Tuesday 10 July 2012

192. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Book 32: The Cape Mermaid Mystery by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Book 32: The Cape Mermaid Mystery by Carolyn Keene
Published May 2012 Simon & Schuster

From the publisher:
Nancy and her friends are headed for the shores of Cape Mermaid, New Jersey, where they are hoping to spend a fun-filled week. But as soon as they arrive at an old inn on the beach, strange things start to happen—spooky noises, a message for help, and a possible ghost sighting. Could the rumored ghost of Cape Mermaid actually exist? Or is there more to the story than meets the eye? It’s up to the Clue Crew to solve the mystery!

I am a self confessed Nancy Drew lover.  Admittedly they are books I don’t read too much these days (so many more options), but I did devour them as a child.  This particular spin off is relatively new, and is aimed at the 7+ age group.  In these books, Nancy is 8years old, but apart from her age she is already on her way to becoming the super sleuth we know and love.  Bess and George feature in these stories too, as does her Dad Carson, and housekeeper Hannah. She has her notebook, where she keeps her clues, and funnily enough, mysteries seem to materialize wherever she finds herself.

In this story, there are two mysteries to solve.  There is supposedly a ghost haunting Mermaid Cove.  Her new friends at the old Inn want to make a documentary about the haunting and want Nancy to help them find out about the ghost.  Nancy is skeptical, and she thinks that the mystery is more about who is ‘pretending’ to be a ghost and why are they doing it? Even though they are on a lovely weeks’ holiday at the beach, Nancy, Bess and George get out the notebook and start sleuthing.

I loved it, it is everything a mystery should be, and I love that it’s accessible to younger readers.  It’s might not look ‘girly’ enough for girls who like all things pink, and glittery, but there is actually a bit of that thrown in too.  There’s slumber parties and manicures thrown in with the ghosts and clue following.  There is even an activity in the back, to make your own decorated flip flops (thongs to us Aussies).

Who will like this book: Girls age 7+
Read it if you like: Mysteries

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