The Mystery of the Missing Money (The Mystery Series, Short Story 1)

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While staying at Smugglers Cove for the school holidays, four children get caught up in a thrilling adventure while exploring Bracknesh Castle. This ruined fortress sits on the outskirts of the village and, as the children soon discover, holds more secrets than they could ever imagine. More
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About Paul Moxham

Paul Moxham hails from Melbourne, Australia. He's best known for his children's mystery series which follows Joe, Amy, Sarah, and Will as they have adventures in 1950's Britain.

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rhonda laney reviewed on Dec. 29, 2012


Mystery of the Missing Money (the Mystery series) is a short story. It takes place a week after their first adventure in The Mystery of Smugglers Cove. This is a really short story that stands alone but the characters are really introduced and fleshed out in the first book.
The story takes place in the 1950's where the children play outside and explore thier world. Thier is a empty Castle and the four kids explore.
Will tells the story to the three other kids about the bank robbers that were caught in town on his 9th birthday and the money was never found.
While the children go back in the castle to look for a braclet one of the girls lost. They find the two escaped prisoners who came back to retrieve thier stolen money.
I liked the story and would like to read more longer stories in the series.
This one was really short one that I got free on Smashwords.
I will read more books by Paul Moxham in the future. This was an adventure with lots of action for a short story.
Published: May 14, 2012 ISBN: 9781476323237
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Shirley S. Simon reviewed on Nov. 4, 2012

This short story is part of a series written by the author on the adventures of 4 children, who because of their quick thinking and resourcefulness (in this book) go on to unravel the mystery of the stolen money and capture notorious felons while facing a rocky adventure.

The writing style of the author is simple and compact. The story moves fast, though there were places where I personally felt that a bit more detail and a smoother flow would have made is pleasant. The idea of the preface was nice but a little more history about the children, woven into the narrative, would have been ideal for a reader like me who is not familiar with the earlier books in the series.

I liked it, though I wouldn’t say I was hooked. I am an Enid Blyton fan and I may have been a bit biased while reading this book. The story reminded me too much of one of her books and I kept making comparisons between the two. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt by the author and children and adults will surely delight reading it.

{I received this book as part of a LibraryThing giveaway, in exchange for a review}
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