The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew #4)
approx. 3 hours
Nancy finds herself in danger when she tries to solve the mystery of the old inn, believed to be jinxed.
About the Author: Carolyn Keene is the pen name for Edward L. Stratemeyer who originally began the series. It is not proven, but said, that his daughters updated and continued the series after their father's death in 1930.
Returning to her as an adult, I'm delighted to find Nancy Drew as awesome as I remember her. The writing is quaint, but strong enough to stand the test of time. This particular volume was chock-full of Nancy-in-peril scenes, but also pretty convoluted in the plot department and some bits of the conclusi ...more
The introduction is in some ways the best part of this book; Benson notes that the first three books sold well, but when original publisher Edward Stratemeyer died, his inexperienced daughters took over: ...more
I "read every single one" as a girl, many years ago and am enjoying a wonderful time with them again.
Put "Nancy Drew" in Wikipedia and see for yourself -
-the section of her bio "character" says it all - she is a supergirl, master of a dizzying list of skills and talents and never seems to nee ...more
Until she gets onto the villain, Nancy spends a bit of time seemingly going in circles, which is a little slow at times. An interesting story though, and a slice of history. (view spoiler)[It's amusing that the case is cracked because Nancy had to hire a replacement for Hannah while the housekeeper went to care for her ill sister, and Mary Mason stood out in Nancy's mind, especially the reaction to who she would be working for, and then seeing h ...more
Though this book was obviously written for a younger audience, I still really enjoyed this quick read and it brought back so many memories during the summers when my family would be outside playing and I'd be tucked away in my bedroom reading Nancy Drew and Harry Potter (not much as changed).
So yes, I enjoyed this a lot and it only ...more
Ok, here is my dilemma. Nancy is 18, but she comes across as a matronly woman that has missed out on her youth. She is so mature and conservative that its quite unrealistic. I have to remind myself that this w ...more
Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str ...more