Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sleuthing Sundays - Nancy Drew 16, 17

I was making great headway, reading at least one book a week and then my Nancy Drew reading slowed down considerably as I got in some books that had to be read right away for a book tour.  So I'm feeling a little abashed that last time I only reviewed one book.  I'm hoping to get back to a book a week now.

The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #16)
This is one of the creepiest Nancy Drew covers.  Something about the weird cat and Nancy's bell-bottomed pants suit makes me a little crazy. 
"Nancy, you just seem to go from one dangerous adventure to another." p.31
Nancy is invited to solve a mystery of a mysterious tapping sound in a invalid's house.  But once she gets there, there is another mystery to solve, of course.  It seems someone is stealing the old lady's Persian cats.  The poor old lady has a lot of problems.  But the girl detective is up to the task with Nancy solving both cases, reuniting old lost loves, and performing spectacularly in a play.

The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #17)
"Hold it!  As detectives, we must not get carried away with guesses.  Let's try to find out the facts."  p.95
Nancy is sailing home from Holland to New York and on the departure day she notices a man in the crowd signing to someone on the ship (using the "finger language" as the book says over and over again which just sounds wrong).  Of course, Nancy knows a little sign language (of course she does.)  The message is "Beware of Nancy Drew and Ne" and that's all Nancy sees.  But what does it mean?
Then the wrong trunk is delivered to Nancy's room with the initials ND.  And people are acting very suspicious about the trunk.  Where is Nancy's own trunk?  Who is Ne?"  And what is up with Nancy's roommate Nelda Detweiler?  Will Nancy solve all these mysteries in one neat and tidy package?  Of course,  she is Nancy Drew, after all.

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