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The Rilloby Fair Mystery (Barney Mysteries) Paperback – 1 Oct 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Award Publications Ltd (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841351717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841351711
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Roger, Diana, Snubby and Barney just love solving mysteries – with Loony the dog and Miranda the monkey to help!

The Lyntons have got a full household – cousin Snubby is coming to stay 'and' Great-Uncle Robert. When their great-uncle tells the children of a mysterious theft of valuable, historic papers from a locked room, Snubby’s imagination runs riot. But little do any of them know how close he is to the truth…

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About the Author

Enid Blyton was born in 1897. She is the author of over 700 books for children and creator of a host of legendary characters, including ‘The Famous Five, The Secret Seven’ and, most famously, ‘Noddy’, Big Ears’ and the other inhabitants of Toyland.

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By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is the first of the Barney series. It is aimed at the slightly older child but the Famous Five fans should love it. The action centres on a dilapidated mansion. There is the tutor who is not quite what one would expect, lashings of fabulous meals, a monkey, a circus boy who does not quite ring true, a cheeky 12 year old, two older cousins, a lunatic dog, secret passages, mystery and suspense. A musty atmosphere permeates the story and it is an excellent read.

You will not be disappointed with this one.
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Fantastic book. I read it more times than I care to remember as a child, but it was just as great each time. Now I've re-discovered it and am reading a couple of chapters each night before sleeping - a good way to unwind.
Important letters and other invaluable documents are being stolen from locked rooms with barred windows - how is it being done? Roger, Diana, their cousin Snubby and friend Barney go on a mission to find the answer, hampered by Great Uncle's belief that a group of people called the Green Hand Gang have something to do with the mystery.
Re-reading this book as an adult is great and I can remember the excitement of trying to work out the mystery for myself as a child. Enid Blyton does have flaws in her writing style, but she tells a great story, so why does it matter?
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The halfway point in the Five Find-Outers and dog series - apparently aimed at a younger audience than Enid Blyton's other numbered mystery series, but to me still the best.

The title says it all really - there's a thief in town who is never seen, and the Find-Outers once again find themselves mixed up in events. It's another of the excellent mysteries that Blyton's style developed into, with clues everywhere and plenty of opportunities for the reader/listener to guess who the thief is.

One of the best in the set - a good mystery with good characters, although some of the names have aged a little.
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This book is wicked for people who LOVE adventure books.I have read it and it inspired me to read other Enid Blyton books,i recommend this book for ages 8 and upwards as it is quite long (of course peeps under 8 can read this,it's just that theye'd have to be quite clever!).Join the Five Find Outers as they follow the clues,but who will be the thief?????????
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I have had this version since I was eight years old in 1969, and I still have it. We first meet Roger, Diana, their orphaned cousin Snubby (real name Peter) and Miss Pepper. As Mr and Mrs Lynton (Roger and Diana's parents), Miss Pepper (Mrs Lynton's old Governess) is put in charge of Roger Diana, and Snubby, as their other relatives children got measles, so Miss Pepper is the next in line. She meets Roger and Diana at the station, and goes to a little village called Rockingdown, which is a derelict mansion. Diana is not pleased that Snubby is coming the next day, and her and Roger are horrified when Miss Pepper tells them that Mr Lynton has arranged for them to have coaching in the summer holidays. This includes Snubby!

Snubby arrives next day, and is told about the coaching. He, like Roger and Diana, is horrified. A couple of days before they are due to be coached, the coach's wife rings to tell them her husband can't come because he has been admitted to hospital with acute appendicitis! Snubby takes the call, and passes the message on to Roger and Diana. Miss Pepper then gets told, is shocked, and then to Roger, Diana and Snubby's dismay, she makes phone calls to obtain another coach, and finally drafts an advertisement in the local paper and posts it!

In the meantime, the children explore the surrounding area, and learn something of the old mansion's history. On one of the walks, they meet Barney and Miranda for the first time. Barney tells them a little bit of his history, and that his late mother was in a circus, and took Barney with her, away from his father. Barney knew his father had done some Shakespeare acting, and since his mother died, he and Miranda (a monkey named after the Tempest character) have been walking round the country looking for his father.
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I have never read an Enid Blyton book as scary as this. Every time at night i thought there was an invisible thief in my bedroom. I still liked it especially how Enid made the ending, eg how she made it a surprise who the robber was. And that was George's [age 7] report. I am now reading the mystery of the burnt cottage.
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Amazing book. I had to do a book review of my favourite book and I chose this one. It's the second best Enid Blyton book that I read after 'Shock for the Secret Seven'. The baker is annoying the find-routers by treating them like young children but there is a thief on the loose and nobody can spot him/her. Can the find-outers solve the mystery before Goon? If you want to find out more about this perfect book BUY IT NOW AND READ IT STRAIGHT AFTER YOU'VE BOUGHT IT NOW. I'm 7 and it's the perfect book for 7+.
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My 9 year old daughter loved these Barney Mystery stories. She is perhaps starting to outgrow Enid Blyton now, but she really enjoyed all books in this series. I had to persuade her to try them initially, because she didn't find the front covers particularly appealing, as they are a little old fashioned, but she had to admit after reading them that you shouldn't always judge a book by its cover!!! She has since moved on to Enid Blyton's 'Adventure' series which is proving just as good!
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