I’ve read this collection before. A long time ago. And I was still able to remember some of the details! So the mystery wasn’t as much of a mystery to me. I still enjoyed it though and was thoroughly entertained.
The Hardy Boys are great. Frank and Joe are like the dynamic duo. They have fun and have a penchant for solving mysteries. And this love seems to stem from their retired cop father and loving mother. Love it.
This collection concludes my foray into Nancy Drew and the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Well, that is unless more of these syndicate books happen to fall into my lap 😉
The Caribbean Cruise Caper (#154)
The Hardy Boys are invited by a teen magazine to be advisors in an amateur detective contest they are sponsoring. The contest is being held aboard a yacht traveling through the caribbean. From the onset, problems arise. It seems that someone is trying to bring the contest to an abrupt end. With each antic getting more dangerous. Luckily, the Hardy Boys are on the case.
What I particularly like about this story was the mystery within a mystery. The other teen detectives were able to see firsthand how the Hardy Boys work together. The dynamic duo bounce ideas off of one another, they tackle different aspects of the case, effectively working together.
An entertaining trip!
The Hardy Boys and their family are helping an old family friend, Terrence McCauley. Terrence is a young stuntman working in Hollywood, California. And someone seems to have it out for him. Danger is lurking everywhere, not just on the sets. Who is trying to hurt him and why is what the Hardy Boys have to figure out.
This is a fast-moving, action-heavy mystery. The Hardy Boys have to work hard to keep Terrence safe. But doing so puts their own lives at risk, as they quickly find out. An exhilarating story, for sure. Although, the discovery of the who and why is a bit anticlimatic, in my opinion.
There was a line in this book that made me laugh. Frank Hardy has just confronted a suspect. As he’s getting ready to leave, he says: “Then you’d have to start looking for a new job… I hear they need ghostwriters for kids books.” Ha! Don’t you just love that self-awareness? Kudos to the writer! 😀
Skin and Bones (#164)
The Hardy Boys are vacationing in San Francisco. They’re staying with Sergeant Chang, a friend of their father’s. The boys are quickly involved in a mystery when Cody, Sergeant Chang’s son, confides that he needs their help. His store Skin and Bones, which specializes in exotic animal specimens, has been robbed and ransacked multiple times. Cody has also been receiving threatening emails. He’s hesitant to tell his father, so he wants the Hardy’s to uncover what they can.
This was an interesting little mystery. From the onset the boys have a likely suspect. Although, certain things don’t add up. And before they know it, the real culprit is unmasked. But not before everyone’s life is put in danger.
While the story was entertaining, I didn’t really like how the case was resolved. I mean, they figured out who the real criminal was after he took a gambit and showed his hand. Which is probably why criminals always get caught. Taking unnecessary risks. Hm.
As I said in the beginning, this is my last Stratemeyer book. And. This is also my last review post of the year! 😮 Seems a bit apropos that I end my reviews of the year with a nostalgic read 😉
The Bobbsey Twins! I had never read one of these books before. But I’ve heard a lot about them. Or so I thought. Because imagine my surprise when I realized the Bobbsey Twins are 2 sets of twins. 2! 12 year olds Bert and Nan. And of course, 6 year olds Freddie and Flossie.
This is remarkably different from the other Stratemeyer Syndicate books. For one thing, the kids are super young. The Dana Girls, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are all older teenagers. Second, the twins have both parents. Both! They’re not orphans or have only one parent. Wait. The Hardy Boys only have one parent, right? Hm, I’ll find out next week 😉
The Bobbsey Twins and the Cedar Camp Mystery (#14)
Despite their young age, these kids are true amateur sleuths. When their father receives a strange message from the man taking care of their land in Canada, the family sets out to investigate. In Canada, they uncover a gang of gold mining thieves, and rescue a kidnapped man.
Fairly interesting. The parents help their kids along the way. They give permission and when necessary, accompany the kids on their sleuthing endeavors. The twins are incredibly responsible and take care of one another. That was rather sweet.
