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While trying to help a friend out of a difficulty, Nancy has a perilous experience in and around a deserted bungalow, from which only her bravery and quick thinking save her.


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While trying to help a friend out of a difficulty, Nancy has a perilous experience in and around a deserted bungalow, from which only her bravery and quick thinking save her.

30 review for The Bungalow Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    The book starts off with heart pounding action, as Nancy and her friend Helen are caught out on the lake in a thunderstorm. Will they reach the shore through the blowing winds and treacherous waves? Luckily, a young gal, Laura, hears Nancy's cries for help and rescues the two. After introductions are made, Laura rather cryptically responds that she may need Nancy's help some day soon. What mystery will find Nancy tracking down clues? Another sound mystery in the series. Love how each chapter end The book starts off with heart pounding action, as Nancy and her friend Helen are caught out on the lake in a thunderstorm. Will they reach the shore through the blowing winds and treacherous waves? Luckily, a young gal, Laura, hears Nancy's cries for help and rescues the two. After introductions are made, Laura rather cryptically responds that she may need Nancy's help some day soon. What mystery will find Nancy tracking down clues? Another sound mystery in the series. Love how each chapter ends on a suspenseful note. Predictable but fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    I will probably never get over my girl-crush on Nancy Drew, and this book just confirms that fact. Which is not to say that the series is flawless and beyond criticism - kinda the opposite, really. One thing I've learned from re-reading some of these books as an adult is that whenever you start one, you have basically a fifty-fifty chance of ending up with 190 pages of dated, stupid crap. But this time, I was lucky. This book rocked. That being said, it doesn't escape from the flaws that personi I will probably never get over my girl-crush on Nancy Drew, and this book just confirms that fact. Which is not to say that the series is flawless and beyond criticism - kinda the opposite, really. One thing I've learned from re-reading some of these books as an adult is that whenever you start one, you have basically a fifty-fifty chance of ending up with 190 pages of dated, stupid crap. But this time, I was lucky. This book rocked. That being said, it doesn't escape from the flaws that personify the entire series - at least it's good to see that Carolyn Keene had already established these issues early in the series, and dammit if she didn't stick to them. Several things are to be expected from the Nancy Drew books, and I've taken the time to document them here: 1. We will be reminded, rather insistently, that Nancy is perfect. Over and over. She is skinny and pretty and brilliant and everyone loves her and the sooner we all just accept this the sooner we can get back to the mystery solving stuff. 2. Although Nancy lives in a time where teenage girls had about as many personal freedoms as trained dogs and were treated with a similar level of respect, she herself exists in a sort of bubble that makes her exempt from such social limitations. She has her own car, her own money (but, oddly, no apparent source of income), and doesn't seem to have any demands on her time such as a job or school. This is proved in this book, when Nancy decides on a whim to drive upstate for some investigating, and then when it runs long, checks herself into a hotel for the night. This is awesome, but I question the reality of it. 3. Carolyn Keene loves the words "sleuth" and "girl detective" and will use them as many times as she possibly can. 4. The bad guys are easily recognizable, because they are the only characters in the book who are ever rude to anyone. These are the series' main flaws. In the good Nancy Drews, such as this one, these flaws can be overlooked as soon as Nancy starts being a badass. And there's a lot of that here. She survives a boat crash in a storm, breaks into not one but three houses, and manages to escape after the bad guys tie her up. She also taught me a valuable life lesson: if the hotel you're having dinner in leaves souvenir matchbooks on the table, take them, because you are guaranteed to need them in the next few hours. As an added bonus, Nancy's boyfriend Ned Nickerson (affectionately known as "Candy-Ass" in my head) is not present, and in fact may not have been introduced as a character yet. Also conspicuously absent are Nancy's friends, Fat Bess and Butch George, so we don't have to listen to Carolyn Keene delivering backhanded compliments in her narration that would embarrass Regina George. It isn't a great series, to be sure, and by all logic should not get such high ratings. But the fact remains that Nancy Drew is a literary heroine far ahead of her time, and even with all her books' issues, she's still a much better role model than certain contemporary literary ladies I could name.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Preacher

