Girl Detective Novel | Dictated Summers

Book Series Title: Nancy Drew

Author: Carolyn Keene

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

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A Bird’s Eye View

Author Bio:

At my early pre-teens I was not so keen about who wrote stories that I read. The detective story held more importance in my mind and thoughts during those early reading days. So much of what I know of the author was zoned off to just Nancy and her friends.

Story in a Nutshell:

There was a fixed frame work with Nancy Drew who is a freshmen or a sophomore is not clear, solves criminal cases and to bring justice to the victims of the specific story. Within this frame work, Nancy works on her cases during breaks or long weekends. She spends solving cases much to my pleasure. The story has different settings and villain characters with just few main characters who appear in all the stories and some who visit occasionally.

My Likes and Dislikes

Nancy Drew’s cases were not too complicated for my age; but I felt I can sufficiently solve it in one go. I like the working of the puzzles that was involved in each story. Nancy had a boy-friend who began appearing in the later parts of the series and the relation goes closer as years went by.

The introduction of the Nick Johnson in Nancy’s life was kind of justified. The author could take up stories that required some mild brute force action to solve the mystery. Nancy was an intelligent person with the mindset of teen sleuth. Her adventures were innumerable which I enjoyed reading it.

But one thing that I felt was bad was the fact that I could never read the same book more than once. These were markedly just one time read for me. But that gave me such pleasure to read during the summer holidays breaks or during the weekends.

There was one particular case in which the story spins around the same facts. It was rather interesting to note. Nancy was puzzled for the major part of the novel. Multiple view of the video leaves Nancy none-the-closer to solving the mystery. I felt it was an excellent story trick that the author used to make the story interesting.

My Opinion

This is a great book for children who are growing up in their 7th or 8th standard according to Indian Education Scheme. Though there is much which is being explored but the parent should get ready for some open conversation with the child too.