It all begins when 12-year-old Jack has a chance meeting on the beach with a headstrong girl of the same age called Lou.
Jack and his younger brother and sister, David and Emily, follow Lou on the trail of smugglers targeting the remote coastline of Wales's Lleyn peninsula. The youngsters find themselves on a thrilling and at times dangerous quest to uncover their activities which takes them to a woodland den, an uninhabited island, a deserted cove and a disused manganese mine.
This wholesome, traditional adventure novel is reminiscent of Enid Blyton's work, in particular her Famous Five series which the author loved as a child (and still does!). If you enjoy it, then hopefully you'll like the next two books in the series: The Missing Treasure, published February 10th, 2013 and Something Strange in the Cellar, published Easter 2013.
The fourth book will come out later this year.
A short extract from Smugglers at Whistling Sands:
Lou looked out to sea through her binoculars.
The water remained calm although its colours were darkening, becoming a deeper blue, in places purple.
Satisfied there was no danger yet, she darted along the coastal path to look down on the main beach.
It had been full of tourists earlier but now just a handful remained. As the sun finally gave up for the day, they got to their feet, brushed off the sand, gave their towels a shake and left.
Whistling Sands looked different with no-one about, it was no longer so cheerful.
In the fading light, the sand was a yellowish grey rather than gold and inviting as before. All around Lou, tiny moths fluttered among the bushes.