    This is a comparative review of the 1930s and 1950s editions of this book - if you get a chance to read them side-by-side, I very strongly recommend it. Of the three books I've read comparatively, this one diverges the furthest. Points of difference include: - In the 50s edition, the guardian is accompanied by his wife - which makes the whole thing much less sinister. They also don't behave nearly as villainously. - The 50s version introduces an entire subplot where Nancy is helping with a bank fra This is a comparative review of the 1930s and 1950s editions of this book - if you get a chance to read them side-by-side, I very strongly recommend it. Of the three books I've read comparatively, this one diverges the furthest. Points of difference include: - In the 50s edition, the guardian is accompanied by his wife - which makes the whole thing much less sinister. They also don't behave nearly as villainously. - The 50s version introduces an entire subplot where Nancy is helping with a bank fraud case for her dad that ends up being related. This is really only odd in comparison (and it feels a little too convenient, but there's only so much I'm going to ask for, plotting-wise.) - Don't forget the Gratuitous Housework Scene, a must in the 50s editions! - All guns mysteriously disappear in the 50s versions. This appears to be consistent book-to-book. - Any moral ambiguity in the finale is removed for 50s audiences. I believe that the original versions remain more interesting than the revised versions, even when they have highly problematic elements (class, race, etc.) But the comparison is definitely best of all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I used to love Nancy Drew books as a kid, but I think I preferred the "newer" stories. This one wasn't quite as interesting or as exciting I hoped it would be. Still, it was fun to read as an adult to my daughter, who enjoyed the climax of the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    While out of town, Nancy meets Laura, a recent orphan who is about to meet her new guardians. However, when Nancy meets them, she thinks that something is off about these adults. Meanwhile, Mr. Drew asks Nancy to help him figure out how bearer bonds have disappeared from a bank in town. Can Nancy juggle these two cases? Or is there a connection? I can’t remember if I read this one as a kid or not, but I quickly got caught up in the fun as an adult. There is plenty of action. Some of the twists we While out of town, Nancy meets Laura, a recent orphan who is about to meet her new guardians. However, when Nancy meets them, she thinks that something is off about these adults. Meanwhile, Mr. Drew asks Nancy to help him figure out how bearer bonds have disappeared from a bank in town. Can Nancy juggle these two cases? Or is there a connection? I can’t remember if I read this one as a kid or not, but I quickly got caught up in the fun as an adult. There is plenty of action. Some of the twists were a little obvious, but I couldn’t figure out how everything quite fit together until the end. We still haven’t met Nancy’s usual friends, but with the emphasis on plot and action, the characters are thin anyway. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    It's so hard to rate these books. It's all about context. But which context? I read them as a young reader, age eight or so, in the early 1980s. They were written in the 1930s, rewritten in the 1960s to contemporize them, and in some cases, rewritten again. Oh, and then there were the ones contemporary to my era in the first place, though I don't remember those well. Carolyn Keene was never a real person...if I researched the context of author, how much more would I understand these books? Part o It's so hard to rate these books. It's all about context. But which context? I read them as a young reader, age eight or so, in the early 1980s. They were written in the 1930s, rewritten in the 1960s to contemporize them, and in some cases, rewritten again. Oh, and then there were the ones contemporary to my era in the first place, though I don't remember those well. Carolyn Keene was never a real person...if I researched the context of author, how much more would I understand these books? Part of what I love about these books is really simple childhood nostalgia. And part is the fact that whatever era the story (or version of the story) is from, Nancy was ahead of her time in her independence and curiosity. Even in the 1930s, Ned is never anything but a pleasant distraction or an accomplice to her sleuthing plan. Okay, he's an occasional deus-ex-machina, but only because they have plans that she doesn't show up for and he becomes suspicious--he's never the strong male savior there to protect the weak girl. The downside of these books is that it's nearly impossible to describe or rate them individually. The upside is that the cultural context and the history of the series over time makes every book slightly more interesting, and the more I learn about the series, the more I appreciate it as a whole.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten #NeverAgainIsNow

