Here is a ﬁrst-rate family story with more than a spice of adventure in it. The ﬁve Mackie children had the rare good luck to ﬁnd, in a house taken for the holidays in Devonshire, a secret passage leading to a smugglers’ cave. There was a mysterious intruder who slipped round doors too quickly for recognition, footprints where no footprints should have been, and a wreck off-shore with something curious about it too. Here, surely, are all the ingredients for a ﬁrst-rate story. Add that the writing is good and easy, the pace rapid, and the natural give and take between the children amusingly true to life, and you will see for yourselves that this is a grand book to get down to on a wet day or day in bed — or any day on which you have not positively got to go and do anything else; for the probability is that, once started, wild horses won’t get you away
from it till you’ve ﬁnished it.
Mainly for boys and girls rom eight or nine upwards.
My Puffin Books