Friday, 8 April 2011

The Mystery of the Whistling Caves, Helen Moss: The Famous Five get Modernised and Rationalised

The seagull did it.
The Mystery of the Whistling Caves. Even the cover looks famous five-y. But in this story the ginger beer and 'Gosh!'s have been done away with along with one of the the girls. The dead weight's been cut! The kid's are a slightly grumpy teenage boy with floppy hair and a band, Scott; his younger, annoying brother, Jack and the adventurous tomboy, love interest girl, Emily and her dog Drift.

Soon they are on an adventure trying to find out who's stolen Saxon treasure from the local museum and why the amazing local landmark, the whistling caves, have stopped whistling. They sleuth it out by talking to obligatory gossipy lady, old fisherman bloke and a bunch of other suspicious characters.

The Mystery of the Whistling Caves is good, especially if you like a mystery/adventure style book. It grates a few times with the 'cool' references it contains, like the Bohemian Rhapsody playing curate of the local church. But it's enjoyable, fun and funny story.

The Mystery of the Whistling Caves is available to preorder and out in July