    I am really enjoying my trip down memory lane by revisiting Nancy Drew from the beginning. This is by far the best one. The addition of Laura Linney narrating makes them even better. Though they are dated, you could imagine Nancy today. She is self-reliant and independent and an excellent role model for young girls. Her dad doesn't even spend the whole time telling her to get a young man and get married. He supports her and admires her "plucky" attitude. This story involved embezzlement, kidnappi I am really enjoying my trip down memory lane by revisiting Nancy Drew from the beginning. This is by far the best one. The addition of Laura Linney narrating makes them even better. Though they are dated, you could imagine Nancy today. She is self-reliant and independent and an excellent role model for young girls. Her dad doesn't even spend the whole time telling her to get a young man and get married. He supports her and admires her "plucky" attitude. This story involved embezzlement, kidnapping, and a threatened heiress. Great fun as always!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Great book. I loved this series as a child. I'm re-reading them now as a stress-reducer. Looking at it from an adult's perspective, I can now appreciate the positive lessons Keene was presenting to girls reading these books. They were written in the 1930s, so it's especially impressive how independent and capable Nancy is. Great vocabulary-building words too. And the illustrations are a delight.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    While on vacation at Twin Lakes Nancy meets and befriends an orphaned named Laura Pendleton. Laura is there to meet her new guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Aborn. The Aborn's seem nice enough but when they begin doing strange things like demanding Laura hand over her inherited jewelry and lock her in her room, Laura decides to run away to River Heights in the hopes that Nancy can help her. Nancy begins to investigate the Aborn's which leads her to a strange bungalow in the woods and a giant mystery. - Wh While on vacation at Twin Lakes Nancy meets and befriends an orphaned named Laura Pendleton. Laura is there to meet her new guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Aborn. The Aborn's seem nice enough but when they begin doing strange things like demanding Laura hand over her inherited jewelry and lock her in her room, Laura decides to run away to River Heights in the hopes that Nancy can help her. Nancy begins to investigate the Aborn's which leads her to a strange bungalow in the woods and a giant mystery. - While in the cabin in the woods Nancy uses matches she had taken from the hotel dining table. It specifically says she took them during dinner yet after dinner she changed clothes before going to the Aborn's; Eagerly she reached into the pocket of her dress, recalling that at dinner she had taken a pack of matches from the hotel dining table for her suvinier collection. Good! The pack was still there! Pg.116 Then she changed to walking shoes, sweater, and skirt. Pg.103 Awakening at six o'clock, Nancy put on the simple black cotton dress from her suitcase and pumps. After brushing her hair until it snapped with electricity, she was ready for supper. Pg.103 - Mr. Aborn says he's going to write and sell a story about the mystery. He declares he will donate profits from the story to Nancy's favorite charity, the River Heights Youth Center...how did he know this is Nancy's favorite charity? Although she mentions it in the book she doesn't tell Mr. Aborn that. - After Jim and Cathy help her move the fallen tree from the road Nancy says "is Mrs. Aborn a blonde-haired woman, rather small and slightly, Cathy?". Why does she direct this question solely to Cathy? Jim knows the Aborn's too. You can read the rest of this review at VintageGirlsBooks.blogspot.com

  10. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I highly recommend the 1930 edition. Nancy and young Laura take turns rescuing each other. And then Nancy rescues herself. And, wow, Mr. Carson Drew shows up to rescue everybody! As a prosecution attorney, or whatever he is, he sure knows his way around a car chase. He advises Laura: "Get in the roadster with Nancy. If it comes to a battle, you girls can drop back and be out of range of the bullets." Sir, yes, sir! This version also features a cunning and ruthless criminal named "Stumpy." Strikes I highly recommend the 1930 edition. Nancy and young Laura take turns rescuing each other. And then Nancy rescues herself. And, wow, Mr. Carson Drew shows up to rescue everybody! As a prosecution attorney, or whatever he is, he sure knows his way around a car chase. He advises Laura: "Get in the roadster with Nancy. If it comes to a battle, you girls can drop back and be out of range of the bullets." Sir, yes, sir! This version also features a cunning and ruthless criminal named "Stumpy." Strikes fear into my heart.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I have mixed thoughts on this one. It was more predictable every step of the way, yet also a bit more intense. From the storm and near drowning at the start to the kidnapping, knockouts and other violent acts. Nancy gets in a bit over her head in this mystery! I liked the edgier approach! And the dog walking bit was amusing! I still get confused when the housekeeper goes by first name one moment and last name the next. It had me picturing two different people at times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tarissa

