Author: Carolyn Keene

Review: The Secret of Red Gate Farm

Review: The Secret of Red Gate Farm

December 7, 2012 Whitney Review 2 Comments

I really didn’t see The Secret of Red Gate Farm as much of a mystery, not because there wasn’t something to be solved but because it dealt more with cults.  However loosely used, a group of people run around flapping their arms to a tribal dance during the full moon, dressed in white sheets that […]

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Review: Nancy’s Mysterious Letter

Review: Nancy’s Mysterious Letter

December 5, 2012 Whitney Review 2 Comments

I really liked this installment of the series because it had a race against time aspect to it not only to find Nancy Smith Drew but also to stop her from marrying a gold digger. This almost felt like an episode of The Dating Game gone wrong; a contestant being yanked off stage. As for […]

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Review: The Clue In The Diary

Review: The Clue In The Diary

December 3, 2012 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Okay, so Nancy finds a diary during a house fire and believes there could be a clue in it to find the arsonist. (hence, the title)  while leaving the scene, her car is in an accident and meets Ned Nickerson — Yay!  He falls head-over heals in disgusting puppy love and will do anything to […]

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Review: The Secret of Shadow Ranch

Review: The Secret of Shadow Ranch

November 19, 2012 Whitney Review 0 Comments

While visiting Shadow Ranch, with her friends Bess and George, (surprise surprise) a mystery turns up. The ranch is supposedly haunted by the outlaw Dirk Valentine, who died leaving a hidden treasure to his sweetheart said to be on the property of Shadow Ranch. Not only does Nancy take this case but also a young […]

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Review: The Hidden Staircase

Review: The Hidden Staircase

January 30, 2011 Whitney Review 3 Comments

Is it just me or does Nancy get overly excited when learning about a new mystery which usually comes around containing other people’s misfortune?  She is described as becoming giddy, sitting on the edge of her seat her eyes becoming wider and wider.  Yes, she would make the perfect girl scout sell hundreds of Thin […]

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Review: The Clue In The Old Album

Review: The Clue In The Old Album

December 16, 2010 Whitney Review 0 Comments

After reading this story I’ve come to the conclusion the Nancy was that generation’s Bella Swan. First, they are both from a single parent household,with the father being the primary parent. They are very trendy in their dress, Nancy in her smart dress suits and Bella in whatever fashionable outfit Alice puts on her. Ned […]

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Review: The Password To Larkspur Lane

Review: The Password To Larkspur Lane

December 15, 2010 Whitney Review 2 Comments

Why must the yellow hardcovers be politically incorrect?   It is screamingly obvious that Carolyn Keene had no qualms about racial stereotypes, dubbing pickpockets and the like, as “ethnic and dark-skinned”.  Reading these descriptions in 2010 is such an eye-opener, when you think about now stepping on eggshells so as not to offend anyone and […]

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Review: The Mystery at Lilac Inn

Review: The Mystery at Lilac Inn

December 1, 2010 Whitney Review 1 Comment

The Mystery at Lilac Inn was a very clever book.  The suspects go way outside of the inn to actors who are only subtly mentioned before the crime, making for a very intriguing read. Nancy really begins to develop and finds and even balance character.  She becomes more resourceful in her escapes (because I have […]

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Review: The Bungalow Mystery

Review: The Bungalow Mystery

November 30, 2010 Whitney Review 6 Comments

Reading these books makes me wish or fantasize that I could be more like Nancy. She’s sweet and personable, making friends almost everywhere she goes and dresses smartly in the latest fashion. Her father Carson Drew is a sharp, handsome lawyer including his daughter in all his legal actions. I also adore the 1930s, that […]

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