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The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4) Paperback – March 14, 1991
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- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers (March 14, 1991)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0006934838
- ISBN-13 : 978-0006934837
- Item Weight : 1.6 ounces
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Nancy and her friend Helen are invited to bridesmaids at the wedding of their friend Emily Willoughby. They travel to Lilac Inn, a colonial inn owned by Emily and her fiance. But when they arrive, they find that the inn is besieged with odd and suspicious happenings. Later Emily's valuable diamonds are stolen, and a Nancy Drew impostor is running loose. Now Nancy will have to unearth the diamonds, expose the inn's saboteurs, and outwit her double!
I absolutely loved this volume. The story is very engaging, and the plot is complex. Suspense is high, and there is lots of action and twists. It’s very hard to put the book down!
Nancy's chemistry with Helen is very enjoyable. The writing is marvelous, and the illustrations are very nice.
Overall, this is an excellent Nancy Drew mystery. Highly recommended.
J. M. B.
Eventually, in one of the many moves my family made while I was growing up, that beloved original set of 10 books somehow didn't make it with us. I was devastated, but I started my collection again with the newer Grosset & Dunlap books from the 1970s. But, Nancy was not MY Nancy from those original 10 books.
Enter Applewood and its line of reprints of several of the 1930s original Nancy Drew mysteries. Of course I had to buy this one. Possibly because it was the first of the series I ever read, this one will always be my favorite. Nancy is independent, competent, intelligent, and level-headed as she depicts a teenager who manages to push the boundaries of her society's gender expectations. The writing isn't as "snappy" as the revised versions of the 1970s, but there is more richness in these original versions that is not equalled by the 1970s versions.
What I especially like about these Applewood reprints, and especially this one, are the introductory essays by writers who shed some interesting light on the series and the characters. Mystery at Lilac Inn is introduced by Mildren Wirt, one of the original "Carolyn Keene" ghost writers, who had forward-thinking ideas of gender roles when she was writing back in the 1930s. It is a pleasure to re-read this and the other Applewood reprints. It's a window into our social history.
The original, penned by Nancy's original creator Mildred Wirt (assigned to the task by her employer the Stratemyers) involved a gang who staged a series of thefts and who hid out at the Lilac Inn. Written in the early 30s, the story reflected styles, spellings, idioms and settings of that era.
The rewritten story utilized many many elements of the original, but adds several elements that really enhance the story. The story opens as Nancy and her friend Helen discover that Nancy has a double who has stolen her credit card and is charging up a storm on Nancy's dime.
In the meantime, a friend of Nancy's, Emily Willoughby, along with her fiancée, is preparing to open a hotel they just acquired, Lilac Inn, to guests. However a series of mysterious occurrences at and near the Inn threaten its success. When Emily's diamonds are stolen right out from under her, Nancy steps in to help.
Could the events at Lilac Inn and Nancy's double, be tied together somehow?
The artwork for this story in the Drew series, underwent several incarnations. The original cover depicted Nancy eavesdropping on the thieves inside Lilac Inn. Nancy is standing with her back pressed against the door. The cover for the 1961 rewrite shows a blonde woman in a white dress with wrist-cuff flashlights, confronting a dark-haired woman who is dressed similarly. It is this cover that is used for the Kindle edition.
Narration: Laura Linney phoned it in, the narration is rushed and she doesn't even try to enact each of the characters. It's OK, 3 stars no more.
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It is very interesting-in fact all Nancy drew books are amazing.
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