    A great Nancy Drew mystery! I devoured it in one evening. The plot twists had perfect timing. I love that Nancy solves her own mysteries while assisting her father with his predicaments. An enjoyable read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another excellent addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    95th book read in 2017. Number 149 out of 659 on my all time book list. Best in the series so far. Real villains and extra characters. Nancy can't do it alone!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Definitely not the best Nancy Drew book ever written. The writing in this one is sort of stale, and has the feel of having been written over, or revised, or perhaps was written by committee. If that's not the case, it's certainly how it seems. Nancy sets out to help a girl who's suddenly orphaned, and is preparing to live with two new guardians. How does Nancy meet said girl? With Helen, another friend, Nancy is out on a boat on a lake and they caught in a storm and nearly drown. Of course they do Definitely not the best Nancy Drew book ever written. The writing in this one is sort of stale, and has the feel of having been written over, or revised, or perhaps was written by committee. If that's not the case, it's certainly how it seems. Nancy sets out to help a girl who's suddenly orphaned, and is preparing to live with two new guardians. How does Nancy meet said girl? With Helen, another friend, Nancy is out on a boat on a lake and they caught in a storm and nearly drown. Of course they don't have any life jackets on board. Of course. Anyhow, Laura Pendleton, who's walking along the shore, just happens to hear their cries for help, gets into another boat, paddles out and saves both Nancy and Helen. (And oh, btw, Nancy's (rented) boat sinks to the bottom of the lake. Oh, well, the owner says, I've got insurance!) (The 'no life jackets' makes me laugh because in other instances in the book Nancy is very safety-conscious and prepared for every emergency! She's carrying matches when she needs to light a kerosene lamp. Her excuse: well she picked said matches up off a table in a restaurant for her 'match collection.' This is mentioned at the time Nancy needs the matches. In another scene Nancy conveniently remembers a detective showing her how to 'loosen her hands' while being tied up so that she can later free herself (if she's ever tied up.) Again, this is mentioned only after Nancy IS tied up.) Anyhow, it turns out that Nancy's rescuer, Laura, is being duped by two con artist criminals who want the girl's inheritance AND her late mother's jewelry collection. There's a subplot about bonds being stolen from a bank's vault, and who's to blame, and it all rather (conveniently) ties in with Laura's phony guardians, her inheritance, and so on. Problem is, there are so many convenient and contrived incidents in the book that it gets a little tiresome. Nancy's driving down a dirt road and a tree falls across her path. But oh wait! A handsome young man and his sister just happen to be driving in the other direction and voila! (Or presto!) The young man, his sister and Nancy all are able to move the tree to the side of the road. Also, the 'bungalow' in question, where Nancy, Helen and Laura take shelter (after the boating accident) is reused later in the story as a 'hideout' for a criminal. Everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle - or a sort of warped jigsaw puzzle. Contrived and convenient coincidences just litter the story, and IMO, ruin it. Nancy gets in and out of dangerous situations constantly and yet father, prominent lawyer Carson Drew, merely admonishes her with, Wow, you're so courageous, Nancy, but gee whiz, I wish you'd be more careful! Not one of my favorite Nancy Drews by a long shot.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tabi34