At times I rolled my eyes at some of the things that happen. But I did like this book. For the most part.
Now, on to the next one!
The Bobbsey Twins Camping Out (#16)
Mr. Bobbsey is having problems with some lumbermen. So he and the family head to their bungalow to try to resolve the problem. While there, they also attempt to find a runaway circus bear.
This was an interesting little story. It wasn’t as serious the book before. In the sense that, this story revolves more around the family’s mishaps while camping.
In the background, we have the missing bear. Bert keeps the bear story secret but fear and guilt make him nervous. When he finally confesses what’s been bothering him, the family gather more information. They then attempt to capture him. I actually liked this part of the story. Added a bit of whimsy to the book.
The conclusion of the main problem was quickly resolved in the end. Honestly, it was such a cop-out. Obviously the dispute with the lumbermen added a layer of danger to the book. But with the way that plotline concluded… smh. They made too much out of nothing.
Anyway, it was a fairly entertaining story.
I didn’t realize The Bobbsey Twins were part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate until after I finished reading Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak. Then imagine my surprise when I was dropping books off at a Little Free Library and I find these 2 books inside. Kismet?
So I had heard that the original Bobbsey Twin books were extremely racist. But I didn’t see that in these revisions. Thank goodness!! Having never read these books, I really enjoyed them! I’m actually thinking of gifting them to my niece for Christmas 🙂
Jean and Louise Dana investigate the disappearance of their antique lamp.
Another Stratemeyer Syndicate publication written under the Carolyn Keene pseudonym. This book was written by the ghostwriter of The Hardy Boys series.
Jean and Louise are due back at their school for the beginning of their sophomore year. As a surprise, their uncle Ned Dana, buys the girls a lamp that is then quickly stolen. The girls manage to track down the would-be thief but without evidence are forced to concede he may not be the criminal they’re looking for. Back at school, the girls encounter Lettie Briggs. A spoiled, rich girl that has it out for the Dana sisters. On top of that, the girls are also trying to help their friend, Evelyn Starr search for her missing brother.
Phew! A lot going on. The Dana girls are a force to be reckoned with. They’re impetuous. Act now, think later type of girls. And I was completely okay with that. At times, their behavior bordered on insolence. But honestly, after reading so many Nancy Drew’s, it was a breath of fresh air to see two girls act this way. These girls give zero cares. Zero. All they want, is to catch the criminals and help their friend.
This book is also set at an all-girls boarding school. So the girls have to work around the school rules to accomplish their detective endeavors. And they have to deal with the aforementioned, Lettie Briggs. This girl. She’s snooty and eager to get the Dana girls in trouble. Never works out for her. The Dana girls always get her back though. Always.
Did I enjoy this book? Surprisingly, yes. Like in Nancy Drew, the Dana girls have a suspect early on. It’s all about gathering evidence against them.There were a few times where I had to suspend belief because some of the action in the book was over the top. I figured out the ending early on, too. But it was an entertaining read 🙂
I did say I wasn’t done with Mildred and the Stratemeyer Syndicate haha.
This book isn’t a part of the Syndicate. It was written by Mildred herself. While ghostwriting the Nancy Drew series, she also worked on her own books. I was lucky enough to find this one on one of my Goodwill runs. I recognized her name and immediately decided to buy it. Good thing I did, because my library does not have any of her books! And a quick Goodreads search tells me there are only 6 ratings (including my own) and 1 review (mine).
Now, let’s talk about the story. The book revolves around Judy and her troop of Girl Scouts (Beaver Patrol). They are 8th grade girls (13? 14?) spending time at Pine Cone Camp with other scout troops. Judy’s aunt telegrams her, informing her she wishes to spend a small vacation in the area and asks Judy to find her somewhere to stay. But it’s summer, and everything nearby is booked. Well, everything except for a small, mysterious cottage.
