Today I bring you a double dose! (Apparently I lied when I said there wouldn’t be anymore of these haha). Because yes, I was able to get my hands on the elusive Nancy Drew #54!! Whoo! 😀
Well, let’s get to it!
The Strange Message in the Parchment (#54)
Aha! Finally!!! I had to go to yet another library branch to check this book out. That’s 3 different libraries I had to visit to find this book. But am I complaining? Nope. It’s been a bit of an adventure. Mystery of the Missing Nancy Drew book 😉
Anyway, this book is somewhat entertaining. Nancy is asked by her childhood friend, Junie Flockhart, to help her family uncover the secret behind a strange parchment. Simple enough.
The parchment itself was purchased by the Flockhart family from their best client, Mr. Rocco. When Nancy asks him if he knows of any story behind the parchment, he gets very suspicious. But Nancy digs deeper and deeper. Ultimately, she reunites a mother with her kidnapped son.
Nancy stays with Junie on the family farm. They mainly raise sheep and when Junie gives Nancy a tour, she shows her the slaughterhouse. Depressing! Because then when Bess, George and the boys visit, they go to the slaughterhouse again. *shudders*
One of the things that got on my nerves about this book was all the morals. And I’m not talking about all the quotes from scripture. That I was actually okay with. I’m always fascinated by how people translate its meaning. What I’m talking about are the values/virtues that are imparted upon the reader. Every Nancy Drew book has them and they’ve never bothered me before. But boy, in this book they seemed to pop up at every page! Maybe it’s the fact that I felt personally attacked haha. (Cows are my favorite animal. But I also love cheese burgers). I don’t need judgment from a Nancy Drew book for my omnivorous ways, thank you very much.
So, was this book worth the wait? Eh. Not really. It wasn’t mindblowing. Just simply okay.
On to the next one!
The Thirteenth Pearl (Nancy Drew #56)
Nancy has to find a missing pearl necklace for Mr. Moto. The necklace was on loan by the wealthy Mrs. Rossmeyer, and Mr. Moto worries that his business reputation will be ruined. All clues point to Japan, so Nancy and her father follow the trail there.
This was an interesting mystery. Weird, but interesting. In a complete turn of events, Nancy travels with Mr. Carson Campbell Drew instead of Bess and/or George. They weren’t even invited! Strange. But! Nancy did leave them with a sleuthing job. So there’s that haha.
So the weirdness? A pearl worshipping cult. They weren’t the main culprit but they were sort of involved. Nancy and Ned witness a ritual or something. They’re baffled. I was baffled. To each his own, I guess.
I did learn about oysters and pearls though! I didn’t know it was possible to get oysters to make the pearls by inserting some kind of nucleus into them. Sad, but fascinating. Are pearl farms still a thing? It sounds like something that would continue to exist nowadays.
So not a shabby mystery. Thank goodness for that. Not a terrible way to end the original series 🙂
Phew! I am DONE!!!! Finito!!! I’ve officially read all 56 of the original Nancy Drew Mystery Stories!!! 😀 😀 😀 But, I’m not quite done with my Year of Nancy Drew. There are still a couple of weeks left to go and I have a few Nancy Drew books left to read. It will be nice to compare the originals to the ones that came after. So, next week be prepared for a Triple Dose of Nancy! 😉