    In my quest to read (re-read) all of the Nancy Drew mysteries this year, I have just completed The Bungalow Mystery. I remember reading this one when I was a kid. Once again, it boggles my mind how dependent I've become on my cell phone. Every time Nancy goes off to investigate or sleuth as she calls it, I keep thinking - use your cell phone. Her car breaks down, today she'd be whipping out the cell phone and calling Triple A or using her GPS. Because Nancy doesn't have these modern day devices, In my quest to read (re-read) all of the Nancy Drew mysteries this year, I have just completed The Bungalow Mystery. I remember reading this one when I was a kid. Once again, it boggles my mind how dependent I've become on my cell phone. Every time Nancy goes off to investigate or sleuth as she calls it, I keep thinking - use your cell phone. Her car breaks down, today she'd be whipping out the cell phone and calling Triple A or using her GPS. Because Nancy doesn't have these modern day devices, it heightens the suspense. I have to chuckle at the language. I teach college English and Communications and wonder if any of my students have ever used "bade" or sleuth for that matter. Considering these are young adult novels, the language is above what most kids read today. Once again "Carolyn Keene" uses a lot of description of food, clothes and is light on descriptions of other things. It is apparent that these books were meant to appeal to young ladies who were going to grow up to be housewives and cook beautiful meals for their husbands and they'd do it all in high heels shoes while wearing pearls. The story is good and keeps me reading. I won't go into detail about the story line; I'll just say that once again Nancy stumbles upon someone needing help and comes to the rescue. This is the second book where Nancy rescues an orphan.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Hot as hell without power after Hurricane Flo, but Nancy keeps calm and carries on. Read in tandum the original and revised editions: Original Published 1930 25 chapters / 204 pages Plot synopsis: Nancy sets out to help a young orphan whose legal guardian is not all he appears. Revised Revised 1960 20 chapters / 180 pages Plot synopsis: Nancy sets out to help a young orphan whose legal guardians (a married couple) are not all they appear. An intersecting side plot involves a bank securities embezzlemen Hot as hell without power after Hurricane Flo, but Nancy keeps calm and carries on. Read in tandum the original and revised editions: Original Published 1930 25 chapters / 204 pages Plot synopsis: Nancy sets out to help a young orphan whose legal guardian is not all he appears. Revised Revised 1960 20 chapters / 180 pages Plot synopsis: Nancy sets out to help a young orphan whose legal guardians (a married couple) are not all they appear. An intersecting side plot involves a bank securities embezzlement case that Nancy is assisting her father with. *** 2012 personal reading challenge for the month of January: Childhood favorites that influenced my subsequent reading life Adult Equivalent: Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Paid a visit to Nancy Drew today while going through a bit of a reading slump. As a child Nancy was one of my most reliable friends. Reading her today I still love her. However now I see her through different eyes than I did then. She is perfect. In every way. No one else shines quite as brightly as she does. Would I want her as a role model for my kids? Probably not. We learn from our failures. Character building and all that. And perfection is exhausting. But do I still love paying her a visit Paid a visit to Nancy Drew today while going through a bit of a reading slump. As a child Nancy was one of my most reliable friends. Reading her today I still love her. However now I see her through different eyes than I did then. She is perfect. In every way. No one else shines quite as brightly as she does. Would I want her as a role model for my kids? Probably not. We learn from our failures. Character building and all that. And perfection is exhausting. But do I still love paying her a visit now and then? Absolutely.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    What a delight! This is the first Nancy Drew book I've read and although some of the language is somewhat outdated and old fashion I couldn't put it down!!! Suspense and action packed from the first page! Why didn't I start reading these earlier? It was grand!

  20. 5 out of 5

    annika

    I loved The Bungalow Mystery! This was one of the first ND books I read. It's really memorable. The characters were great, it was a nice mystery. I think this is one of the best Nancy Drew mysteries. Content: G - No inappropriate content

