'The Mystery of Craven's Lake' introduces us to Peter Black and his family. It's a work of crime/mystery fiction, and is suitable for 9 year-olds and above. Peter and his brother James become suspicious about the activities of their neighbour Mr. Craven, and as they begin to investigate they quickly find themselves immersed in a very unexpected crime drama. There are clues around Mr. Craven's lake, at their school summer fair and even in Mr. Craven's house - but getting locked up in rat-infested cellars and in secret storerooms of stolen goods is not James's idea of fun. Peter has a sharp enough mind, however, to make all the right connections and enlist the help of their school teachers as well. There are dreams, ghosts, magic, technology and mystery to assist the brothers - but will James's ridiculous sense of humour and comical rapport with Peter be a help or a hindrance to their case?
"Keep your eyes open. We're looking all around the lake for any clues we can find: signs that people have been here, things which people have left." The boys moved quickly around the lake - flashing the beams of their torches across trees and paths, sometimes across the edge of the water. Eyes watched them from the dark - tiny eyes of birds and foxes, scared and frozen as the intruders progressed along the lakeside path.