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Mr Goon, the policeman, can't understand it. Messages keep coming to him, popping up all over the place. But who is sending them? Mr Goon thinks it is Fatty, playing tricks on him but this is the first the Five Find-Outers have heard about the messages. It all becomes a remarkable mystery and one which the Five just have to solve.


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Mr Goon, the policeman, can't understand it. Messages keep coming to him, popping up all over the place. But who is sending them? Mr Goon thinks it is Fatty, playing tricks on him but this is the first the Five Find-Outers have heard about the messages. It all becomes a remarkable mystery and one which the Five just have to solve.

30 review for The Mystery of the Strange Messages

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    Findouters challenge: Book 14. This is the second of the findouters cases to involve mysterious letters, the first being the Mystery of the Spiteful Letters. This time though, the target is not random people around Peterswood but a certain Mr Smith against whom they are directed and Mr Goon to whom all the notes are addressed. The notes are anonymous and composed of words/letters cut out of newspapers and magazines. Nobody is seen leaving the notes but they appear all over Goon’s house. Goon imm Findouters challenge: Book 14. This is the second of the findouters cases to involve mysterious letters, the first being the Mystery of the Spiteful Letters. This time though, the target is not random people around Peterswood but a certain Mr Smith against whom they are directed and Mr Goon to whom all the notes are addressed. The notes are anonymous and composed of words/letters cut out of newspapers and magazines. Nobody is seen leaving the notes but they appear all over Goon’s house. Goon immediately suspects Fatty and goes to warn off the findouters but this turns out to be a blessing in disguise for our five who have no case to solve (as usual) in the holidays. Goon too soon realises that it wasn’t the findouters who are playing a trick and enlists Ern’s help―actually hires him to help. And so the Findouters start off on another exciting mystery, this one with plenty of hidden secrets and also more to it than first meets the eye. Like in the Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage, Ern takes on a more active role in this one and does himself proud. Before I get to my reactions to the actual book itself, I have to rant about the updated eds. Totally my fault, but somehow, I bought a new edition (2011) of this one, something I actively avoid doing usually, and every change they made―pointless in my view (except may be one, but even that didn’t make sense) jarred. For instance, Fatty always called his parents ‘mother’ and ‘father’―which has been changed here to ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’―why? Do children today not know what ‘mother’ and ‘father’ means, or is it so hard to understand that perhaps in the past, people addressed their parents differently? Elsewhere ‘daily woman’ becomes ‘cleaning lady’―again something that needn’t have been changed, anyone can easily look it up―isn’t that the point of books (or one of the points, at any rate) that you learn new things― new words/expressions, new things about other places and cultures, about your own culture/ country, about the past. Such pointless changes simply ruin the book for me, it loses its sense of time and place, which is part of its value. A third change that stood out was all the references to ‘fat boy’ which is what Goon does call Fatty are changed to ‘big boy’―this I get why it was changed but for one, it wasn’t used in the sense that it is understood today (something else that children today can’t understand, apparently―if we go by the changes), and two, it was meant to be nasty, which ‘big boy’ simply doesn’t convey. Grrrr…. Apart from the edition, Blyton herself made a bit of a mistake in this one, with Mrs Trotteville claiming that she’s been living in Peterswood from nineteen years, when she and her family only moved here in book 2 of the series―and if it were indeed nineteen years since then, our findouters ought to have been in their thirties now  But anyway, now finally the story itself. While the updated text, as I said, was jarring, the story itself was interested. The opening was different from the usual (one or the other of the children having to be received from the station, holidays with nothing to do)―this one begins with Goon puzzling over the anonymous notes and takes off from there. The mystery was one of the more interesting ones with as I said a little more complicated than it seems at first and it was fun to see how Fatty worked the whole thing out. Of course, it was him that put together everything at the end. Bets this time has some good ideas but one major clue comes from Ern and his attempts at writing por’try (I always forget that all his poetry begins with ‘The Poor Old’ or ‘Pore Old’ ) and Ern indeed has a very active role in this one, helping the findouters and Fatty when he is needed the most, and proving himself brave, loyal, and clever. The solution was among the more interesting ones and was rather enjoyable. There was disguising of course, though only once, and actual investigating by all the findouters. On the foodmeter, this one was average, there was food, plenty, but not overflowing. Sid and Perce’s antics are brought in, and with it some laughs, though they themselves don’t make an appearance. A fun read though spoiled for me by the edition (which I must get rid of asap and replace with an older one).

