Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sleuthing Sundays - Nancy Drew 13, 14

Questions:  Is Nancy Drew really a good detective or is everyone else just really dumb?  Why do the villains want to confess so badly?  Are the police resentful that an 18 year old girl does all the dirty work for them or are they grateful?  Do they mind taking orders (or "suggestions") from her?  Why is Carson Drew so famous and well-regarded?  Does Ned mind that he is really only there for the muscle?  Discuss.

The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #13)
 She always has close calls when she solves a mystery! p. 179
Nancy and her friends go to a circus where they meet a young Indian boy and his cruel father.  But when the boy runs away to Nancy, she must solve the true mystery of who he really is and why the ivory charm is so important to his father.  I wasn't too fond of the whole maharajah storyline.  It felt a little weird to me and quite a bit of it was unPC by our standards.
There is also another mystery about an abandoned house and a woman who thinks she is psychic.  Just your average mystery of Nancy Drew.

The Whispering Statue (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #14)
Bess stepped back and looked at Nancy admiringly.  "Your hunches are so often right it startles me."  p.47
The mystery starts right away when Nancy and her friends are invited to figure out why a friend of Carson Drew is not receiving the money she is entitled to from an rare book dealer.  Nancy, with her friends, travels to a yacht club and goes to work for the man under an assumed identity completed with a dark wig.  Oh Nancy and her crazy disguises.  While she is there, she seeks to solve the mystery of the theft of a statue that whispers and happens to look exactly like the young detective.  With a little danger and some excellent detective work, Nancy wraps it all in a jiffy.

1 comment:

  1. Everyone around Nancy is an idiot.

    Guilty conscience, I tell you. Or meglomania... either way.

    Apparently the police love her for it. Which really really is a unique feature-- most mysteries the police hate the interference.

    The police don't seem to mind taking orders from her. They should really put her on the payroll.

    I have no idea on Carson's reputation. Very well established, though.

    I don't know that Ned is smart enough to realize he's only there for muscle.



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