Max Parrish, Illus Sheila Rose, 1963
“The lonely parts of the Devon countryside provide an ideal setting for mystery and adventure, and there is indeed a mystery when Nicola Blake’s pony, Toffee, disappears one night without a trace. Nicola suspects Jenny, a new girl in the village, but it soon turns out that they are up against a much more powerful and determined opponent than a lonely girl. Unexpected adventures follow when Nicola and her brother, Simon, begin the long hunt for Toffee.
In their efforts they are aided by Liz and Andrew Gilmore, their Pony Club friends, by a half-reluctant Jenny, and of course by the dogs, Rattle and Rumpus. Their search takes them further afield until it finally culminates in an exciting chase across the moor.”