Whilst reading, I kept comparing this book to Nancy. I couldn’t help it! These books are actually different though. Sure, Judy is fearless and quite an intrepid sleuth. But the tone of the story isn’t like a Nancy Drew mystery. Judy and her friends are simply going on with their lives when they become curious by certain events occurring around them.
I really liked this book. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the fact that they were girl scouts. Their various camp activities were touched upon. It allowed me to get a better sense of the various girls. (Judy’s troop is made up of 7). And the the book itself is really educational. The skills the troop learns are actually used. For example, we see the troop administer first aid when they witness a car accident, and bring up fire safety when making a campfire. As a Californian, I really appreciated that. Not to mention there are discussions about caves, stalagtites and stalagmites. All very interesting.
There was one instance where the language used in the book made me cringe. Look, I get it. This is an old book. So I’ll forgive it. I guess. I am kind of glad it wasn’t any of the girl scouts that said it though. As a former Girl Scout, you know I would have gone on a rant.
So. A great little book. Not like a Nancy Drew story. But if anything, her aura is still felt. In the way Judy carries herself. And how both have to prove themselves to be taken seriously by others.
Last week I finally completed my personal challenge of reading all of the original 56 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. It was pretty fun. And yes, I am super proud of myself for sticking with it.
Nancy was a big part of my childhood. I gobbled up mysteries like no other. And even as a grown up I found comfort in Nancy’s adventures. When I had a bad day or was feeling down, I turned to Nancy. For at least a couple of hours I was able to escape.
Yes, some of the stories haven’t exactly aged well and lack continuity. But playing detective has been genuinely fun. And seeing little kids still reading these books has made my little heart flutter.
This has been a lovely journey. I’m so glad I was able to share it with all of you! ❤
Now, does that mean I’m done with Nancy? No! If I come across a Nancy Drew book I haven’t read then expect a review of it to appear around here haha.
Oh, and I’m not quite done with Mildred and the Stratemeyer Syndicate 😉
Apparently I missed my 1st Bloggiversary!!! As I was scheduling this post, I saw this notification from a few days ago:
Ha! This commitment-phobe girl has actually stuck to something. Well, 2 somethings if you count Nancy (which I do 😉 ). But these past few weeks I’ve lagged on my blog hopping. Life, ya’ll. I still make time to read books though. So there’s that.
Anyway, one year. Wow! When I first started this I really thought I would quit within a week. But being a part of this community has been one of the greatest experiences ever. Meeting all of you wonderful people, gushing about books and hating on tropes are just some of the highlights haha. I love you beautiful blogging people so much and am thankful to every one of you! ❤
Whoa! So my mind was a teensy bit blown as I soaked up all the history regarding Nancy Drew’s creation.
Nancy Drew was one of the last creations by Edward Stratemeyer, the head of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. He mass-produced hundreds of ghost-written children’s books based on his story outlines and all written under pseudonyms. Phew! If it sounds like a lot. Well, that’s because it is.
Stratemeyer was a popular children’s author in his own right. But he quickly realized that he couldn’t possibly pen all the stories he wanted. So he hired ghostwriters to churn them out. He outlined and edited them, then published them under various pen names. Thus, the syndicate was born and became a lucrative business. At the time of his death, Stratemeyer had outlined the first few Nancy Drew stories and had hired Mildred Augustine to write them. He never saw what a success this book series would be.
Mildred Augustine wrote the early Nancy Drew stories. But because of her contract, she was not allowed to disclose this. When Stratemeyer died, his daughters Harriet and Edna took over the business. So at the height of the Depression, Nancy Drew was being molded and shaped by women. And prospering.
Mildred and Harriet were modern day working women. And their ideas of Nancy clashed. When Mildred stopped working for the syndicate, Harriet herself took over the Nancy Drew stories. So there are 2 versions of Nancy. Mildred’s Nancy is adventerous, outspoken and a bit brash. Harriet’s Nancy is prim, posed, and well-mannered. Years later when the stories were revised, Harriet’s Nancy wins out. Funny enough, it’s Harriet’s stories that I rather enjoyed.
