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.
didnt like it. He had hoped that perhaps Mr. Diaz might have forgotten to block up the window. It made everything seem very serious, when he looked at that blind window with the boards across it. The children went down to breakfast looking solemn. Nora gave a little sob when she looked at Mikes empty chair at the table. But Dimmy seemed very cheerful and patted her on the back. �Dont worry, she said. �Now that youve told me, Ill do my best to help - and well rescue both boys, never
the cocoa tin, a bag of sugar, and the tinned milk, said Peggy. �Mike, go to the spring and fill this kettle with water, will you? Ill boil water for the cocoa and well add milk and sugar afterwards. Mike went off with the kettle to the cold spring that gushed out from the hillside and ran down it in a little stream. He soon filled it and came back. �What are we going to have to eat? he asked hungrily. �Soup out of a tin, bread, biscuits, and cocoa, said Peggy. �Oooooh! said everyone in
you. The children all felt rather lazy after their late night. Peggy and Nora washed up the breakfast things, and Peggy planned the lunch. The children had eaten all the ripe plums and Peggy wondered if she should open a large tin of fruit. She would cook some potatoes and peas too, and they could have some of the meat off the cold joint they had brought. �What about picking some wild raspberries, as we used to do last year? asked Nora eagerly. �Dont you remember the raspberry canes on one
furnishing a small part of it. The vans moved in through the gates, stopped in front of the house, and the men began to unload. Then the big car belonging to Mr. Felipe Diaz came tearing along, and, just under the tree where the children hid, it had to stop, to allow a tradesmans van to pass out of the gates. In the car was Mr. Diaz, the yellow-haired woman, a chauffeur as dark as Mr. Diaz, and a sleepy-eyed young man who lolled back in the car, talking to the woman. �Well, said Mr. Diaz,
want to follow the adventure themselves and find out everything before any grownups came into it. That night the children undressed in great excitement. Jack was to take the first watch, from ten oclock to twelve oclock. Then Mike was to watch from twelve to two and Nora from two to four. By that time it would be daylight and there would be no need to watch. The next night Peggy was to begin the watch. �We must sit by this window, and keep our eyes on the tower of the Old House, said Jack.