  2. 4 out of 5

    NadiaN99

    چند روز پيش كه دخترخالم ميخوندش كنارش نشستم خوندم و چقدر براي يك بچه ي ١٠ ساله هيجان انگيزه من كه مردم از سررفتگي شديد حوصله ولي براي بچه ها عاليه

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The fourteenth entry in Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, in which a group of British schoolchildren spend their holidays playing detective, The Mystery of the Strange Messages follows Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets as they become involved in a puzzling case involving anonymous letters sent to PC Goon, the village police bobby. Who is this Smith that the note-sender seems determined to expose, and why does he need to be cleared out of old Fairlin Hall, once known as The fourteenth entry in Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, in which a group of British schoolchildren spend their holidays playing detective, The Mystery of the Strange Messages follows Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets as they become involved in a puzzling case involving anonymous letters sent to PC Goon, the village police bobby. Who is this Smith that the note-sender seems determined to expose, and why does he need to be cleared out of old Fairlin Hall, once known as "The Ivies"? The Find-Outers, together with their friend Ern, and Buster the dog, are on the case! This penultimate title in the series was enjoyable enough, although Blyton really seems to be writing on auto-pilot here. In one scene, Pip is the designated look-out, but somehow manages to make a comment, despite being outside the hall! In another, Bets doesn't know what an anonymous letter is, even though the Find-Outers have already encountered them, in The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters . Despite these errors of continuity, and the fact that the mystery wasn't terribly suspenseful, I did enjoy the resolution. It was refreshing to see Ern play the hero for a change!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krystalin

    I still enjoy Enid Blyton's books for kids. I still get totally involved in the mystery and still love stringing the clues together. Another wonderful adventure with memorable characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Malin

    This is one of dad's old books and I don't think I've read it before. But I enjoyed it very much and I would love to read more of the books in the series, though I'm pretty sure this is the only one. Enid Blyton wrote brilliant mysterystories for kids.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I haven't actually read this before, I don't think! Perfectly nice and standard Five-Findouters material, with the addition of Mr Goon's nephew Ern. I quite liked him!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anshu Sharma

    The more I read these books, the more I detest Fatty. My insistence to complete a favorite series from my childhood is making me dislike them instead. Well at least only a book to go.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ema

    Ok. I'm wondering where is Mr Wilfred's son gone and why Ern won't help his uncle and Buster that's locked. Why he waits until tomorrow?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nadya Putri