Speaking of the revisions. The reason the stories were revised: racism. Something I discussed while reviewing the books was how inherently racist some of the stories were. I was both excited and nervous when Nancy traveled abroad. Apparently I’m not the only one that felt that way! As early as 1948, concerned parents were writing to the publishers. Because Nancy Drew books are great and all, but they have no clue how to deal with POC. So the publisher and Harriet agreed to revise the previously published stories. Except Harriet had, ahem, “old world” values. (My polite way of saying she was low-key racist). So her solution was to wipe out any POC from the books. But the books I read were still problematic so… um, yeah. Way to go with the revisions ya’ll!
Anyway, this was a nice crash course reading on Nancy Drew. I enjoyed the stories Harriet wrote so finding out what kind of person she was made me really question myself haha. There was also a lot of drama behind the scenes. Harriet and Mildred butting heads. Harriet and her sister, Edna, also going at it. Each woman, so different from one another, managed to somehow create a literary heroine for the ages.
This collection has 3 Nancy Drew mysteries in one book. I’ve had it for years. I can’t remember how it came to be in my possession though. And I can’t remember the stories inside. So, this should be fun. Also, this is it! After I finish this collection I am done with my Year of Nancy Drew…
The Bike Tour Mystery (#168)
Nancy, Bess and George are part of a group taking a bike tour of Ireland. While on their trip, Nancy becomes suspicious of all the mishaps occurring that seem to be directed at two sisters. Although the sister’s rebuff Nancy’s help, this doesn’t stop the young sleuth from investigating.
So this was a fun story. The girls are biking through Ireland. It sounds like a dream. Minus the biking part haha. Anyway, Nancy is supposed to be on vacation but her detective instincts don’t take a day off. Right away, she spots a strange man following the tour group. And when “accidents” start to happen, she knows something more sinister is afoot.
Once again, Bess’s research skills are needed. Does Nancy not know how to use the internet herself? I’m confused. You’d think it would be an invaluable tool for a detective. Oh, and Bess’s boy-crazy self appears again! She is smitten by one of their fellow bikers. Actually, all 3 girls find him handsome. But like Bess wisely says,
He may be totally hot-looking, but who’d want a boyfriend who flirts with other girls?
Okay, I liked this mystery. Someone doesn’t want Nancy’s help, but she helps them anyways. She even winds up saving their lives.
Now, onto the next case!
The Riding Club Crime (#172)
Nancy is asked by Mrs. Rogers to help get to the bottom of mysterious accidents happening at her horse-riding camp for teens.
Nancy and George go undercover as counselors to be closer to the action. Meanwhile, Bess has gotten a job writing about equestrian fashion. Apparently that’s a thing.
I enjoyed this mystery as well. For one thing, the man Nancy suspected is not actually the criminal. Actually, she jumped from one suspect to another. Something that doesn’t happen very often. Once Nancy has a suspect, that’s it, that’s the guilty party. Not this time though. The criminals weren’t really on Nancy’s radar until the very end.
One thing that I found completely ridiculous? Nancy’s first suspect was a camper. While looking through the girl’s belongings for clues, Nancy stumbles across the girl’s diary. As she flipped through it, Nancy realizes it’s in code and finds it suspicious. Um… what?! Nancy. Don’t be dense!! It’s in code so people won’t be able to read her private thoughts. Which is pretty much what the girl says when confronted. And she calls Nancy a snoop. In this case, I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment.
Like I said, I found the mystery interesting. I was honestly surprised by the turn of events. Although, there wasn’t a lot of Bess in this story. And where are the boys???
Well, on to the final case!
Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland (#175)
Nancy, Bess, George and Ned (!), are volunteering at River Heights’ annual Winter Wonderland. It is there that Nancy runs into an old friend, Brianda. Brianda’s cousin, Markie, works at a wolf conservation center. When 2 of the center’s Alpha’s go missing, Nancy must find them before the center is forced to close.
