Monday, September 30, 2013
Nancy Drew #79 Fenley, #80 Diamonds, and #81 Mardi Gras
This is an engaging story, although I feel that the plot lags towards the middle of the book. For a number of chapters, the plot does not advance, and then finally, the book becomes quite suspenseful towards the end. Overall, this is a good mystery.
Soon after Nancy begins her investigation, Monica Crown's car plunges over a cliff. The police are unable to find a body and believe Monica to be dead. However, Nancy suspects that Monica might have faked her own death.
This book is very suspenseful and entertaining. The villain follows Nancy in a white sedan, threatens her, and tries to kill her.
I kept thinking of a Beverly Gray book, Beverly Gray's Discovery, as I read this one. In Beverly Gray's Discovery, Beverly discovers that someone has been copying famous paintings. This book even has Nancy looking through a window at someone copying a painting, just like Beverly Gray did.
The Mardi Gras Mystery is engaging from the very beginning and engaging throughout the book.
All three of these books are interesting and exciting, and they all follow a specific formula. The little things that annoyed me about many of the Wanderer books have vanished. Nancy no longer "swallows sighs," and gone are all the cute little references to past mysteries that make the Wanderer books seem like parodies. While formula-driven books can be very predictable, when done right, they are consistently entertaining to read. These books are formula-driven books done right.