Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Mystery of Smugglers Cove (The Mystery Series, Book 1) Paperback – January 31, 2013
|New from||Used from|
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
About the Author
THE MYSTERY SERIES
This adventure series set in 1950's Britain will delight children of all ages. See below for the order of the published books.
~ ~ ~
The Mystery of the Missing Gnomes
The Mystery of Adventure Island
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
We have recurring characters who are resourceful, smart, and cooperative and supportive. In the classic 50's style, we avoid, or at least don't feature, teen angst, (except maybe as a secondary character's sub-plot). These are idealized characters and there is only passing friction among them, and little or no dramatic baggage or conflict. They are models of cooperation, can do spirit, and unselfish teamwork. That may sound old-fashioned or boring, but it's actually sort of novel and refreshing, and it allows the reader the pleasure of enjoying a mystery/action/adventure without any topical distractions. I wouldn't want an exclusive diet of this type of book, but it can be a nice treat to just enjoy a traditional ripping yarn.
Here we have smugglers and a cove. (No spoiler there.) So we have caves, tunnels, exploration, hiding, escapes, overheard conversations, captures, more escapes, threats, and a lot of running around and sneaking and spying, often in the dark. Who is Mr. Big? Who are the cohorts? Will they get away; will our heroes prevail? Lots of action, and set pieces, with traditional British sang froid and a bit of wit. It is gripping and well written, although the emphasis is on the adventure, the action and the solution to the mystery. Characters are still not deep or complex and description is kept to a serviceable minimum. This is mystery/adventure in the classic boy's and girl's own sense, and it is very good when appreciated as such.
So, a happy find and worth a look if your middle grade reader likes adventure, child heroes, and a bit of derring-do.
Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
If you like Enid Blyton's the 5, you'll probably like this also.