Title: Nancy’s Mysterious LetterNancy Drew #8 - Nancy's Mysterious Letter
Author: Carolyn Keene
Pages: 174
Recommended Ages: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Nancy Drew in her eighth adventure!

The Story.

Nancy Drew’s interest was piqued when Ira Nixon, the mailman, mentioned that he had a letter from her that had come all the way from England. She is fairly certain that she knows no one from England and tries to deduce the import of the letter. But before Mr. Nixon can deliver it to her, his entire mailbag is stolen!

Nancy immediately sets about trying to find the letter. When she discovers that the purpose of the letter was to discover a young lady named Nancy Smith Drew, whose English relations had recently died leaving an inheritance to her, Nancy decides that she must not only track down the mail thief, but also the missing Nancy Drew!

The plot thickens, though, when these two mysteries come together to form one brain twister. Can Nancy sort out the villains from the innocents in time to save Nancy Smith Drew?

Discussion.

This story was super fun. With each Nancy Drew story I read, I can’t help but admire her a little more. Take this one, for example – in the very first scene Nancy takes pity upon an older friend of hers who must walk his postman’s route in the snow. She offers to give him a lift in her car and, when he refuses, insists that he come around for cocoa as soon as possible to help him warm up. This is a degree of kindness which is not often demonstrated in modern children’s literature.

I also approve of the relationship she maintains with her father – although she often drives around town and occasionally out of town by herself, she always consults with her father before taking large steps in her cases.

Conclusion. Good – I’m going to keep buying these stories.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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