Sunday, October 13, 2013
Nancy Drew #82 Camera, #83 Vanishing Veil, and #84 Joker's Revenge
Perhaps because I had read this book before, I knew that the roll of film was the object of the villains' search. I was annoyed that nothing more was said of the roll of film until Nancy finds it in her pocket on page 74. While Nancy could easily forget about the film, I could not enjoy reading the book because I never forgot about it.
On the page when Nancy finally finds the film in the pocket, I ended up quitting the book and reading something else, because the last book in a trilogy had just been released. That threw me off, and I proceeded to read some other books to refresh my memory in advance of two upcoming releases in late October.
In Nancy Drew #83, The Case of the Vanishing Veil, Nancy, Bess, and George attend a wedding in Boston. The bride's wedding veil is stolen just before the wedding, and Nancy offers to investigate the theft.
While I enjoyed The Case of the Vanishing Veil, I did not find it to be that memorable of a story and have nothing much to say except that the softcover book that I was reading self-destructed as I read it. First, the binding split. As I progressed towards the end of the book, pages began coming loose. I believe that this was the first time a book fell apart while I was reading it.
In Nancy Drew #84, The Joker's Revenge, Nancy investigates a string of accidents that occur at the Danner and Bishop department store in Chicago. I really enjoyed this book. The story reminds me of the Connie Blair story, The Clue in Blue, which is also set in a department store. The solution to The Joker's Revenge is similar to The Clue in Blue, since in both books, the culprit or culprits work for the department store.
In The Joker's Revenge, many people are suspects, and the reader is kept guessing at who is responsible. The book reminds me of a Nancy Drew game and would make for an excellent game. The villain leaves behind joker cards at the scene of each accident. I can imagine finding the cards while playing a game as Nancy Drew. The store is a small setting, perfect for a game.
I greatly enjoyed this book right up until the climax. Nancy grabs the skid of a helicopter as it takes off from the top of a building. As the helicopter climbs higher, Nancy pulls her leg up onto the skid and then finds a place to hold on underneath the helicopter. The helicopter flies through the city to the river while Nancy hangs on. As the helicopter lands on a boat in the river, Nancy drops into the cold water, where she treads water, then climbs onto the boat, where she saves the day. This sequence of events is impossible to believe, and I wish that it had been written differently. If this part had been different, I would consider The Joker's Revenge to be the perfect book.