It's their very first adventure, and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of some really weird clues. It's snowing and the Seven are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house - and a mystery. The next time the Seven meet this lady and her two children, her shack on the hill top at Hilly-Down is burning to the ground. But when they realise they're on the trail of a dangerous gang, the Seven don't feel quite so brave.
Thankfully help is at hand and the woman and her children are allowed to stay in an old caravan on Peter's parent's farmland.
Jack goes to tell the rest of the Seven about the good news, but there is a catch — Susie is invited too.
And for the first time we meet her friend Binkie, (what a character!) who is also invited, and why not?
If Jack can take six friends, she is surely allowed to take one!Binkie is made out to be worse than Susie, as if that could be possible. She seems to be quite friendly at first, but unfortunately the others are prejudiced because of her rabbit teeth, twitchy nose and the fact that she is Susie's friend. They eavesdrop seemingly at will and play tricks, taking in the Seven every time.They all enjoy the fun of the fair.


Peter telephones the fire station and the others go to see if there's anything they can do to help. She was so looking forward to being involved.As usual, it has been some time since the last meeting, so Pam and Barbara aren't sure if the password is 'Woof' or 'Wuff'. Luckily Scamper gives it away and they get in, just!However, Colin and Jack have forgotten it altogether and Peter, strict as ever, won't let them in. Susie has been hiding in the bushes with Binkie and, once again, has found out the password and comes to their aid.The next highlight is Binkie's Secret Seven 'poem'.
Her 'poetry' is not in the classic Ern Goon mould, but at least she doesn't need anyone to finish them for her.The Seven are not impressed. No one else will agree with him, but it does seem that the characters are a little more mature in this book. Binkie is hurt and bursts into tears and Susie has words with him, and he feels a bit guilty.The puzzling thing is that someone has stolen the scarecrow's clothes and committed a robbery dressed in them. They think they have found the missing clothes or at least some clues, but all they find is some old clothes and Susie's old school hat.
In fact poor old Janet often wants to join in their nocturnal adventures, less so the other two girls, but Peter won't allow it. But you will have to read Puzzle for the Secret Seven yourself to find out more about the 'WWW', if you haven't already guessed!Review by David CookThis story must take place soon after the previous spring adventure as it's set in the Easter holidays again — one week into them, in fact, though the illustrations show the nights are strangely dark for that time of the year.


In it, we are introduced to two new and recurring characters.The first is Susie's friend, Binkie, a poetry-reciting girl with a 'funny little twitchy nose and teeth just like a rabbit', of garrulous and giggly nature. The other is Matt, the shepherd, who works for Peter's father and lives in a hut up on the hills with the sheep. This sheep farming aspect is one of two new facts we learn about Old Mill House Farm, the other being the keeping of hens, whose hen houses are lime-washed by Peter and Janet.This is an absorbing story of much incident.
When the Bolan family's hillside shack goes up in flames, the Seven assist in preparing Matt's old caravan for them to live in. Later events include two thefts, one of clothes from a scarecrow and another of a violin from an antique shop by someone wearing the scarecrow's clothes, and a strange wailing noise heard on the hills at night.
One instance I found very amusing was that Peter's school violin teacher was called Mr Scraper!




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