The Five Find-Outers Mystery Series

The Mystery Series is all about the Five Find-Outers and Dog, a group of children who solve mysteries in the fictitious village of Peterswood. Larry and Daisy (Laurence and Margaret Daykin) together with Pip and Bets (Philip and Elizabeth Hilton) meet Fatty (Frederick Algernon Trotteville) in The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, the first in a fifteen book series.

When they set about finding out who lit the fire, Bets decides to call them the Five Find-Outers. And dog. Fatty has a dog named Buster, a small black Scottish Terrier. Together the gang solve the mystery, much to the annoyance of Mr Goon, the village policeman, who can't stand the kids and particularly hates that "nasty yappy little dog."

1. The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage (1943)
Who could have set fire to Mr Hick's cottage? The suspects include a tramp and even the housekeeper, Mrs Minns. The Five Find-Outers and Dog aim to solve the mystery before Mr Goon, the grumpy policeman.
2. The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat (1944)
Luke was working in the garden when Lady Candling's valuable cat was stolen. But could it have been the cat's carer, Miss Harmer, or even Lady Candling's companion Miss Trimble? The Five Find-Outers and Dog are on the case!
3. The Mystery of the Secret Room (1945)
Fatty astonishes Mr Goon with his wonderful disguises, while he tries to discover who is using Miss Crump's old house—and why. Inspector Jenks will help the Five Find-Outers again. And there's a surprise for Mr Goon!
4. The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters (1946)
Someone is sending spiteful letters. Gladys and Mrs Moon are terribly upset. There are lots of suspects—it could be gossipy Miss Tittle or Old Nosey, a very curious man. The Five Find-Outers and Dog will find the culprit!
5. The Mystery of the Missing Necklace (1947)
Fatty's disguises are better than ever. No one recognises him as a balloon seller, or as the old man in the village. Burglaries are going on and the police are baffled. It's a new mystery for the Five Find-Outers and Dog!
6. The Mystery of the Hidden House (1948)
Mr Goon's nephew, Ern, has disappeared on the road to "Harry's Folly". Does the gatekeeper, Mr Peters, or Mr Holland know anything about it? The Five Find-Outers and Dog are determined to solve the mystery.
7. The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat (1949)
The theatre safe has been broken into and Boysie, the pantomime cat, is top of the list of suspects. But could his friend and fellow actor, Zoe, be the real thief? PC Pippin is on the case with the Five Find-Outers and Dog.
8. The Mystery of the Invisible Thief (1950)
Who is the mysterious robber that disappears from the scene of the crime without a trace? What does the strange criss-cross pattern on the ground mean? Can the Five Find-Outers and Dog discover the thief's identity before Mr Goon does?
9. The Mystery of the Vanished Prince (1951)
A prince has disappeared and it seems that twin babies are the only clue! Is the prince being held against his will? The Five Find-Outers and Mr Goon's nephew, Ern, intend to track him down and rescue him.
10. The Mystery of the Strange Bundle (1952)
What was in the strange bundle that Mr Fellows was seen carrying when he fled his house in the dead of night? And who else is trying to get hold of it? A new puzzle for the Five Find-Outers and Dog to solve!
11. The Mystery of Holly Lane (1953)
Money has been stolen from a bungalow called Hollies, and now all the furniture has gone too! Who could the thief possibly be? As usual the Five Find-Outers and Dog are hot on the trail...but, unfortunately, so is Mr Goon!
12. The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage (1954)
The tenants of Tally-Ho House have vanished—along with a priceless painting! Have the Lorenzos gone for good? Could the Larkins of Tally-Ho Cottage be to blame? The Five Find-Outers and Dog are soon on the thief's trail...with a little help from Ern.
13. The Mystery of the Missing Man (1956)
A dangerous criminal is on the run—and he is also the master of disguise! Could it be Mr Tolling? Or do the Fangio twins know the culprit's real indentity? The Five Find-Outers and Dog aim to find out...with a little help from Eunice.
14. The Mystery of the Strange Messages (1957)
Who is responsible for the strange messages that keep turning up up for Mr Goon? Are Mr and Mrs Smith involved and does Mrs Hicks know more than she appears to? Fatty and the gang are determined to find out.
15. The Mystery of Banshee Towers (1961)
Wailing banshees are not the only mystery at Banshee Towers—it hides other secrets too! Does the turnstile man or the owner know anything about them? Buster and Bingo—as well as the Five Find-Outers—are hot on the trail.