This book was published in October 1992. At that time, a Zorro television series was airing on the Family Channel. This book has a man on the cover who looks like he is wearing a Zorro disguise. Coincidence? I doubt it. Zorro is mentioned by name on page 84, and one of the characters in this book is named Diego. I am quite confident that this book gives a nod to Zorro.
I didn't make any notes about this book, but I enjoyed it.
In Nancy Drew #110, The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery, Nancy, Bess, and George help Madame Dugrand prepare for the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. I'm sure you can already guess that someone is trying to sabotage the ballet. Could we think of some other type of plot?
On page 75, we learn that Lawrence keeps mice in his dance locker whenever he plans to feed mice to his pet snake. He catches a mouse that is running around on the floor, saying that it was his mouse from his locker. Er, what? He places the mouse in his pocket. Yes, a live mouse. I'm speechless.
Nancy gets all smart and everything on page 124. Shana's dress has had jagged lines cut through the bodice. Nancy examines it and states, "It's been cut with very sharp scissors." How astute!
I enjoyed The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery, but not as much as I would have, since I am growing tired of one plot after another concerning sabotage.
Bess is depressed because she has to lose six pounds instead of just five. This reminds me of the Sweet Valley High series where Jessica eyes her very slender figure in the mirror and moans that she has to lose one pound. **eye roll**
I think of how overweight many teenagers are these days, and this seems so petty. Bess is always described as plump, yet she is only five pounds overweight. It would be more logical for her to be 20 pounds overweight, or perhaps even more than that.
At moments when I read these books, I hear the lines in my head just as though the lines are being said by one of the voice actors from the Nancy Drew games. Usually it's when Nancy says something like, "It's locked!" This time I heard Bess from the games on page 59.
Bess shut her eyes. "I didn't see a candy bar, and I don't smell it. It's a figment of my imagination."Perfect. If you're quite familiar with the Nancy Drew games, you'll know what I mean.
I enjoyed The Secret at Solaire.