Nancy Drew 04: the Mystery at Lilac Inn

Nancy Drew 04: the Mystery at Lilac Inn

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Nancy and her friend Helen visit their friend Emily Willouby at the Lilac Inn, which Emily now owns, to help her plan her wedding. Emily plans on selling inherited diamonds in order to help fix up the Lilac Inn. However, Nancy soon learns that someone has been impersonating her and making expensive purchases under her name. Soon after, Emily's diamonds are stolen! Can Nancy find the thieves and recover the missing diamonds?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 125 x 194 x 18mm | 221g
  • Grosset & Dunlap Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0448095041
  • 9780448095042
  • 118,121

About Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is a pen name used by a variety of authors for the classic Nancy Drew Mystery series. The first author to use the pseudonym was Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the original 30 books. Other writers who have adapted the Carolyn Keene moniker include Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, and Nancy Axelrod.
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18,951 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
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3 27% (5,111)
2 4% (717)
1 1% (123)

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I do believe this is one of my more favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. The story truly had me baffled until the final strings were pulled. After Nancy's friend, Emily Willoughby, has revealed that odd events have been taking place around the inn, Nancy Drew is on the job. But that is not her only problem, because someone in River Heights is actually impersonating Nancy... and getting away with it! How will Nancy cope with all the mysterious occurrences? Better yet, how can she capture her own double?show more
by Tarissa
I like Nancy Drew but there are better volumes than "The Mystery At Lilac Inn". I admire a mystery that weaves back stories together but this isn't one of them. This time the 'Carolyn Keene' publishing committee was obvious. A hodgepodge of culprits were added, in an attempt to pack the book with excitement. The result is that Nancy, Helen, and Emily spent 180 pages on disjointed errands. We're weighted down with a shady waitress and gardener, a rude coordinator, Dick's military buddy... Out of nowhere, there are scuba-diving sessions. Additionally, Nancy has an identity thief at home. There's an actress and an ex-waitress to interview out-of-town, a truck makes minor cameos, and diamonds are stolen. The wonderful old inn and legend of lilac trees could weave a dazzling tale. Instead, keeping Mr. Daly on staff, who sold the establishment to Emily & Dick, was superfluous. Thieves discovered hidden doors from the 1700s that he didn't know of. I readily admit I always hope for a genuine ghost story and the cover suggests one but the shimmering lady scarcely appears. No part of the book is sinister. A bomb destroys Nancy & Helen's cabin in a clear murder attempt but Carson Drew merely cautions his daughter! That violence is out of synch with the hodgepodge that comprises the novel. Nancy's impersonator sought to punish someone the reader received no clues about. It was out of left field. Coincidentally, they also had time to mastermind scaring Emily, even though there was never an alternate resort buyer. The excuse for wanting the property is lame, amounting to stolen goods and a handy shed for hiding them. If the owners sold Lilac Inn, the goods would go with them, or run out. Obtaining a brochure-advertised resort to accommodate smuggling, is a poorly-contrived more
by C. Riedel
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