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In this adventure for the Five Find-Outers and dog, Fatty's latest dressing-up game turns into an exciting search for a missing Tetaruan prince, when Prince Bongawah—whose uncle is trying to get control of his country by trying to remove the heir to the throne—goes missing from a camp near Peterswood... In this adventure for the Five Find-Outers and dog, Fatty's latest dressing-up game turns into an exciting search for a missing Tetaruan prince, when Prince Bongawah—whose uncle is trying to get control of his country by trying to remove the heir to the throne—goes missing from a camp near Peterswood...


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In this adventure for the Five Find-Outers and dog, Fatty's latest dressing-up game turns into an exciting search for a missing Tetaruan prince, when Prince Bongawah—whose uncle is trying to get control of his country by trying to remove the heir to the throne—goes missing from a camp near Peterswood... In this adventure for the Five Find-Outers and dog, Fatty's latest dressing-up game turns into an exciting search for a missing Tetaruan prince, when Prince Bongawah—whose uncle is trying to get control of his country by trying to remove the heir to the throne—goes missing from a camp near Peterswood...

30 review for The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    I'm going to try and review books from my childhood everyday, hopefully, and what better way to start than Enid Blyton, the queen of children's novels. I'm starting with this particular book, because this was the first book of this series I read, and The Five Find-Outers series is my favourite of all of Blyton's works. Enid Blyton reminds me of a time when the most of my worries was completing my homework on time. I read this book in my summer holidays, and I wanted to be there, in Peterswood, b I'm going to try and review books from my childhood everyday, hopefully, and what better way to start than Enid Blyton, the queen of children's novels. I'm starting with this particular book, because this was the first book of this series I read, and The Five Find-Outers series is my favourite of all of Blyton's works. Enid Blyton reminds me of a time when the most of my worries was completing my homework on time. I read this book in my summer holidays, and I wanted to be there, in Peterswood, because their summers are so much more amazing, what with lemonade, and macroons, and that little tea shop, and disguises, and of course, the lovable Mr. Goon. Yeah, he's lovable. He's just always in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this particular book, our five friends kind of get into a sticky situation when they disguise themselves as relatives of one, Prince Bongawah, who ends up kidnapped. Mr. Goon, of course, has to turn up when the role-play is happening, as should his utterly daft and gullible nephews Ern, Sid, and Perce. Coo? Coo. What follows is a comedy of errors that ultimately leads to the Prince being found, and everyone being happy. Pretty simple story, you say? Sure, but Blyton is a master of the English language, and her sense of humour is impeccable. With 'pomes' like "The pore old gardener" and "There was a coff that carried him off", delectable dishes a la classic Enid Blyton style, disguises including Princess Bongawee and old John Smith, the humour in this book is on point. Mr. Goon is as mean and goofy as always, and gets himself into the most laughable situations. Ern provides the usual comic relief with his portry, and Fatty acts like "da man". It's all the same, and yet, I absolutely adore this book. My friends and I also spent an more time than necessary "letting our tongues loose to talk foreign", and suffice to say, we got farther than abbledy gabbledy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    I think this book deserves five stars for this poem (or pome) alone ... “A pore old gardener said, ‘Ah me! My days is almost done, I'’ve got rheumatics in my knee, And now it’s hard to run. I'’ve got a measle in my foot, And chilblains on my nose, And bless me if I haven'’t got Pneumonia in my toes. All my hair has fallen out, My teeth have fallen in, I'’m really getting rather stout, Although I’'m much too thin. My nose is deaf, my ears are dumb, My tongue is tied in knots, And now my barrow and my spade Have I think this book deserves five stars for this poem (or pome) alone ... “A pore old gardener said, ‘Ah me! My days is almost done, I'’ve got rheumatics in my knee, And now it’s hard to run. I'’ve got a measle in my foot, And chilblains on my nose, And bless me if I haven'’t got Pneumonia in my toes. All my hair has fallen out, My teeth have fallen in, I'’m really getting rather stout, Although I’'m much too thin. My nose is deaf, my ears are dumb, My tongue is tied in knots, And now my barrow and my spade Have all come out in spots. My watering-can is…’ ”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    Findouters Challenge: Book 9. Pip and Bets have been without their friends in Peterswood for most of the summer vacation but with two weeks of holiday left, Larry and Daisy and Fatty return. Finding no “mystery” waiting to be