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The Mystery of the Missing Necklace is the fifth book in a series written by Enid Blyton featuring the Five Find-Outers & Dog. This is a series running along very similar lines to the Famous Five series, also written by Enid Blyton. I would say the Five Find-Outers are less well-known and aimed at a slightly younger audience, with the characters being younger and the adventures generally taking place closer to home with less opportunity for the danger associated with the Famous Five.
The Five Find-Outers are two sets of siblings (Larry and Daisy and Pip and Bets) as well as Frederick (known throughout the series as Fatty.) The other main character in the series is the local policeman, Mr Goon; known to the children as Old Clear ?Orf, thanks to his usual response to the children. Mr Goon views the children with a mixture of suspicion and contempt, with them having previously outwitted him and taken the credit for solving a series of unsolved mysteries in their village of Peterswood.
This fifth adventure starts slightly differently to the other books that preceded it as there is no obvious crime for the children to attempt to solve, much to their disappointment. They suspect that Goon has a mystery to solve but aren't able to get any information, beyond their having been a series of burglaries and thefts in the local area. They do still keep themselves amused, mainly because of Fatty's love of dressing up and his assortment of costumes and disguises. In this way, they inadvertently infiltrate a gang of local jewel thieves and set out to try and prevent the next big burglary.
As an adult reader, I found this to be a quick and enjoyable read. There is less of a mystery element than with other books in the series, so there is no real opportunity to play along with the children at being an amateur sleuth and working through potential suspects and analysing clues, as there is with some of the other Find-Outer tales. Much of what the children uncover arises through chance and then a massive leap of faith (which always proves to be correct) but that didn't really diminish my enjoyment of the story at all.The characters are all well established by this point in the series and it is Fatty who takes the leading role throughout this story, with the other children being very peripheral characters.
I don't think this is the best in the series and it isn't one that I could particularly recall reading from childhood but it is certainly an entertaining read, with a few instances of mild peril, danger and light-hearted humour. I would recommend this to young readers from the age of six upwards (if having the story read to them, due to some of the unfamiliar vocabulary) or independent readers from around eight. Otherwise, this should be equally appealing to adults wanting to rediscover much-loved stories from their own childhood.