Mr. Drew receives an oriental rug from Farouk Tahmasp, a client that went missing two years ago, after he was accused of being a smuggler. He was acquitted but disappeared before Mr. Drew was able to tell him. Nancy discovers that there are hidden clues within the rug’s design. She believes that by decoding the hidden message in the rug, she will be able to trace the man’s whereabouts.
When Mr. Tahmasp lived in River Heights, he owned an oriental rug store that had a mannequin in the window. The message hidden in the rug, indicates that Mr. Tahmasp wants Mr. Drew to find this mannequin and send it to Istanbul.
So, Nancy goes international. This time we travel to Turkey, where in an interesting turn of events, Bess is briefly kidnapped. Dave, her “favorite date”, is frantic to find her. Nancy isn’t kidnapped with Ned desperately searching for her. It was a nice change of pace to be completely honest.
Also, talk about a plot twist! Very rarely am I taken by surprise by the unfolding of the mystery. This time, I did not see it coming! Looking back, the clues were obviously there. But it was so unexpected! Ah, a good mystery.