Nancy sets out to help two dancers from Centrovia as they are threatened by an unknown group of people. 

Originally written by: Charles S. Strong (1954) ; Revised by: Ann Shultes (1974)

A simple summary for a convoluted storyline. There are actually two different groups intimidating siblings Henri and Helene Fontaine. Their parents were part of an underground movement working to overthrow the dictatorial government in Centrovia. When the coup failed, they fled to France and changed their name. Now in River Heights, they suspect enemy forces are trying to intimidate them into revealing information on the underground movement. 

It should have been an intriguing story. But it simply fell flat. There were one too many villains making it difficult for me to keep track of them and what they had done. And in the end, it turns out one of the bad guys was helping out both of the rival villains. What?! Ugh. I can’t. My brain hurts. 

Suffice it to say, I didn’t care much for this mystery. I think the high point was finding out Ned’s middle name. Coleman. Ned Coleman Nickerson. Hm. 

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