Literature / Five Find-Outers

The Five Find-Outers and Dog are 5 friends living in Peterswood Village who solve mysteries together with a dog, Buster. The Find-Outers are Laurence Daykin (Larry), Frederick Algernon Trotteville (Fatty), Philip Hilton (Pip), Margaret Daykin (Daisy) and Elizabeth Hilton (Bets). Buster the dog belongs to Fatty. The series consists of 15 books; the first is The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. Apart from tackling criminals, the children have to face the wrath of the bumbling, interfering village policeman, P.C Theophilus Goon, who bears a grudge against Fatty for solving crimes before him. Recurring characters include Inspector Jenks, friend of the children, and Ern Goon, PC Goon's nephew who sometimes comes to stay with his uncle for the school holidays. One of the more popular of Enid Blyton's series, which may be due to the sense of old time and nostalgia in the books (The series was started in the 1940's).

Tropes present in this work are:

  • The Ace: Fatty excels in both his studies and sports (including poetry), is able to solve crimes better than the police, and is very rich too.
  • Adults Are Useless: Wherever there is a problem the Find-Outers must resolve it.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Fatty towars Beth, more than her real brother even.
  • Elective Broken Language: Downplayed in The Mystery of the Vanished Prince: Bets and her friends pose as Princess Bongawee and her retinue as a part of a prank. They speak broken English and their own made-up language.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Downplayed. Fatty doesn't really like being called Fatty (for obvious reasons), but he dislikes being called "Frederick" even more, so he puts up with it.
  • Fat Bastard: Mr Goon. Totally averted with Fatty.
  • Food Porn: The children's tea-time food is described often. A popular place for them to eat is a tea-shop, where they order buns and cocoa. There is also a dairy mentioned in The Mystery of the Vanished Prince, where they have ice-creams.
  • Master of Disguise: Fatty.
  • Police Are Useless: Mr Goon. Several times he befriends the criminal, and refuses to rescue Fatty from their clutches. The children end up solving the crime before him. He is also very fat and unable to run fast. Averted with Inspector Jenks.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Whenever the Find-outers go out to eat, Fatty is the one who pays for it all, since he has much more money than the other kids.
  • You Meddling Kids: Some of the villains. Goon ocasionally complains about the children interfering in his job, despite that he never could resolve the cases on his own.