solved by them, they decide to try their hand at disguises again this time using costumes Fatty picked up in Morocco. But when Ern surprises them by coming along, they take him in with their disguises, Bets pretending to be Princess Bongawee, the “sister” of Prince Bongawah Findouters Challenge: Book 9. Pip and Bets have been without their friends in Peterswood for most of the summer vacation but with two weeks of holiday left, Larry and Daisy and Fatty return. Finding no “mystery” waiting to be solved by them, they decide to try their hand at disguises again this time using costumes Fatty picked up in Morocco. But when Ern surprises them by coming along, they take him in with their disguises, Bets pretending to be Princess Bongawee, the “sister” of Prince Bongawah who is staying at a school camp in Peterswood. They go into town in disguise also taking in poor Mr Goon yet again. But when the real Prince goes missing, suspected to be kidnapped, the Findouters realise their tricks have got them into trouble again. Inspector Jenks, now Chief Inspector is also displeased. They decide to solve the mystery and pass the information on to Mr Goon to make up for what they’ve done. But of course, Goon is unwilling (justifiably) to believe them. But whether or not Goon believes them, nothing can deter the Findouters from solving “a nice juicy mystery” and that’s what they go on to do in this one. This findouters mystery wasn’t very PC, particularly the sections on their disguises and some of the children’s observations on the Prince. Another negative for me was the children’s attitude towards Ern and his brothers (Sid and Perce, making their first appearance in the series) simply dismissing them as unintelligent, though it is Sid who ultimately supplies them with a valuable clue. Bets’ role was also not as important as in previous mysteries in the series where it is she that finds the key to the puzzle (here Pip does, just like the previous book), and she also doesn’t manage to quite see through Fatty’s disguise at the beginning something she did in earlier books, both through intuition and logic. But that said, the mystery itself in this book was a real corker. In fact, while I had read this book before, I had forgotten that the solution was not very straightforward―even once they’ve solved part of it, there is another surprise reveal. This one certainly does fall within the more “creative” mysteries in the series. Once again Fatty uses not only his disguises but his skills in escaping a locked room in finally resolving it all. On the foodmeter too, this one does pretty well―plenty of icecream, lemonade, sandwiches and pies. We also sample more of Ern’s por’try (the one I remember best, “the Pore Old Gardener” was in this one), and see Sid’s love of stickjaw toffee, which very nearly prevents him from revealing what he knows. So a fun read except for some little things.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The ninth installment of Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, in which a group of British schoolchildren spend their holidays playing detective, The Mystery of the Vanished Prince sees Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets once again in the midst of a mystery because of a practical joke. When Fatty manages to convince pompous police bobby Mr. Goon that Bets, dressed up in colorful, "exotic" clothing, is actually the sister of an Indian prince known to be at camp nearby, he has The ninth installment of Enid Blyton's fifteen-book Five Find-Outers and Dog series, in which a group of British schoolchildren spend their holidays playing detective, The Mystery of the Vanished Prince sees Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets once again in the midst of a mystery because of a practical joke. When Fatty manages to convince pompous police bobby Mr. Goon that Bets, dressed up in colorful, "exotic" clothing, is actually the sister of an Indian prince known to be at camp nearby, he has no idea that Prince Bongawah will soon disappear, and that Goon will come searching for little "Princess Bongawee." Out of favor with their hero, Inspector Jenks, Fatty and the others are determined to make amends, and solve the mystery... Of the nine books read thus far in this series, I think I enjoyed The Mystery of the Vanished Prince the least. Featuring a return of Ern, Mr. Goon's hapless nephew, who first appeared in The Mystery of the Hidden House , it has all the obnoxious classism that so irritated me in that earlier title. The children continue to be amused by Ern's pronunciation, his "portry," and his gormless admiration for Fatty. Unfortunately, the characterization of Ern was by no means the worst aspect of this entry in the series, which also contained some regrettable scenes in which the Find-Outers "dress up" as Indians, acting out a little colonial fantasy in miniature. The passages devoted to Fatty's investigations among the "gypsies," who are portrayed as dirty and dishonest, were also quite upsetting. All in all, this is not a title I would recommend to impressionable young children, and can only regret its inclusion in such a popular series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vinay Leo