Another good mystery. As Nancy investigates the disappearance of the wolves, there are also werewolf sightings and dangerous accidents occurring at the Winter Wonderland. Are the cases related? And if so, in what way?
So Ned is in this one!! Whoo!! Yes! Now, that’s a good note to end on haha. Although I must admit, his character isn’t really necessary. I know. It hurt as I wrote that. But it’s true. In the OG 56 he is always by Nancy, rescuing her or vixe versa. But in these latter ones, he’s just there. Superfluous. And they changed him!!! He’s looking more like a Ken doll, with his blond hair and green eyes. Ugh. Ned has always been brown-haired, and brown-eyed!!
Anyway. This case is like the one before. Once again, the first person to be suspected isn’t actually the bad guy. These stories seem to be a bit more mysterious than the original. It actually keeps you guessing a bit.
That’s it. I am officially done! This is my last Nancy Drew Mystery Story. Holy crap. I can’t believe it. I’ll do a wrap-up of… all of this sometime next week. My goodness. 9-year old me would be so proud haha.
Yep. You read that right. Quadruple. These 4 books are not a part of the original Nancy Drew series. But I do own them, and it’s actually interesting to compare them to the original 56. Also, this was originally supposed to be a triple dose but I ended up buying a new Nancy Drew book. D’oh! So much for my book buying ban lmao.
The Secret in the Old Lace (#59)
Nancy is writing a mystery story for a magazine writing contest. The prompt provided by the magazine is based on a Belgian couple’s missing fortune. Coincidentally, a family friend of Bess’s invites the girls to her new home in Belgium. Madame Chambray needs Nancy’s assistance in tracking down the rightful owner of a piece of valuable jewelry she discovered in her home.
So, this is the book that broke my self-imposed book buying ban. Ha! Do I have regrets? Bahahaha nope. Although admittedly, this story was low-key awful.
Some guy steals Nancy’s manuscript. Then she’s accused of plagiarism. But she, Bess and George continue on their trip to Belgium while Mr. Drew works to clear his daughter’s name. While staying with Madame Chambray, they learn of another mystery involving the new home. somewhere on the grounds, there is a hidden treasure. Long story short: Nancy solves a century old mystery.
What made this story awful? For starters, Nancy was quite rude. I counted at least 5 times in which she interrupted someone that was speaking to her. Let others speak, Nancy! Sheesh. It rubbed me the wrong way. One of my personal pet peeves. And the number of times Ned’s usefulness as protector was mentioned! My goodness! He didn’t even help her out in this case!!!! Ugh!! But it was always if we need help we’ll call Ned to protect us. Or Nancy stating that she couldn’t stop a culprit herself because she needed a guy to do it. What?!?! My intrepid little sleuth would never say such things. Never would she hesitate in trying to stop a bad guy. Never!
Next book, please!
Captive Witness (Nancy Drew #64)
Nancy, Bess and George are traveling with Ned, Burt and Dave and a group of other students through an Emerson College-sponsored European trip. While on the trip, Nancy is asked by her father to help find a documentary titled Captive Witness, that has disappeared. The film sheds light on the human rights crisis occurring behind the curtain. So it’s important that Nancy find it before it’s destroyed.
Another political Nancy Drew story. But this one was better done. It touches upon life “behind the curtain”. Traveling with the group, Nancy is let in on a secret by the professor who organized the trip, Professor Bagley. He works for the U.S. Government as a spy! He and another student, are on a mission to reunite children from an iron curtain country with their parents who managed to escape to freedom. But there are forces working against them to stop it from happening. Which is why Nancy’s help is needed.
Phew! What a book! I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t vague about the political situation at the time. It took a stance and held it. Wonderful! The ending was a bit lacking though. Yes, it has a happily ever after like usual, but the denouement. I found it anticlimactic.