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    When Nancy and friend Helen are rescued in a boating accident by a girl named Laura, a new mystery falls in her lap. Laura is orphaned and on her way to meet new guardian Jacob Aborn, who seems to be after Laura's inheritance. Could this man really be who he says he is? This mystery wasn't as exciting as others in the series, as Nancy's friends aren't involved in the book. They tend to be better with the sidekicks.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This series won't win any awards for heart-pounding suspense. I compare how different books are to these and it surprises me how simplistic and Scooby-Doo cartoonish they are. Nancy Drew is a teenage girl with no college degree that I can tell and yet, she's solving mysteries and working for her father who is a lawyer. Yet, I can't help but love that simplicity. Nostalgia makes me give this book a 5-star. However, I would say it's not the same as a 5-star book written in 2018. We've really come a This series won't win any awards for heart-pounding suspense. I compare how different books are to these and it surprises me how simplistic and Scooby-Doo cartoonish they are. Nancy Drew is a teenage girl with no college degree that I can tell and yet, she's solving mysteries and working for her father who is a lawyer. Yet, I can't help but love that simplicity. Nostalgia makes me give this book a 5-star. However, I would say it's not the same as a 5-star book written in 2018. We've really come a long way in character depth and believability in fiction. One thing that does slightly grate on my nerves so far about this series is how Nancy's mystery always coincides with whatever case her father is working on. That's just weird to me. But, it doesn't ruin the story for me. I don't really read this story for a super believable suspense so much as a simplistic stroll down memory lane. Once again this book is void of Nancy's friends, George and Bess as well as her boyfriend, Ned. Hopefully, they turn up in the series soon. It just doesn't seem the same without them! Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you. Christian or Secular: Secular ASEL Rating: no profanity, violence, bedroom scenes, or other content that could otherwise be considered disturbing. Suggested Age: 8+ This review originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    Action! Adventure! Suspense! And is that a hint or romance, Nancy? Who is this Don fellow, and wil we be seeing more of him? Or should I ask if YOU will be seeing more of him? Ah, I do still love Nancy Drew. Some things I think are impossible to outgrow. Is the writing fabulous? Not by a longshot, but it gets the job done, giving you a tale that is interesting and full of twists and turns. Of course the two cases introduced at the beginning of the book have to be connected, some things you just s Action! Adventure! Suspense! And is that a hint or romance, Nancy? Who is this Don fellow, and wil we be seeing more of him? Or should I ask if YOU will be seeing more of him? Ah, I do still love Nancy Drew. Some things I think are impossible to outgrow. Is the writing fabulous? Not by a longshot, but it gets the job done, giving you a tale that is interesting and full of twists and turns. Of course the two cases introduced at the beginning of the book have to be connected, some things you just see coming. But I STILL enjoyed this immensely. I'm happy I decided to re-read all these books as an adult. I'm having a great time! It would be a good time to introduce Nancy to my daughters as well. I wonder if the younger generation gets as much fun out of this as I do? But then, they probably catch themselves thinking, "How much of this would be avoided if she just had a cell phone. And honestly a skirt while breaking and entering?" Ah, read it in the context of the time period and just enjoy the story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    This is the 3rd book in the series. The story follows Nancy and her friend Helen and how they are caught up in a storm while boating but are saved and that is how they fall into another fantastic investigative adventure. One thing I love about these books is how you can tell they are not from this time. Many things have different names (credit cards are credit plates) and some old food and desserts you don't hear about anymore (cinnamon cake with warm applesauce). I highly recommend these books This is the 3rd book in the series. The story follows Nancy and her friend Helen and how they are caught up in a storm while boating but are saved and that is how they fall into another fantastic investigative adventure. One thing I love about these books is how you can tell they are not from this time. Many things have different names (credit cards are credit plates) and some old food and desserts you don't hear about anymore (cinnamon cake with warm applesauce). I highly recommend these books to everyone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    While these Nancy Drew stories are not necessarily realistic, they are amusing and enjoyable, and I enjoy reading them to my daughter and she loves hearing them. These original stories all take place in the age before cell phones and computers so Nancy seems to be in great danger many times, though thankfully the bad guys in these stories we have read so far never go past tying people up and disabling cars. No rape, murder, or serious violence. Maybe the Bad Guys all had more of a