The Secret of Spiggy Holes (The Secret Series, Book 2)
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The children, reunited with their parents again (and Jack now adopted as part of the family), go on holiday at the rugged Cornish coast with a family friend, Miss Dimity ("Dimmy", who would appear in several further books in the series), and get drawn into a kidnapping case as they discover a boy being held prisoner in a castle tower nearby.
went as quietly as they could down the rocky path to the beach. The tide was half in and half out. The moon swam out from behind a cloud and lighted up the shore for the children. Jack stopped and looked out over the sea. �No sign of any boat yet. he whispered. �Lets get into one of the nearest caves and get settled before anyone arrives. I expect the people from the Old House will come down to the beach soon. The children went into a small cave not far from the steep cliff path. They
it down to Georges boat. We will wait there for you. �Yes, we shall need plenty of food on the secret island, said Nora. �There are wild raspberries there, and wild strawberries, but thats about all, unless we catch rabbits and fish as we did last year when we lived there! �Youll only be there a day or two until we can find out about Prince Paul and get someone to take charge of him till he goes back to his own land, said Dimmy. �I will stay behind here - and George will return to me,
one, but taller and bigger. It seems as if that big tower is frowning down at ours. �You do have silly ideas, Peggy. said Mike sleepily. �Well go and explore the grounds of the Old House sometime - and wouldnt it be fun if the house was empty and we could go inside and see what the tower there was like! �I wonder what Spiggy the Smuggler was like, said Nora. �Youll have Dimmy after you with a hair-brush to spank you with if you dont go to bed, said Jack, burying his head in his
that you children had rescued my boy, and had taken him to your secret island. �Then is that blue and silver aeroplane yours? cried Mike. �Paul said he thought it belonged to his country. �Yes, we flew over in it, I and my four friends, said the king. �We came to see Miss Dimity, that brave and good woman, and she and your friend George told us all that had happened. �But where is Dimmy? asked Nora, almost in tears, for she really felt very anxious about Dimmy. �Miss Dimity is coming in
Spiggy Holes. Theres to be a car or something to meet us. The time passed rather slowly. They had their books to read, and they played games of counting the signal-boxes and tunnels - but long before half-past four came they all felt tired, dirty, and hot. �Im going to sleep, said Nora, and she put her feet up on the seat. �Sleep! said Mike scornfully. �I couldnt possibly go to sleep now. All the same, he was fast asleep in a few minutes! So were they all, whilst the train thundered