    Novel MISTERI BERITA ANEH ini adalah novel klasik terjemahan, judul aslinya THE MYSTERY OF THE STRANGE MESSAGES, ditulis oleh Enid Blyton pada tahun 1957, dan diterbitkan oleh Penerbit PT Gramedia, Jakarta pada tahun 1985. Novel ini menceritakan tentang Pak Goon, seorang polisi desa, mendapatkan beberapa surat kaleng yang ditujukan untuk dirinya. Surat pertama berisi, 'Tanyakan pada Smith siapa namanya yang sebenarnya.'. Surat kedua berisi, ' Usir dia dari The Ivies!'. Surat ketiga berisi, 'Oran Novel MISTERI BERITA ANEH ini adalah novel klasik terjemahan, judul aslinya THE MYSTERY OF THE STRANGE MESSAGES, ditulis oleh Enid Blyton pada tahun 1957, dan diterbitkan oleh Penerbit PT Gramedia, Jakarta pada tahun 1985. Novel ini menceritakan tentang Pak Goon, seorang polisi desa, mendapatkan beberapa surat kaleng yang ditujukan untuk dirinya. Surat pertama berisi, 'Tanyakan pada Smith siapa namanya yang sebenarnya.'. Surat kedua berisi, ' Usir dia dari The Ivies!'. Surat ketiga berisi, 'Orang seperti Anda mengaku polisi? Ayo, datangi Smith!'. Surat keempat berisi, 'Jika Anda menjumpai Smith, sebut kata RAHASIA. Ia pasti mengambil langkah seribu.' Pak Goon menanyakan siapa yang mengirim surat itu pada Bu Hicks, wanita yang bekerja di rumahnya sebagai asisten rumah tangga, namun Bu Hicks berkata surat itu tiba-tiba saja ada saat ia pergi sebentar. Pak Goon mencurigai ini adalah perbuatan iseng Frederick Trotteville (dipanggil Fatty) - Si Gendut dari Pasukan Mau Tahu (grup penyelidikan/detektif Fatty bersama teman-temannya), namun ternyata bukan ulah Fatty. Kebetulan di situ sedang ada teman-teman Fatty, sehingga Pak Goon menceritakan sedikit hal yang terjadi kepada anak-anak itu. Pak Goon juga meminta Ern, keponakannya yang pintar, untuk mengintai di rumahnya, agar kalau ada orang mencurigakan bisa langsung ketahuan, dan Ern mendapat upah dari pamannya. Lalu karena Ern juga dekat dengan Fatty dan teman-temannya, mereka bekerja sama untuk menyelidiki kasus surat kaleng ini, mencari The Ivies dan Smith yang dimaksud dalam surat-surat itu, dan ternyata surat-surat itu merupakan kata kunci yang berkaitan dengan kasus pencurian di masa lalu. Novel ini terasa sekali cerita misterinya, pembaca dibuat semakin penasaran dan menduga-duga hal yang terjadi, dan petunjuk yang datang serta hal-hal yang mulai terungkap berjalan perlahan, sehingga pembaca semakin mengikuti jalan cerita karena penasaran. Novel ini menggunakan diksi yang baik, sehingga pembaca mudah memahami. Tidak terkesan membosankan karena dilengkapi dengan ilustrasi juga. Aku baru selesai membaca setelah hampir dua minggu, karena aku mulai sibuk belajar (efek mau tes) dan novel ini cukup tebal, ada 22 bab, dan sebuah novel ini ada 251 halaman. Novel ini kurekomendasikan untuk teman-teman yang suka genre misteri/detektif.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    This story really starts with Goon! He begins receiving a slew of anonymous notes demanding that he investigate a certain Mr Smith and eject him from his home. This makes no sense to Goon. Then he gets a brainwave and wonders if Fatty was behind these notes, trying out one of his disguises. He takes all the notes to Fatty and dumps them in the hands of the Find-Outers. Of course, they knew nothing about it, and Goon has just presented them with a brand new mystery! The delighted five, not to men This story really starts with Goon! He begins receiving a slew of anonymous notes demanding that he investigate a certain Mr Smith and eject him from his home. This makes no sense to Goon. Then he gets a brainwave and wonders if Fatty was behind these notes, trying out one of his disguises. He takes all the notes to Fatty and dumps them in the hands of the Find-Outers. Of course, they knew nothing about it, and Goon has just presented them with a brand new mystery! The delighted five, not to mention Ern, who had been employed by Goon to watch out for the mysterious letter-writer, set out to find the solution to this mystery. They discover Smith, and so does Goon. But they take different views of the matter from thereon. I rather enjoyed Ern's role in this one, where he blossoms on his own. The class differences are stark in this one. Ern is always delighted to be with the upper middle class children and happy to be accepted by them, enough so that he does not bother about the constant lecturing about not lying and stuff that the other children keep giving him. A bit of an eyeroll there! Then, of course, the trope about how Ern's mother can't even remember if he had had an illness or not and just sent him away to be on the safer side. That's literally no mother ever! The story is decent enough, but this was never one of my favourites. But I like all of the Mystery titles by Enid Blyton, some more than others.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Farseer

