Mystery of the Burnt Cottage


The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage

by Enid BlytonThe Five Find-Outers and Buster the DogMystery #01

The Burning Cottage

It was at half-past nine on a dark April night that all the excitement began.

The village of Peterswood was perfectly quiet and peaceful, except for a dog barking somewhere. Then suddenly, to the west of the village, a great light flared up.

Larry Daykin was just getting into bed when he saw it. He had pulled back his curtains so that the daylight would wake him, and he suddenly saw the flare to the west.

«Golly! What’s that!» he said. He called to his sister. «Daisy! I say, come here and look. There’s a funny flare-up down in the village somewhere.»

His sister came into the bedroom in her nightdress. She looked out of the window.

«It’s a fire!» she said. «It looks pretty big, doesn’t it? I wonder what it is. Do you think it’s some one’s house on fire?»

«We’d better go and see,» said Larry, excited. «Let’s get dre…

Mystery #03 — The Mystery of the Secret Room


Mystery #03 — The Mystery of the Secret Room

Mystery03 — The Mystery of the Secret Room—Blyton, Enid.

Home from School

Pip set out his painting things, poked the playroom fire, and sat down to finish his Christmas cards.

“You do them nicely, Pip,” said Bets, looking over his shoulder. “I wish I could keep inside the lines like you do.”

“You’re only little yet,” said Pip, beginning to paint red berries on his card.

“Well, I’ve had another birthday, and I’m nine now,” said Bets. “I’m getting bigger. You’re still twelve, Pip, so I’m only three years behind you now.”

“When are the others coming?” asked Pip, looking at the clock. “I told them to come early. It’s fun to do our Christmas presents together.”

Bets went to the window of their big playroom. “Here come Larry and Daisy,” she said. “Oh, Pip, isn’t it fun to be altogether again?”

Bets didn’t go to boarding-school as the others did, and she often felt lonely…

Mystery #02 — The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat


Mystery #02 — The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat

Mystery02 — The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat—Blyton, Enid.

The Big Boy Next Door.

Bets was feeling very excited. Her big brother Pip was coming home from school that day for the long summer holidays. She had been without him for three months, and had felt very lonely. Now she would have him again.

«And Larry and Daisy will be home tomorrow!» she said to her mother. «Oh, Mummy! it will be fun to have so many children to play with again.»

Larry and Daisy were Pip’s friends. They were older than Bets, but they let her play with them. In the Easter holidays the four of them, with another boy and his dog, had had a great adventure finding out who had burnt down a cottage.

«We were the Five Find-Outers,» said Bets, remembering everything. «We found out the whole mystery, Mummy, didn’t we? Oh, I do wish we could solve another mystery these holidays too!»

Her mother laughed. «…

Mystery #01 — The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage


Mystery #01 — The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage

Mystery01 — The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage—Blyton, Enid.

The Burning Cottage.

It was at half-past nine on a dark April night that all the excitement began.

The village of Peterswood was perfectly quiet and peaceful, except for a dog barking somewhere. Then suddenly, to the west of the village, a great light flared up.

Larry Daykin was just getting into bed when he saw it. He had pulled back his curtains so that the daylight would wake him, and he suddenly saw the flare to the west.

«Golly! What’s that!» he said. He called to his sister. «Daisy! I say, come here and look. There’s a funny flare-up down in the village somewhere.»

His sister came into the bedroom in her nightdress. She looked out of the window.

«It’s a fire!» she said. «It looks pretty big, doesn’t it? I wonder what it is. Do you think it’s some one’s house on fire?»

«We’d better go and see,» said …