Friday, 27 May 2011

Helen Moss - The Mystery of the Whistling Caves - Book Review

book cover of 

The Mystery of the Whistling Caves 

 (Adventure Island, book 7)

by

Helen Moss

  • Pages  - 176
  • Publisher - Orion Books
  • Date -   7 July
  • Age - 10+
  • ISBN: 9781444003284 
When Scott and Jack Carter have to stay with their great aunt for the summer they steel themselves for the most boring holiday ever. But then they meet Emily Wild and her loveable dog, Drift. Emily shows them the lighthouse, the castle - and the amazing whistling caves. Legend has it that when the caves stop whistling the castle will be attacked - and that's exactly what happens! Priceless treasures are stolen and Emily and the boys are determined to investigate. But how was the treasure smuggled out of the castle? Why did the caves stop whistling? And can the friends solve the mystery in time to catch the thief? The first in an exciting new adventure series - with five more gripping mysteries to come!

As soon as I started to read this book, I was instantly transported back to my younger reading days. These were happy days, where I could be found with my nose buried in the adventures of the Famous Five or the Secret Seven, and loving every minute of them. I had this very same feeling wash over me as I was reading this book.


This is a great debut book for a new author, who in total has now penned six books, in this Blyton-esque series. The book is a fast-paced, detective adventure with a mysterious problem at its core which is required to be solved. Set in an idyllic back drop of castles, caves and a lighthouse for a hotel, the small town of Carrickstowe can be found situated by the coast. Three children and a dog turn adventure seeking into a full blown investigation. They each find themselves trying to locate the missing treasure of Carrickstowe, which disappears from the local museum.


This is a simple, but fast-paced story, packed full of fun and crazy characters. I particularly enjoyed the mad references from Mrs Loveday, which were intermingled throughout the story. Mrs Loveday, who is a poker gambling elderly lady, gets confused and muddles up a variety of sayings. One particular example that made me chortle was 'the windmill of opportunity' .


This book is a really enjoyable read, and with five more books coming out this year, there will be many more adventures to come our way. Nostalgic adventure stories are back once more, thrillingly enjoyable!


Adventure Island books.......


The Mystery of the Whistling Caves - July 2011
The Mystery of the Midnight Ghost -  July 2011
The Mystery of the Hidden Gold - Aug 2011
The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece - Aug 2011  
The Mystery of the Cursed Ruby - Sep 2011
The Mystery of the Vanishing Skelton - Sep 2011




BIOGRAPHY

Helen Moss was born in 1964 and grew up in Worcestershire and Saudi Arabia. 
After a degree in psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, Helen went on to do PhD research at Cambridge University. She recently spent a year in Portland, Oregon with her family, and on returning decided to switch direction and devote herself full-time to writing. She signed up for some creative writing classes and was immediately hooked. 
Helen lives in a small village just outside Cambridge, with her husband, two young sons, two border collies, two guinea pigs, two dwarf hamsters, twenty hens and a cockerel called Wilfred
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