The Secret of Moon Castle (The Secret Series, Book 5)
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Prince Paul's family are visiting England and wish to rent a castle to stay in for several weeks, and Mrs. Arnold has been asked to help locate a suitable castle, knowing England far better than Paul's parents. The Arnolds are invited to spend some time in the castle with them, too, and are soon puzzled by strange events happening in the castle: odd noises that occur, eyes in portraits that shine mysteriously, lights that shine in tower rooms, despite being locked tight. It seems that there are unknown people who do not want them to stay in the castle.
On occasion, a strange tingling effect is felt by them, and strange coloured lights seem to rise from the ground, and it seems to be due to a strange metal (possibly radioactive) that mysterious men are mining for unknown reasons.
family came, with all their servants. �Lets make the most of it this week! Dimmy went down to see the three caretakers. She rang a bell from what she imagined to be the drawing-room, but nobody came. So she found her way to the enormous kitchens. There were two fireplaces in the biggest kitchen, one with a fire, the other empty. Great cooking stoves lined the walls. Six or seven sinks showed up here and there. Dimmy paused at the door. Goodness - what a place! Sitting at an open window at
chicory flowers shone by the wayside. �This way now, said Mike, as they came to a corner. �Then east for a good bit till we come to a bridge. Then to the town of Sarchester - then north towards Bolingblow. After that there are only minor roads shown on the map. I hope they will be good enough for a magnificent car like this! �Where do we have lunch? asked Peggy. �I thought somebody would ask that in a minute or two, said Mrs. Arnold. �Well have it at one oclock, if we are near or in a
would certainly have to have a chair to stand on! �Yes, youre right, said Mike. �I remember seeing one, Jack - just about here, it was! Lets stand on one here and see if theres anything queer high up on the panelling above. They put one of Pauls chairs in the place Mike pointed out, and Jack stood on it. He felt round the panelling there, and was lucky, almost at once! �Ive got something! he said, in a low, excited voice. �A knob! Im pressing it - gosh, this whole big panel is
for us - great danger. I can see that. Many things are clear to me now which puzzled me before. �And to me too, said Dimmy soberly. �Well - the children seem to have managed everything very well without our help - but I think we should get the police in now, Ranni. �Yes, said Ranni. �This is a serious business. Lord Moon must be told. He must fly back from America, or wherever he is. �I had better ring for Mrs. Brimming and the Lots, said Dimmy. �I am sure they knew all about this.
only a corner of them. Ill take you to the other rooms and then upstairs. All the rooms were beautiful. Upstairs the bedrooms were just the same - magnificently furnished, with wonderful pictures, strange but beautiful ornaments, unusual and most extravagant curtains. Some of them made Peggy think of �cloth of gold, they shone and shimmered so. Nothing was mouldering, ragged, cobwebby or dirty. Everything was beautifully kept, and Mrs. Arnold could not see a speck of dust anywhere. Queer as