    Ern Goon’s return in the tale this time is accompanied by his brothers Sid and Perce. My favorite part of this book is the children’s first encounter with Goon. It is one of the most hilarious scenes in the series thus far. It’s a kidnapping mystery this time, and Fatty’s generosity to Goon is good to see. To make up for a wrong done, the children help the policeman, even though he doesn’t seem to appreciate it. Pip once again is at the centre of the turning point, and Fatty follows through, lea Ern Goon’s return in the tale this time is accompanied by his brothers Sid and Perce. My favorite part of this book is the children’s first encounter with Goon. It is one of the most hilarious scenes in the series thus far. It’s a kidnapping mystery this time, and Fatty’s generosity to Goon is good to see. To make up for a wrong done, the children help the policeman, even though he doesn’t seem to appreciate it. Pip once again is at the centre of the turning point, and Fatty follows through, leading to a very exciting end to the mystery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    sara ?!

    everyone in this book was SO xenophobic I literally almost had to dnf. like I know you're supposed to read books with an open mind because being that discriminatory was the norm at that time but this was to the point it was uncomfortable to read. also the children ??? were so annoying wtf ???? poor mr goon ??? I know he's a bad person but damn they were so mean to him. I usually like enid blytons books but this one I hated. the case was so bad too, half of it was based on circumstance. also ern everyone in this book was SO xenophobic I literally almost had to dnf. like I know you're supposed to read books with an open mind because being that discriminatory was the norm at that time but this was to the point it was uncomfortable to read. also the children ??? were so annoying wtf ???? poor mr goon ??? I know he's a bad person but damn they were so mean to him. I usually like enid blytons books but this one I hated. the case was so bad too, half of it was based on circumstance. also ern and sid need a hug they basically saved this entire case and the children were so rude to them :(

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Heather

    had a good laugh at The Five Find Outers's joke at Mr. Goon at always 😂 had a good laugh at The Five Find Outers's joke at Mr. Goon at always 😂

  8. 4 out of 5

    Treveni Nagarajan

    Best

  9. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Collins

    No Find-Outers book is perfect, and this one shows up Enid Blyton's xenophobia at times, though you don't see anything like the full extent of it here. Fatty doesn't really give the others much to do in this one, and I did miss Bets' brainwaves - she only has one, very quick one. Fatty's behaviour towards Mr Goon is pretty disgraceful, especially when he has his bike confiscated whilst riding it in disguise, and then reports it stolen five minutes later. Surely that's not okay! Even so, I have t No Find-Outers book is perfect, and this one shows up Enid Blyton's xenophobia at times, though you don't see anything like the full extent of it here. Fatty doesn't really give the others much to do in this one, and I did miss Bets' brainwaves - she only has one, very quick one. Fatty's behaviour towards Mr Goon is pretty disgraceful, especially when he has his bike confiscated whilst riding it in disguise, and then reports it stolen five minutes later. Surely that's not okay! Even so, I have to give this one three stars, because for the first time since book one I didn't once want to slap a healthy dollop of sense into the Find-Outers. They do some of their best detective work here, with a little help from poor looked-down-upon Ern, for whom I do have a soft spot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Farseer

    A nice read overall. In the beginning, the part with the kids pretending to be foreign royalty, babbling nonsense and fooling Ern and Mr. Goon was just a bit too much to swallow, even for my inner child. Because of that, an otherwise funny incident didn't quite work from me. From there, it was a pleasant read. The mystery was not the best in terms of clues/deduction. It was driven by some fortunate coincidences for the young find-outers, but it was a fun adventure. Ern, who started as a side char A nice read overall. In the beginning, the part with the kids pretending to be foreign royalty, babbling nonsense and fooling Ern and Mr. Goon was just a bit too much to swallow, even for my inner child. Because of that, an otherwise funny incident didn't quite work from me. From there, it was a pleasant read. The mystery was not the best in terms of clues/deduction. It was driven by some fortunate coincidences for the young find-outers, but it was a fun adventure. Ern, who started as a side character, has almost grown into one of the main cast. I also liked that the children were less vindictive against Mr. Goon than usual. Sure, Mr. Goon is unpleasant, but sometimes the find-outers go too far. Here, however, they even tried to help him, although of course Mr. Goon did not take advantage of that.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bebe Phramthong