One difference between this book and the original 56? The artwork!
This illustration is from Nancy Drew #1:
This illustration is from this book, #64:
See the difference? I must say, the artwork in this book is waaay better.
By the way, I think this may be the last yellow-spined Nancy Drew book…
Now, on to the next case!
Enemy Match (Nancy Drew #73)
Nancy receives a phone call from an old friend, Nina Ford, asking for her help. Her father was accused of a crime and while on a police transport, the vehicle was swept away by a river and his body was never found. Nina hopes that her father is somehow still alive and wants Nancy to try to find him.
Loved, loved, loved this mystery. George is on vacation in California, so doesn’t appear in this book. Bess occasionally pops up, but she is busy with a River Heights committee. And Ned? No clue! He’s not even mentioned!! But Nancy is not alone on this mystery.
Nancy takes on an assistant. 14 year old Midge, is a Nancy Drew fan. And when she and her father fall on hard times, she hopes to bring in a bit of cash by working for Nancy. Nancy is hesitant at first, but quickly relents when she takes stock of the situation.
The mystery takes the two girls to nearby Brighton, where Nina lives. She has been receiving threatening phone calls, urging her to lose her tennis matches. But Nina is a championship hopeful and refuses to give in to the threats. Nancy and Midge work to discover where the threats are coming from and are actively searching for clues that may exonerate her father of the crime he was accused of if he should be found alive.
Midge is a great character. She’s tough, smart, and resourceful. With Nancy as her teacher, she is learning how to be a great detective. And actually manages to get Nancy out of some dangerous situations. No Bess and George, but we get Midge instead. Not a bad replacement character.
The mystery itself was okay. It was fairly obvious from the beginning who the culprit was. But watching the story unfold was still entertaining. One thing I really liked? No one made fun of Bess and her eating habits!! I am shocked. Shocked! Ever since Bess first appeared as a character, her weight and eating habits have always been remarked upon. Always. It was annoying. Let her eat in peace. Jeez. Not this book though! Her figure was not mentioned. The fact that she loves dessert was not mentioned. Ah. Refreshing!
And the illustartions in this book?
Now, let’s move on to the next book…
The Crime Lab Case (Nancy Drew #165)
Nancy, Bess and George have volunteered to be counselors for a high school crime lab camp, created by the renowned scientist, Professor Parris. But when Professor Parris is poisoned, it is up to Nancy and her friends to solve the real life mystery.
This is a reread for me. I’ve owned this book for years but hadn’t read it in so long. One difference I noticed right away between this book and the others? The chapters. Every Nancy Drew book is 20 chapters long. Not this one. This one only has 15 chapters. And no artwork! There aren’t any pictures in this book. I kind of missed them.
The mystery itself is actually a lot less convoluted than usual. Hooray! The backdrop was a nice touch. While the high school students are working to solve a fictional case, Nancy is hard at work trying to figure out who poisoned Professor Parris and why.
Speaking of the fictional case. I realized that the case the kids are working on isn’t solved. The kids are broken up in groups and each group is given clues. In the end, each group had a different suspect. So who committed the crime?? It wasn’t resolved!
One additional note. Ned is finally, finally referred to as Nancy’s boyfriend! Only took 165 books to get there haha. And there are no illustrations…
These aren’t too terrible.Okay, #59 was but let’s forget about that one haha. After the letdown I had with the last few of the original 56, these were a big improvement. Some elements are obviously different. Especially in the last one, #165. The modernity is felt through the whole book. Bess’s weight is no longer discussed. Instead, she is a research queen. She uses the internet to help Nancy gather information. George, is still George. Ned, is now officially the boyfriend. And Nancy? Nancy remains our quick-thinking, amateur detective.
Hm. I really liked these mysteries. (I said ignore #59, remember?) 😉
Next week? A triple dose! Unless I buy more Nancy Drew books between now and next week…
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! 😉
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!
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.