07: The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat (The Find-Outers)
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The Find-Outers is a clever mystery series from bestselling author Enid Blyton, and perfect for fans of The Secret Seven.
Mr Goon is on holiday and there's a new policeman in town. While the Find-Outers are up to their usual games, he stumbles upon a puzzling mystery: the theatre safe has been robbed! The top suspect is Boysie, the pantomime cat, but Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets aren't convinced. Who could the real thief be?
This edition contains the original text first published in 1949.
Soon as I go away they put in a dud like you, who hasn’t even got the sense to send for his superior when something happens!” Fatty decided to gobut Buster decided differently. Aha! That was the voice of his old enemy, wasn’t it? With a joyful bark Buster pushed open the door of the sitting-room with his black nose, and bounded in! Goon-Pippinand Fatty. There was a loud exclamation from Goon. “That dog! Where did it come from? Clear-orf, you! Ah, you’d nip me in the ankles, would you!” Fatty
this morning I’ll go and complain to his parents. Poking his Nose where he’s not wanted! Where is he?” “I don’t know,” said Pip and Larry together, and grinned. What could Fatty have been doing now? “You don’t know! Gah! I bet you know where he’s hiding, ready to pick Pippin’s brains again. Does he think he’s on this Case, too? Well, he’s not. I’m in charge of this. You tell him that!” And with that Mr. Goon sailed off, leaving Larry and Pip full of curiosity to know what in the world Fatty
softly. There was no band, of course, for the show was only a small one. The stage-curtain shook a little in the draughts that came in each time the door was opened. The children gazed at it, admiring the marvellous sunset depicted on the great sheet. The show began punctually. The curtain went up exactly at three o’clock, and the audience sat up in expectation. There were two plays and a skit on Dick Whittington’s Pantomime. In the first two plays, Boysie did not appear, but he came in at the
and spotted uswhat a thrill for him!” Meanwhile P.C. Pippin had made his way back to the garden where the two ruffians had been hiding. He was excited. He had never hoped for anything to happen whilst he was taking Goon’s place. And now he had surprised two horrible-looking villains hiding in the garden of an empty house, no doubt planning a burglary of some kind. P.C. Pippin shone his torch on the ground under the bush where the two ruffians had stood. He hoped to see some footprints there.
then?” said Daisy. “Let’s go and see if it’s still there, looking out of the window.” “I don’t want to,” said Bets at once. “I don’t think I do either, really,” said Daisy. “We’ll go.” said Larry. “Come on. Fatty, come on, Pip.” The three boys stepped quietly up the verandah steps, and looked in at the window. The cat was no longer there, but as they stood watching, they saw it come in at the door of the room and run across on all fours to the fireplace. An electric fire was burning, and the