Five on a Treasure Island
Blyton’s Summer reads
The Mystery of the Missing Man is the thirteenth Five Find Outers mystery, and involves well, a missing man! The police are after him, and therefore so is Fatty and the other Find-Outers. This is complicated by the Trottevilles having guests: Eunice, who could literally give Fatty a run for his money, and her father who is a beetle-lover and in town for a beetle conference. Somehow all these elements collide and yet the mystery still gets solved.
Uncle Quentin is what you might call a stroppy scientist, if that was a common phrase. He’s not quite a mad scientist – he’s too serious and neatly turned out, and he doesn’t do wild experiments or anything. He does work very hard, though, and expect near silence and peace for his work. That’s a little hard to come by when you have four children and an excitable dog in the house, so he is prone to outbursts and door-slamming when he is interrupted. He isn’t all bad though, he is generous with what he has and only works so hard to provide for his family. If you can get past his hot temper, he is actually quite fair and reasonable most of the time.