Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nancy Drew Girl Detective #42-44: Sabotage Mystery Trilogy

The Nancy Drew Girl Detective Sabotage Mystery Trilogy consists of the following books.

#42 Secret Sabotage
#43 Serial Sabotage
#44 Sabotage Surrender

In #42 Secret Sabotage, Nancy is asked to help Lexi Claremont, who has been targeted online by bullies.  Lexi is the current Daughter of River Heights, and she is to be in a big parade at the 80th River Heights Celebration.  Someone is threatening Lexi and is sabotaging the celebration.

This book was published in 2010, which was the year of Nancy Drew's 80th anniversary.  The book paid homage to that by mentioning the 80th River Heights celebration on page 3. 

This book involves more bullying, and the overall premise in this book is very similar to the Identity trilogy.  I had trouble getting into it because Lexi is not likeable. 

At the end of the book, we learn who has been responsible for some of the threats against Lexi.  We learn that someone else is responsible for the rest of the threats as well as the sabotage to the carnival.

In #43 Serial Sabotage, Nancy tries to figure out who is sabotaging the carnival and parade.

This book is annoying because from page one, everyone calls Nancy "Fancy Nancy."  It annoys Nancy, and it annoyed me.  "Fancy Nancy" was run into the ground due to extreme overuse.

Two people in this book have similar names:  Josh and Joshua.  While similar names are common in real life, books should not have more than one person with the same or similar names.

Notice that Nancy is wearing the same outfit on the second and third books of the trilogy.  This is unbelievably lame.  Why would they put the same outfit on two books?  It gets worse.  The first book in the next trilogy also uses the same outfit, which makes three books in a row!

In #44 Sabotage Surrender, Nancy works to find the true culprit of the sabotage. 

The beginning of this book is very boring.  The first 22 pages rehash all of the events from the previous two books.

The book has continuity problems.  Bess and George are scared to go inside the school after hours and are afraid they will be caught.  I thought that in previous books that Bess and George were more brave.  George is now the one who can pick locks when earlier in the series, Bess was the one who could do it.

I could see the culprit from a mile away.  I guessed the real culprit's identity in the very early part of the first book in the trilogy.  It was that obvious.

While this trilogy has some problems, I enjoyed all three books.

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