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Eloise Drew invites her niece and the cousins to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York to solve the mystery of a woman who glides across the water. Upon arriving, Nancy becomes involved in a vacation hoax when she is mistaken for a woman in on the fraud. On the wooded mountain near the cabin, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears, threatening to cast an evil spell on tho Eloise Drew invites her niece and the cousins to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York to solve the mystery of a woman who glides across the water. Upon arriving, Nancy becomes involved in a vacation hoax when she is mistaken for a woman in on the fraud. On the wooded mountain near the cabin, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears, threatening to cast an evil spell on those investigating his strange activities. A lost treasure involving the gliding woman leads Nancy uncover a cleverly concealed criminal operation in the woods. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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Eloise Drew invites her niece and the cousins to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York to solve the mystery of a woman who glides across the water. Upon arriving, Nancy becomes involved in a vacation hoax when she is mistaken for a woman in on the fraud. On the wooded mountain near the cabin, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears, threatening to cast an evil spell on tho Eloise Drew invites her niece and the cousins to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York to solve the mystery of a woman who glides across the water. Upon arriving, Nancy becomes involved in a vacation hoax when she is mistaken for a woman in on the fraud. On the wooded mountain near the cabin, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears, threatening to cast an evil spell on those investigating his strange activities. A lost treasure involving the gliding woman leads Nancy uncover a cleverly concealed criminal operation in the woods. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Secret of Mirror Bay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    "Aunt Eloise Drew invites Nancy and her friends to Mirror Bay Bide-A-Wee cabin near Cooperstown, New York, for a visit and a chance to solve the mystery of the woman who glides across the water. Upon the arrival Nancy becomes mixed up in a vacation hoax because she resembles the young woman involved, and is nearly arrested for fraud. On the wooded mountain near the cabin further exciting events await Nancy and the other girls.There in the deep forest, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears and "Aunt Eloise Drew invites Nancy and her friends to Mirror Bay Bide-A-Wee cabin near Cooperstown, New York, for a visit and a chance to solve the mystery of the woman who glides across the water. Upon the arrival Nancy becomes mixed up in a vacation hoax because she resembles the young woman involved, and is nearly arrested for fraud. On the wooded mountain near the cabin further exciting events await Nancy and the other girls.There in the deep forest, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears and threatens to cast an evil spell on anyone investigating his strange activities. In a dangerous twist of circumstances Nancy finds that solving one mystery helps to solve another. What happens when the young detective and her friends uncover a cleverly concealed criminal operation makes thrilling reading." This is the last Nancy Drew book I'm reading for the first time. After this I will have read all 56 books of the original series! This is really big to me. When I was little I use to dream about having the whole series and having read them all. It took a long time to make it happen but I'll have finally done it and it just feels like I've accomplished something for my childhood self. Ok enough being sappy! The summary doesn't make this book sound very interesting. The two books before this one, Mysterious Mannequin and Crooked Bannister, are so totally weird (a living mannequin and an attack robot) that I am curious to see if this one is weird too. But the summary mentions a "luminescent green sorcerer" so I would stake my money on yes, this book gonna be weird as heck. - When Nancy tells Bess and George about the trip to Mirror Bay the girls ask when they are to leave to which Nancy says "tomorrow morning". Ain't that kinda short notice? - Of course Nancy is the one who happens to look just like a wanted crook. Its never George or Bess. - The conversations in this book are quite awkward. They're very straight to the point and remind me of the dialogue in the Nancy Drew games. - This book has a lot of words that seem out of place: instantaneous, infinitesimal, solicitousness. These words seem out of place in a children's book . Nancy Drew books are usually kept to a simpler language. - The scene where Nancy rescues a woman from drowning is much more intense than the average ND rescue. The woman begins to drown, ceases breathing, and Nancy has to perform CPR. - I found it annoying that the price that Nancy paid for the valentine wasn't listed, it just said she paid a lot plus $10 on top of that. - The mystery of the "sorcerer" seems strange. I guess the mystery that Nancy wants to solve is why the man is there and scaring people away. Nancy believes its because the mysterious Sam and Mike are concealing something farther in the woods but she doesn't really speculate or have a clue what it could be. She mentions that her criminal lookalike could be hiding there but doesn't really seem to eager to find out. Also none of them seem to take Bess' attempted kidnapping very serious. - After encountering the mysterious glowing monster in the woods the gang spreads out around it but when they close in on it, it vanishes before their eyes. Dave explains this by saying the "monster" was probably wearing a special suit which glowed on one side and was dark on the other and that while they were encircling them the "monster" had taken off the suit, reversed it, and ran away. Uhm...how could someone do all of that in plain site of 6 people who were circling them and have none of them notice? This book doesn't make any sense. - The cliffhangers in this book are either very tame or non existent. I wonder if they were thinking about doing away with them. - Ned decided to paint the rented sailboat which seems really inappropriate. You can read the rest of this review at VintageGirlsBooks.blogspot.com You can see all the illustrations from this book at www.pinterest.com/Nancydrewart

