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Mysteriet med det konstiga byltet : De fem…

Mysteriet med det konstiga byltet : De fem deckarnas och spårhundens… (original 1952; edition 1952)

by Enid Blyton, Treyer Evans, Gun Kihlberg

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Title:Mysteriet med det konstiga byltet : De fem deckarnas och spårhundens tionde äventyr
Authors:Enid Blyton
Other authors:Treyer Evans, Gun Kihlberg
Info:Stockholm : Lindfors, 1952
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The Mystery of the Strange Bundle by Enid Blyton (1952)



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The tenth entry in Enid Blyton's Five Find-Outers and Dog series, in which a group of British schoolchildren play detective on their holidays, The Mystery of the Strange Bundle sees Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets involved in a puzzling case of house-breaking. When Larry and Daisy's neighbor, Mr. Fellows, disappears, leaving behind a scene of utter chaos, burglary is suspected, and the Find-Outers are immediately on the case. What was the thief looking for? Where had Mr. Fellows gone, and what was in the strange bundle he'd taken with him? Could it have anything to do with the little red mitten Fatty had found in his house? And would the children discover the secret before their nemesis, police bobby Mr. Goon?

I enjoyed this installment of the series, particularly the scenes where Fatty uses his new ventriloquism skills to play tricks on the pompous Mr. Goon. As mentioned in my reviews of some of the other Five Find-Outers and Dog books, these aren't terribly original (or plausible) stories, nor are they particularly well-written. But the humor, when Blyton gets it right, can be infectious, and the characters appealing.

I did feel that the resolution of the mystery was a little too much in the "world conspiracy involving ALL the traditional bugaboos of the upper-class British mind-set" vein. It reminded me a bit of the conspiracy uncovered in Agatha Christie's N or M?, in which everything from Irish Republicanism to labor unrest was depicted as being part of one monolithic whole. In a similar fashion, the nameless intelligence agent here reflects upon all the fifth column activity going on, including all those "people undermining every industry in our country - provoking strikes, sabotage, anything that would harm Britain." The idea that strikes occur because of unjust labor practices was (and probably still is) somewhat difficult for a certain demographic to grasp. Ah well! ( )
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All the Five Find-Outers have had flu this Christmas holiday, so it doesn't seem as if anything exciting could happen. But then a strange robbery, where nothing seems to have been taken, occurs. Mr Fellows, whose house was robbed, seems to have run out in the night and thrown a bundle into the river. A man with a scarred face is seen poking in the river, and the children come across some strangely small children's clothes.

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