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Mystery (Five Find-Outer) Series – Continuation books
|February 18, 2014 – Lorraine says: Hi everyone, my name's Lori. I was just wondering, has anyone ever thought of a continuation for the Mystery series? Because, personally, I think that Banshee Towers was quite lame. Okay, a LOT lame. What kind of author d'you think should write the continuation books, if any, and why? I think Keith Robinson (the owner of this website) would do a smashing job as his story 'The Mystery of the Stolen Books' was amazing. What do YOU think?|
|Bets says: Keith's story was indeed fantastic. If you look in the fanfic section you'll find continuation stories by Julie Heginbotham. You could also try joining the Enid Blyton Society. Members have exclusive access to several continuation novels written by Trevor Bolton, Lisa Newton and Julie, as well as three fantastic Journals per year.|
|February 20, 2014 – Tamara says: I totally agree with you, Bets. I was also wondering, what about J. K. Rowling writing the continuation books, huh? Her Harry Potter novels were simply smashing. Also, she might be able to add that little touch of romance and emotional developement that the Five Find-Outers so desparately lack (Also, Buster, I'd like to tell you that my dog George also sends you a loving 'woof woof'!)|
|Bets says: While Rowling's books are indeed good, I don't think you can ever compare her with Blyton's ones. In my opinion romance is not needed in her books at all - they were all written for children while the Harry Potter series was aimed at people who grew up with the books.|
|March 16, 2014 – Saky says: I vaguely remember reading on another forum somewhere about a present day author continuing EB series and there too, JK Rowling was suggested. I frankly don't get why JK Rowling is the first person everyone considers. True, her Harry Potter books are enjoyed by many but I personally felt that the Cuckoo's Calling, which is not a children's book, is better. Also, there are a lot of other fantastic writers out there. There is, as the OP suggested, Keith Robinson and others, like Eoin Colfer, Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins, not to mention the authoress (I've forgotten her name) who filled in the blanks in the St. Clare's series.|
|Bets says: Pamela Cox wrote 6 Malory Towers novels and 3 St. Clare's stories.|
|July 4, 2014 – Farwa says: Tamara, Enid Blyton's books do not need romance at all. How can you even think of such an awful combination? Her stories are magical children's stories and I don't thing we should mar them with silly romance nonsense. As for J. K. Rowling writing the continuation books - I'm not sure if she is the right one to write them. Her style is nice, but it's deeper and more tragic - different from Enid's style.|
|October 30, 2014 – Evie says: Couldn't we write to or email Pamela Cox and ask her to write continuation books? And Farwa, I agree with you! There are plenty of book about romance, we can easily afford to keep E. B books as they are. Someone on this website once described love stories as 'soppy romantic drivel' I don't know who it was but that sums up love stories pretty well!|
|October 31, 2014 – Tinky says: Can anyone advise me if the continuation books for Malory Towers and St Clare's are worth reading? Naturally speaking, the idea of continuation books is a bit off putting - there's nothing like the real ones and why add to them etc. I've seen Pamela Cox's ones in bookshops but I have never bought them for fear they might "spoil" the series, or not be as good as EB - does anyone understand? Please advise.|
|October 31, 2014 – Evie says: Hi Tinky. I have read all the Pam Cox books for both series. They are fantastic! Malory Towers, I found better, but St Clares was pretty good too. Definitely buy them.|
|August 13, 2017 – Avan N. Cooverji says: Do not think "continuation stories ' a very good. Idea. It seems to take away something from the originals rather than add to them. Somehow does not sound genuine. Feel it best to let be as they are and as all good things come to an end, so be it with this also.|
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