    I liked this book a lot it was a good book very MYSTERIOUS and fun!I am totally looking forward to read more mysteries books from Enid Blyton he totally inspired me I like how he writes his books and his ideas a total recommended book to read. Hope you enjoy 😉 the booooook and a have fun reading time.❤️❤️❤️❤️👍

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gail Danks

    I read the 1968 version and was amazed at the way times have changed Some of the things written in this book would certainly not be permitted in kids books these days For example saying half the Eastern islanders were savages and that the kids looked as dark as gypsies A good story however but definitely not PC

  13. 4 out of 5

    Saffron Mavros

    For young minds, these books proved to be so thrilling, the zest, the tumble into adventures, cracking puzzles, finding clues and finally putting criminals and robbers behind bars! The mystery series were one of the best series in the Enid Blyton collection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jake Collins

    Ill-conceived, xenophobic nonsense. The number of ridiculous assumptions and coincidences in the Find-Outers' investigation is far too high for me to engage with this story on any level. Ill-conceived, xenophobic nonsense. The number of ridiculous assumptions and coincidences in the Find-Outers' investigation is far too high for me to engage with this story on any level.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Ryan

    Another classic Blyton I remember reading in my childhood, now available on Kindle!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dinushka J

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved it as usual. It was nice to see Fatty try to help/give Goon the credit although he didn't realize it right throughout the book. Loved it as usual. It was nice to see Fatty try to help/give Goon the credit although he didn't realize it right throughout the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    daniela

    childhood favorite

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    It is so long ago since I read this series that I had forgotten the end part of the book. So many childhood feelings of reading these stories when I was younger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Johann Palamattam

    Great book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Normally I like Enid Blyton but this one is just a bit too much of its period. The treatment of the policeman just felt nasty.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stanley Andreas

    3.5 🌟 / 5 This book wasn’t the most interesting in the series, but I still enjoyed this reading 🤩

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Really I likes this book but It wasn’t good but I recommend read this book because to my sister Loved this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Saloni Porwal

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Solid mystery that is let down by the ending being explained rather than discovered.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashrita K

    this book is one of the best thriller books you might have read, even though it's slow moving this book is one of the best thriller books you might have read, even though it's slow moving

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leena Altaf

    This mystery was different from the previous books. I liked it, it was interesting. But the storyline is kind of repetitive, The Five Find-Outers (and Dog) are together for the hols after a few weeks have passed, they play a trick that ends up confusing Mr Goon in the mystery that happens (awful coincidence), they find clues, talk to people, get on the right track and then come to a dead end. Then Fatty gets on the right track and then Bets says something that solves the whole mystery. I am supe This mystery was different from the previous books. I liked it, it was interesting. But the storyline is kind of repetitive, The Five Find-Outers (and Dog) are together for the hols after a few weeks have passed, they play a trick that ends up confusing Mr Goon in the mystery that happens (awful coincidence), they find clues, talk to people, get on the right track and then come to a dead end. Then Fatty gets on the right track and then Bets says something that solves the whole mystery. I am super used to this storyline and events and hope that the next book has a different turn of events.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Cox