conscience in While these Nancy Drew stories are not necessarily realistic, they are amusing and enjoyable, and I enjoy reading them to my daughter and she loves hearing them. These original stories all take place in the age before cell phones and computers so Nancy seems to be in great danger many times, though thankfully the bad guys in these stories we have read so far never go past tying people up and disabling cars. No rape, murder, or serious violence. Maybe the Bad Guys all had more of a conscience in the old days. :-)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    #3 in the Nancy Drew series. The third of four novel published in 1930 to initiate this classic series. Nancy Drew and friend Helen are rescued from a capsized boat by Laura Pendleton. Laura is about to come under the authority of a guardian following her mother's death. Laura runs away from the guardian to Nancy's home; Nancy decides to investigate the guardian, determine the state of Laura's inheritance and solve the mystery hidden in a run-down bungalow.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Super teen sleuth Nancy Drew is is caught up in one of her most exciting mysteries! Making new friends, intrigue, embezzlement, dangerous criminals and kidnapping. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep the reader in suspense until the final pages. Just love these golden and glamorous stories that were certainly childhood favorites. They never lose their appeal to the the young at heart!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This book was amazing! It was the first Nancy Drew book that I ever read and it makes me want to read more of them. I love clothes, and the author of this book takes time to describe everything Nancy is wearing. Helping a friend and solving a mystery at the same time is a great story and it's just what I like. This was a great introduction to the series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fern Kuntz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book starts off with Nancy Drew and her friend Helen Corning. They're out on one of the Twin Lakes in a small motorboat. A storm hits them suddenly. They try to get to shore but their boat capsizes. Helen accidentally hits her arms against the boat when it capsized, making her arms num and impossible to use. Nancy tries to pull Helen to shore but her strength is almost spent. All of a sudden a teenaged girl in a small rowboat comes along. She sees Nancy and Helen and tries to stop the boat n The book starts off with Nancy Drew and her friend Helen Corning. They're out on one of the Twin Lakes in a small motorboat. A storm hits them suddenly. They try to get to shore but their boat capsizes. Helen accidentally hits her arms against the boat when it capsized, making her arms num and impossible to use. Nancy tries to pull Helen to shore but her strength is almost spent. All of a sudden a teenaged girl in a small rowboat comes along. She sees Nancy and Helen and tries to stop the boat next to them. When she gets the boat to settle, she helps Helen and Nancy get into the boat. The girl introduces herself as Laura Pendleton when the girls get onboard. They thank her many times. Laura explains her father died in a boat accident a few years ago, so she was just out to see if anyone was on the lake. When they get to shore they’re wet and cold. Laura knew about an old bungalow near where they are. When they arrive the door is locked but, they find a window that they open easily. They find blankets and food inside. Nancy and Helen figure out Laura's mother had died not long ago. Laura is supposed to be taken in by some of her mothers friends. Her mothers friends strangely are acting rude to Laura. After Nancy breaks into the house Laura is supposed to be living in, spying on Laura's new owners, getting caught, and trying to figure out her father's mystery at the same time. She is able to solve the mystery. This is a great book. I recommend reading this when you have time, because it's hard to stop reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    LadyS

    Before continuing with the books on my TR pile, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane, just because. I went back to Nancy Drew mysteries, the stories that were a part of my childhood. it's nice to drive along with Nancy Drew in her convertible while she goes on her various sleuths. This story surrounded an orphaned girl, Laura who had inherited a tidy sum of money. However, her guardian and his wife was strangely cruel and hostile to her. They informed Laura that she actually did not have a Before continuing with the books on my TR pile, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane, just because. I went back to Nancy Drew mysteries, the stories that were a part of my childhood. it's nice to drive along with Nancy Drew in her convertible while she goes on her various sleuths. This story surrounded an orphaned girl, Laura who had inherited a tidy sum of money. However, her guardian and his wife was strangely cruel and hostile to her. They informed Laura that she actually did not have a penny to her name! At the same time, there was a string of thefts of bank bonds that Nancy's Father was investigating. With a sharp Nose for mystery, Nancy knew that a lot didn't add up and sets out to uncover the truth behind Laura, the thefts and her guardians. If you have cravings of nostalgia, Nancy Drew does not disappoint!

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