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The Barney 'R' Mysteries


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The Barney Mysteries are all about Roger and Diana Lynton and their cousin Snubby. Snubby's real name is Peter, but his snub nose earns him the affectionate nickname. He has a jet black spaniel named Loony, who lives up to his name by rushing around and getting under everyone's feet, as well as stealing things.

The three children are joined by their circus friend, Barney, who is described with his corn-colored hair and wide-set blue eyes. He has a pet monkey named Miranda, a clever little thing, and quite a match for Loony! It's notable that, in all the books, Barney joins the story quite late. Since he lives apart from the Lyntons, it takes some time for Enid Blyton to bring the friends together as a group.

This series is sometimes referred to as the Junior Mysteries, but more often the Barney Mysteries, or Barney 'R' Mysteries (so-called because each title begins with an 'R').

1. The Rockingdown Mystery (1949)
The holidays will be fun, think Roger and Diana, despite having to have extra lessons. Their cousin Snubby is staying with them, and they make a new friend called Barney. But when Barney disappears the children begin to worry about the strange behaviour of their new tutor.
2. The Rilloby Fair Mystery (1950)
When cousin Snubby and Great-Uncle Robert come to stay with the Lyntons, the children learn of a mysterious theft of valuable, historic papers from a locked room, and Snubby's imagination runs riot. But little do any of them know how close he is to the truth.
3. The Ring O' Bells Mystery (1951)
When Roger, Diana, Snubby and Barney go on holiday to Ring O' Bells village, they are eager to explore the secret passage in Ring O' Bells Hall. Is it really a dead end as they have been told, or does it follow the route marked on the old map they find?
4. The Rubadub Mystery (1952)
When Miss Pepper takes Roger, Diana, Snubby and Barney to stay at the village inn in Rubadub they discover that all sorts of strange things are going on, and there are mysterious explosions at the secret submarine base nearby. The children are determined to find out what is going on.
5. The Rat-a-Tat Mystery (1956)
A cosy house surrounded by snow-covered hills seems a perfect place to spend the Christmas holidays, but the peace is disturbed by unexplained noises. What is it that Snubby can hear coming from the cellar? He goes to investigate and mysteriously vanishes!
6. The Ragamuffin Mystery (1959)
Three weeks at the beautiful Merlin's Cove in Wales sounds like great fun to four friends, but someone else has got much more sinister plans for the beach—at night. Could it be the strange man Snubby meets on the first day, or is it to do with the ragamuffin he mistakes Snubby for?
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