The Secret of Smuggler's Wood by R.J. McGregor, illustrated by Elizabeth Andrewes.
A Puffin Story Book published by Penguin in 1957.
240 pages / 4.4 x 7.1 x .5 inches / 11.2 x 18 x 1.5 centimeters
Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...
Sticker on front cover. Some wear around the edges (and to the cover in general) - small little tear by the spine on the bottom.
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Here at last is another mystery story by the author of The Young Detectives and The Secret of Dead Man's Cove. In it, Mr Douglas, father of Alison, Gordon, and Ian, found a house near the sea, and while the business formalities were going through, he arranged for the children to camp by themselves on the property. The house had stood empty for a long time, and was in the charge of caretakers who were not welcoming. Ian, with his customary curiosity, immediately set the plot in motion, for he found no room to match a window which seemed from the outside just one of the row belonging to the bedrooms facing the front of the house. Then there seemed to be secret understandings between several of the village people; speed boats made mysterious journeys by night, cryptic messages were slipped into coat pockets . . . those were some of the clues. The young detectives were sometimes right, sometimes not, but they never let go, and with them, the reader rushes into a thrilling, breathless chase which ends triumphantly.