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 siblings, 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.
LOU ELLIOTT MYSTERY ADVENTURE SERIES by George Chedzoy:
1. Smugglers at Whistling Sands
2. The Missing Treasure
3. Something Strange in the Cellar (a shorter novel than the others)
4. To be published December 2013
These are wholesome, traditional adventure stories, which will appeal to readers aged eight and over, particularly those who like Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels and the Nancy Drew mysteries.
Also by George Chedzoy:
A short fantasy adventure for children, The Mystery of the Misty Woods
An 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.