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Smugglers at Whistling Sands (Lou Elliott Mystery Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

George Chedzoy
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Book Description

Join four youngsters as they embark on an amazing seaside adventure in the first book of the Lou Elliott mystery adventure series . . .

Twelve-year-old Jack has a chance meeting on the beach with a headstrong girl of the same age called Lou. Jack and his younger siblings, David and Emily, follow Lou on the trail of smugglers targeting the remote coastline of Wales's Lleyn peninsula. The youngsters, on holiday at the coastal resort of Abersoch, find themselves on a thrilling and at times dangerous quest to uncover their activities which takes them to a woodland den, an uninhabited island, a deserted cove and a disused manganese mine.


1. Smugglers at Whistling Sands
2. The Missing Treasure
3. Something Strange in the Cellar (a shorter novel)
4. To be published 2014

These are wholesome adventure stories for readers aged eight and over, and will particularly to fans of Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels and the Nancy Drew mysteries.

Also by George Chedzoy:
The Mystery of the Misty Woods (a short fantasy adventure for children)
Election Night (combining politics, crime and romance - for adults)


An extract from Smugglers at Whistling Sands:

Lou looked out to sea through her binoculars.
The water remained calm although its colours were darkening, becoming a deeper blue, in places purple. Satisfied there was no danger yet, she darted along the coastal path to look down on the main beach. It had been full of tourists earlier but now just a handful remained. As the sun finally gave up for the day, they got to their feet, brushed off the sand, gave their towels a shake and left.

Whistling Sands looked different with no-one about, it was no longer so cheerful.
In the fading light, the sand was a yellowish grey rather than gold and inviting as before. All around Lou, tiny moths fluttered among the bushes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2013 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: George Chedzoy (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E0AK2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read March 1, 2012
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This was a great book to read. I enjoyed the characters and the story very much. It is great to read on a rainy Saturday or while on vacation, especially at the beach. Everyone loves hidden treasure and this book delivers a bit of both that and the mystery of the smugglers. It is a quick read with modern characters and present day life situations that will entertain young as well as old readers. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good story to keep them entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.. exciting yet not to overdone. February 16, 2014
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To be honest, was a very enjoyable book for the age intended.

Found it has it's bit of excitement, friendship and things going wrong, just what children need to see and yet the plot never went too overboard or allowed the children to get away with really silly things.. which is nice to see.

I will definitely be getting the next in the series and hope it is just as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME January 29, 2014
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I loved this book. This book had a lot of adventure , any young girl who loves adventure would love this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Change of Pace for Famous Five Fans October 28, 2013
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Lots of editorial reviews, blurbs, and customer reviews compare these Lou Elliott Mystery books to Enid Blyton's Famous Five series, and it seems to me that that is a fair and apt comparison. Here we have four kids in the 10 to 12 range - siblings Jack, David, and Emily Johnson, and friend Louise, ("Lou"). They have a lot of unsupervised free time while on holiday, and they find themselves involved in all manner of adventures and escapades. There is a lot of running, and hiding, and spying and sneaking about, usually with a few good chases and a couple of close calls, all of which wind up with a big skirmish and suspenseful finish. They aren't fantasy or magic books at all - this is boy's own and girl's own adventure grounded in reality - idealized and romanticized though it may be. There is a lot of sailing and hiking, and usually caves or tunnels or ruins. How can a young reader not like that?

The Johnson parents are kind, patient and supportive, while still fairly realistic, which is a nice touch. There are pets, but they aren't featured and don't take up a lot of space. (Is it just me, or do pet monkeys and parrots get old fast? I think it's just me.) There are colorful secondary characters, (much better than Blyton's actually), who add a little variety to the proceedings. This particular volume has a lot of Welsh local color, which I especially enjoyed. The prose is competent, with nice little touches here and there, and the story does advance with energy and clarity. The stories are, of course, more modern, so we have mobile phones and the internet and the like, which is actually helpful for plotting and exposition.
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More About the Author

I am currently working on book four of my Lou Elliott adventure series. Smugglers at Whistling Sands was my first-ever novel and became book one in the series, coming out in 2011.

Initially, I had only a vague idea that I wished to write a sequel (let alone a succession of novels). I was aware that some might find stories in which children fall into adventures and solve mysteries old-fashioned, albeit the youngsters in the book, Lou, Jack, David and Emily, are adept at harnessing modern technology when needed.

But I have always loved reading this sort of novel and it has become a pleasure to write in a genre I am passionate about. Early in 2013, I published book 2: The Missing Treasure and then subsequently a shorter novel which became book 3 in the series: Something Strange in the Cellar. In the autumn, I also published a short fantasy adventure novel with a Halloween theme: The Mystery of the Misty Woods.

I have been very pleased to find sales steadily picking up in the United States and Canada. Inevitably, as a British writer, one does not expect the same level of interest, but some weeks I now get more sales in North America than Britain. And my Halloween story sells much better in America although Halloween is more significant to Americans, of course.

I love hearing from readers near and far away. A while ago I received an email from a mother in Arizona to say how much she and her daughter were enjoying my Lou Elliott mysteries and when was the next one out? It's getting feedback like that which makes it all worthwhile. On that note, you can contact me via email at with any comments, queries or feedback and I guarantee a personal reply. You might also wish to take a look at my blog:

Please consider leaving me a review if you have the time. They don't have to be long - among my latest was one sentence long from a young reader in America (I think) who wrote of my Halloween novel: "I chose this rating because it is one of the best if not the best Halloween book I've ever read". That's all he put - simple, brief, spontaneous and hugely helpful. Thank you Garrett!

Kind regards and keep reading!



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