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.