The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters

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First edition (publ. Methuen)

The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters was one of the novels in Enid Blyton's The Five Find-Outers series, published in 1946.

Plot introduction[edit]

The Five Find Outers - Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets, and their Scottie dog, Buster, are shocked when someone starts sending anonymous spiteful letters to several people in their village of Peterswood. Pip and Bets are involved when their young maid Gladys receives one of the letters, which reveals a secret - her parents are in prison for theft and she has lived in a girls home. Frightened and distraught, Gladys leaves her job. The children decide that they must discover who is sending the letters. They make a list of suspects - could the letter writer be Mr. Nosey a busybody or Miss Tittle a lover of gossip - or someone else? Their arch-enemy, village policeman Mr Goon is also on the case, and the children must hurry to solve the mystery before he does.

Plot ?[edit]

Fatty is trying one of his newest disguises as red-haired postman, and a butcher's server, making Goon extremely confused. Later, several villagers of Peterswood suddenly getting a spiteful letters which was sent on Sheepsale every Monday 11.45 am. But when Goon gets one, the Find Outer- Fatty- is accused as the sender! After being thrown a big bag of what Mr Goon thinks is the five found outer's fake clues but after finding out they are real clues which include Pip's alphabet book and Fatty decides that the Spiteful letters culprit is Pip and Bets' cook Mrs Moon.

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