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Where's Nancy? by Carolyn Keene
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Mar 01, 2011

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bookshelves: books-read-2011, young-adult, mysterious-march, mystery
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The thing about this Nancy Drew mystery that makes it stand out is the unique conceit of writing it from the perspective of the sidekicks. George and Bess narrate the whole thing, as the mystery is that Nancy herself has gone missing.

Granted, the mystery itself is not so difficult to solve, but the fact that it takes them the whole length of the book to work it out does kind of demonstrate why Nancy is the detective and her friends are the supporting cast. It also gives some nice perspective on Nancy (a completely focused detective who sometimes forgets where she parked her car) and Ned (a nice guy, but boring when he drones on about Beowulf) that you would not otherwise get from Nancy's usual narration. It also has some nice tongue in cheek moments, such as River Heights having a location called Anvil Park, in a nod to the somewhat obvious clues that tend to populate a typical Nancy Drew mystery.

I don't know how much you would enjoy this particular installment if you were not already a fan of Nancy Drew mysteries in general, but if you have read them before and like them, you will be delighted by the innovation of this particular story.

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