Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Nancy Drew #97 Magnolia Mansion, #98 Horse Island, and #99 Seven Rocks
The Mystery at Magnolia Mansion is believed to be part of the inspiration for the Nancy Drew game, Ghost of Thornton Hall. The inspiration is more with respect to the setting, and the book and game are completely different.
On page 42, the girls enter Amelia's office where "a modern computer was set up." As opposed to what? An obsolete computer?
On page 110, a carriage driver asks Nancy and Bess if they would like a ride. "A heavy beard and bushy eyebrows masked his face. Something about his voice sounded familiar to Nancy. But that was impossible, so Nancy decided she was wrong." Hello! The man is wearing an obvious disguise and sounds familiar. So what does Nancy do? She gets on the carriage with him and nearly gets killed. Smart.
I greatly enjoyed The Mystery at Magnolia Mansion.
The bit about the poachers seemed stupid when I read the book. I kept wondering why they would only poach on the island and not in the woods near the resort. Later, I realized that the poachers were just an extremely lame excuse given by the villain for why people shouldn't go to the island.
I overall enjoyed the book, but it reminded me too much of dozens of other series books which feature people trying to scare the owners into selling their property. My favorite part of the book was when Nancy, Bess, and George explored Horse Island and ended up stranded. If the book had more of that, then I would have found it more interesting.
This book is interesting in that the story has a bit of a twist that sets it apart from other Nancy Drew books. The story is just like dozens of other series books, but the solution is a bit different.