The Mystery of Smugglers Cove (The Mystery Series, Book 1)

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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. More
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Words: 42,870
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781301955794
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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Review by: Georgia on Nov. 16, 2012 :
Famous Five Meets Tintin

The Mystery of Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham is the first in his new The Mystery Series. Set in 1950's England, we follow a group of four children (Joe, Amy, Sarah and Will) on their adventures.

The first book starts it all off. Three siblings meet a fourth member and together they explore the local caves and get a greater adventure than even their imaginations could have thought of.

Reading the first book is very reminiscent of the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. The author himself states that he took inspiration from it and it really shows. I was a huge fan of the 1995 tv series and it was a large part of my childhood, so reading this book has the rosy tint of nostalgia added to it. Anyone familiar with the Famous Five will know what to expect from these books. Great childrens' adventure stories that never disappoint.

I recommend this series to any younger readers, any readers nostalgic for the good old days and especially any fans of the Famous Five series.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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Review by: mandpbooks on Nov. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
Paul Moxham, the author, says The Mystery of Smugglers Cove is ‘set in 1950s England and is like the Famous Five’. So I read it in that light – I grew up reading Blyton, and used to recommend her books to encourage a love of reading fiction among the boys I used to teach. So there was a lot for Paul Moxham to live up to! After a rather slow start to the action, I was drawn in by the fast-paced plot. I enjoyed reading the book and couldn’t wait to see how things turned out. Children whose parents gave them complete freedom, crooks, chases through cliff tunnels at the seaside, an empty house and an escape across the channel to France – what more can one ask? This was an exciting mix with an interesting twist at the end.
There are, however, one or two reservations, starting with the lack of an apostrophe in the title. (The teacher in me talking here?) There were a couple of anachronisms for 1950s England – the children would not have been offered ‘burgers’ to eat by their Mum, and especially not ‘veggie burgers’. And I don’t remember any Pancake Parlours, either. There were also a few modern phrases and/or errors in the use of English, for example: ‘way longer’ (much longer), ‘fix up the garden’ (keep the garden tidy), ‘the sun shined down upon them’ (the sun shone down on them), ‘he treaded quietly’ (he trod quietly).
In the end, the interesting plot and diminishing number of anachronisms meant that this turned into a good read, which I enjoyed.
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Review by: rhonda laney on Nov. 07, 2012 :
The Mystery of Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham
4 STARS

The Mystery of Smugglers Cove is book 1 in the Mystery series by Paul Moxham. It is set in 1950 England. It is an old fashion mystery with children exploring the land around them instead of watching tv or playing video games.
I found it entertaining and lots of action as the children find smugglers using the caves.
Sarah was the youngest of the children at age 8. Amy 10 and her brother Joe 12 and thier new friend Will 12. Joe and his sisters are staying in Smugglers Cove for the summer since thier house in London had a bad fire in it. So they can't stay thier untill its repaired.
Will tells them that Smugglers Cove used to have lots of smugglers using caves and tunnels coming up into peoples houses. That was how they got the name of the town.
The children think it will be fun to check out the caves and explore the area together.
I will look forward to reading future books in the series to come.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from the author and Librarythings.
10/20/2012 PUB 123 pages file size 616 KB
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Review by: rhonda laney on Nov. 07, 2012 :
The Mystery of Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham
4 STARS

The Mystery of Smugglers Cove is book 1 in the Mystery series by Paul Moxham. It is set in 1950 England. It is an old fashion mystery with children exploring the land around them instead of watching tv or playing video games.
I found it entertaining and lots of action as the children find smugglers using the caves.
Sarah was the youngest of the children at age 8. Amy 10 and her brother Joe 12 and thier new friend Will 12. Joe and his sisters are staying in Smugglers Cove for the summer since thier house in London had a bad fire in it. So they can't stay thier untill its repaired.
Will tells them that Smugglers Cove used to have lots of smugglers using caves and tunnels coming up into peoples houses. That was how they got the name of the town.
The children think it will be fun to check out the caves and explore the area together.
I will look forward to reading future books in the series to come.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from the author and Librarythings.
10/20/2012 PUB 123 pages file size 616 KB
(review of free book)

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