The Big Six, Paperback Book
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It's great detective work that's needed now. Bill, Peter and Joe are falsely accused of setting boats adrift and the whole river is against them.

Only Dick, Dorothea and Tom Dudgeon are there to stand by their friends and they soon set to work to investigate the crimes and trap the real criminals


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780099427247

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Second of the Swallows and Amazons stories to be set on the Norfolk Broads, and a sequel to <I>Coot club</I>. Dick and Dot have been back to the Lake District for the summer holidays (see <I>Pigeon Post</I>), but now it's September and they are in Norfolk again. And none too soon, as there's been an outbreak of night-time casting off of boats, and the crew of the Death And Glory are under suspicion. Time for the D’s to put their heads together with the Coots’ and try to detect the real culprits.The result is a possibly bit feeble if you see it purely as a detective story: most readers will have a pretty shrewd suspicion who is responsible well before the detectives get to work. And there's not as much actual sailing as in some of the other stories. But it's still an engaging tale, with lots of Norfolk detail in the margins, and it gives Ransome an opportunity to bring the three Death-and-Glories - Bill, Joe and “that Pete” - to life, something he does very well.

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