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another excellent addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tabi34

    I've slowed my quest of reading all of the original Nancy Drew books to a crawl. While these were probably exciting to pre-teens in the '60s and '70s, they're quite predictable to this jaded cynical adult. I do get really excited when there is some romantic progression. In this book Aunt Eloise is introduced to Matt. Burt's uncle and a professor at Emerson University. They seem to hit it off quite well, but beyond overhearing Matt asking Eloise for a date later, that's the extent of it. I wonder I've slowed my quest of reading all of the original Nancy Drew books to a crawl. While these were probably exciting to pre-teens in the '60s and '70s, they're quite predictable to this jaded cynical adult. I do get really excited when there is some romantic progression. In this book Aunt Eloise is introduced to Matt. Burt's uncle and a professor at Emerson University. They seem to hit it off quite well, but beyond overhearing Matt asking Eloise for a date later, that's the extent of it. I wonder if he'll pop up again. This one had some danger, but Nancy always manages to survive relatively unscathed. There is a local character who loves folk legends about ghosts and there are a couple of old tales in the book. It is interesting hearing about the possible scientific discoveries - in this one Matt discusses how scientists are working on discovering how the chemicals in lightening bugs could be used to make cold light. Oh, and quite out of character, Dave puts his arm around George as they stroll off. There is very little physical contact in these books. Things were sure different in the early 60s. The location of River Heights has moved back to the East Coast. Probably located someplace near NYC. It's interesting how it moves from Ohio (Emerson College is located on the Ohio River in one book)to Chicago, to the mid-west and New York. For what it is, it's a good book

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate ★

    The Nancy Drew series will always have a special place in my heart because it was started my love for mystery books, and fueled my love for reading. Honestly though, reading it now is whole different experience and sadly, it's not in a positive direction. As usual, Nancy and the gang have some couple of mysteries to solve, met danger along the way, but solves them unscathed. Why would the adults in her life allow her to do detective work even if it placed her in harm's way? She got her sidekicks, The Nancy Drew series will always have a special place in my heart because it was started my love for mystery books, and fueled my love for reading. Honestly though, reading it now is whole different experience and sadly, it's not in a positive direction. As usual, Nancy and the gang have some couple of mysteries to solve, met danger along the way, but solves them unscathed. Why would the adults in her life allow her to do detective work even if it placed her in harm's way? She got her sidekicks, but they never get as much recognition. I also noticed an error in the book, at the part when Bess stayed to help clean the boat, but she commented on something at this museum when she's not even supposed to be there. I might just steer clear of this series so it'll remain wonderful in my recollection as it was in my childhood.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peyton Tracy

