Saturday, May 10, 2014

Nancy Drew Girl Detective #8 Scarlet Macaw, #9 Secret of the Spa, and #10 Uncivil Acts

In Nancy Drew Girl Detective #8, The Scarlet Macaw Mystery, Nancy, Bess, and George travel with a local research group to Costa Rica.  The group plans to research monkeys at a jungle resort.  Upon their arrival, they are shocked to discover that the resort is rundown and almost deserted.  The man in charge of the resort acts strange.  Nancy knows that something is up.

This book feels more like a Girl Detective book.  Mr. Safer is mentioned.  Nancy's forgetfulness is back.  She makes mistakes, dressing in a shirt that is turned inside-out and backwards. At the same time, the storyline is like a typical Nancy Drew Digest book.

I really enjoyed this one.

In Nancy Drew Girl Detective #9, Secret of the Spa, Nancy, Bess, and George get free passes to an exclusive new spa in River Heights.  Strangely, George does not want to go and is very irritable.  The trip to the spa turns out to be all but relaxing.  Deirdre Shannon is at the spa, being her usual obnoxious self.  A television crew is there to film the grand opening.  And someone is sabotaging the spa!
All Girl Detective books from 2005 have some type of reference to Nancy Drew's history or to Nancy Drew's 75 anniversary.  In this book, George's grandmother turns 75.

Almost the entire story occurs during a single visit to the spa.  During that single visit, the entire mystery unfolds and is resolved.  This is kind of neat. 

This is a very good book, and I probably enjoyed it the most of the Girl Detective books that I have read so far.

In Nancy Drew Girl Detective, #10, Uncivil Acts, River Heights is planning a Civil War reenactment.  Everyone is researching their family history to learn whether their ancestors fought as Union or Confederate in the Civil War.  Nancy is quite upset to learn that her family fought for the Confederacy.

As plans continue for the reenactment, accidents happen, indicating that someone is sabotaging the event.  The mishaps grow more and more dangerous, and Nancy must find the culprit before it is too late. 

This book gives a nod to Nancy Drew's 75th anniversary by mentioning the 75th anniversary of the historical society on page 7.

A better title for this book would have been The Battle of River Heights.  Everyone is on edge, and Nancy has a fight with one of her friends to due her deciding to side with the Confederacy.

I greatly enjoyed this book.

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