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review 2018-07-15 21:08
Review: Secrets Can Kill by Carolyn Keene
Secrets Can Kill - Carolyn Keene

Nancy poses as a student and goes undercover to investigate a series of thefts at Bedford High. (from Goodreads)


Series: 1 in the Nancy Drew Files

Rating: 3 stars


I've read this book so many times it's not even funny. See, it's my road trip book and every time I get Death by Chocolate ice cream because it's a murder mystery. Yes, I know, but I started it when I was like 13 and I can't seem to (and don't want to) break the habit.


This reread, though, had nothing to do with road trips. I did read a bit in the car and had ice cream today, but alas, it was not Death by Chocolate. Anyway, this is completely off subject. On to the book!


Secrets Can Kill is the first book in the Nancy Drew spin-off series, Nancy Drew Files. It's for teens more than kids, because the romance is a bit steamier (on par with the likes of Sweet Valley High) and the mysteries are darker. Instead of theft and ghosts, Nancy is now solving murders and blackmailing.


This book is set in Bedford, a nearby town of River Heights and Nancy is posing as a high school students to discover who is behind the vandalism at school. She falls into a passionate attraction with her in school contact, Daryl Gray, and fixates on four high school students, Walt "Hunk" Hogan, Hal Morgan, Connie Watson and Jake Webb. Because believe it or not, those are the suspects.


The mystery takes a dark twist when her main suspect of vandalism is found murdered and now she has to solve a murder. Ned is absent through most of the book, giving Nancy free reign to cheat on him. George and Bess are featured as well.


This book was okay, kind of weak for Nancy Drew standards, but since it's the first book I'll let it slide this time.


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text 2018-07-14 01:54
Review: Stolen Affection by Carolyn Keene
Stolen Affections - Carolyn Keene

Teaming up with River Heights detective Sam Fanelli after an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped, Nancy learns that young Jeremy Wright may be the victim of a custody dispute between his movie star mother and paternal grandparents. (from Goodreads)


This isn't even a mystery. Like it kind of is, but honestly, there's no plot, there's no suspense, there's no depth (not that there's ever really any depth to a Nancy Drew period, but I mean, this is worse than normal). Bess is not featured, but who needs Bess when you have George... who is Bess in this book. I'm not kidding, once a chapter George mentions food. 


George problems aside, there was a romance between Nancy and a cop named Sam that made me really confused and wonder what the heck happened to Ned. I probably should read these in chronological order I'm thinking.


Any who, all in all it's a terrible book, even by Nancy Drew standards.


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text 2018-07-13 18:17
Reading progress update: I've read 37%.
Stolen Affections - Carolyn Keene

There are so many typos in this it's actually bringing me pain.


Edit: I'm so embarrassed to admit that in my haste to complain, I, Danielle, made my own typo. I'm such a hypocrite.

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text 2018-07-13 17:17
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
Stolen Affections - Carolyn Keene

Theory: There is no mystery, Nancy's just on a wild goose chase based on the imagination of two eight year olds.

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review 2018-07-12 03:45
The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys by Carole Kismaric
The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - Carole Kismaric,Marvin Heiferman

I picked this up because of my recent re-attachment to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew novels. I've been curious about what the original books would have been like ever since I discovered they were re-written starting in the late 1950s. I recently had re-read the revised first volume of each series and was under-whelmed enough to do a combo review, and then I began finding early editions. They are sooo much better you guys! Problematic, but not dull!

I haven't reviewed them yet, because I've got stuff going on all the time like no one else on the planet. When I do, you can check my totes-sleuthy shelf....If I don't change that shelf's name. Jeepers. Anyway this book:

This was a fan-letter about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with good layouts and illustrations. The content was often repetitive and a trifle biased towards boy detectives. There were musings on other product lines inspired by the series, successful and not-so adaptations for film and TV (this is 1998 so that aughts film didn't get consideration...which is a good thing). The book does provide a nice pocket history of the development of the juvenile series market though the Strathmeyer Syndicate, and how they invented the ghostwriter as we know it today. There are better and much more comprehensive books on the subject: for Nancy Drew there is "Girl Sleuth" by Melanie Rehak, and for the Hardy Boys try "The Secret of the Hardy Boys" by Marilyn S. Greenwald, which focuses on the first ghostwriter for the series.

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