    Oh Nancy Drew, you’re a classic. I enjoy your computer games immensely but your mid-20th century self is frustratingly perfect. But this was a hilarious read for me because it takes place in the village of Cooperstown where I have spent the last four years and the fact you seemed to think you could get *scuba gear* on Main Street, happened to find underwater metal detectors in your vacation rental, and thought a non-museum professional had the authority to accept anything you dredged from the bo Oh Nancy Drew, you’re a classic. I enjoy your computer games immensely but your mid-20th century self is frustratingly perfect. But this was a hilarious read for me because it takes place in the village of Cooperstown where I have spent the last four years and the fact you seemed to think you could get *scuba gear* on Main Street, happened to find underwater metal detectors in your vacation rental, and thought a non-museum professional had the authority to accept anything you dredged from the bottom of the lake into the museums here made me laugh. Honestly, all good fun!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Bang

    It’s pretty funny rereading these as an adult (except the parts where George is a jerk to Bess about her “weight”).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stella Gatzke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all, the Grosset & Dunlap cover of this book has an amazing cover. And the mystery makes for a good light read. I felt fully immersed in the setting, a picturesque lakeside cabin, and I was always eager to see what would happen next. The primary mystery, a group of robbers hiding a secret in a nearby mountain lair, was fairly straightforward: it was still intriguing without being convoluted. The Nancy look-alike side plot added a good deal of tension, though it did get exhausting to see First of all, the Grosset & Dunlap cover of this book has an amazing cover. And the mystery makes for a good light read. I felt fully immersed in the setting, a picturesque lakeside cabin, and I was always eager to see what would happen next. The primary mystery, a group of robbers hiding a secret in a nearby mountain lair, was fairly straightforward: it was still intriguing without being convoluted. The Nancy look-alike side plot added a good deal of tension, though it did get exhausting to see Nancy accused of crime so often. The new characters had distinct personalities and all helped move the plot along clearly, but I did expect more of a supernatural bend with the woman gliding across the lake. Why was she a local legend (that some people there didn’t even believe) I’d there was such a mundane explanation? The biggest drawback for me in this one was the search for the child’s royal coach. The mystery of it was revealed so soon, and then it became a matter of waiting for Nancy and her friends to find it, which I never doubted they would.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Travelogue voyage to Cooperstown, NY (home of James Fenimore Cooper and the Baseball hall of fame). George is bitchier and butchier than ever. Dave (Bess's boyfriend) gets knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant. This is a double mystery; a "lost textile process" (developing "cold light" from firefly hormones) and searching for some junk that someone threw in the lake centuries earlier. Also a con artist who looks like Nancy is independently wreaking havoc around the town and getting Nancy a Travelogue voyage to Cooperstown, NY (home of James Fenimore Cooper and the Baseball hall of fame). George is bitchier and butchier than ever. Dave (Bess's boyfriend) gets knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant. This is a double mystery; a "lost textile process" (developing "cold light" from firefly hormones) and searching for some junk that someone threw in the lake centuries earlier. Also a con artist who looks like Nancy is independently wreaking havoc around the town and getting Nancy arrested several times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess and George to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York. Mirror Bay Bide-a-Wee, holds a mystery. A woman has been spotted gliding across the water. Nancy is excited to uncover the truth behind the gliding woman. But as soon as she steps foot in Cooperstown, problems arise. A young woman who closely resembles Nancy, has been taking part in criminal activities. It is up to Nancy to stop the young woman and her gang of criminals.  Once Nancy figures out the mystery behind th Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess and George to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York. Mirror Bay Bide-a-Wee, holds a mystery. A woman has been spotted gliding across the water. Nancy is excited to uncover the truth behind the gliding woman. But as soon as she steps foot in Cooperstown, problems arise. A young woman who closely resembles Nancy, has been taking part in criminal activities. It is up to Nancy to stop the young woman and her gang of criminals.  Once Nancy figures out the mystery behind the woman gliding over water, another one pops up. An old royal carriage is believed to be buried somewhere near the lake. Nancy is tasked with finding it. It’s a little weird how this baby carriage was preserved underwater for so long though. It is explained, but I still find it very suspicious. Idk, I’m not an expert on what technology was available at the time.   Anyway, Nancy Drew is nearly arrested. Again. It’s actually not the first time this happens to her haha. Whenever she has problems with the law, it’s due to someone else that resembles her. Like in this case, her look-alike is a thief but everyone thinks it’s Nancy. This hampers her sleuthing abilities a bit. She has to constantly keep defending herself to everyone.  The boys (Ned, Burt and Dave), are also invited by Aunt Eloise to spend time at the cabin. And Burt brings his uncle Matt! He’s going to be a Chemistry professor at Emerson College the following semester. Instantly sparks fly between him and Aunt Eloise! He makes her blush like a schoolgirl. And then when the mysteries are resolved and everyone is set to leave, Bess (the hopeless romantic) tells George and Nancy:  This morning I overheard Matt say to Aunt Eloise, ‘After you get back to the city I’ll be calling you for a date.’ ​ Okay, this book takes place near Cooperstown. So of course, the Baseball Hall of Fame is mentioned. And of course they visit! Nancy and friends are living my dream!  They paused at the showcase containing Babe Ruth’s uniform and Ned remarked, “I think he was the greatest of all time.” “Why?” Matt asked. “Because,” Ned replied, “he was equally good as a pitcher and a batter.” ​ As you can probably tell, I loved this book. The mysteries were pretty good. The new character introduction was a pleasant surprise. (I hope Matt pops up again)! I learned a little about lightning bugs, thanks to Matt. I got to visit Cooperstown with Nancy and her friends. Ah, I am a happy girl.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sahifa

