Well, fortunately there is only one more Secret Seven (and one more Famous Five) book for me to read so I guess I should be looking forward to the fact that I don't have to read any more Enid Blyton books (and can start churning into some other books that I have been itching to read for a while, such as Red Dwarf). Don't get me wrong, I have really enjoyed my travel back in time by rereading these books that I read when I was a kid (though with these Secret Seven books it is the first time that I have read them – I only had the first three when I was a kid), however I guess I'm starting to get a little bit over them by now (and I've still got a heap of Fighting Fantasy books to get through as well).
Anyway, there happens to be a dog thief on the prowl, and as can be expected he is only going after pedigree breeds (namely because mutts are pretty worthless, though I'm sure there is a dog show somewhere that showcases mutts, but the fact that I haven't heard about it – actually I can't think of any dog show, except for maybe Crufts, and I only know that from an episode of the Goodies). As it turns out little Scamper happens to be a pedigree, so the Secret Seven are all worried that he is going to go missing – which he does.
There is a little bit of a problem though – Jack has quit so the Secret Seven are one short, which doesn't matter all that much because they can still used their SS logo (for the Secret Six). This happens pretty much right at the beginning, and unlike a lot of the other Secret Seven books this one seems to jump straight into the action with dogs going missing all over the village, a mysterious man in big boots, and of course the mystery as to how this guy managed to get Scamper without the dog making a single noise.
Of course everything works out in the end, the Secret Seven solve their mystery (and as you can probably guess, the fact that Jack has actually left the group sets it up for him to work everything out) and they end up getting Scamper back. Mind you, the twist at the end was a little hard to swallow, but then Enid Blyton is writing a mystery book for kids, and this little plot point probably serves to throw both us, the reader, as well as the Secret Seven (and the police) off the scent of the bad guy. Anyway, it probably doesn't matter if we work it out before they do because it isn't as if we could jump into the book and tell them.