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The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew #4)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  11,803 ratings  ·  354 reviews
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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.

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Published September 24th 2002 by Imagination Studio (first published January 1st 1930)
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i don't know what it is, but these are like candy. they crack me up (so quaint and implausible!), but i keep on reading and as soon as one is over, i pick up the next!
When I was in 4th grade, the table I sat at in the school library was adjacent to the k-shelf where I could eye those inviting spines labeled: Carolyn Keene. I read at least one a month that year.

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
I'm just saying, if I were Carson Drew, Nancy would never leave her room. She'd be locked in there for life.
Christopher Hicks
As a child I read tons of Nancy Drew, recently I found out that in the 1950's and 60's the earlier books had all been rewritten. This book is the actual 1930 edition. I must say I didn't like this Nancy Drew very much, she was spoiled, elitist and racist. If I had read an earlier copy as a child i'm afraid I would have stopped at that one. The Mystery of Lilac Inn 1961 edition. this is the Nancy Drew that I know and love. It's the same characters but an entirely different storyline. This is the ...more
This was the Nancy Drew book that got me hooked on the series when I was 10. I remember being sick with the flu and home from school. My mom brought home several of the Nancy Drew books that a friend had given her for me that her daughter had outgrown. This was the first one I read. I so LOVED Nancy that it inspired me to write my first real story - a mystery modeled on the Nancy Drew concept. My mom and I added to my collection over the years, and I still have them all - about 25 of them - I'm ...more
This is the fourth in the series of original (1930) Nancy Drew books. This book includes four nicely-scanned full-page grayscale images and "The Nancy I Knew", an introduction by Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote this book (to an outline provided by the publisher) under the Carolyn Keene pseudonym.

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:
Kate ★
I love reading this series when I was younger. However, this story seemed absurd just because Nancy Drew was just lucky to stay away from being badly hurt! The mystery part was well thought of, though it did sound a bit ridiculous when things were finally revealed.
John Yelverton
Nancy Drew returns in another thrilling mystery that just keeps making this series better and better.
A trip down memory lane! This book should have been called The Mysteries at Lilac Inn as the stolen diamonds was just one of the many perplexing things going on in and around Lilac Inn. Who is impersonating Nancy? Who stole the lilac bush? Who or what almost capsized Nancy and Helen's canoe? What's not to love about a Nancy Drew mystery? Great characters, action on every page, and the best titian blond sleuth ever! Writers of adult novels should take a page from Carolyn Keene's book and fill the ...more
Elle Smith
May 10, 2010 Elle Smith added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Elle by: memory
The Nancy Drew original Mystery Stories began in the 1930s, as a reluctant fair move by the publisher of a boys adventure story series, and the rest is happy history!

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
Nancy and Helen Corning are stay at historic Lilac Inn, which are owned by their mutual friend, Emily Crandall, in preparation of Emily’s wedding. But strange happenings and hauntings occur, which threaten to spoil the wedding, not to mention the lives of Emily and her fiance, Dick. In addition, Nancy discovers she has a wicked double, who is stealing items at River Heights stores by using Nancy’s charge cards. Emily’s diamonds are stolen and replaced with fakes during a dramatic evening dinner ...more
Barbara Huskey
I'm still enjoying these mysteries even as an adult. Glad i discovered the ebooks available from the library. Make for nice, quick reads.
I thought the book was amazing! Carolyn Keene is a gr8 author who really catches and holds my attention! I love reading her books!
I do believe this is one of my more favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. The story truly had me baffled until the final strings were pulled. After Nancy's friend, Emily Willoughby, has revealed that odd events have been taking place around the inn, Nancy Drew is on the job. But that is not her only problem, because someone in River Heights is actually impersonating Nancy... and getting away with it! How will Nancy cope with all the mysterious occurrences? Better yet, how can she capture her own double ...more
Unfortunately, the quality dipped again after that hopeful progress in the previous book. While Nancy is still a strong, interesting character, this mystery is just plain messy. Pretty much none of it makes sense, nor is it structured in a pleasing whodunit format. The appeal of a mystery is two-fold: it should set up clues that allow the reader to intelligently participate in the story, as a co-detective of sorts; and it should include enough clever twists and reveals to keep readers on their t ...more
this book is my favorite so far. I haven't read much so far. This one was definetly my favorite
A review of a pre-ISBN edition of the 1930 version.

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)
Jackie B. Forman
I enjoyed this mystery just as much as the first. I look forward to reading even more!
Claire Smileyface
My mom and I read this book when I was 7. This is the book that made me start liking Nancy Drew. This book was full of suspense and suprise. I like mysteries because you can solve the story while you're reading it. Anyways, I would recommend this book to any grade from 3-8. I think anyone can enjoy it!!!
Linda Rawlins
A small trip to the past! This book originally published in 1930. Terms like blue pipes, skin diving and charge plates in leather cases are charming. Yet, the Nancy Drew Series as well as the Hardy Boys has always been a fun place to start with mysteries! Young kids may like the current series better!
"The Mystery at Lilac Inn"... Carolyn Keene/Various Writers, The Mystery of Lilac Inn was absolutely one of my favorite stories in the series! It literally had my heart-beating with suspense and TRUE mystery !! anyway..Nancy Drew will leave a strong foot print of my heart!!
So fun to revisit the books of my youth. Just didn't finish it and headed to the play tomorrow.
Nancy and Helen paddle by canoe to visit Emily at the Lilac Inn. Emily and her finance are working to open to historic inn for a big summer season, but strange and mysterious things keep happening. Her aunt presents her with her mother's diamonds upon her birthday but they are immediately stolen. Nancy pledges to solve the case. Along the way she is nearly killed three times (by a spear while diving, by a time bomb in her cottage at the inn and in a sinking boat). Unusually violent for a Nancy D ...more
This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew books! Fast going with a lot of action.
I did not care for this book, but it was funny when they fell in the water.
The Nancy Drew books is one of the series that got me to love reading. So I suddenly decided to pick up one of the random Nancy Drew books I have and start re-reading.

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
This book is a little different than the first three; one can tell it was written by another person. The action is goofier and less plausible, with time bombs and underwater spear-chuckers among the fray. There are a lot of characters, and a return to several themes already used. Identity theft, surprisingly, features in pretty much every Nancy Drew story so far in one way or another, and it returns here. There is also a return to fake haunting as a theme, and Nancy is once again captured and bo ...more
Vicki Gooding
I've read many Nancy Drew books and just love them. As an adult I began to read them again as I found them. This was the only time I found myself progressively becoming more angry at the father (Carson Drew) for allowing his daughter to face the type of real danger she was in. But then it wouldn't make good reading if the star of the book could not be the one who solved it. Through the book we find The thing is, there's so much excitement packed into the book it was just hard to put down. We fir ...more
Darcy Stewart
This book is very interesting. The events that happen are so typical, but I still find it very exciting. Many things happen to Nancy. First she heads to Lilac Inn with Helen Corning, and is force under the water. The girls notice a man on a dock and then later find him gone. Nancy gets to the inn and finds out someone is trying to impersonate her. Someone is haunting Lilac Inn. Nancy returns home to find that her house was robbed. Someone stole her charge plate and one of her dresses.Nancy recei ...more
Well, this was one of the more complex mysteries that Nancy has come across yet. And though there was a lot going on, I just wanted to read more about the Lilac Inn. It sounds so pretty and quaint. Overall, this series is so good and I'm almost enjoying them more now than when I was a kid.

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
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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str
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