    Finally!! A conceivable and plausible Nancy Drew Mystery.For once Nancy had neither taken any foolish expeditions nor took any stupid risks. The entire plot was very much believable with an uncomplicated and straightforward story. And ,that is the primary reason why I found pleasure reading it. some of the Nancy drew stories are so adventurous and complicated that they become illogical and unreasonable. I rated it average despite of enjoying it to the fullest because of its simplicity. Another impo Finally!! A conceivable and plausible Nancy Drew Mystery.For once Nancy had neither taken any foolish expeditions nor took any stupid risks. The entire plot was very much believable with an uncomplicated and straightforward story. And ,that is the primary reason why I found pleasure reading it. some of the Nancy drew stories are so adventurous and complicated that they become illogical and unreasonable. I rated it average despite of enjoying it to the fullest because of its simplicity. Another important point that I would like to highlight is that the entire Nancy drew series is great for the preadolescent crowd (this stands for all the Nancy drew books ) I strongly believe that a 8 years old kid would not only love these books but also devour them. Also the amount of general knowledge these books try to to impart is commendable. Therefore A must -read for all eight and above out there

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aarathi Burki

    Having read so many Nancy drew books this one came as a huge disappointment as there was hardly any mystery and the story was too hard to believe. For starters the story line looked very poor though they tried to combine multiple mysteries they failed to grab attention. Nancy and her friends unearth lot of treasures from the lake so easily that it was hard to believe that they were hidden within the lake all these years without anyone else finding or searching for them and the place Cooperstown Having read so many Nancy drew books this one came as a huge disappointment as there was hardly any mystery and the story was too hard to believe. For starters the story line looked very poor though they tried to combine multiple mysteries they failed to grab attention. Nancy and her friends unearth lot of treasures from the lake so easily that it was hard to believe that they were hidden within the lake all these years without anyone else finding or searching for them and the place Cooperstown seemed to have all possible museums in the vicinity which was again hard to believe All in all a sheer waste of time and money buying and reading this book and would not recommend this book

