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Originally written by: Alma Sasse (1952) ; Revised By: Ann Shultes (1968)

Nancy becomes suspicious when she encounters Mrs. Channing, a woman claiming to be part of a fur company. The woman’s brusque attitude appalls her. When Nancy finds out that Mrs. Channing has been selling fake stock to numerous people in River Heights, including Hannah Gruen (Nancy’s beloved housekeeper), she sets out to capture the woman and her gang of thieves. 

Nancy travels around quite a bit in this mystery. She and her father have a trip planned for Montreal. It eventually gets pushed back a bit, as Nancy works her case. But when her father needs her help, she quickly joins him in Canada. The case also initially takes her to New York. Where she uncovers another facet of the mystery with her Aunt Eloise. I like all the traveling. It’s always interesting to see how Nancy adapts to a new place and hunts for clues. 

The Rescue

Ned comes to Nancy’s aid and I am totally okay with it. No, really. I will never roll my eyes at him saving Nancy’s life again! Nancy is kidnapped with Ned nearby. Her legs and hands are bound, and she’s abandoned in an isolated cabin in the snowy woods late at night. Ned has been searching for her for over an hour. Bess, George, Burt and Dave help Ned look for Nancy and encourage him to stay behind while they look for her. Of course he says no and sets out once again to search. When she is finally found, Nancy is freezing cold and falling asleep. The cabin door is padlocked shut so Burt and Dave break a window. Ned is the first one through. See, this is the kind of save I like! He didn’t just appear out of nowhere and conveniently rescue her. He worried, he searched, he and his friends find her and rescue her.

Mink

The mystery revolves around mink stoles. What I know about mink stoles I learned from I Love Lucy reruns. They’re expensive which is why Ricky never wanted to buy one for Lucy. But now I know what minks eat and what kind of habitats they live in. I now also know that it’s the young ones that have the best pelts. A fact that reminded me of: 

Remember? She wanted to make a coat out of puppies. Puppies!! *shudders*

The Evolution of Words/Terms

Nancy and her father go skiing together in Montreal. A sport Nancy isn’t proficient at but is trying to learn. There’s a point in the story where she’s racing down a hill and she’s supposed to do a jump but she can’t because there’s a “snow bunny” in her way. I pictured something along the lines of this:

But like my teachers used to say “use context clues”. I figured a “snow bunny” is an inexperienced skier. I wanted to make sure so I looked it up. And well… let’s just say I am 100% sure that what I found on the internet is definitely not what Nancy Drew meant. 

How do the definition of words and terms change? Who makes these new definitions up? Does one person do it and it just catches on? 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, I learned a lot from this book. Well, when don’t I? These books are jam-packed with little nuggets of information. Something that my curious mind appreciates. 

The mystery was easy to piece together. Nothing too intricate. It was mostly all about Nancy trying to nab the bad guys. They kept slipping through her grasp. Which I kind of liked. The less mystery, more tracking part. It was a nice deviation from the norm. A good, simple read.

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2 thoughts on “Nancy Drew (#29): Mystery at the Ski Jump by Carolyn Keene

  1. He worried, he searched, he and his friends find her and rescue her. – yes, that’s so much better and a good representation of a good friendship. Completely agreed, simple mystery books make for a more cosy read.
    The little snow bunny is hilarious and so adorable. 😆 I want to google snow bunny but after what you’ve said I have a feeling it’ll break my fast LOL.

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