    In her latest years, Blyton developed dementia, and you can notice her decline in a few of her latest books. Fortunately, there is no trace of that in this, the second to last Five Find-Outers book. This book has a lot of the signature humor involving Mr. Goon, a strong investigation plot and some heart-warming moments. The premise may be a bit forced, but it's kind of explained once we find out the whole truth. Ern takes a stellar role here, despite the exaggerated way he looks up to Fatty, and In her latest years, Blyton developed dementia, and you can notice her decline in a few of her latest books. Fortunately, there is no trace of that in this, the second to last Five Find-Outers book. This book has a lot of the signature humor involving Mr. Goon, a strong investigation plot and some heart-warming moments. The premise may be a bit forced, but it's kind of explained once we find out the whole truth. Ern takes a stellar role here, despite the exaggerated way he looks up to Fatty, and the other children have clearly accepted him by this point in the series, despite some patronizing by Fatty. If there's a fault here is that Blyton doesn't find much for Larry, Daisy and Pip to do.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Songtsen

    Poorly written, even by Blyton's standards, and riddled with careless mistakes. Blyton has Mrs. Trotteville claim that she has lived in Peterswood for nineteen years. And in Chapter 19, Pip is both inside the kitchen and keeping watch outdoors at the same time. "When you're paid to do a job, it's better to give a few minutes more to it, than a few minutes less. That's one of the differences between doing a job honestly and doing it dishonestly! See?"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mariyum Patel

    Amazing

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Heather

    amazing as always, Fatty.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadette Xuereb

    This was much cleverer than some of the latest books. I really liked the plot, it was ingenious.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dhwani

    It's lacked in the mystery part or maybe I've just grown up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Khaula

    Fits like the pieces of a puzzle, a bit predictable if you're older than around 11

  18. 4 out of 5

    Reubyn Coutinho

    Has a few factual errors which disrupt the timeline

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I love Enid Blyton mysteries. My class read this at school and I had to read ahead to find out what was happening, and they were so intent on asking me questions about who did it. She writes a good mystery, often a little bit predictable but such an easy read that it took me about 2 hours to read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    A.R. Collins

    Enid has never quite got the right balance in a Fatty book since the first one (of course, I still have one to read); either the mystery is annoying, or the characterisation is off. In this case, the mystery has its ups and downs, while no characters except Fatty and Ern really get to do anything. Enid is clearly losing it by this point; she has confused Fatty's mother with Pip's, and at one point has Pip say a line while he's waiting outside, only for him to come in complaining of the cold a few Enid has never quite got the right balance in a Fatty book since the first one (of course, I still have one to read); either the mystery is annoying, or the characterisation is off. In this case, the mystery has its ups and downs, while no characters except Fatty and Ern really get to do anything. Enid is clearly losing it by this point; she has confused Fatty's mother with Pip's, and at one point has Pip say a line while he's waiting outside, only for him to come in complaining of the cold a few paragraphs later! The mystery and investigation are okay; the payoff is not, for two reasons. Firstly, the person who has been leaving the strange messages for Mr Goon (obvious from the start, of course) is not confronted or dealt with in any way, once the people driving the whole operation are discovered. Secondly, in the climactic moments when those people are caught, Fatty is incapacitated and Ern does absolutely everything! Clearly Enid enjoys writing about Ern very much, but I was really bored of him by the end of the previous book (he's in the last three running), and he certainly shouldn't be doing Fatty's job.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amathonthe