    I choose to read 'The mystery of the vanished Prince' because the previous book in the series was really interesting and had a good case to solve. This book is about the five finder outers are on a case to find out where the Prince has vanished to. It all starts when, they are hanging out at Fatty's (the leader of the group) house when they hear a knock on the door. It was Fatty's friends aka Mr Goon's (the towns policeman) nephews, the wanted to tell they that the Prince is now camping next to I choose to read 'The mystery of the vanished Prince' because the previous book in the series was really interesting and had a good case to solve. This book is about the five finder outers are on a case to find out where the Prince has vanished to. It all starts when, they are hanging out at Fatty's (the leader of the group) house when they hear a knock on the door. It was Fatty's friends aka Mr Goon's (the towns policeman) nephews, the wanted to tell they that the Prince is now camping next to their tent. Everybody decided to walk over to see the Prince, but when they got there the Prince was missing. It turns out that he was probably kidnaped during the night, but no one heard. Fatty and the others began on the mystery right away but had found no clues other than that the Prince was still in his PJ's. Pip (one of the finder outers) had found a button to the Prince's PJs but no one thought that could help. The kids decided to take a break on the case and went to a fair ground but only to find the Prince's PJs hanging on a washing line. They went up to the camper van that had the PJs and tried not to make it look like they were investigating. Fatty met a boy and said that he was a friend of the little boys parents, Fatty ask him if he could tell him how his family got the Prince's PJs. So the boy told Fatty everything, it turns out that when the Prince was on the way to the camp ground that was when he got kidnapped. So the little boy swapped cloths with the Prince and toke his place as the Prince and continued on the journey to the camp grounds. In the first night at the camp grounds the little boys parents toke their son and made it look like it was a kidnapping. Later on the five finder outers told Mr Goon to arrest the family, but they still had to find out where they hid the Prince. They found out that it was at an old farm and then they rescued the Prince. The character that i admire most is Fatty because he is loyal, kind, smart and caring. He shows leadership. And doesn't back down from a challenge. He never gives up and does what is best for his group. There were no quotes from this book. What i have learnt from this book is that you might just have to put in that extra effort to get what you need.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linn

    I only found the last part of the book anywhere near interesting although i cant complain since the book was intended to be a children's book and it would be unjust to judge it as a bad work.But even then nothin really interested me to keep reading the book except the desire to finish it and be done with the series.The plot if seperated frm the book could be a good one.There were some instances where i laughed.But generally there was no momentum untill the last chapters and the repetition of sen I only found the last part of the book anywhere near interesting although i cant complain since the book was intended to be a children's book and it would be unjust to judge it as a bad work.But even then nothin really interested me to keep reading the book except the desire to finish it and be done with the series.The plot if seperated frm the book could be a good one.There were some instances where i laughed.But generally there was no momentum untill the last chapters and the repetition of sentences and incidents from the other series is irritating and stale. For those who want to know the story line: The so called 'mystery' in this book is the dissapearance of a Prince Bongawee of the Tetura state from a campsite where he camped.The find outers as usual gets 'mixed up',in this strange and seemingly puzzling case, when they decide to dress up as the prince's imaginary sister to fool Ern.From the moment the news of the missing is known, the find outers along with Goon enter into investigation and finally they hand over the kidnappee(hope such a word exists) to police.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince by Enid Blyton was a good mystery. The Find-Outers did a credible job in their sleuthing. However, the book borders on being offensive in the description and treatment of the 'foreign' prince, the 'gypsies', and the working class boys Ern, Perce and Sid. I don't know if the text in this edition has been modified from the original. If so, it hasn't been modified enough. You don't have to be very sensitive to find a lot of cringe-worthy moments. Probably one of t The Mystery of the Vanished Prince by Enid Blyton was a good mystery. The Find-Outers did a credible job in their sleuthing. However, the book borders on being offensive in the description and treatment of the 'foreign' prince, the 'gypsies', and the working class boys Ern, Perce and Sid. I don't know if the text in this edition has been modified from the original. If so, it hasn't been modified enough. You don't have to be very sensitive to find a lot of cringe-worthy moments. Probably one of the better examples of Blyton at her worst.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    It's funny what you remember from a book you read years ago as a child and read again. I remember the toffee eater and the camp site and elements of the vanished prince mystery. Other parts I had forgotten, and I never had picked up on the whole importance of Bets and her differing relationships with people. That's nine of the fifteen mysteries done and dusted, and we are now in the home stretch. Can we get to 100 Blyton's by Christmas? It's funny what you remember from a book you read years ago as a child and read again. I remember the toffee eater and the camp site and elements of the vanished prince mystery. Other parts I had forgotten, and I never had picked up on the whole importance of Bets and her differing relationships with people. That's nine of the fifteen mysteries done and dusted, and we are now in the home stretch. Can we get to 100 Blyton's by Christmas?

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