Here is what I have so far....
It was enjoyable, but a bit slow. I give it 2.5 thumbs up.
BeatTheReaper). I give it 3 thumbs up.
This book introduces Nancy as an 18 year old that gets interested in a case that her hometown of River Heights is upset over when an inheritance of a recently deceased townsman was willed to a very snobby and social-climbing family. Nancy and others do not believe that the heirs are truly these people and goes in search of a newer will that must exist. I really did not remember any of the details from when I read this book at the age of 10, so it was very nostalgic to reread it again. I will always love my Nancy Drew stories. Fun-fact: Carolyn Keene was just a pen name given to the variety of ghostwriters that wrote the stories. There was up to 11 different writers. I give it 4 thumbs up.
So, apparently, you can learn life lessons reading fictional stories. Let's go over what I have learned:
- I can make friends by joining a knit class. Well, not always true. Some women that visit yarn stores on a regular basis tend to form a clique and not welcome you right away. I don't want to offend anyone by saying that, but I find that to be true in my neck of the woods. In MA, the Wool Patch was very open to my friend and I when we went a few times to the Thursday Sit N Knit. So, not every shop is like that. Take away lesson: you can't be shy when you go in...just act like you know yarn and talk to those ladies about their projects and you'll do fine.
- I can make weapons out of my own bones, if I do not pass out from the pain first. Yes, in the Reaper novel, that is just what the main character had to do to save his life. I would pass out at the sight of my own blood, never mind having to actually cut myself deep enough. So, that lesson is not that practical.
- That riding around in a convertible is way cooler than a regular car and it does not cause any extra attention to you when you are tailing bad guys. Hmmm, I always found this funny that an 18 year old drives a convertible and nobody thinks this would stick out. Yes, Nancy Drew's father is a lawyer, but back in 1930, wasn't convertibles really expensive? I also learned that a closet clothing rod can be used as a lever to pry a locked door from it's hinges when you are trapped inside. I will try to remember that the next time I break into an old house to find a clock. (psst, the will was hidden in the clock)
- Finally, I can pick a lock with the stays in my corset. Well, I wear an underwire bra these days, so I guess that would be the next best thing. Picking locks sounds fun, but I'm not sure if I have the patience to do it under pressure. I will rip apart one of my old bras and try breaking into my own house. I'll report back later.