    Sekali lagi karena kecanduan cerita detektif,mengenang masa kecil yang tidak banyak membaca buku, berburu buku-buku Enid Blyton. Dan akhirnya cuma bisa nyewa, 1000 seminggu. Lumayan. Seperti biasa dalam buku Pasukan Mau Tahu ini, masih ada Fatty, Bets, Pip,Larry,Daisy dan si anjing kecil Buster. Serta si Pak Goon yang menyebalkan, yang menerima surat kaleng aneh. Misteri dimulai dari surat2 kaleng ini. Aih aku sebel banget ama Pak Goon ini, sotoy banget dan nyebelin ama si Ern keponakannya sendi Sekali lagi karena kecanduan cerita detektif,mengenang masa kecil yang tidak banyak membaca buku, berburu buku-buku Enid Blyton. Dan akhirnya cuma bisa nyewa, 1000 seminggu. Lumayan. Seperti biasa dalam buku Pasukan Mau Tahu ini, masih ada Fatty, Bets, Pip,Larry,Daisy dan si anjing kecil Buster. Serta si Pak Goon yang menyebalkan, yang menerima surat kaleng aneh. Misteri dimulai dari surat2 kaleng ini. Aih aku sebel banget ama Pak Goon ini, sotoy banget dan nyebelin ama si Ern keponakannya sendiri.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tegar Budi

    this is my first time tho. sebelumnya belum pernah baca buku enid blyton. dan..... ternyata seru!! ngak se bagus as i thought it was... tp gak jelek juga. pokoknya bagus. walaupun kayaknya kalau dipikir2 tokoh Fatty kayak bukan manusia gitu lho. terlalu bagus untuk jadi nyata. however, he's a fictional character. saya sangat kagum bagaimana enid blyton membuat karakternya benar benar hidup. saya paling suka tokoh Ern. lucu, menurut saya. kelak nanti, saya akan memberi hadiah buku ini untuk anak this is my first time tho. sebelumnya belum pernah baca buku enid blyton. dan..... ternyata seru!! ngak se bagus as i thought it was... tp gak jelek juga. pokoknya bagus. walaupun kayaknya kalau dipikir2 tokoh Fatty kayak bukan manusia gitu lho. terlalu bagus untuk jadi nyata. however, he's a fictional character. saya sangat kagum bagaimana enid blyton membuat karakternya benar benar hidup. saya paling suka tokoh Ern. lucu, menurut saya. kelak nanti, saya akan memberi hadiah buku ini untuk anak anak saya. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rohan

    Its got all the ingredients for becoming a fine mystery book and it is a book in which the find outers are totally puzzled and have lost hope of finishing this mytery and suddenly out of the blue turns up a clue that brings the Five Findouters back on the trail. Mr.Goon the policwman is getting strange letters.Fatty and the others reach to many ends but finally solve the mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Ya Tuhan. Ini bacaan saya sewaktu saya masih kecil. Saya dulu suka banget sama serial Pasukan Mau Tahu, jauh lebih suka daripada Lima Sekawan. Ketahuan, sih, saya anaknya hipster sejak kecil :v Hum, lumayan seru juga, sih, menguak misteri berita aneh di sini karena Nyonya Blyton mengajak kita bertualang ke sana dan ke sini.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rd. Sya'rani

    serial Pasukan Mau Tahu ini salah satu favorit saya dan masih saja dibaca jika ingin, soalnya cerita2 dari Enid Blyton seperti tak lekang oleh jaman misteri berita aneh ini, seru seperti biasa, apalagi tokoh yang berperan utamanya kali ini Ern, keponakan pak Goon ! :D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shreya=Drastically Random. Find the emoticon.

    Much better than the other one. Deeper, with more mysteries and more drama. Also has comical parts. I love the part with Fatty improvising the poem =D Although Fatty gets on my nerves. He's so conceited.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Noora

    Samaa tasoa ja muutenkin samanlainen kirja kuin muutkin salaisuus-kirjat. Välilukemista.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Tan

    Good read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fay

    A nostalgic tale that takes me back to my childhood.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abieffendi

    entertaining as always:D

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