such a great phrase.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maisie Dappletrot

    it was very very exciting and soooooo mysterious and I loved it!😃😍👍🤩

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daniela Soplantila

    Bring back childhood memories.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    So cute!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek

    Nice book with a good story

  27. 4 out of 5

    Soumya Priyam

    Well-written but quite a predictable ending. Shows it being a children's detective novel. Well-written but quite a predictable ending. Shows it being a children's detective novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Максим Бендеберя

    Coming back to my childhood Saving my reading challenge

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Another CLASSIC childhood story that I read no less than a million times. Although, this one gets so serious compared to all the others 🏠

  30. 4 out of 5

    dani

    childhood favorite

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