This is another book that I do not like. It reminds me too much of The Greek Symbol Mystery, which I hate. In this book, people speak in Italian, then the Italian is followed with the English translation. This practice with Greek annoys me in The Greek Symbol Mystery, and doing it with Italian is equally annoying.
Ned, Burt, and Dave get out of jail at the time that Nancy, Bess, and George are bound and gagged inside a church. The boys make the assumption that the girls are out having fun and even think that they see Nancy and Bess enjoying themselves in a hotel. Seriously. The boys see a girl with titian hair and another girl with blonde hair, and they assume that the girls are Nancy and Bess having a good time. Clearly, the boys have missed too much college and have lost too many brain cells.
The boys decide to make the girls jealous by dancing with some other girls. This is all a bit stupid and out of character for how the boys have acted throughout the previous books in the series. I would have been more interested in the book if the boys had actually wondered about the girls' whereabouts from the beginning and had shown concern much faster.
I read approximately the first one-third of the book before I gave up. I recall that I did not enjoy this book as much as others when I read it years ago. I find that I like these books generally less than I did years ago, so I see no point in torturing myself on books that I know I will not enjoy. Onwards to the next title!
Nancy's perfection is on full display in this book. Not only is she perfect at everything, she is super-speedy. A mirror slips out of a girl's hands on page 15* and begins rolling downhill.
Without even stopping to think, Nancy flicked the reins and nudged her mount, Black Prince. The beautiful horse bounded forward and, in two strides, went streaking down the slope. With perfect timing, Nancy swung out of the saddle and scooped up the round mirror in one hand before it could crash on the rocks.Truly impressive.
This book does not mention Burt and Dave, and Bess is interested in a cute artist. Burt and Dave have not yet made their final appearance, but they will soon vanish from the series.
You will notice from my summary that this book suffers from too many subplots. I found the book to be more tolerable than the other books that I refused to finish reading, although at moments, barely tolerable. Once I read more than halfway into the book, all of the many subplots had been revealed, so I found the book to be more interesting and was able to finish the book without too much effort. I can't say that I enjoyed it a great deal, however.
*The page number refers to the Wanderer edition.