Title: The Mystery of Smugglers Cove
Author: Paul Moxham
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Young Adult
The Blurb: When twelve year old Joe, along with his two younger sisters, visits Smugglers Cove for the summer holidays, they get caught up in a thrilling adventure that is beyond their wildest imagination. Follow the children as they flee down a river, are chased by ferocious dogs, locked up in an old manor, get lost at sea, expose a spy, and more!
My Thoughts: It is wonderful to be once more able to read a good old-fashioned rollicking kids adventure story. Back in the 1950s, early 60s, kids had no electronic devices to entertain them, they made their own fun and often that meant entering a world of make-believe. Back then my friends and I would play for hours – cowboys and Indians (I was always the Indian and tied to a tree), cops and robbers (I was always the robber and tied to a tree), English soldiers and German soldiers (I was always the German and tied to a tree) – yes there IS a theme there! Kids back then could roam around all day and not have their parents go into melt down, and boy did we have fun. THE MYSTERY OF SMUGGLERS COVE brought back these memories. Picnics, long walks exploring every nook and cranny, and spying on big houses in case there were baddies doing bad things! A fast paced plot involving counterfeiters, smugglers, dark caves complete with a twist at the end. There were storms, fog and high tides. Lots of action and the e-pages were flicked non-stop as I raced to see what happened next – who was in danger – who was being rescued and would those nasty German shepherd’s really rip the children limb from limb? The only complaint I had was when the kids sat down for dinner and their mother gave them a lovely veggie burger – no way this would have happened then – fizzy drinks, bread and ham maybe but not a veggie burger!!
I snagged this copy of THE MYSTERY OF SMUGGLERS COVE from Member Giveaways at LibraryThing, it is hoped by them that I find the time to read the book and review it on LibraryThing and anywhere else I desire. Not a difficult ask, as I would have got this anyway – and will keep my eye out for the next book in the series.
Rating: B – A really, really good read
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