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Alvarez

    This book is very thrilling and suspenceful. It has a mystery that the main characters try to figure out, it confuses you to think you know the answer to the mystery but then has a surprising end to it. This book does have seem to continue to add more details than needed. It has some pointless adventures that don't help to solve the mystery its self. I would recommend this book to those who liked the other Nancy Drew books, they don't need to be read in order but they all seem to have a mystery. This book is very thrilling and suspenceful. It has a mystery that the main characters try to figure out, it confuses you to think you know the answer to the mystery but then has a surprising end to it. This book does have seem to continue to add more details than needed. It has some pointless adventures that don't help to solve the mystery its self. I would recommend this book to those who liked the other Nancy Drew books, they don't need to be read in order but they all seem to have a mystery. I would also recommend this book to those who like mystery books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    5/5 stars. I've seen this book sitting on my bookshelf for many years, and I don't remember ever remember reading it. This was a super fun read, recommended to all Nancy Drew fans! Nancy Drew and crew (a.k.a. her friends George Fayne and Bess Marvin) are on vacation in Mirror Bay, staying at the Bide-A-Wee (meaning "stay a while") cabin. There are rumors of some strange activity happening in the Bay, where a ghostly woman is seen gliding across the water through the fog! Nancy and her pals invest 5/5 stars. I've seen this book sitting on my bookshelf for many years, and I don't remember ever remember reading it. This was a super fun read, recommended to all Nancy Drew fans! Nancy Drew and crew (a.k.a. her friends George Fayne and Bess Marvin) are on vacation in Mirror Bay, staying at the Bide-A-Wee (meaning "stay a while") cabin. There are rumors of some strange activity happening in the Bay, where a ghostly woman is seen gliding across the water through the fog! Nancy and her pals investigate, and also encounter a strange costumed "green wizard" man on top of a mountain. They also meet the ghost woman, who is actually a woman who cannot swim and is searching for hidden treasure belonging to her family in the Bay. With help from the Emerson boys, who pay the girls a visit and go sleuthing with them, the mystery becomes solved and everything turns out alright! I absolutely love how fearless Nancy is and how she is always willing to help others. She never gives up and is determined to make things right.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    The Secret of Mirror Bay is a very standard, run-of-the-mill Nancy Drew mystery. It's neither bad nor great, just a light mystery suitable for rainy day reading. It's certainly not among the best or most creative of this series, but it is still worth a try for both kids and nostalgic Nancy Drew fans.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    It was so much fun going back and reading a book that I read as a kid two decades ago. I loved Nancy Drew as a kid and read all of the old yellow hardbacks, you know the ones. Now, I'm enjoying them anew as an adult. Don't worry, Nancy, George, and Bess will save the day!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I really liked this one, but I was disappointed a little bit with the repetition of some of the story throughout the book. Also, I feel like part of the ending didn’t quite work. But other then that, it was another exciting adventure. It shows that I rated it 3 stars, but to me it’s more like 3.5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    An enjoyable clean fun read with a dash of adventure and mystery. A typical Nancy Drew. It shows that there is a lot more to enjoy around Cooperstown than just the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was a bit unusual to have Nancy's aunt have a hint of romance but it was just the right amount without going overboard. It marks the book as a bit different than some.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    The Secret of Mirror Bay, by Carolyn Keene, is a book that could easily be enjoyed at any time of day! A great way to start my day, and end it! Today, it offered me a little bit of nostalgia, which I was clearly yearning for. Onwards, to the next one!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Martha Karen

    Why yes, I am reading my first Nancy Drew book as an adult. Generally enjoyable, but could have done without the 1970s era references to dieting/needing to diet/eating too much etc etc. Curious to read a modern Nancy Drew which undoubtedly does not do that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gillie

    Very good,but when you have read as many of her books as I have, you have a tiny feeling that you just might know what this book will be about.

  21. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    This one I did remember reading once I began to read it. It was a good one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aggie

    Found this among my old things and read it out of nostalgia. Nancy Drew is still great!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    I love a Nancy Drew mystery!! Started last weekend but didn’t get to finish until today.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carleen

    I really liked how everything played together.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    A fun mystery where the two central mysteries are linked but not in the way you think. Also contains a chapter titled “Yo.” Loved it. And the boys from Emerson bring a friend for Aunt Eloise! She is one of my favorite characters. Plus there’s mushrooms that glow in the dark. And a man who dresses up like the Grinch to frighten people off. Very fun.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    In this time of stress and anxiety I find myself turning to Nancy as a calming, familiar presence in a world of chaos. Being familiar with Cooperstown this was a fun read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annika Sy

