So… today’s review was supposed to be a double dose. Yeah, that obviously didn’t happen. When I went to the library to check out the book, it was gone. Went to another branch, overdue. Didn’t have time to continue hunting the book down so skipped ahead to the next one. This one. This time I was smart enough to put a hold on the book at the library. Fingers crossed it comes through by next week!

Written by: Harriet Adams (1978)

Mr. Gonzales suspects his business partners of shady dealings regarding their joint Crocodile Ecology Company so he asks his old college friend, Mr. Drew, to investigate. Naturally, Nancy is asked to help. So she and Bess and George fly out to Florida to investigate.

Early on in their adventure, the 3 girls are kidnapped. But resourceful as ever, they manage to escape. They decide to use aliases as they investigate, to thwart anymore problems that may arise from their sleuthing. With the help of their hosts’ teenage son, the girls quickly uncover many important clues. 

This was an okay mystery. The whole time you know something illegal is going on at the crocodile island but you’re not exactly sure what. It did actually keep me guessing for a while. And bonus points when the boys show up and don’t rescue one of the girls. 

The thing about these books though, is the lack of continuity. It’s something I think I’ve talked about before. And will mention once again here. In this book, Nancy states that she’s never been to the Florida Keys before. But. She has. In The Clue of the Black Keys. I remember because I really enjoyed that book. A minor detail. Still, though. Because uncharacteristically, this book makes reference to another Nancy Drew book. It mentions something that happened in that book. So we can recall the events that happened in book #15 but not in book #28? Okaaay…

Another thing is George’s name. Books and books ago, George states that her parents initially thought they were having a boy. Then they had her, a girl. And her parents decided to keep the name they had originally chosen: George. So she’s always had a traditional boy name. Now, in this book, that story is being altered. 

Georgia was her cousin’s real name, but she would never allow anyone to call her by it. 

No! No, no, no!! I remember very distinctly George saying her parents named her George. She never once said it was altered. And I remember one instance where her parents’ choice of name was criticized by someone. So why try to change her name now?? What’s the point?

Anyway, the book was alright. Not a favorite but definitely an improvement from the last few books, I guess.

Next week? Hopefully a double dose!

5 thoughts on “Nancy Drew (#55): Mystery of Crocodile Island by Carolyn Keene

  1. I wonder if it’s because a different ghost writer had written that book and might not have been able to recall it? Perhaps it was just more memorable to them, but I would thought the editor(s) might be able to recall it?

    The whole name business sounds really confusing, again a continuity error I guess, but check out your sharp memory!

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  2. Oh my gosh!!! Nancy Drew! I don’t even remember if I liked Nancy Drew but I read a ton of them ages ago in my grandmothers attic room and I loved reading this. I honestly adore that you can’t stand the discrepancies, I despise things like that and it bugs me to no end lol. I suppose its easier to search back through one’s work now but still! Ugh. This was such fun! I’ll have to read through your other ND reviews

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    1. Aw that’s such a lovely memory! I love Nancy Drew. Reading them as an adult has been a nice nostalgia trip. But reading them in order has made me aware of all the discrepancies. It’s a little annoying haha.


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