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182 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1930
A very unpleasant man confronts Nancy Drew one day when she is alone in the house. Thanks to her resourcefulness, he is quickly sent on his way. He’s pushed out of Nancy’s mind when an acquaintance begs her to help solve what seems to be a haunting at a local mansion. When Nancy goes for a week’s stay, mysterious events come fast and furious. Could there really be a ghost? Or is there an all-too-human reason for someone to want two older ladies to abandon their family home?I borrowed this off my niece’s bookshelf because I haven’t read a Nancy Drew since I was a child, and I wanted to see how this would strike me from my adult perspective.
Nancy Drew could probably bake a beautiful pie, crochet an afghan, tutor French, write a column on comportment and change her little blue convertible's oil all in the same afternoon.
I hate her perfectness, but I love her courageousness and cleverness.
This was my first Nancy Drew, I just didn't grow up reading her as many do. I chose this book for my mystery square because it had elements that fit the theme of the Halloween book bingo - a haunted mansion and a thieving ghost.
It was cute and quick and ended well. You can tell what's going to happen about a mile away though. I think the biggest mystery for me was how you prepare gelatin and then immediately eat it (doesn't that have to set for a couple hours?) or how you would make cream of chicken and rice soup with a can of soup and milk (replace the water with milk?). I was clearly more interested in what they were eating than the mystery. Maybe I was just hungry?