The Mystery of Holly Lane

The Mystery of Holly Lane is a 1953 mystery novel by English author Enid Blyton and the eleventh book in Enid Blyton's Mystery Series featuring the Five Find-Outers.

The Mystery of Holly Lane
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First edition cover
AuthorEnid Blyton
IllustratorTreyer Evans
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Five Find-Outers
GenreChildren's novel
PublisherMethuen
Publication date
1953
Preceded byThe Mystery of the Strange Bundle 
Followed byThe Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage 

Plot summaryEdit

The Five Find Outers - Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets - are together again in the school holidays. Bored without a mystery, they decide to practise disguising themselves and shadowing people. Larry dresses up as a window cleaner, and unexpectedly the five children come across a robbery at a house in Holly Lane, the windows of which Larry has cleaned. The house belongs to a blind old man, who has apparently hidden his savings somewhere in the furniture. When the man reports the money stolen, the Find Outers initially believe it to be a simple robbery, but then in the middle of the night, all the old man's furniture is mysteriously spirited away as well.

The suspects include Wilfrid, the old man's grandson, and his cousin Marian. When Marian herself disappears, suspicion falls firmly on her and bumbling village policeman Mr Goon is convinced she is the thief - but Fatty thinks differently. Will Fatty solve this mystery?

CharactersEdit

The Five Find-Outers and Dog:

  • Fatty (Frederick Algernon Trotteville)
  • Larry (Lawrence Daykin)
  • Daisy (Margaret Daykin)
  • Pip (Philip Hilton)
  • Bets (Elizabeth Hilton)
  • Buster - Scottie (Fatty's dog)

Other characters:

  • Marian - the blind old man's granddaughter
  • Mr Goon - the village policeman
  • Mr Henri - a Frenchman who is staying next door to the house in Holly Lane
  • Victim - blind old man
  • Wilfred - nephew of the victim
  • Superintendent Jenks - A friend of the Five Find-Outers

ChaptersEdit

The book contains 22 Chapters.

  1. OFF TO MEET FATTY
  2. A LITTLE BIT OF HELP
  3. IT'S NICE TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN
  4. A FEW LITTLE PLANS
  5. FATTY ENJOYS HIMSELF
  6. A FEW REPORTS
  7. WHERE IS BUSTER?
  8. MR GOON GETS A SHOCK
  9. THE OLD MAN IN THE BUNGALOW
  10. GOON TAKES CHARGE
  11. TEA AT PIP'S
  12. STRANGE HAPPENINGS
  13. SUSPECTS-AND CLUES
  14. FATTY TELLS QUITE A STORY
  15. FATTY GETS GOING
  16. MOSTLY ABOUT WINDOW-CLEANERS
  17. A TALK IN THE ICE-CREAM SHOP
  18. A CHAT WITH WILFRID-AND A SURPRISE
  19. AN EXTRAORDINARY FIND
  20. NIGHT ADVENTURE
  21. MARIAN
  22. QUITE A PANTOMIME

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