Another one of my favourites, this. A lonely town on a cut-off hill, an old manor house with secret passages leading to a misty marsh, smugglers, kidnapping - what more could an eight year old, and if I'm honest, a twenty-five year old, want? Ok so you realise the writing perhaps isn't as brilliant as you remember it when you were a child, but the stories are as gripping and crystal-clear as ever. Spiffing. However I found the newly added 'mum' and 'dad' instead of mother and father really jarred in this one as they were mentioned so much. Why on earth did they change words like that? Completely pointless.