    Nancy, Bess and George have just arrived in mirror bay. They have just got down the bus to find an unwelcoming surprise. Nancy might be in a lot of trouble. She is faced in a a big dilemma. May she go to jail??? well you have to find out. Along her adventure she meets new friends that help her solve different mysteries. But will she succeed in figuring the mysteries out???. The book nancy drew and the secret of mirror bay is a nice book. I really was hooked to it at some parts (especially the ac Nancy, Bess and George have just arrived in mirror bay. They have just got down the bus to find an unwelcoming surprise. Nancy might be in a lot of trouble. She is faced in a a big dilemma. May she go to jail??? well you have to find out. Along her adventure she meets new friends that help her solve different mysteries. But will she succeed in figuring the mysteries out???. The book nancy drew and the secret of mirror bay is a nice book. I really was hooked to it at some parts (especially the action parts). I thought the plot was a bit expected though. I already knew what was going to happen. To improve it a bit, Maybe they could've added some twists in the end. But overall i enjoyed the story and theme because it really reminds me of my cousins and I helping each other out. I think this book is great for sixth graders. Because it of the theme. The theme is about friendship, Family, and never giving up on your dreams. This is a very important message and is perfect for our age, because in sixth grade you wil always have some rough times. So you have friends and family to support you. And never giving up and just working harder will help you a lot. I rate this book out of ten a 7.5. I chose this score because I already knew what was going to happen, but it was very engaging and it was very interesting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Phe

    The Secret of Mirror Bay is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 49th book in the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew and her friends go to visit her Aunt Eloise on Mirror Bay—a lake in New York—to investigate reports of a woman gliding over water, and they discover a treasure underwater. I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trips to our local library, which was less than a mile from our house. Like mo The Secret of Mirror Bay is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 49th book in the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew and her friends go to visit her Aunt Eloise on Mirror Bay—a lake in New York—to investigate reports of a woman gliding over water, and they discover a treasure underwater. I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trips to our local library, which was less than a mile from our house. Like most young girls of a certain age (ahem), my love for mysteries started with Nancy Drew—there simply was no mystery too baffling that she couldn’t solve. And as I would read her most current adventure, I would imagine myself following in her footsteps … taking charge and plunging ahead, getting into mischief, chasing down culprits and solving the mystery. Even though I haven’t re-read any of these books since I was a child, I still think that Nancy is a great character—her courage, confidence and fierce independence, makes her an iconic source of inspiration for young girls everywhere. A must-read children's book, The Secret of Mirror Bay is another wonderful Nancy Drew mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days. Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature. Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch of ghostwriters, I used t I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days. Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature. Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch of ghostwriters, I used to feel confused about the slight differences in each character from books to book over the many series of Nancy Drew mysteries. I like the character of Nancy best in the original books written by Mildred Wirt Benson where Nancy is truly a character to root for – an independent and street smart girl with a penchant for trouble.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    One of my favorites from childhood... book has a frustrating schism between two storylines: neither storyline(particularily the coach) gets the attention it deserves. Book would have been much better as two books. Still, I do recommend as I found imagery interesting.Unfortunatey, Bess bashing about her weight gets uglier than usual. Book misses some of dark exciting adventure of original author's writing.... as dark elements are repeatedly and intrusively explained logically by Ned. Though this One of my favorites from childhood... book has a frustrating schism between two storylines: neither storyline(particularily the coach) gets the attention it deserves. Book would have been much better as two books. Still, I do recommend as I found imagery interesting.Unfortunatey, Bess bashing about her weight gets uglier than usual. Book misses some of dark exciting adventure of original author's writing.... as dark elements are repeatedly and intrusively explained logically by Ned. Though this does happen in earlier books, it is particularily annoying in this. It like the author throws out this interesting dark material, is afraid of it, and then denies it repeatedly. To me its the mysterious woodland activities that catapault this from a mediocre to worth while.

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